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Thunderbolt bounces back after belly landingThunderbolt bounces back after belly landing

On the evening of Sept. 30, an A-10 stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was coming back to base for a routine landing after completing a standard sortie. Just when everything seemed to be going as planned, disaster struck! The main landing gear failed to extend, putting the pilot in a tough spot. During an…

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Down and out at Dyess: Air Force Assistance Fund to the rescue

It was scary, leaving home and joining an organization such as the United States Air Force. The people, job, and location were all brand new. When I joined the military, I came from a less than honorable home life.  I come from a single family household and my brother left my sister and me as…

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Chief serves beyond active-duty

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — John Burden retired as a chief master sergeant more than 18 years ago, but he never stopped serving his country and community. “As I was parking at the Veteran’s Association clinic, I saw a gentleman across the street get out of an old rickety van,” Burden said. “He was an amputee…

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D-M Airman: I am an IRONMAN

On Nov. 16th, Senior Airman Daniel Hughes, 355th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, tested his fitness limits and participated in IRONMAN Arizona. IRONMAN Arizona is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim around Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Ariz., followed by a 112-mile bike ride which consists of a three loop course that heads out of…

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Click, Click, Boom!

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It all begins with a duck-face, a peace sign and a selfie. From there, a photo taken in front of the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Wherever is posted to Airman Duck-face’s Facebook wall. It is shared by crazy Aunt Jane, who passes it along to Cousin Joey. Joey is…


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Enlisted EPME course return policy explained

Posted  October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force is giving three options to Airmen who were sent back to their home station while in the process of completing their respective Enlisted Professional Military Education course, as a result of the government shutdown. For the 900 affected Airmen who were attending Airman Leadership School or Noncommissioned Officer Academy…

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AF holds sexual assault offenders accountable, convictions now online

Posted  October 24, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — You should know that the Air Force publishes sexual assault convictions online. Anyone can review more than 100 sexual assault convictions from across the Air Force, to include viewing them by base. After only few minutes reviewing these cases, you will see many are similar – they involve the…

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Home-cooked meals away from home

Posted  October 24, 2013

For many young Airmen, their first duty station is the first time they have lived on their own. The base chapel is doing its part to ease the transition. Every Sunday, The LOFT hosts a dinner for the Airmen living in the dorms. The meals are provided by spouses, enlisted members, and off-base groups. The…

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Get creative at the Arts & Crafts Center

Posted  October 24, 2013

The Arts & Crafts Center here offers many services, classes and products for base members. When the government began reducing our footprint and the amount of money spent at base levels, the center picked up activities and services that were removed when certain organizations closed. “The library use to run the Reading & Crafting program,…

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The 355th Legal Office has new office hours

Posted  October 24, 2013

The 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office has new business hours: Legal Assistance: Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (closed 3rd Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. for training) Walk-in Attorney Appointments: Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (active duty and dependents only) THE LEGAL OFFICE IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS. Note: For deployers…

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Last cargo mission out of FOB Sharana

Posted  October 24, 2013

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan — The aircrew of “Growler 51” set out a few hours before sunrise Sept. 28 to fly the last of the U.S. cargo out of Forward Operating Base Sharana before the base was officially transferred to the Afghan government. Twelve hours and three round-trip flights later, the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Airmen…

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Dagger Point with the 12 AF (AFSOUTH) commander

Posted  October 24, 2013

Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander. He has served Airmen for more than 31-years as a command pilot with more than 4,950 hours in the F-15C, F-22, OV-10, T-38 and the A-10 aircraft, and has commanded at the unit, squadron, group, wing, numbered Air Force and joint-levels….

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Note to breast cancer: ‘I am not your victim’

Posted  October 24, 2013

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — I’m sure by now most people don’t need to be reminded that October is breast cancer awareness month. How could you have missed it? With all the ribbons, “Save the Ta-Tas” T-shirts, bracelets, earrings, shoe laces and other pink doodads it’s fairly hard to forget. Don’t get…

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Arizona Runs for the Fallen

Posted  October 24, 2013

A flag-bearing relay team of 20 active-duty service members start to run the Arizona Run for the Fallen event at Freedom Park in Tucson, Oct. 18. Each mile of the run was dedicated to fallen service members from Arizona who died during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn

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Local Briefs October 25, 2013

Posted  October 24, 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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