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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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USAF Thunderbirds

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2014 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating their 61st season of flying. The precise, calculated maneuvers that make the Thunderbirds a fan favorite require the pilots to have…

(U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Jack Braden) World

Arizona’s F-16 schoolhouse builds capable partners, strong bonds

Over European castles, Middle Eastern deserts and Pacific islands, F-16 fighter pilots are soaring in ever-increasing numbers. Their experiences, nationalities and cultures are different, but they share several common bonds. They are partners, they are friends and they learned to fly their F-16s at the Air National Guard base at Tucson International Airport. With more…

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AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER. During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop…

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Take on the Marine Challenge

Airmen test their strength and abilities through the ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ drill, here. The ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ Drill is one of three components of the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test and is designed to measure functional fitness in a combat environment. This course is mandatory for all Marines, however the 355th Force Support Squadron decided…


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New AFSC coming for AFSOC enlisted aircrew

Posted  September 13, 2012

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) — Almost 470 flight engineers, aerial gunners and loadmasters who fly Air Force Special Operations Command’s CV-22, AC-130 and Non-Standard Aviation aircraft are transitioning to one Air Force specialty code, 1A9X1 Special Mission Aviation starting in November. Master Sgt. Ben Lerman, AFSOC’s aerial gunner functional manager, said In the case of…

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(U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Timothy Moore)
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Airman Dormitory Leaders

Posted  September 13, 2012

Airman dormitory leaders may not have the most dynamic job, but they do have one of the most important: ensuring junior enlisted Airmen have a place to stay when they arrive to their first duty location. They aid Airmen and their supervisors in ensuring needs are met from the time Airmen check in until the…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths)
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D-M Airmen fulfill Janie’s wish

Posted  September 13, 2012

Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron visited Tucson’s University Medical Center Sept. 10, handing out stuffed animals to the children of the pediatric ward. The members of the 48th RQS volunteered in honor of Janie Fahrendorff, an 18-year-old patient who had passed away from cancer in July. Before Janie passed away she asked to have…

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‘Be Ready’ during National Preparedness Month, year round

Posted  September 13, 2012

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — With September designated as National Preparedness Month, Air Force Emergency Management experts are emphasizing the tools available to help Airmen and their families “Be Ready.” National Preparedness Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness on the importance of disaster preparedness. The event was instituted by the Federal…

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Air Force continues pollution prevention efforts

Posted  September 13, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force joins the nation for Pollution Prevention Week on Sept. 17-24. The service continues its efforts to educate the public about pollution prevention and reducing the contamination of air, soil and water by eliminating pollution at its source. Observed during the third full week in September,…

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Combined Federal Campaign kicks off for 2012

Posted  September 13, 2012

The Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Sept. 1 in workplaces around the world. The campaign will run until Dec. 15 and, here on D-M, representatives are gearing up to help make this year’s campaign a success. The CFC is one of the largest and most successful annual charities held in today’s workplace. It raises millions…

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Local Briefs September 14, 2012

Posted  September 13, 2012

Scheduled Power Outages Sept. 22, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Following facilities will be affected: 4818, 4822, 4844, 4845, 4851, 4852, 4857, 4858, 4859. -Sept. 29, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Following facilities will be affected: 68, 81,88, 94, 96, 97, 104, 110, 113, 121, 125, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 134, 136,…

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Iraqi Air Force F-16 training takes off in Arizona

Posted  September 6, 2012

While the Republic of Iraq anticipates an initial delivery of F-16 Fighting Falcons in September 2014, the pilots who will fly them embark on a historic partnership with the…

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12th Air Force celebrates 70 years of service

Posted  September 6, 2012

12th Air Force personnel, visiting dignitaries, both current and past leadership, wing commanders, command chiefs, a former Vietnam Prisoner of War and Tucson civilians celebrated…

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One month remains for NCOs to volunteer for retraining

Posted  September 6, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Noncommissioned officers in unrestricted career fields affected by the fiscal year 2013 NCO Retraining Program have a month to volunteer for retraining, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Aug. 30. Affected Airmen in restricted fields, however, have until today to volunteer. NCOs who volunteer during Phase…

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