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Extraordinary effort regardless of outcome

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Imagine a 5-year-old boy chasing grasshoppers at a camp site. He wanders too far. Darkness falls, and he is lost. A storm is brewing in the sky above, and the camping party turns into a search party. When this scenario unfolded earlier this month, six U.S. Air Force Reserve…

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D-M conducts Meet and Greet at local high school

TUCSON, Ariz. — A community event was held at Rincon High School Wednesday. The Meet and Greet event allowed members of the Tucson community to interact with their neighboring Airmen and learn about the mission of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “We learned a little bit about what you guys do behind the scenes that not necessarily everyone…

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Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at Academy

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Franklin Macon’s first flight took place as a child in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when he jumped off a chicken coop while holding on to fake wings. Despite…

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‘I Will Wait’ Tells Stories of Generations of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON — America sends its sons and daughters to war, and a new play titled “I Will Wait” looks at the effect of these deployments across the generations. The brainchild of Amy Uptgraft, the play connects the experiences of spouses from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Uptgraft wrote…

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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.


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Inaccurate records can damage promotion chances

Posted  December 5, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — If your records meet a board tomorrow, would they accurately illustrate your suitability for promotion or retention? Are your evaluations, time in service, time in grade and decorations correct? Are your professional military education records complete? Do you know what your promotion recommendation form says? If you can’t…

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Health & Safety

2014 FEHB open season ends Dec. 9

Posted  December 5, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program continues through Dec. 9. The average premium rate for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase by 3.7 percent in 2014,…

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Local Briefs December 6, 2013

Posted  December 5, 2013

Retiree’s Will Night Dec. 12, 4 – 7 p.m. The legal office will be offering a Retiree Wills Night on Dec. 12, from 4 – 7 p.m. Retiree Will Nights are held twice a year as a way to provide estate planning to retirees. To make an appointment please call 520-228-4912. Retired Officers’ Spouses Club Dec. 12, 11…

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A 10 year decision

Posted  December 5, 2013

When most people decide to join the military, it’s usually right after high school. They don’t seriously consider joining active duty military at 27 years of age. As someone who arrived at basic military training 26 days before his 28th birthday, I know all too well that there are reasons for joining ten years later…

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D-M Exchange’s return policy eases concerns

Posted  December 5, 2013

According to ABC News, recipients of gifts returned as many as 37 percent of holiday purchases last year. But shoppers can rest easy knowing the Davis-Monthan Exchange makes holiday returns as easy as possible. “We know it’s hard to please everyone on your list,” said Davis-Monthan Exchange’s General Manager Cathy J. Ely. “There’s enough stress…

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AF launches new doctrine website

Posted  November 26, 2013

Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. –  — The Air Force’s center for doctrine development has made it easier to access the service’s fundamental documents and has the potential to cut the time it takes to publish updates to the documents from years to months or even weeks. Officials at the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development…

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Pilot for a day

Posted  November 26, 2013

Fifteen-year-old Austin Thacker sits in the cockpit of an HC-130J Combat King II. Austin is recovering from cancer. The “Pilot for a Day” program allows children who have serious or chronic conditions to go behind the scenes with a flying squadron here. Austin smiles while controlling an HC-130J Combat King II Simulator. Thacker and both…

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For the love of the game

Posted  November 26, 2013

“At one point in my life, the act of dribbling a ball meant everything to me,” said the 32 year old. James Barnes, mechanic, was born in 1981 in a small town just outside of Oklahoma City. His parents, retired Master Sgt. Mike and Judy Barnes had three kids; two girls and a boy. Growing…

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Air Force leadership: Service must get handle on pay, benefits

Posted  November 26, 2013

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — The Air Force must control the growth of pay and benefits or the service will be hard pressed to perform its primary mission to fight and win America’s wars, the service’s top officer said here Nov. 25. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III…

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SBP officials offer same-sex coverage guidance

Posted  November 26, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Survivor Benefit Plan program enrollment is now available for eligible retirees in same-sex marriages. The program provides a monthly income to survivors of retired Airmen upon the retiree’s death when retired pay stops. Survivors of Airmen recalled to active duty from retirement who die while on active duty, may…

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