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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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The Air Force gets a new travel agent

Posted  August 1, 2013

The Air Force is constantly in motion. Deployments, temporary duty assignments and permanent changes of station have personnel and equipment moving around the world at any given time. All of this travel requires planning and paperwork, and the Air Force recently got a new travel agent to handle all of that. WingGate Travel is the…

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Academy ranks among US top colleges

Posted  August 1, 2013

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Force Academy is ranked today as one of the top universities in the nation with the latest rankings from Forbes. Forbes released its annual best college rankings July 24, listing the Academy as the 31st best university in the nation. The U.S. Military Academy ranked 7th and…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp August 2, 2013

Posted  August 1, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman Jonathan C. Bass/ 355 Equipment Maintenance Squadron Airman Jonathan Bass has constantly shown dedication to the community, his church and the military. He was elected as Dorm Council President by his peers, communicating the needs of over 100 dorm residents to the First Sergeants. Additionally, Airman Bass honored our nation’s heroes by marching…

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Officers, enlisted members offered early retirement

Posted  August 1, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Technical and master sergeants, captains, majors and lieutenant colonels in certain Air Force specialties may apply to retire with fewer than 20 years of active service under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA is one of several…

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Local Briefs August 2, 2013

Posted  August 1, 2013

DM Thrift Shop to reopen Aug. 6 DM Thrift Shop is reopening on August 6th!  Come check out our new merchandise including a variety of Longaberger Baskets and dishes.  We are open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9-2 p.m. and the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.- noon. Consignments are Tuesdays and Wednesdays…

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Kids become paint technicians for a day

Posted  August 1, 2013

On Base Auto Body here held a “Kidz Kar Show” event July 17 at the School Age Program across from the Youth Center. The annual event gives members of the auto body shop a chance to connect with customers on a different level by interacting with their children. The auto body shop’s first event was…

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Sports

Skeet shoot isn’t just for adults

Posted  August 1, 2013

During the early morning of July 21, shooters gathered to practice their shooting skills at the D-M skeet range. Many of the patrons were retired older gentlemen with a few middle-aged men, but what stood out was the man targeting clay pigeons, who wasn’t even yet a teenager. Ryan Meger shoots skeet and participated in…

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755th AMXS Airmen help homeless youth

Posted  August 1, 2013

Two airmen from the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here are on a mission to help the homeless youth of Tucson. Airman 1st Class John Collard and Senior Airman Thomas Nguyen are working with a local nonprofit organization, “Youth On Their Own.” This organization is a drop-out prevention program that supports the high school graduation of…

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755th AMXS brings DUI awareness

Posted  August 1, 2013

Rarely am I able to pass through any of the base gates without my eyes being drawn to the status board showing the latest driving under the influence or alcohol related incident. Often the ‘days counter’ does not get above 30 days before another Airman is highlighted for failing to follow the law. It is…

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Services continue efforts to open combat jobs for women

Posted  August 1, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department continues working toward its goal of ensuring the mission is met with fully qualified and capable personnel, regardless of gender, the Pentagon’s director of officer and enlisted personnel management said here yesterday. Speaking at a House Armed Services Committee subcommittee hearing on women in service, Juliet Beyler said the services and…

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