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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…

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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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CFC Kickoff Breakfast

Posted  August 29, 2012

The CFC Kickoff Breakfast will be held September 12 at the Mirage Club and is slated to begin at 8 a.m. Tickets are $9.00 per person and can be purchased from your Group Representative. Please come out and show support for this year’s CFC! Group Representatives 355 FW Staff Master Sgt. Tabitha Pascal 355 MDG…

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My job is prosecuting sexual assault

Posted  August 29, 2012

Here’s a simple truth…sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are “blue on blue,” or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject the Wingman concept that…

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Redesigned program eases transition to civilian life

Posted  August 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A redesigned program will help ease every Airman’s transition to civilian life and better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said. The program is the first major overhaul of the transition assistance program for military members in nearly 20 years. The effort began in response to a call from President Barack…

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D-M Airman leaves other drivers in the dirt

Posted  August 29, 2012

For most, driving is a mundane day-to-day necessity. For Senior Airman Christopher Olson, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron fuel systems journeyman, driving for him is a much more thrilling endeavor.

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Rules of the road, the airfield

Posted  August 29, 2012

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Driving onto the Airfield at an Air Force base can be a daunting process for any Airman.

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Local Briefs August 31, 2012

Posted  August 29, 2012

Employment Workshop- Be Prepared!  Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-Noon – Airman & Family Readiness Center The A&FRC Employment Workshop will cover topics such as writing a resume, interview suggestions and take you on a tour of USA jobs. Our staff has been trained in the latest developments when applying for employment. Please RVSP at 228-5690.  …

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Deployed NCO gains experience, confidence

Posted  August 29, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When I was contacted to write a few words for the base paper, my first reaction was excitement.

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355th CES Airmen participate in night ops training

Posted  August 29, 2012

Usually at 11 p.m., D-M is pretty quiet. The streets are clear of traffic and the buildings are dark and deserted.

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D-M flies above the rest at Hawgsmoke 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Davis-Monthan hosted 18 A-10 squadrons from around the world for the 7th biannual Hawgsmoke Competition here Aug. 15-17. Hawgsmoke is an aerial competition focusing on…

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Colonel Blanchard assumes command of D-M

Posted  August 23, 2012

Col. Kevin E. Blanchard took command of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in a military ceremony here Aug. 10. Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander…

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