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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…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystie Martinez) Commentary

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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Local Briefs August 17, 2012

Posted  August 16, 2012

Partners Preschool Program  Borman Elementary School at Davis-Monthan AFB will be offering a new part-time preschool program for children ages 3-5. The Partners Preschool Program works to create a comprehensive and high-quality early childhood model that supports and promotes engaging, developmentally appropriate and positive early education for preschoolers in an inclusive setting. Applications are currently…

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Air Force looks to put wings on enlisted retrainees

Posted  August 16, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Enlisted Airmen have the opportunity to earn a pair of wings and go fly, fight and win America’s wars. Air Force officials are looking for retrainees to become career enlisted aviators as flight engineers, aircraft loadmasters, flight attendants, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operators. The duties and responsibilities…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Washburn)
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PJs train for overseas operations

Posted  August 10, 2012

From the Craycroft gate on D-M, it’s approximately 138 miles to our destination at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field for the July 25 combat search and rescue training mission…

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MDG providing sports physical appointments

Posted  August 10, 2012

As the 2012-2013 school year quickly approaches, children may need to get a school or sports physical. The 355th Medical Group is working hard to meet this need by modifying the daily schedule to make appointments available. We continue to have open duty day appointments, so your best and fastest option is to call 228-2778…

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Health & Safety

D-M welcomes first-of-its-kind security organization

Posted  August 10, 2012

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is the home of a first-of-its-kind security organization known as the Intelligence Fusion Cell. The IFC includes 355th Security Forces Squadron Intelligence/Investigations, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 355th Fighter Wing Intelligence, Resource Protection, Critical Asset Risk Manage-ment and the Antiterrorism/Force Protection Officer, is designed to protect and safe guard…

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When to make changes to your SBP election

Posted  August 10, 2012

If you are retired and elected for the Survivor Benefit Plan for your spouse and/or children, when can you make changes to your plan? Any time you have a change in life circumstances; loss of spouse due to death or divorce, remarriage, acquiring a dependent child; you will need to update your SBP election. If…

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CCAF announces solution to residency requirement

Posted  August 10, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Airmen who attend a Defense Department or Tri-Service technical school can earn their Community College of the Air Force degree sooner than once thought. There are a few ways to check the residency box off the list of degree requirements, according to Tech. Sgt. Russell Wroten, CCAF service degree…

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Deployed D-M Airman delivers morale boosts with the mail

Posted  August 10, 2012

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Af-ghanistan — On any given day in a small non-descript office on Camp Losano here, Airmen of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing peek their heads in…

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AF CSA travel card transitions to GTC

Posted  August 10, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The terms and conditions for the Air Force’s travel charge card are changing, but Airmen can hang on to their blue cards. From Aug. 7 through the end of September, the Air Force Banking Office will e-mail some 300,000 Airmen, informing them that their controlled spend account card will convert back to…

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Choose life, because YOU matter!

Posted  August 10, 2012

You can’t concentrate and your decision-making capabilities have been taken over by a dark fog. You’re just so unbelievably weak and tired because you’ve lost that spark for life. You try desperately to smile to appease everyone around you, but it hurts. The guilt and incred-ible sense of helplessness and self-doubt comes crashing in waves…

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