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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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Green Machine

Posted  February 20, 2014

A base-wide Green Machine will take place Feb. 18-21. Green Machine is a project that allows the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron to focus efforts on trimming trees and picking up debris from facility managers around the base. An e-mail notification from CE was sent to all facility managers with the information needed to prepare their…

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D-M hosts 16.4 MW solar array ribbon cutting ceremony

Posted  February 20, 2014

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Davis-Monthan photovoltaic solar array project was held here, Feb. 13. The 16.4 megawatt solar array is the largest of its kind on any U.S. Department of Defense installation. “It is satisfying and gratifying, after 25 years in this industry, the leadership that has been shown and continues to…

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Don’t know what you got (till it’s gone)

Posted  February 20, 2014

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AFNS) — In the fall of 1988, the hair metal band Cinderella delivered to the world a pearl of wisdom beyond their years when they melodically destroyed our eardrums with “Don’t know what you got (till it’s gone).” This power ballad’s intended message refers to the harsh reality lovers…

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Think before sending: Protecting PII

Posted  February 20, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Network security is more than just a buzzword. It is an important tool used to secure not just information related to national security but also personal security. The Air Force, Army and the entire Department of Defense take information assurance and the protection of personal information seriously. As of October 2013, individuals…

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Local Briefs

Posted  February 20, 2014

Leaders Are Readers Book Club 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…

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D-M girls selected for Military child of the year award

Posted  February 20, 2014

Two local area children whose parents are stationed here have been selected as semi-finalists for Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year. The two finalists are Karrington Pryor, age 13 and Caylin Taylor, age 8. Karrington is the daughter of Tech. Sgt. Abbi Cabeen, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, section chief, and step-daughter of Master Sgt….

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Sports

Former road warrior lives lifestyle of fitness

Posted  February 20, 2014

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.  – Life is full of accomplishments. For some, those may include passing a college exam, winning an award or learning to drive. For one Airman, running 48.6 miles over four days was his most recent challenge. You might even say this test of endurance left him feeling a bit ‘Dopey’. In January,…

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Health & Safety

TRICARE For Life begins notifications for pharmacy pilot program

Posted  February 20, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – TRICARE For Life beneficiaries soon will receive letters guiding them to TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a military pharmacy for some prescriptions as part of a congressionally mandated pilot program, officials of the military health care plan said. TRICARE For Life is secondary coverage for TRICARE beneficiaries who have both Medicare…

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Airmen help other Airmen stay fit

Posted  February 20, 2014

The members of the Fitness Assessment Cell detail are responsible to ensure that Airmen here stay fit to fight during their enlistment. The FAC detail team is made up of Airmen who are designated Physical Training Leaders in their work areas. PTLs are responsible for helping fellow Airmen maintain physical fitness standards, by assembling challenging…

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LEAP spring application window delayed

Posted  February 20, 2014

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – The spring 2014 Language Enabled Airman Program application period has been delayed. The application window was scheduled to open in February. A new date to apply has not been set, and the spring application period may be cancelled, said program officials. LEAP administrators cited several factors in the decision to delay…

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