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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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Military-to-Civilian skills credentialing pilot underway

Posted  November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON – After completing an analysis of industry and employment trends, the Defense Department has embarked on a pilot program to help service members obtain civilian professional credentials, the department’s director of training readiness and strategy told reporters today. Frank C. DiGiovanni said five occupational areas were selected for the pilot program — aircraft mechanic,…

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Military OneSource connects troops, families to resources

Posted  November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — As the Information Age continues to shape modern communication, the Defense Department has revitalized and consolidated the Military OneSource website to better serve military members and their families, a Pentagon official said in a recent interview. Zona Lewis, military community outreach online and resource operations manager, told the Pentagon Channel and American…

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Events

Airmen learn swing dance at The Loft

Posted  November 30, 2012

Looking for something fun to do? Why not try out some swing dancing classes Thursday evenings from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Loft. The class is led by Airman 1st Class David Brogdon. He’s been teaching swing dancing for about four months. “I learned how to swing dance six and a half years…

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D-M hosts A Starry Snowy Southwest Night

Posted  November 30, 2012

Davis-Monthan hosted the ninth annual A Starry Snowy Southwest Night event in the base chapel parking lot Nov. 27. A Starry Snowy Southwest Night is a free event for anyone with base access. The event had many festivities for children, such as 50 tons of snow, hot chocolate, cookies, hayrides, a tree lighting, and photos…

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357th Fighter Squadron – Pilots in Training

Posted  November 21, 2012

The 357th FS mission is to train pilots to plan, coordinate, execute, and control day and night close air support, battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance in support of friendly ground forces. Airmen from the 357th Fighter Squadron walk to their aircraft. 1st Lt. Eric Calvey, 357th Fighter Squadron, reviews maintenance records. The first step in the…

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First combat ready HC-130J arrives at D-M

Posted  November 21, 2012

Making its Air Force debut, the first combat ready HC-130J Combat King II touched down on here Nov. 15.

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Salutes & Awards

Cody named next Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force

Posted  November 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has named Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody to serve as the 17th chief master sergeant of the Air Force.

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Health & Safety

Keeping ‘Safe-n-Sound’ this holiday season

Posted  November 21, 2012

In preparation for the winter months and upcoming holidays, the Air Force has begun this year’s Holiday Winter Safety campaign, the theme of which is Safe-n-Sound, All Year Round. The campaign is slated to run from Nov. 16 through Jan. 2, 2013 and focuses on proper risk management during any and all activities this winter…

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Events

Opening doors for fun and recreation

Posted  November 21, 2012

Outdoor Recreation and Information, Tickets, and Tours held an open house Nov. 14, 2012 to showcase what they offer. Many of ODR and ITT’s services go unused. Many people do not even know both services share the same building. To combat this issue, the recreation specialists put together an open house to show the base…

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Commentary: Thankfulness and an oak tree

Posted  November 21, 2012

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — What are you thankful for? The question followed me the entire, extended weekend, as I struggled to write this article. It followed me as I made my way through the historic sites of Virginia. The air was unseasonably warm for November, as I walked through the remnants of Jamestown, Va….

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