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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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myPers-TFSC survey launches June 22

Posted  June 21, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials will distribute an online survey June 22 to to solicit feedback about user’s experiences using the myPers-Total Force Service Center and myPers website. Thousands of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilian members will be asked for their participation in the…

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Local Briefs June 22, 2012

Posted  June 21, 2012

612th Theater Operations Group Change of Command Col. Jonathan VanNoord will assume command of the 612th Theater Operations Group from Col. William B. Danskine on June 25 at 9 a.m. at the Mirage Club on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. If you are able to attend, please contact Capt. Michael Catalano at (520) 228-6240 or Mary…

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Airmen of the 55th Rescue Squadron return home from a 125-day deployment

Posted  June 14, 2012

Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron returned from a 125-day deployment in Southwest Asia June 4. Families and friends awaited the more than 50 Airmen who deployed at the 55th Rescue Squadron...

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Health & Safety

Kids lasso safety lessons at bicycle rodeo

Posted  June 14, 2012

The 355th Fighter Wing Ground Safety office held a Bicycle Rodeo here June 9. The Bicycle Rodeo was for children of all ages and focused on teaching the basics of bike safety. “This event teaches kids the basics…

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Warrior of the Week June 15, 2012

Posted  June 14, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Cole Family: Brons (husband), Ian (son) Hometown: San Diego, CA Unit: 355 MDOS Job title: Aerospace Medical Technician Job description: Plans, provides, and evaluates routine patient care and treatment of beneficiaries…

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VA announces effort to hire mental health professionals

Posted  June 14, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed an aggressive national mental health hiring initiative to improve recruitment and hiring, marketing, education and training programs, and retention efforts for mental health professionals. To speed the national hiring process, VA developed the Mental Health Hiring Initiative, a multi-faceted, sustained National marketing and outreach campaign that includes…

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62 civil service to voluntarily retire at 309th AMARG

Posted  June 14, 2012

The U.S. Air Force announced June 8, that 62 civil service employees at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance & Regeneration Group have accepted voluntary retirements. The announcement came during a meeting that included Col. Allan Day, commander of the 309th Maintenance Wing, and Col. Patrick Kumashiro, commander of the 309th AMARG, local government, and community representatives…

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Health & Safety

June is Men’s Health Month

Posted  June 14, 2012

Men’s Health Month emphasizes health issues and raises awareness of preventable problems. The hope is to encourage early detection and treatment of diseases. Part of being aware is looking at lifestyle choices, such as diet habits, exercise, smoking and alcohol use. Men can be safer, stronger, and healthier by taking the following steps: Learn your…

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D-M senior enlisted corps primed to lead

Posted  June 14, 2012

As my time as the 355th Fighter Wing’s command chief draws to a close here, it’s hard not to notice how great it is to be an enlisted leader on the Desert Lightning Team – I am surrounded by powerhouse leaders that make service easier for us all. In the past three months, two of…

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Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Program debuts at D-M

Posted  June 14, 2012

Service to the Armed Forces, an American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter program that provides support to military members, veterans and their families, opened a new satellite office on Davis-Monthan, June 13. In Southern Arizona, the SAF program offers essential human services to about 17,000 active duty personnel and members of all branches of the…

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