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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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Officials announce deadlines for holiday mail delivery

Posted  October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Military Postal Service Agency officials recommend that parcel post packages for service members overseas be mailed by Nov. 12 for delivery by the holidays. Officials at MPSA, an extension of the U.S. Postal Service, have published a chart at http://hqdainet.army.mil/mpsa/xmas.htm that shows deadlines for various mailing options, broken down by the APO/FPO/DPO…

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162nd FW holds fun run alongside F-16s

Posted  October 31, 2013

At the first ever 5k and Family Fun Run held here Sept. 28, runners sped by F-16s on their way to the finish line. More than 45 participants turned out for the event sponsored by the Top 3 and Family Appreciation Day Committee. After 6 months of planning, $200 was raised to support the FAD….

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Article 137: What is it and how does it apply to me?

Posted  October 31, 2013

The Article 137 briefing originates from the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It outlines specific articles within the UCMJ that must be explained to enlisted members at certain times during their career. If you are an enlisted member of the Armed Forces then this briefing will apply to you. Article 137 states these articles must…

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Health & Safety

Students hold drive to save lives

Posted  October 31, 2013

The American Red Cross held a blood drive in the Sonoran Science Academy gym Oct. 24, 2013. The blood drive was hosted by the school’s National Honor Society in coordination with the ARC. The NHS members were contacted after they submitted a blood drive request to the ARC for a volunteer service project. “This was…

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A special thanks from Pima Air and Space Museum

Posted  October 31, 2013

The Pima Air & Space Museum would like to thank all of the personnel from Davis-Monthan AFB who volunteered at our recent family events, Night Wings and Night of Fright.   Together, these events served more than 4,000 people in our community.  It’s a great feeling for us to be able to host these community events…

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AWACS unit makes history fielding nearly all-female flight crew

Posted  October 31, 2013

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Members of the 552nd Air Control Wing and 513th Air Control Group made history recently by fielding a nearly all-female flight crew. The crew, comprised of 19 women from every operational flying squadron within the wing and four men, took to the air on Aug. 23, in what is believed to…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp November 1, 2013

Posted  October 31, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Erin Litchfield / 41 ECS First Sergeant:  Senior Master Sgt. Richard Davis Duty Title: EC-130H Acquisition Operator When joined the AF: Jan. 17, 2012 Hometown: Marana, AZ Hobbies: Camping, hiking, paintball, basketball, and collecting swords & chess sets Selection Reasons:   Airman 1st Class Litchfield completed her CDC’s and all 5-level…

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Commentary

Cruisin’ without bruisin’

Posted  October 31, 2013

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — When people think of stupid and reckless decisions, buying a motorcycle is usually on the top of their list. However, while knowing this, I personally canceled a plane ticket and bought a motorcycle in North Carolina and drove it to Columbus AFB; to say the least, my leadership was a little…

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Attention all Airmen: Sexual assault convictions are now published on-line

Posted  October 31, 2013

As members of the Desert Lightning Team it is important that you are aware of the “back to basics” approach the Air Force has taken with regards to strategic communications and the on-going battle to combat sexual assault.  Beginning immediately, sexual assault convictions, and the perpetrators of these crimes will be published on-line.  You will…

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Airmen find frightening ways to volunteer

Posted  October 31, 2013

Airmen from D-M received the opportunity to rack up volunteer hours in October by helping out at a local farm. More than 100 military members helped during Buckelew Farm’s “Terror in the Corn”; dressing up in costumes, providing security, and helping with make-up and moving props. Master Sgt. Manolito Carrabis, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron readiness and…

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