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Extraordinary effort regardless of outcome

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Imagine a 5-year-old boy chasing grasshoppers at a camp site. He wanders too far. Darkness falls, and he is lost. A storm is brewing in the sky above, and the camping party turns into a search party. When this scenario unfolded earlier this month, six U.S. Air Force Reserve…

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D-M conducts Meet and Greet at local high school

TUCSON, Ariz. — A community event was held at Rincon High School Wednesday. The Meet and Greet event allowed members of the Tucson community to interact with their neighboring Airmen and learn about the mission of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “We learned a little bit about what you guys do behind the scenes that not necessarily everyone…

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Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at Academy

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Franklin Macon’s first flight took place as a child in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when he jumped off a chicken coop while holding on to fake wings. Despite…

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‘I Will Wait’ Tells Stories of Generations of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON — America sends its sons and daughters to war, and a new play titled “I Will Wait” looks at the effect of these deployments across the generations. The brainchild of Amy Uptgraft, the play connects the experiences of spouses from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Uptgraft wrote…

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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.


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Leaders Are Readers Book Club

Posted  February 6, 2014

Are you looking for some mentorship and development? Do you like to read? Then Leaders are Readers is for you! Our purpose is to enhance the professional growth of all Desert Lighting Team members through reading and mentoring. Leaders are Readers discuss leadership novels from the CSAF Reading List as well as other insightful novels….

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Diamond Sharp February 7, 2014

Posted  February 6, 2014

Name/Squadron: Senior Airman David Russell / 355 CES/CEF First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Walter Fortenberry Duty Title: Fire Protection Journeyman When joined the AF: June 8, 2008 Hometown: Bartlett, Tennessee Hobbies: Fishing, Working Out, Playing with his daughter Selection Reasons:   Senior Airman Russell was hand-selected to attend the challenging Emergency Medical Technician Course ahead…

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June officer RIF board to offer voluntary separation pay

Posted  February 6, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will convene an officer reduction in force board June 16 to evaluate eligible officers for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Jan. 27. Officers who meet the RIF board and are not selected for retention must separate by Jan. 31, 2015. RIF is among several fiscal 2014 force management…

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Making today count

Posted  February 6, 2014

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — There are a lot of changes happening within the Air Force today as well as the continued debates in our government concerning the future of all military personnel. With debates on military benefits that range from medical care to retirement pay, and with the looming force reduction boards, it would be…

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D-M to host 2nd Annual Desert Boneyard Fun Run/Walk

Posted  February 6, 2014

The Davis-Monthan AFB Fitness Center will host the Annual Desert Boneyard 5K Fun Run/Walk 10K run March 1 at 9 a.m. The course navigates through hundreds of historic military aircraft stored and maintained by the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group here. The 309th AMARG provides depot-level maintenance, aircraft regeneration, storage and preservation, aircraft parts…

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Airman finds a hobby in movies

Posted  February 6, 2014

Movies are very popular in today’s society, from date nights to keeping deployed Airmen in touch with American entertainment. Sometimes the downfall about movies is not having enough information. One Airman decided to take that challenge in hopes of benefiting others. Lt. Col. Patrick King, 755th Operations Support Squadron assistant director of operations, grades and…

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Treasures in the Attic

Posted  February 6, 2014

The Airman’s Attic, a little warehouse located behind the Airman and Family Readiness Center, is a place where donated items are offered free of charge to Airmen around the base. Items include clothing, toys, furniture, kitchen and other household items, electronics, uniforms and many other things that Airmen may need, but are unable to afford….

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Airmen race cars on millionaire’s track

Posted  February 6, 2014

Five Desert Lightning Team members received the opportunity to drive cars at a private motorsports club’s race track in Willcox, Ariz., Jan. 17. Graham Dorland, Inde Motorsports Ranch owner, opened up the club for a day to D-M Airmen after talking to Chief Master Sgt. Dawna Cnota, 355th Fighter Wing command chief. IMR is a…

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Local Briefs February 7, 2014

Posted  February 6, 2014

D-M Gate hours changed The Davis Monthan Gate hours changed Jan. 20 as a result of a recent traffic survey. The schedule is as follows: Craycroft – no change (24/7, 365 days) Swan – 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. (M-F), closed on weekends and federal holidays (This includes the search area as well) Wilmot –…

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D-M Airman is recognized for his work overseas

Posted  February 6, 2014

Master Sgt. Bruce Archer, 355th Security Forces Squadron defender, was presented the bronze star for his work in Afghanistan, Jan. 10. Archer spent a year in Afghanistan working as the sole advisor for the Afghan Security Forces Company Commander, six Afghan Technical school instructors and over 100 security forces personnel. Having been a prior instructor…

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