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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…

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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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Health & Safety

Drug misuse, abuse: No excuse

Posted  March 7, 2014

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. (AFNS) — Airmen have a duty to uphold and must be “fit to fight.” Maintaining that fit lifestyle means routine health checkups, having a proper diet, exercise and sometimes using medications to combat illness and physical ailments.  While picking up an over-the-counter medication at the local drug store or being prescribed…

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DOD to take holistic view of slowing military compensation growth

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Defense Department can no longer put off slowing the growth of military personnel costs, and the fiscal year 2015 budget request DOD is recommending to the president begins that process, defense leaders said here today. Saying they are ready to take on the hard task of curbing growth in compensation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

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Air Force Assistance Fundraiser to begin in March

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Air Force Assistance Fundraiser will run from March 24, and ends May 2. The Desert Lightning Team goal this year is $121,074. “The Air Force Assistance Fund is an annual opportunity for Air Force members to contribute to four specific Air Force Charities,” said Capt. Benjamin Coffman, 12 AF Staff Acquisitions officer. “It is…

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Think before you act: It only takes a second for your actions to go viral

Posted  March 7, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Have you ever done something you wish you could take back? Said something mean … wrote something inappropriate … behaved in a way that was disrespectful? I’m sure you have or you wouldn’t be human. However, in today’s society some of these behaviors never go away, even if you tried to…

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How effective is D-M?

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Desert Lightning Team will be tested on how effectively its mission is executed during a Unit Effectiveness Inspection, March 20-30. A UEI is a capstone event, which is a continual evaluation of performance throughout an inspection period. A UEI is broken up into four major gradable areas; managing resources, leading people, improving the unit…

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Air Force

Admin career field to make comeback

Posted  March 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A previous administrative career field will make its second debut across the Air Force in May 2014, providing support staff at all Air Force levels and eliminating a special duty echelon. Approximately 80 percent of Airmen currently assigned to the Knowledge Operations Management Air Force specialty code 3D0X1 will transition to the  new…

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ACC command chief visits D-M

Posted  March 7, 2014

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt., Richard A. Parsons, Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., speaks to personnel at the 355th Security Forces Squadron, Feb. 19. Parsons emphasized capability versus capacity of Airmen regarding the force management the Air Force is currently undergoing.

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New apps provide Airmen mobile medical education and tools

Posted  March 7, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas  — Two free mobile applications produced by the Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia are now available for Airmen and all military health system beneficiaries. The CEMM released two mobile apps in 2013, the CEMM Virtual Medical Center app and a pregnancy app called “My Pregnancy A to Z Journal.”…

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Leadership stresses importance of keeping families informed

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Air Force’s on-going force shaping initiatives affect more than our Airmen–they also affect our families.  The concerns and questions Air Force families differ from those of a service member. Family members have few opportunities to engage with commanders and experts and large auditorium briefings and pages of personnel documents are not always the most…

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Salutes & Awards

SMSgt promotion release rescheduled

Posted  March 7, 2014

The 2014 senior master sergeant promotion selection release slated for March 6 has been rescheduled for March 20, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. “Air staff distributes promotion quotas based on fiscal and statutory constraints, and projected grade vacancies,” said Col. Joe Atkins, the AFPC operations division chief. “We are working carefully to make final…

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