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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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Until They All Come Home: POWs remember their captivity

Posted  October 3, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev — The Warsaw Uprising. The Battle of Chosin Reservoir. The Chinese Spring Offensive. These were some of the battles that veterans who attended the National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day here fought and lived to pass on their story. The base held a ceremony at Freedom Park to remember and…

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TRICARE officials issue statement about government shutdown

Posted  October 3, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Officials with the Defense Health Agency issued the following statement Oct. 1: “We know that those who rely on the Military Health System are concerned about how the government shutdown might impact their health care. While we can’t predict the exact consequences of a shutdown on every part of our…

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AF legal website increases efficiency, tracks satisfaction

Posted  October 3, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When active-duty and Reserve component members, retirees and dependents need wills, powers of attorney, or have legal questions, they can go to https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/lass/lass.html. The purpose of the site is to increase efficiency and track client satisfaction with the Air Force legal assistance program. Because it is a public site, clients may…

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Airmen invited to participate in ‘Days of Caring’

Posted  October 3, 2013

Desert Lightning Team members have the opportunity to take part in Tucson’s 14th Annual Days of Caring Oct. 23 and Oct. 26. Annual Days of Caring is Tucson’s single largest volunteer event where thousands of people from local businesses, community groups and schools lend a hand to make a difference in the community. “United Way…

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted  October 3, 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of screening and early detection of breast cancer. Davis-Monthan Radiology clinic is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point…

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You can prevent kitchen fires

Posted  October 3, 2013

Your home should be a safe haven, but do you regularly check for fire hazards? The 2013 Fire Prevention Week campaign will run from 6-12 October and the theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires”. It is all about keeping you, your family, and the Desert Lightning community safe from a fire. Fire Prevention Week is actively…

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Team D-M journeys through the jungle

Posted  October 3, 2013

Approximately 450 military members, spouses and children attended a community outreach and information fair hosted by the Airman and Family Services flight at the Mirage Club, Sept. 19, 2013. The event, Jungle Journey, was held to provide families vital information about community services including early intervention programs, mentorship programs, counseling services, special education, school supports…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted  October 3, 2013

There are many awareness’s recognized in the month of October, one of which is Domestic Violence. The Family Advocacy office, here, is showing their support for the cause base wide. The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed October 1987 after it was spearheaded by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and given the approval…

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Combined Federal Campaign: Why I give

Posted  October 3, 2013

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — I was sitting in a daze in a cold and uninviting waiting area outside an emergency operating room about one month before my high school graduation in 2005. I listened to the robotic beeps of medical machinery when I realized my life was about to change forever. Earlier that night,…

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Suicide Prevention: Don’t be afraid to ask ‘why’

Posted  September 26, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — I was a young Airman, accused of a crime I didn’t commit – I faced a court martial with an outcome of a dishonorable discharge, years in prison and civil limitations for the rest of my life. I was ultimately found not guilty, but not before I tried to kill myself….

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