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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…

(Air Force photos by Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu) Health & Safety

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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PLAYpass available at the Airman & Family Readiness Center

Posted  August 23, 2012

The PLAYpass Program provides deployed-affected Single Airmen and Air Force families respite from the challenges of deployment. Single Airmen returning from deployment and families of deployed members can receive special discounts and rewards to help make their deployment easier. PLAYpass offers discount cards that provide members and eligible family members the opportunity to participate in…

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AFPC officials streamline PCS orders process

Posted  August 23, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center officials here have centralized how Permanent Change of Station orders are processed, validated and authenticated. Since Oct. 2011, the Total Force Service Center-San Antonio has been managing the PCS orders process and has authenticated more than 82,000 orders and 19,000 amendments. Before October, the…

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Local Briefs August 24, 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Lane Closures The left in-bound lane to Craycroft Gate is scheduled to be closed Saturday and Sunday, Aug 25-26. The closure is due to the left lane vehicle barrier being painted. Incoming traffic on the left lane will be directed to merge into the right lane after proceeding through Craycroft gate so please anticipate a…

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Arizona National Guard Soldiers compete in Army Combatives Championship

Posted  August 16, 2012

FORT HOOD, Texas — Two soldiers are locked, nose to nose, in a fight to gain the upper hand. Each move and counter is calculated on the fly, much like a physical chess match…

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World

PANAMAX 2012 commences

Posted  August 16, 2012

Air Forces Southern and partner nations from 17 different countries officially kicked-off the annual U.S. Southern Command sponsored PANAMAX 2012 exercise last night. The exercise, which is taking place Aug. 6-17, is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise series that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. The canal is one of the…

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Morale gets a boost with PLAYpass

Posted  August 16, 2012

Deployments can be hard on a service member, their friends and their family. PLAYpass is a membership card that Airmen and their families can use to receive discounts at select base organizations. The card is intended for use by families of deployed Airmen, and the Airmen themselves once they return. “This is an opportunity to…

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Warrior of the Week August 17, 2012

Posted  August 16, 2012

Hometown: Scottsburg, IN Unit: 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Job title: Bioenvironmental Engineering Apprentice Job description: Keeping CBRN response equipment operational and ready to go!

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Summary courts officer noticefor Steven Mangrum

Posted  August 16, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Steven C. Mangrum, 355th Security Forces Squadron, was found passed away on 31 July. Any person or persons with a claim against Sergeant Mangrum or who is currently in debt to him should contact the Summary Court Officer Capt. Kurt Snyder, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron, for disposition and compensation purposes. Captain Snyder can…

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Veterans

Post-9/11 GI Bill celebrates start of fourth year

Posted  August 16, 2012

WASHINGTON – August marks the third anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and since it was implemented Aug. 1, 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs has provided educational benefits to 773,000 Veterans and their family members. “This is one of the most important programs helping our Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans reach their educational goals,” said…

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New instruction puts spotlight on standards, culture

Posted  August 16, 2012

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) — When referencing fundamental standards, Airmen now have a single source: Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards. As one of the capstone acts of his 39-year career, Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff, put his signature on the brand new instruction, which communicates in one document the…

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