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D-M puts its agencies to the test

An aircraft crash training exercise was held at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range here Feb. 19. The simulated crash site was scattered throughout a two mile radius. “The idea was to test the base’s capabilities to respond to an aircraft crash incident with a mass-casualty piece involved,” said Master Sgt. Mark Molineaux, 355th…

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Don’t underestimate the importance of sacrifices

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my wife, for better…

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New Airmen get their bearings

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — New Airmen go through a whirlwind of activities during the transformation of civilian to active duty Airman, which can be a confusing process. Lucky for new Airmen, there’s the First Term Airmen Center to catch them when they land at their first duty station. FTAC is a five-day program…

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Riding for the future of cycling

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Following a full day of work developing Air Force models, Maj. Ian Holt, the Headquarters Air Force Space Command vault concepts lead, mounts his Felt bicycle and starts pedaling on a three-hour training ride. It’s all part of the regimen prescribed by his coach leading up to the…

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Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers take training, skill and precise decisions to execute. The most recent flown in the area was the Super Bowl flyover, where the Thunderbirds, officially known as…


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Salutes & Awards

D-M engages in testimonials for Women’s History Month

Posted  March 20, 2014

D-M hosted a Women’s History Month panel enabling Airmen to come together and listen to women’s stories of overcoming obstacles in their lives and workplace, March 12. Women’s History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in…

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AF requests BRAC from House Appropriations Committee

Posted  March 20, 2014

The Air Force presented to the House Appropriations Committee panel its fiscal 2015 budget request March 12, showing it will take more risk with military construction and military housing and is requesting another round of base realignments and closures. “In the (fiscal year) 15 President’s budget request, the Air Force attempted to strike the delicate…

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Sports

D-M rescue squad mentors U of A rugby team

Posted  March 20, 2014

Members from the University of Arizona Rugby team visited the 55th Rescue Squadron here, March 7 – 8. The two-day visit was a part of the third annual Combat Wildcat event, where the players toured the 55th RQS and participated in team building exercises. Similar to basic military training, the main goal of Combat Wildcat is…

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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

Posted  March 20, 2014

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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Local Briefs March 28, 2014

Posted  March 27, 2014

Retired Officers’ Spouses Club to meet April 3, 11 a.m. – Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar The Tucson Retired Officers’ Spouses Club will hold its next monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 3 at Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar, 4660 East Camp Lowell Dr., on the southwest corner of Swan Rd. and Camp Lowell Dr. Special guest…

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Health & Safety

TRICARE service center walk-in service ending

Posted  March 27, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va., — Walk-in service at TRICARE Service Centers in the U.S. will no longer be available as of April 1. TRICARE Service Centers are customer service outlets that are operated by our regional contractors. They are usually located in military hospitals and clinics. Because our overseas areas are unique, we will continue walk-in service at TRICARE…

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BAH recertification

Posted  March 27, 2014

The call to have all members recertify their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) “with dependent” rate is a Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) mandate in order to establish a method of complying with the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization for document retention. Members who receive “with dependent” rate include those who are married to…

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Air Force

Civilian workforce shaping parallel with military programs

Posted  March 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced additional civilian workforce shaping initiatives March 26 in compliance with mandatory funding targets and continuing civilian workforce rebalance to meet skill demands for fiscal 2014 and beyond. The programs will run in parallel with military programs, said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for…

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Airmen must revalidate dependents

Posted  March 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide their servicing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts. This one-time, Air Force-wide recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen’s basic allowance for housing entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the…

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The German Bulldog

Posted  March 27, 2014

A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officer was given the opportunity to foster a bilateral relationship through the Exchange Officer Program which ends today. German Air Force Maj. Andreas Jeschek, attached to the 354th Fighter Squadron as an A-10 Thunderbolt pilot, has been part of the program since 2011 and his tour here ends today….

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