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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

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Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…


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Health & Safety

New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

Posted  October 10, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents…

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Events

Remembering Special Agent Wieger

Posted  October 10, 2013

Tech Sgt. Ken Meyers, 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Aircraft personnel group assistant section chief, is coordinating a ruck march in honor of Special Agent David Wieger Nov. 2, 8 a.m. at Tumamoc Hill. Special Agent David Wieger was killed when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device November 1, 2007, in the vicinity…

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Salutes & Awards

Law establishes day to honor Tuskegee Airmen

Posted  October 10, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — He was 17 years old when he became part of an experiment allowing blacks to fly in the Army Air Forces. What he didn’t know then was he would be a part of history. Retired Lt. Col. Robert Ashby, 87, was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen who served during World…

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Veterans

WW II Veteran returns to D-M’s Chapel after nearly 70 Years

Posted  October 10, 2013

A World War II B-29 Superfortress Army pilot visited the base chapel Oct. 1. Thomas Fabian and his wife, Isabel Fabian, returned to D-M for the first time since 1945 to visit the chapel they were married in 68 year ago. Chaplain Raymond Boyer greeted the Fabians and gave them a tour of the chapel…

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DoD

Fisher House steps forward to aid DOD in paying death benefits

Posted  October 10, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Fisher House Foundation has stepped in to aid the Defense Department so families of fallen service members can receive the full set of benefits they have been promised, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said here today. The Fisher House Foundation and DOD entered an agreement that includes the $100,000 death gratuity payment….

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U.S.

Vegas: also family friendly

Posted  October 10, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Popular culture has painted an image of Las Vegas as an adult playground filled with booze, exotic dancers and mobsters. But in recent years, the people of “Sin City” have added fun, wholesome attractions in and out of the brightly lit casinos to change the town’s image into a family-friendly one….

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp October 11, 2013

Posted  October 10, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Richard Marshall / 755 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Brian Young Duty Title:   Electrical Environmental Apprentice When joined the AF: Oct. 10, 2012 Hometown:  Orlando, Fla. Hobbies: Martial Arts, Reading, Watching Documentaries, & Riding Motorcycle Selection Reasons: Airman 1st Class Brian Marshall has distinguished himself both as a basic training…

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Commentary

To serve with honor

Posted  October 10, 2013

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — “FIRING PARTY! TENCH HUT! READUP HACE! … Not quite up to par. Start over.” That was about the tempo of my first week assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard. Welcome to the life of the new guy. I remember stepping through the front door of the honor…

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Events

D-M soars high

Posted  October 10, 2013

Morethan 600 residents at Davis-Monthan enjoyed the 7th Annual Soaring Heights National Night Out, Oct. 1. National Night Out, which has been a part of the D-M community for 30 years, is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and also helps generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts. “Our residents live…

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Local

Members from the 55th ECG return home

Posted  October 10, 2013

Members from the 55th Electronic Combat Group welcomed home deployed squadron members, Oct. 7. The 11 ECG Airmen returned from a combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  While deployed, members of the 55th operated an EC-130H Commando Solo aircraft. The Airmen were deployed for three months, but to family and friends, it seemed…

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