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Arizona Airmen memorialize fallen Iraqi fighter pilot

Members of the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing honored the life and memory of Iraqi Air Force Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sideeq Hasan during a memorial service here July 7. Hasan died June 24 after his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Douglas, Arizona, during a night training mission.  He trained with Air Guard members…

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Viper Demo Team pilot ‘Rockets’ to new heights

  SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — An F-16CM Fighting Falcon shoots into the air, flying at a speed of 400 knots as it is pulled through various maneuvers to demonstrate its capabilities. Maneuvering the aircraft through inversions, undergoing eight to nine times the force of gravity, and pushing the F-16 to its limits is Capt. Craig…

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Working group to study implications of transgender service

WASHINGTON – A Defense Department working group will study the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly in the military, and its work will presume they can do so unless objective and practical impediments are identified, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today. In a statement announcing the working group, Carter said…

(U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Commentary

Run to the Sound of the Guns…Be a Servant Leader

Many of us have seen the best and worst in leadership throughout the course of our careers as Airmen. Usually we can think of two names, one good and one bad, that personify each bound of the leadership spectrum. This reality leads to the fact that even though we are called to be leaders in…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Local

Fuel systems repair hangar officially opens

The 355th Component Maintenance Squadron’s joint fuel cell repair hangar ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 13. The facility was constructed to improve efficiency within the joint fuel cell leading to the reduction in man hours and operating costs. The new hangar is Air Combat Command’s largest aircraft fuel systems repair section. It supports eight…


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DOD contractors to get new whistleblower protections

Posted  July 5, 2013

WASHINGTON – Beginning July 1, whistleblowers working for Defense Department subcontractors will begin receiving protection against reprisals through a new law intended to better protect those who expose possible wrongdoing. In addition, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, contractors who report suspected waste, fraud and abuse within their company…

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Independence Day: Freedom at its finest

Posted  July 5, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AFNS) — In a few days, we, as Americans, will celebrate one of the most, if not the most, important date for the U.S. — our Independence Day. As I try to figure out what I’ll be doing for the Fourth of July weekend, I also want to take the time to reflect on…

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Airmen work to end veteran homelessness by 2015

Posted  July 5, 2013

Col. Michael T. Rawls, 355th Fighter Wing vice commander, spoke at a press conference at city hall in Tucson, June 21, about ending veteran homelessness by 2015. The White House has announced an initiative to end veterans homelessness by 2015, and Tucson is one of 25 flagship cities selected to lead this effort. Tucson’s mayor,…

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Concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot: ‘Freedom a beautiful thing’

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey White Retired Lt. Col. Harry Pawlik, a World War II concentration camp survivor, recalled several obstacles from the time he was captured by Nazi forces at the age of 10, to the day he graduated from the Naval War College during a recent interview. SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE…

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D-M Airmen arrive on scene to support tornado victims

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bradley C. Church The path of a recent tornado in Moore, Okla., May 22. A tornado categorized as an EF5, the strongest category possible, with winds ranging from 200 to 210 mph struck Moore May 20. The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports 24 fatalities related to the…

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Diamond Sharp July 5, 2013

Posted  July 5, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jose A. Chavez/755 OSS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Maberry Duty Title: Mission Support Network Operator When joined the Air Force: Sept. 28, 2010 Hometown: San Dimas, CA Hobbies: Playing golf and spending time with family Selection Reasons: Airman Chavez acquired Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency certification by attending a…

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355 MDOS

Posted  July 5, 2013

The 355th Medical Operations Squadron ensures combatant commanders that their warfighters are medically fit-to-fight and provides combat-ready medical personnel to execute medical support of missions worldwide. The squadron provides medical care to maximize the health and welfare of our current and retired warriors and their family members both in theater and at home. Tech. Sgt….

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421st FS pilots respond, work together in ‘amazing’ ‘non-incident’

Posted  July 5, 2013

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah  — On June 11, a 421st Fighter Squadron pilot used all his previous flight safety training and then some, as he leaned on his wingman and his experience to respond to an in-flight emergency. During a four ship G-Awareness Exercise, at 9:35 a.m., Capt. Justin Ankenbruck discovered his control stick had…

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Desert medic chosen for commissioning program

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths Tech. Sgt. Pamela Jirsa, 355th Medical Operations Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the orthopedic clinic, applies a cast to a patients arm at the 355th Medical Group. Jirsa was accepted into the Nursing Enlisted Commissioning Program for the year of 2013. Not everyone gets to…

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Local Briefs July 5, 2013

Posted  July 5, 2013

Summary courts officer notice for Gabriel R. Garza It is with deep regret that we announce the unexpected death of Master Sgt. Gabriel R. Garza, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Capt. John R. Ware, 355th CMS, is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal property and…

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