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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…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Staci Miller) Veterans

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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How can I ride a motorcycle on base?

Posted  November 9, 2012

Students of the Motorcycle Safety Basic Rider Course practice basic riding techniques on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The course consists of one day of in-class learning and two days of actual riding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy D. Moore) Are you tired of riding around base on four wheels? Do you…

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Outdoor Rec offers low cost events for Airmen

Posted  November 9, 2012

Members of the Desert Lightning Team scale obstacles at the 4H High Ropes course held by the Single Airmen Initiative program in Tucson, Ariz. March 8. The SAI is an Air Force-wide program endorsed by the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. (Courtesy photo) Are you looking for something fun and inexpensive to do…

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UofA Career Day gives glimpse of officer duties

Posted  November 9, 2012

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Rolland Holland, 355th Operation Support Squadron Airfield Operations Flight commander, talks with University of Arizona ROTC cadets about his career field in the Air Force at a Career day held at the UofA campus Nov. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook) Officers from a wide…

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Local Briefs – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

Gate/Road Closure Craycroft Gate and Craycroft Road, from Golf Links to Arizola/Quijota, will be closed Nov. 11-12. Drivers can enter and leave the base through the Swan Gate. The visitor center will be located at the Swan Gate. Craycroft gate is scheduled to close at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 and reopen at 5 p.m. Nov….

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D-M Airman saves residents from fire

Posted  November 2, 2012

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Cacopardo, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, poses for a photo with residents he saved in Tucson, Oct. 25. Sergeant Cacopardo pulled the residents from the house after the garage caught fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths) A Staff Sgt. from the 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron…

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EMS refurbishes Heritage Park

Posted  November 2, 2012

Members from the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron corrosion control and sheet metal flights are working to refurbish several aircraft at Heritage Park on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “We are maintaining Heritage Park,” said Senior Airman Clint Black, 355th EMS aircraft structural maintenance. “We are making sure it is kept at a standard so people will…

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AF accepting distinguished civilian award nominations

Posted  November 2, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 58th Annual Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award. This is the highest award presented to DOD career civilian employees whose careers reflect exceptional devotion to duty and significant contributions of broad scope to DOD operational efficiency, economy, or other improvements,…

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Online access simplifies dependent updates

Posted  November 2, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Family situations can be complicated, but updating family benefit information doesn’t have to be, now that it can be done online. Dependent family members must be registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, and in many instances must have a valid dependent identification card, to access medical,…

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Good grades pay off at the Exchange

Posted  November 2, 2012

DALLAS – According to the Military Child Education Coalition, an estimated 80 percent of military connected children are forced to move between 6-9 times as they complete their K-12 education and, along with geographical moves, comes changes in educational settings and curriculums. With these unique challenges in mind, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service…

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AF officials eliminate civilian skill code requirements

Posted  November 2, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials have rescinded the manual used to define civilian position skill codes in one of several ongoing administrative actions geared toward transforming civilian hiring, determining employee training and development needs, and selecting employees for training under competitive procedures, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Skill codes…

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