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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…

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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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Local Briefs – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

Managing Stress and Avoiding the Holiday Blues Dec. 7, 1-2:30 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center This time of year can be extremely stressful for many of us. Join us for a free 30-minute yoga session featuring chair yoga and pranayama breathing exercises. Discussion topics will include recognizing stress, defining your holiday expectations, coping…

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Salutes & Awards

D-M Fighter Squadron wins Luke’s 2012 Turkey Shoot

Posted  December 6, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Three U.S. Air Force pilots from the 357th Fighter Squadron, competed in a bombing competition Nov. 16, and won Top Team, as well as various other awards while there. The event, ‘Haboob Havoc,’ was hosted by the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Nine different squadrons…

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D-M to hold annual Cookie Crunch

Posted  November 30, 2012

Davis-Monthan’s Annual Cookie Crunch is under way! Help spread holiday cheer to our Airmen by ringing a “taste of home” to their dormitories. Cookie collection and package will be at the Mirage club on Dec. 3, 6:30 a.m. -5 p.m., and Dec. 4, 6:30 – 10 a.m. Cookies can be placed in disposable containers or…

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Warrior of the Week: November 19th, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Capt. Jason Giron Family: Wife – Sarah, Son – Tucker (6yrs), Daughter – Annabelle (2yrs) Hometown: Union, KY Unit: 355th Comptroller Squadron Job title: Flight Commander, Financial Analysis Job description: Responsible for financial guidance, resource management, and accounting services to 355th FW, 12th AF, and 9 tenant units. Lead a 15-person flight responsible for managing…

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Local Briefs – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Private Sector Resume Workshop Dec. 5, 10-11:30 a.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Prepare for your next career! We will cover topics including writing a resume for the private sector and successful interviewing skills. Please call 228-5690 to RSVP. USAJOBS Federal Resume Workshop Dec. 5, 1-4 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Are…

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F-35 begins integration phase of weapons testing

Posted  November 30, 2012

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — The F-35 Lighting II, Joint Strike Fighter began the integration phase of weapons testing Oct. 26, when the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing aircraft successfully completed the first in-flight test with an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. It was the first time a weapon communicated with the…

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Airman embraces Native American culture, traditions

Posted  November 30, 2012

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — As a young girl who grew up on the reservation in Fruitland, N.M., one Airman remembers happy ceremonies, traditions and family get-togethers. She spoke a different language, had a large extended family and lived in an area that was more than 90 percent Native American. Tech. Sgt. April…

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Health & Safety

Surviving the holidays with Commanders

Posted  November 30, 2012

As physical training failures have been on the rise Air Force wide, several commanders on D-M took the opportunity to become better informed about the services provided to help their Airmen not only pass their PT tests but also improve their overall health. The Health and Wellness Center conducted a Commander’s 101/Surviving the Holidays health…

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Warrior of the Week: November 26, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Airman 1st Class Ashley Lovelace Family: Husband Zak Hometown: Bakersfield, CA Unit: 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron (355th Operations Support Squadron) Job title: MPC intelligence analyst Job description: Wing Intel in the Mission Planning Cell (MPC) for the 455 EOSS. Provides ATO Flow analysis, analyzes Joint Tactical Air Requests submitted by ground forces, and builds…

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Commentary: My journey back to normal

Posted  November 30, 2012

Between August 2009 and March 2010, I lost myself during my deployment to Afghanistan. I remember coming off the airplane and seeing my family and knowing that my world would never be the same again. It took me almost 1.5 years to put my life back together. My family and co-workers greeted me coming out…

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