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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…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson) World

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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Health & Safety

Parents follow the yellow brick road to fitness

Posted  August 15, 2013

The Benko Fitness and Sports Center has a little something for all types of exercise enthusiasts. From bikers to runners, from swimmers to lifters, the gym offers equipment and facilities for a myriad of workouts. One group they cater to is parents. The Benko Fitness and Sports Center Munchkin Room is the only child-friendly area…

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Air Force

Deadline nears for completing SNCOA course

Posted  August 15, 2013

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala.  — Students enrolled in Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Course 14 Version 5 have until the end of September to complete the course or they will be automatically disenrolled and will have to complete the new version of the course. Airmen who haven’t completed version 5 by Sept. 30 will not receive…

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Health & Safety

TRICARE moves forward with Prime service area reductions

Posted  August 15, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Defense Department will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options. They will…

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Sports

D-M men’s varsity basketball to hold tryouts

Posted  August 15, 2013

The D-M men’s varsity basketball team is slated to hold tryouts Aug. 29-30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Aug. 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benko Fitness Center here. Active duty Airmen, civilian workers, and military dependents 18 years and older are welcomed to try out. Because the team rebuilds…

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DoD

Commissaries return to normal hours Aug. 18-24

Posted  August 15, 2013

FORT LEE, Va.  — Military commissaries worldwide will return to normal operating schedules the week of Aug. 18-24, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. The DeCA announcement comes in the wake of the Department of Defense’s Aug. 6 decision to curtail furloughs of its civilian workforce from 11 to six days. “This…

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Air Force

Critically Manned: chaplain assistant, care for the caregiver

Posted  August 15, 2013

Chaplain assistants provide support processes to ensure the free exercise of religion in the Air Force as well as direct support for chaplain professional ministry. “We are the eyes and ears for the chaplain,” said Staff Sgt. Misinimese Liulamaga, 355th Fighter Wing chaplain assistant. “We assist the chaplain in making sure that everyone is able…

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Child & Adult Care Food Program Public Release FY 2014

Posted  August 15, 2013

The Family Child Care office here announces the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Any person that believes he or she has been discriminated against…

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Air Force

Turn old phones into cash at Exchange

Posted  August 15, 2013

DALLAS – Military shoppers who have an old cell phone or two lying around gathering dust can now trade them in for credit toward a Smart Phone upgrade at the Exchange Mobile Center. A trade-in can result in instant credit toward the purchase of a new Smart Phone, accessory or even insurance for a new…

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Commentary

“Our” Airman’s Creed

Posted  August 15, 2013

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the 18th Chief of Staff of the Air Force, introduced the Airman’s Creed on April 18, 2007. It provides Airmen a tangible statement of beliefs that we cherish. The Airman’s Creed was not created to regain some ideal that was lost or never otherwise identified, rather, it…

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Salutes & Awards

Logistician of the Year

Posted  August 15, 2013

Senior Airman Sammie Ervan, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron base support plan manager, was awarded the Air Force-level Logistics Readiness Airman of the Year award here Aug. 6. Ervan was nominated for the award in 2012. His supervisor at the time, Staff Sgt. Mariko McClain, prepared the package without his knowledge. “The first I heard about…

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