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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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D-M’s Santas-in-blue visit local schools

Posted  December 19, 2013

The Santas-in-Blue program made its first stop of the year at the San Xavier Mission School, Dec. 10. More than 40 D-M Airmen joined Santa in passing out Christmas gifts to several hundred children. This year the program will be visiting three schools and passing out nearly 2,100 gifts to over 1,000 students. “When you…

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Health & Safety

Fighting against DUIs

Posted  December 19, 2013

Driving under the influence of alcohol has been a prominent issue in today’s society. In Arizona alone, there were more than 27,000 reported arrests for DUIs in 2012. These numbers can be partially attributed to many drivers’ beliefs that they can handle their alcohol consumption well enough to safely operate a vehicle, and partially attributed…

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DoD

DOD adds synthetic marijuana to random drug testing

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has expanded its zero tolerance for the use of illicit drugs to include synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice,” the director of DOD’s drug testing and program policy said here today. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Army Lt. Col. Tom Martin said that…

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Budget woes cause AF to refine funding priorities

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Budget battles here are causing tectonic shifts in the Air Force, the service’s leaders said during a Pentagon news conference today. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said that even with some relief from sequestration, the service will pay the bills…

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Pasta and pajama night held at the Mirage Club

Posted  December 19, 2013

A family event was held at the Mirage Club on base Dec. 10. The “Pasta and Pajama Holiday Celebration” event welcomed families to come wearing their coziest pajamas and make their own pasta dish, then sit back and relax while the movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” was presented. “I think it’s a good event…

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Local Briefs December 20, 2013

Posted  December 19, 2013

National Active and Retired Federal Employees to meet Jan. 13, 2014, 11 a.m. – U-Like Buffet The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Chapter 55, will hold their monthly luncheon meeting on January 13, 2014, at the U-Like Buffet, 330 South Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ 85711.  The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and…

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Air Force

Top NCO debuts new NCO, Petty Officer book

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — The military’s top enlisted service member debuted a new noncommissioned officer and petty officer book here today in what he called a significant moment for all enlisted leaders. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was joined by the chairman,…

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Officials announce 2014 military housing allowance rates

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — The 2014 basic allowance for housing rates for service members released Dec. 17, represent an average increase of 5 percent, or up to $75 to $80 per month, the Defense Department’s BAH program manager said. The new rates will take effect Jan. 1 at a cost of about $20 billion for the Defense Department…

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Officer’s Spouse’s Club offers gift wrapping

Posted  December 19, 2013

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Josh Slavin) Members of the Officer’s Spouse’s Club work together to wrap gifts for customers at the Base Exchange on Dec. 12. The OSC uses donations received from gift wrapping to fund scholarships awarded to military families here at D-M.

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Thousands lay wreaths at Arlington Cemetery gravesites

Posted  December 19, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. – Volunteers placed more than 143,000 wreaths on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery here Dec. 14 as part of the 22nd annual “Wreaths Across America” event. The wreaths were manufactured by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine, and came to the cemetery by truck over the week in advance of the event….

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