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Extraordinary effort regardless of outcome

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Imagine a 5-year-old boy chasing grasshoppers at a camp site. He wanders too far. Darkness falls, and he is lost. A storm is brewing in the sky above, and the camping party turns into a search party. When this scenario unfolded earlier this month, six U.S. Air Force Reserve…

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D-M conducts Meet and Greet at local high school

TUCSON, Ariz. — A community event was held at Rincon High School Wednesday. The Meet and Greet event allowed members of the Tucson community to interact with their neighboring Airmen and learn about the mission of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “We learned a little bit about what you guys do behind the scenes that not necessarily everyone…

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Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at Academy

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Franklin Macon’s first flight took place as a child in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when he jumped off a chicken coop while holding on to fake wings. Despite…

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‘I Will Wait’ Tells Stories of Generations of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON — America sends its sons and daughters to war, and a new play titled “I Will Wait” looks at the effect of these deployments across the generations. The brainchild of Amy Uptgraft, the play connects the experiences of spouses from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Uptgraft wrote…

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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.


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Health & Safety

Power surge: Why energy drinks are too much

Posted  September 15, 2013

FORT EUSTIS, Va., — Service members who rely on stimulant-cocktail energy drinks to keep alert on duty increase their risk for significant, lifelong health issues, say research scientists. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 45 percent of Service members downrange use energy drinks to stay awake. There are other ways to stay alert without reliance…

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Honorary Commander program creates a “perfect fit”

Posted  September 15, 2013

A community relations initiative, known as the Honorary Commander program, allows D-M to open its gates to prominent members of the local community. They come into base squadrons and groups and work side by side with military commanders.

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Blocks to build on: The social pillar

Posted  September 15, 2013

You’ve had a day for the record books. Not even 15 minutes into the work day you receive a verbal counseling from your supervisor, after which you are so preoccupied you realize you’re running late to a dental appointment.

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Know home-buying basics before becoming owner

Posted  September 15, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There comes a time when one may want to look at purchasing instead of renting a home and if done smartly, the advantages of owning a home can be greater than renting. “Given a long enough time line, a good home can be an appreciating asset,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force…

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88th Test and Evaluations Squadron

Posted  September 15, 2013

  Master Sgt. James A. Floyd, 88th Test and Evaluations Squadron test instructor loadmaster, completes an aircraft all-radios check during a pre-flight inspection on an HC-130J Sept. 5. Pre-flight inspections are conducted throughout the aircraft to ensure integrity and serviceability of the aircraft’s frame and equipment.     Master Sgt. James A. Floyd, 88th Test…

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Trainer inspired to change people’s lives

Posted  September 15, 2013

Looking at Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist supervisor, one sees a strong, muscular, fit man. But, he says he wasn’t always that way.

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Salutes & Awards

Stay focused, don’t punch out

Posted  September 15, 2013

Military aircraft go through vigorous inspections, daily, to ensure air crew safety, but what happens when an aircraft experiences malfunctions during flight? One D-M Airmen was faced with this situation.

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Health & Safety

New bone marrow clinic opens at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center

Posted  September 15, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center took a step forward in the assistance of bone marrow treatments across the world by opening a bone marrow clinic. Of the 30,000 people in need of a bone marrow transplant each year, 500 are Department of Defense members. “By establishing the program here,…

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Local Briefs September 13, 2013

Posted  September 15, 2013

355 EMS Munitions Flight to conduct inventory assessment NOTICE TO ALL MUNITIONS FLIGHT CUSTODIANS/CUSTOMERS: The 355 EMS Munitions Flight will be conducting a 100% Munitions Stockpile Inventory Sept. 13. Only Emergency requests submitted in writing and approved by the MXG Commander will be supported. Direct any questions to Munitions Operations at 228-8274. Youth Flag Football…

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Airmen to be nominated for special duties

Posted  September 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team rehearses for the 57th Presidential Inaugural on Jan. 11, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Assignment to base honor guards will now be a vetted nomination process. LANGLEY AFB, Va. — Approved changes to the Air Force special duty program will…

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