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Thunderbolt bounces back after belly landingThunderbolt bounces back after belly landing

On the evening of Sept. 30, an A-10 stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was coming back to base for a routine landing after completing a standard sortie. Just when everything seemed to be going as planned, disaster struck! The main landing gear failed to extend, putting the pilot in a tough spot. During an…

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Down and out at Dyess: Air Force Assistance Fund to the rescue

It was scary, leaving home and joining an organization such as the United States Air Force. The people, job, and location were all brand new. When I joined the military, I came from a less than honorable home life.  I come from a single family household and my brother left my sister and me as…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Staci Miller) Veterans

Chief serves beyond active-duty

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — John Burden retired as a chief master sergeant more than 18 years ago, but he never stopped serving his country and community. “As I was parking at the Veteran’s Association clinic, I saw a gentleman across the street get out of an old rickety van,” Burden said. “He was an amputee…

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D-M Airman: I am an IRONMAN

On Nov. 16th, Senior Airman Daniel Hughes, 355th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, tested his fitness limits and participated in IRONMAN Arizona. IRONMAN Arizona is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim around Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Ariz., followed by a 112-mile bike ride which consists of a three loop course that heads out of…

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Click, Click, Boom!

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It all begins with a duck-face, a peace sign and a selfie. From there, a photo taken in front of the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Wherever is posted to Airman Duck-face’s Facebook wall. It is shared by crazy Aunt Jane, who passes it along to Cousin Joey. Joey is…


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Department of Defense releases 2013 BAH rates

Posted  December 21, 2012

Washington (AFNS) — The Department of Defense released today the 2013 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, which take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Overall rates will increase an average of 3.8 percent this year. For members with dependents, average increases in BAH are approximately $60 per month. A typical E-6 with dependents, for example, will…

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Air Force leaders issue holiday message

Posted  December 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following holiday message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: The holiday season is a perfect time to celebrate the many blessings…

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‘Bust through blues’ with positive attitude

Posted  December 21, 2012

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — At the end of each day, I ask myself: Is the universe a happier and better place because of my existence? I’m sure we’ve all had an experience like the one I had last week. I was waiting in line at the grocery store behind someone who was…

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Panetta orders review of child care hiring practices

Posted  December 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered a review of hiring practices at Defense Department child development centers. Army officials announced yesterday an immediate investigation into hiring procedures at its child development centers nationwide after identifying potential problems with security background investigations for some CDC employees at Fort Myer, Va. “Secretary Panetta…

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‘Wreaths Across America’ honors fallen service members

Posted  December 21, 2012

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. – As thousands of volunteers fanned out here this weekend, placing holiday wreaths at the white headstones as part of the “Wreaths Across America” tribute, Sheila Patton kept vigil at one particular gravesite. Patton and her daughter stationed themselves at the grave of their son and brother, Army Staff Sgt. James…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  December 21, 2012

Name/Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Daniel Thetford / 48 Rescue Squadron First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Nathan Rice Duty Title: Independent Duty Medical Technician When Joined the AF: September 1998 Hometown: San Antonio, TX Hobbies: Cars – Has a really nice GT 500 Shelby Mustang, silver and black. Selection Reasons: As President of the Guardian Angel Booster Club,…

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EFMP offers help to special needs family members

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Airmen and Family Readiness Center on D-M offers families many opportunities to connect with other families around the base. The Exceptional Family Member Program offers families with special needs a way to get the help and support they need. The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program administered by the medical community by all the…

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355th Fighter Wing Legal Office

Posted  December 21, 2012

The 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office is comprised of four sections: General Law, Legal Assistance, Military Justice and the Staff Judge Advocate. In addition to assisting the base populace with legal matters, the Legal Office advises commanders on all matters affecting the installation and the mission, including such wide-ranging areas as military justice, administrative actions,…

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AF Marathon registration to open with special discount

Posted  December 21, 2012

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — Registration for the 2013 Air Force Marathon will open Jan. 1, 2013, with special New Year’s resolution discounts. The full and half marathons will be discounted by $10 Jan. 1. The 10K and 5K races will be discounted by $5. “We encourage all participants to register as early…

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Dagger Point with Staff Sgt. Ryan Vottero

Posted  December 21, 2012

Recently Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s own Staff Sergeant Ryan Vottero, 355th Security Forces Squadron, wrestled for Team USA. Vottero was selected to represent the country and compete in a tournament in Poland. JS: How did you become part of team USA? RV: In years past they used to run a trials tournament to make the…

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