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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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Commentary

ALS: A journey to becoming a successful leader

Posted  November 21, 2013

I was once told that a true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. I…

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Health & Safety

VA to offer dental insurance program

Posted  November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON – VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced today. “VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services…

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DoD

Pentagon beefs up contractor information security requirements

Posted  November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON – An amendment published yesterday to the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplement will require defense contractors to incorporate established information security standards on their unclassified networks and to report cyber-intrusion incidents that result in the loss of unclassified controlled technical information from these networks. The amendment will apply to all new contracts that will use…

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Salutes & Awards

D-M welcomes five new Chief Master Sergeants

Posted  November 21, 2013

Congratulations on joining on the ranks of Chief Master Sergeant! (C) MSgt Kevin Wendt, 612 Support Squadron (C) MSgt Todd Popovic, 48th Rescue Squadron (C) MSgt Brett McCracken, 355th Operational Support Squadron (C) MSgt Nathan Zinn, 68th Guardian Angel Training Flight (C) MSgt Christian Cahalan, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

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(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier)
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Veterans

Lunch with a veteran

Posted  November 21, 2013

Fifteen Airmen sat with veterans for a luncheon hosted by Atria Bell Court Gardens Retirement Community in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 13. Joan Smith, the community’s engaged life director, connected with D-M to make the event happen. “I contacted [355th Public Affairs office] about getting volunteers from the base,” Smith said. “When she told me how…

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Local

563rd Rescue Group practices rescue tactics

Posted  November 21, 2013

An HH-60 Pavehawk from the 55th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., flies over Tucson during alternate insertion and extraction training with the pararescuemen of the 48th Rescue Squadron, Nov. 13 Air Force pararescueman from the 48th Rescue Squadron rappels from a 55th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pavehawk during alternate insertion and extraction training…

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(U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Sivan Veazie)
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Sports

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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Health & Safety

Former MTI’s road to recovery transformed tragedy into inspiration

Posted  November 26, 2013

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — In the pitch blackness and pre-dawn stillness, his booming voice alone was enough to send several dozen new trainees into a frenzied scramble from the comfort of their bunks. His scowl was enough to keep those trainees frozen into a formation of stone figures. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Zien was…

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Local

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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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook)
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Events

More than just a tour

Posted  November 26, 2013

Students from schools around the Tucson community were given a tour of D-M Nov. 14. The visit was sponsored by the Southeast Regional Cooperative of the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Ten students with hearing impairments, accompanied by teachers and parents, were treated to an A-10 display and guided on a tour of…

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