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Safeguarding ground troops from above

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Roaring his way down the runway in a 43 thousand pound machine, Maj. Vincent Sherer pilots an A-10 Thunderbolt II into the skies of Afghanistan to provide overwatch and close air support for ground forces operating throughout the country. Sherer, a pilot with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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Navy unit trains with D-M

Sailors from Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. conducted joint training with A-10C Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here Nov. 3-15, 2014. Five MH-60S Knighthawks from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 Black Knights flew with the 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons, as well as the 354th Fighter Squadron….

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WWII pilot reunited with P-47

Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corps hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course here Feb. 28. After being wheeled out to the…

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Annual D-M 50 picnic scheduled for March 14

The annual DM-50 picnic will be held Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park. The picnic is a free event for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto the base. The DM-50 will be providing a variety of free entertainment, food, drinks and events. The picnic will…

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41 EECS Scorpions execute theater electronic warfare

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — With more than 6,600 sorties and 38,000 flying hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron provides premier counter-communications electronic attack capabilities here. The unit flies the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft which is configured to execute worldwide information warfare tactics.  It conducts electronic attack operations in order to…


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Health & Safety

PJs rapidly respond during Open House

Posted  April 17, 2014

Six pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron were first responders at a scene during D-M’s Thunder and Lightning over Arizona event, April 12. During the event, an individual suddenly had a heart attack and fell over. The episode happened directly in front of the 48th RQS display, which expedited lifesaving procedures. “We were all…

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USAF Thunderbirds offer flight to Arizona Cardinal

Posted  April 17, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds hosted a celebrity flight orientation here April 11. Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals cornerback, flew in an F-16 Fighting Falcon after being selected by the Thunderbirds to fly as a guest passenger. The flight was originally slated for April 10, but was delayed due to technical difficulty. Even though Peterson’s flight…

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The emotionless leader: Trusted and respected by Airmen

Posted  April 17, 2014

LAJES FIELD, Azores (AFNS) — “I don’t want to hurt her career.” “He’s the best NCO I’ve got. I don’t want to see him lose a stripe.” How many times have you heard someone in a leadership position make statements such as these when contemplating disciplinary actions when an Airman or NCO makes a terrible decision?…

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D-M first sergeants stand for Airmen

Posted  April 17, 2014

Things are not always as they appear, especially when it comes to D-M’s “diamond wearers”. In the U.S. Air Force, first sergeant is not a rank, but a special duty held by a senior enlisted member who reports directly to the unit commander. This billet is held by individuals of pay grades E-7 through E-9…

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Service members required to get Hep B immunization

Posted  April 17, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Department of Defense recently updated its immunization guidelines, requiring all service members to receive the hepatitis B virus immunizations. Since 2002, the Air Force has administered the vaccination to new recruits. Most deploying Airmen and health care workers have also received the vaccination. However, about 10 percent…

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AF opens additional TERA, VSP windows

Posted  April 17, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force will open two new fiscal year 2014 force management temporary early retirement authority application windows, and a new voluntary separation pay application window, Air Force Personnel Center officials said April 14. Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA eligibility will be based on the updated…

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Health & Safety

Many unregulated nutritional supplements could be harmful

Posted  April 17, 2014

With the summer season season fast approaching, many people are trying to get into shape. In addition to regular exercise, many Airmen take supplements to help speed up the process. However, there are no regulations determining what manufacturers can and cannot put into these supplements. Some of the many types of supplements that individuals take…

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It always seems impossible until it’s done: 12th AF Airmen Conquer Hard Charge

Posted  April 17, 2014

A team comprised of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Airmen and their civilian counter parts recently boosted morale by participating in the Hard Charge Televised Obstacle Mission held at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson on March 29. According to the Hard Charge website, the purpose of the event was to raise both money and…

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USMES provides a starting line for beginning athletes

Posted  April 17, 2014

Every work area has at least one. One person who brings their lunch to work neatly packed into plastic containers. The same person changes into their fitness apparel at work before they leave for the gym. You may ask yourself “How does someone achieve that level of dedication toward being physically fit?” It starts with…

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Into the wild blue yonder

Posted  April 17, 2014

The Military Personnel Exchange Program allowed a Sailor to switch places with an Airman, giving the Sailor a chance to experience the Air Force. Navy Lieutenant Commander Eric Anderson, 354th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, transferred from the Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. for a three year tour…

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