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D-M puts its agencies to the test

An aircraft crash training exercise was held at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range here Feb. 19. The simulated crash site was scattered throughout a two mile radius. “The idea was to test the base’s capabilities to respond to an aircraft crash incident with a mass-casualty piece involved,” said Master Sgt. Mark Molineaux, 355th…

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Don’t underestimate the importance of sacrifices

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my wife, for better…

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New Airmen get their bearings

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — New Airmen go through a whirlwind of activities during the transformation of civilian to active duty Airman, which can be a confusing process. Lucky for new Airmen, there’s the First Term Airmen Center to catch them when they land at their first duty station. FTAC is a five-day program…

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Riding for the future of cycling

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Following a full day of work developing Air Force models, Maj. Ian Holt, the Headquarters Air Force Space Command vault concepts lead, mounts his Felt bicycle and starts pedaling on a three-hour training ride. It’s all part of the regimen prescribed by his coach leading up to the…

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Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers take training, skill and precise decisions to execute. The most recent flown in the area was the Super Bowl flyover, where the Thunderbirds, officially known as…


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Health & Safety

National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted  January 16, 2014

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. The staff of D-M’s 355th Medical Group Women’s Health Clinic would like to highlight some of the changes in the guidelines for cervical cancer screening. Many women will be glad to know they will no longer need a Pap smear every year. Pap smears now begin at age…

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Retention Board Q&A

Posted  January 16, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Airmen across Air Combat Command are starting the New Year with many questions pertaining to retention and quality review boards announced by Air Force leadership to reduce the enlisted force by thousands. Chief Michael J. Helfer, chief enlisted manager (CEM) Manpower, Personnel and Services Directorate, clarifies some of those questions and rumors…

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Health & Safety

TRICARE to end walk-in admin services

Posted  January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) –TRICARE military health plan service centers will end administrative walk-in services in the U.S. on April 1, Pentagon officials said Jan. 13. While the 189 facilities will stop taking walk-ins, beneficiaries can accomplish any administrative task online or by phone, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren. TRICARE service centers overseas are not…

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Posted  January 16, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As a first sergeant I’ve learned some valuable lessons from my commanders. One of them is to focus my efforts on the things I can control and to plan ahead taking into consideration the effects of those actions. This is a pretty simple advice to apply. Maximize the amount of effort…

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CCAF to offer General Education Mobile

Posted  January 16, 2014

Education is highly encouraged if not recommended for military members. However with the uncertainty of deployments and extended hours, committing to a seat in a college classroom is pretty difficult. The Community College of the Air Force has called upon 40 schools to offer the General Education Mobile program to active duty service members. “GEM…

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DoD

DOD releases new religious accommodation instruction

Posted  January 23, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department today released a new instruction that details its updated policy on making religious accommodations requested by service members, Pentagon spokesman Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nathan J. Christensen said today. A DOD instruction implements a policy or prescribes the manner or plan of action used to carry out a policy, operate a…

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Get your vote counted

Posted  January 23, 2014

This year, the entire U.S. House of Representatives, a third of the U.S. Senate and 36 State Governors will be elected. To ensure your absentee ballots are sent to you, it’s important to submit a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) — even if you just voted in November. Visit FVAP.gov to use the online…

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The future: New territory or repeat of history?

Posted  January 23, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — It is easy to get overwhelmed when listening to the pervasive 24/7 news cycle broadcasting predictions of an uncertain future. Whether it is America’s supposed “failure to lead” abroad, continuous fiscal disagreements in Washington D.C., or the Air Force’s pending drawdown of 25,000 Airmen, many conclude that the future is uncertain…

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Health & Safety

Distance proves no barrier for concerned wingman

Posted  January 23, 2014

RAF MILDENHALL, England (AFNS) — (Editor’s note: For privacy reasons, the name of the male Airman has been changed.) Previous experience working for a crisis prevention and intervention hotline helped an Airman from the 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron here, save another Airman’s life. Back in June 2013, Airman 1st Class Julia Cap, a geospatial…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp January 24, 2104

Posted  January 23, 2014

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. James Johnson / 48 RQS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. James Morgan Duty Title: NCOIC, Intelligence When joined the AF: March 6, 2007 Hometown: Odenton, Maryland Hobbies: Running, attending school, lifting weights, watching movies, volunteering, barbequing delicious food, hiking/outdoor activities Selection Reasons:   Staff Sgt. Johnson led the Intelligence shop as the sole…

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