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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

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Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…


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Congress passes bill reopening federal government

Posted  October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — President Barack Obama signed legislation late yesterday night bringing federal employees back to work after Congress finally resolved the budget logjam which led to a 16-day shutdown. Senate leaders championed bipartisan legislation to reopen the government and remove the threat of government default on its debts. All federal government employees – including…

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Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced

Posted  October 17, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 — when the AF354 will be rescinded — to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel…

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Service members should start saving early for retirement

Posted  October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — It’s never too soon to start saving for retirement, Barbara Thompson, the director of the Defense Department’s office of family policy/children and youth advised service members today. Enlistees as young as 18 might not be thinking about saving for retirement or the importance of their Thrift Savings Plan, but that’s when they…

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Health & Safety

Most TRICARE beneficiaries meet ACA coverage requirements

Posted  October 17, 2013

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum essential coverage”) by January 1, 2014,…

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Pilot for a Day

Posted  October 17, 2013

The goal of the Pilot for a Day program is to provide children, who have serious or chronic conditions, and their families with the opportunity to be a guest of the 355th Fighter Wing and one of D-M’s squadrons for a day. The program strives to give each child a special day as an honorary…

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20th Air Force commander relieved of command

Posted  October 17, 2013

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) — Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, relieved Maj. Gen. Michael Carey from command of 20th Air Force today due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment. Kowalski made his decision based on information from an Inspector General investigation…

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Kerry, Karzai make progress on security agreement negotiations

Posted  October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON – After weekend meetings in Kabul, Afghanistan, with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he and Karzai had resolved all but one of the major issues critical to a bilateral security agreement between the two countries. And en route to London this morning, Kerry consulted several times via phone…

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Local Briefs October 18, 2013

Posted  October 17, 2013

Society of Military Widows to meet Oct. 19, noon – The Mirage Club The Society of Military Widows will have their luncheon at noon, Oct. 19, at The Mirage Club at D-M. For your reservations, please, call Kay Spargur, 574-6628, ten days prior to the luncheon Retired Officers’ Spouses Club Thursday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m. –…

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Airman keeps NASCAR track safe

Posted  October 17, 2013

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — For most people, the thunderous setting of a NASCAR track on race day would not be considered a tranquil environment. However, that’s not the case with Tech. Sgt. Erin L.Tallman, non commissioned officer in charge of knowledge operations in the 14th Air Force Knowledge Management office at Vandenberg…

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Civilians see impacts on paychecks, leave hours following recall

Posted  October 17, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Some excepted civilians who worked during the Oct. 1-5 furlough may not be paid this week for those hours due to coding errors on their timesheets. During furlough, the payment and accounting system defaults all civilian employees as unpaid, requiring action to move them into the excepted status. For less than…

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