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Military child recognized by Arizona BGCA

A Sonoran Science Academy freshman was recently selected as the Boys and Girls Club of America Arizona Military Youth of the Year. David Zulli, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Zulli, 355th Fighter Wing base chaplain, competed against other youth around Arizona, winning a $1,000 scholarship and advancing on to the regional competition. Being a military…

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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

MARANA, Ariz. – The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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Into the wild blue yonder

The Military Personnel Exchange Program allowed a Sailor to switch places with an Airman, giving the Sailor a chance to experience the Air Force. Navy Lieutenant Commander Eric Anderson, 354th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, transferred from the Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. for a three year tour…

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It always seems impossible until it’s done: 12th AF Airmen Conquer Hard Charge

A team comprised of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Airmen and their civilian counter parts recently boosted morale by participating in the Hard Charge Televised Obstacle Mission held at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson on March 29. According to the Hard Charge website, the purpose of the event was to raise both money and…

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USMES provides a starting line for beginning athletes

Every work area has at least one. One person who brings their lunch to work neatly packed into plastic containers. The same person changes into their fitness apparel at work before they leave for the gym. You may ask yourself “How does someone achieve that level of dedication toward being physically fit?” It starts with…


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Redesigned program eases transition to civilian life

Posted  August 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A redesigned program will help ease every Airman’s transition to civilian life and better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said. The program is the first major overhaul of the transition assistance program for military members in nearly 20 years. The effort began in response to a call from President Barack…

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D-M Airman leaves other drivers in the dirt

Posted  August 29, 2012

For most, driving is a mundane day-to-day necessity. For Senior Airman Christopher Olson, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron fuel systems journeyman, driving for him is a much more thrilling endeavor.

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Rules of the road, the airfield

Posted  August 29, 2012

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Driving onto the Airfield at an Air Force base can be a daunting process for any Airman.

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Local Briefs August 31, 2012

Posted  August 29, 2012

Employment Workshop- Be Prepared!  Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-Noon – Airman & Family Readiness Center The A&FRC Employment Workshop will cover topics such as writing a resume, interview suggestions and take you on a tour of USA jobs. Our staff has been trained in the latest developments when applying for employment. Please RVSP at 228-5690.  …

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Deployed NCO gains experience, confidence

Posted  August 29, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When I was contacted to write a few words for the base paper, my first reaction was excitement.

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355th CES Airmen participate in night ops training

Posted  August 29, 2012

Usually at 11 p.m., D-M is pretty quiet. The streets are clear of traffic and the buildings are dark and deserted.

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D-M flies above the rest at Hawgsmoke 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Davis-Monthan hosted 18 A-10 squadrons from around the world for the 7th biannual Hawgsmoke Competition here Aug. 15-17. Hawgsmoke is an aerial competition focusing on…

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Colonel Blanchard assumes command of D-M

Posted  August 23, 2012

Col. Kevin E. Blanchard took command of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in a military ceremony here Aug. 10. Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander…

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Large solar array planned for Davis-Monthan AFB

Posted  August 23, 2012

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — The Air Force plans to expand its renewable energy portfolio substantially with a 14.5-megawatt photovoltaic solar array at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The base has entered into an agreement with SunEdison, LLC to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the array on 170 acres of underutilized base…

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Warrior of the Week August 24, 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Technical Sgt. Cory Sivertson Family: Ashley (wife), Caden (son), Trinity (daughter) Hometown: Salinas, Ca Unit: 42 Electronic Combat Squadron Job title: EC-130H Flight Engineer Course Manager Job description: Ensure quality training for EC-130H Flight Engineers Most rewarding job aspect: To see an unqualified Flight Engineer complete training and deploy Goals:…

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