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Flooding still underway this year, avoid water runoff problems

While rain in a desert climate is usually welcome, too much of a good thing can a problem for travelers, especially newcomers who may not be familiar with how quickly driving and other travel conditions can change. “There have been flood advisories nearly every night [during] the last week or so due to the unseasonably…

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55th Electronic Combat Group

The 55th Electronic Combat Group provides combat-ready EC-130H Compass Call aircraft, crews, maintenance and operational support to combatant commanders. The group also plans and executes information operations, including information warfare and electronic attack, in support of theater campaign plans.

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D-M pilots have lunch with unique veterans

Pilots from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base met with members from the Veterans of Underage Military Service during a lunch in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 13. VUMS is an organization consisting of individuals who served in any branch of the United States Armed Services before they were of legal age to do so. Maj. Christopher Palmer, 357th…

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Summer burnout

Langley Air Force Base, Va. — Some of the very things we enjoy during the summer can also wear us down. Juggling work, family schedules, vacation times, and outdoor squadron activities can take a toll. The chronic engagement of these activities can cause stress, fatigue and eventually summer burnout. According to the American Psychological Association,…

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Proper flag display honors nation’s history, ultimate sacrifices

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — From front yards to the top of the White House, people have flown U.S. flags as emblems for sacrifice and independence. But to honor Old Glory, they must display it with proper etiquette year-round. According to Title 4 of the U.S. Code, it is “universal custom to display the…


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Pararescueman braves frigid Alaska to save crash victims

Posted  August 23, 2012

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The Air Force has released the latest Portraits in Courage, which highlights the courage of Airmen. One of them is Master Sgt. Christopher Uriarte, an Air Force reservist with the 306th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. While assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson as an Air National Guard pararescueman,…

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PANAMAX 2012 Spotlights

Posted  August 23, 2012

PANAMAX 2012 is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. Forces from 17 nations worked together as part of a computer-simulated-exercise to provide a variety of responses to requests made by the governments of Panama and Columbia. These requests were geared at protecting and guaranteeing safe…

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Health & Safety

Back to school tips for parents

Posted  August 23, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — As summer ends, the time for heading back to school begins; whether it is a child’s first year of school or a senior’s last, there are potential dangers lurking around every corner. Fortunately, ACC Safety is here providing simple reminders on keeping school-age children safe. “It is important for…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp August 24, 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Senior Airman Andrea M. Pabon, 12AF Senior Airman Andrea M. Pabon, 12AF First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Tracy Deason Duty Title: Knowledge Operations Journeyman When joined the AF: Oct. 20, 2009 Hometown: Sonora, TX Hobbies: Running, Volleyball, going to the gym Selection Reasons: Airman Pabon is a true “Wingman”! After discovering that a fellow Airman…

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PLAYpass available at the Airman & Family Readiness Center

Posted  August 23, 2012

The PLAYpass Program provides deployed-affected Single Airmen and Air Force families respite from the challenges of deployment. Single Airmen returning from deployment and families of deployed members can receive special discounts and rewards to help make their deployment easier. PLAYpass offers discount cards that provide members and eligible family members the opportunity to participate in…

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AFPC officials streamline PCS orders process

Posted  August 23, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center officials here have centralized how Permanent Change of Station orders are processed, validated and authenticated. Since Oct. 2011, the Total Force Service Center-San Antonio has been managing the PCS orders process and has authenticated more than 82,000 orders and 19,000 amendments. Before October, the…

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Local Briefs August 24, 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Lane Closures The left in-bound lane to Craycroft Gate is scheduled to be closed Saturday and Sunday, Aug 25-26. The closure is due to the left lane vehicle barrier being painted. Incoming traffic on the left lane will be directed to merge into the right lane after proceeding through Craycroft gate so please anticipate a…

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Arizona National Guard Soldiers compete in Army Combatives Championship

Posted  August 16, 2012

FORT HOOD, Texas — Two soldiers are locked, nose to nose, in a fight to gain the upper hand. Each move and counter is calculated on the fly, much like a physical chess match…

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PANAMAX 2012 commences

Posted  August 16, 2012

Air Forces Southern and partner nations from 17 different countries officially kicked-off the annual U.S. Southern Command sponsored PANAMAX 2012 exercise last night. The exercise, which is taking place Aug. 6-17, is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise series that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. The canal is one of the…

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Morale gets a boost with PLAYpass

Posted  August 16, 2012

Deployments can be hard on a service member, their friends and their family. PLAYpass is a membership card that Airmen and their families can use to receive discounts at select base organizations. The card is intended for use by families of deployed Airmen, and the Airmen themselves once they return. “This is an opportunity to…

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