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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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USAF Thunderbirds

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2014 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating their 61st season of flying. The precise, calculated maneuvers that make the Thunderbirds a fan favorite require the pilots to have…

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Arizona’s F-16 schoolhouse builds capable partners, strong bonds

Over European castles, Middle Eastern deserts and Pacific islands, F-16 fighter pilots are soaring in ever-increasing numbers. Their experiences, nationalities and cultures are different, but they share several common bonds. They are partners, they are friends and they learned to fly their F-16s at the Air National Guard base at Tucson International Airport. With more…

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AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER. During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop…

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Take on the Marine Challenge

Airmen test their strength and abilities through the ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ drill, here. The ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ Drill is one of three components of the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test and is designed to measure functional fitness in a combat environment. This course is mandatory for all Marines, however the 355th Force Support Squadron decided…


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Local Briefs July 6, 2012

Posted  July 5, 2012

Visit Tucson Museum of Art for free Calling all active duty military! If you are looking for family vacation ideas this summer, you can visit The Tucson Museum of Art for free through the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums are more than 1,800 museums nationwide which offer free admission to active duty military…

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Air Force leaders issue Independence Day message

Posted  July 3, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy...

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Be proud of your role this Independence Day

Posted  June 28, 2012

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, starting the colonies on the path to freedom.

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Wilmot gate slated to re-open

Posted  June 28, 2012

Wilmot gate is slated to be re-opening on July 9. In addition, the last day that Gate 29B will be open is July 6. Gate hours for the Wilmot gate are the same as the Swan gate (5:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).

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Military spouses residency relief act information

Posted  June 28, 2012

Pursuant to Arizona law (A.R.S. 28-2533), it is illegal for non-Arizona residents living in the state to drive without an Arizona-issued driver license and registration. However, Arizona does not require military members and non-resident military spouses to obtain an Arizona driver license or registration. In the event you are subject to a traffic stop, it…

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Visitor pass procedures recap

Posted  June 28, 2012

Authorized personnel may sponsor non-military affiliated personnel onto D-M by stopping at the Visitor Center, located on Craycroft Road next to the main gate. Authorized sponsors include active-duty military, guard, reserve, retirees, eligible family members, Department of Defense civilian employees with a Common Access Card and eligible contractor personnel with a CAC. Please ensure that…

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Warrior of the Week June 29, 2012

Posted  June 28, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Senior Airman Meghan Pearson Family: Shane Beauchem (fiancée), Honey Pearson (daughter) Hometown: Louisiana, Missouri…

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4th of July Celebration Information

Posted  June 28, 2012

For the Fourth of July, D-M is scheduled to hold a few events to celebrate the holiday. The base pool is slated to be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Regular admission prices will apply.

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Does the EPR need a bailout?

Posted  June 28, 2012

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — What do enlisted performance reports, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have in common? They suffer from bad brand name recognition. So, what should we do? Bailout our EPR system? We could rename the EPR. How about Yearly Evaluation Report or YER? A name change has worked for some,…

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PCMH strides toward more efficient care

Posted  June 28, 2012

The 355th Medical Group is continuing to achieve accessible quality health care through the phone appointment line and TriCare Online, both initiatives of Patient Centered Medical Home. “We are working very hard with the Air Force Medical Operations Agency to get initiatives online to give our patients better accessibility to the medical team,” said Tech….

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