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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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‘Lucky’ people take personal responsibility for their own success

Posted  June 27, 2013

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AFNS) — “She’s so lucky! He has all the luck!” Just like you, I hear these phrases thrown around from time to time. I’ve often been taken somewhat by surprise when I hear one of these comments. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are times when truly random events of good fortune…

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Generate earnings: It pays to invest

Posted  June 27, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Though it’s impossible for money to grow on trees, by investing and with time it can multiply. An investment is the commitment of money or capital used to purchase financial instruments or other assets to gain profits in the form of interest, income or appreciation, said James Knuckles, 56th Force Support…

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Lone female gunner aims high

Posted  June 27, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Fresh out of training, Airman 1st Class Natasha Libby, 66th Rescue Squadron aerial gunner, is the only female aerial gunner assigned to the 66th RQS.

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Health & Safety

Protect your children from UV rays

Posted  June 27, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The desert sun can be dangerous to anyone within its reach, but children’s skin is more vulnerable to harmful ultraviolet rays than the average adult. “Children, and particularly infants, have a thinner outer skin layer than adults which can lead to increased absorption of harmful UV rays from the sun,” said…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp June 2013

Posted  June 27, 2013

Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Matthew O. Dinsdale / 924 MXS First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. John Harris Duty Title: Egress Technician When joined the AF: July 2010 Hometown: Denver, CO.

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2012 Davis-Monthan Water Quality Report

Posted  June 27, 2013

The 355th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight (BEF) and the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) are pleased to present to you the 2012 Annual Water Quality Report for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  This report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report, is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and is designed to provide details about…

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Health & Safety

Summer blood donation campaign kicks off July 1

Posted  June 27, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Armed Services Blood Program is launching its summer donation drive next week. “Our summer campaign this year is a service-specific campaign,” said Julie Oliveri, ASBP’s communications and marketing director.

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New technology quickens veterans’ disability claims

Posted  June 27, 2013

WASHINGTON – A new online application from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) enables disability compensation claims to be processed faster in a more end-to-end electronic environment, and VA is urging Veterans and their Veterans Service Organization (VSO) representatives to make full use of its capabilities to receive speedier decisions and reduce the backlog of…

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Local Briefs June 28, 2013

Posted  June 27, 2013

Summary courts officer notice for Gabriel R. Garza It is with deep regret that we announce the unexpected death of Master Sgt. Gabriel R. Garza, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Capt. John R. Ware, 355th CMS, is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal property and…

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Air Force sets plan to integrate women in combat jobs by 2016

Posted  June 20, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force released details of the service’s plan to fully integrate women into previously closed career fields June 18. The implementation plan was recently submitted to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for review.

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