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D-M puts its agencies to the test

An aircraft crash training exercise was held at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range here Feb. 19. The simulated crash site was scattered throughout a two mile radius. “The idea was to test the base’s capabilities to respond to an aircraft crash incident with a mass-casualty piece involved,” said Master Sgt. Mark Molineaux, 355th…

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Don’t underestimate the importance of sacrifices

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my wife, for better…

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New Airmen get their bearings

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — New Airmen go through a whirlwind of activities during the transformation of civilian to active duty Airman, which can be a confusing process. Lucky for new Airmen, there’s the First Term Airmen Center to catch them when they land at their first duty station. FTAC is a five-day program…

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Riding for the future of cycling

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Following a full day of work developing Air Force models, Maj. Ian Holt, the Headquarters Air Force Space Command vault concepts lead, mounts his Felt bicycle and starts pedaling on a three-hour training ride. It’s all part of the regimen prescribed by his coach leading up to the…

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Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers take training, skill and precise decisions to execute. The most recent flown in the area was the Super Bowl flyover, where the Thunderbirds, officially known as…


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Leap to your limits

Posted  July 11, 2013

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFNS) — One of the lessons I carry around with me every day is something I learned from the jumping events in high school track and field. I was intimidated by the high jump. Unlike the long jump, where every leap into the sand pit could be measured and faults were not…

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Independence Day Celebration 2013

Posted  July 11, 2013

An Independence Day Celebration was held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, July 4. The event included private organization booths, games for families and a performance by the Desert Cadillac Band. A 25-minute firework display ended the celebration.   A family waits in line to buy mementos from the DMAFB Top 3 during the Independence Day…

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June 2013 Crime and Punishment

Posted  July 11, 2013

ARTICLE 15 ACTIONS During June 2013, D-M commanders administered seven Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record. A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in additional misconduct…

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Local Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 11, 2013

Changes to Early Intervention The referral process to the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AZEIP) has changed.  Families who have a child between the ages of birth and three who suspect a significant developmental delay (or have a known medical condition that will result in disability) can call 1-888-592-0140. Money on the Road Program Money on…

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Local A-10 pilot saves smoking aircraft

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chavalier A U.S. Air Force A-10 aircraft and its pilot sit on the flightline here May 23. Maj. Matthew Kaercher , 355th Operations Group fighter pilot, was flying an A-10 when he earned the Pilot Safety Award of Distinction for the 355th Fighter Wing and…

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Furlough Days expected to begin soon

Posted  July 5, 2013

With the upcoming furlough days there are several units which will now be open four days a week. The expected furlough days are scheduled to take place between July 8 and September 21. 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group- Closed on Fridays Airman and Family Readiness Center- Closed on Fridays Child Development Center- will maintain…

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DOD contractors to get new whistleblower protections

Posted  July 5, 2013

WASHINGTON – Beginning July 1, whistleblowers working for Defense Department subcontractors will begin receiving protection against reprisals through a new law intended to better protect those who expose possible wrongdoing. In addition, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, contractors who report suspected waste, fraud and abuse within their company…

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Independence Day: Freedom at its finest

Posted  July 5, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AFNS) — In a few days, we, as Americans, will celebrate one of the most, if not the most, important date for the U.S. — our Independence Day. As I try to figure out what I’ll be doing for the Fourth of July weekend, I also want to take the time to reflect on…

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Airmen work to end veteran homelessness by 2015

Posted  July 5, 2013

Col. Michael T. Rawls, 355th Fighter Wing vice commander, spoke at a press conference at city hall in Tucson, June 21, about ending veteran homelessness by 2015. The White House has announced an initiative to end veterans homelessness by 2015, and Tucson is one of 25 flagship cities selected to lead this effort. Tucson’s mayor,…

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Concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot: ‘Freedom a beautiful thing’

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey White Retired Lt. Col. Harry Pawlik, a World War II concentration camp survivor, recalled several obstacles from the time he was captured by Nazi forces at the age of 10, to the day he graduated from the Naval War College during a recent interview. SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE…

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