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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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Laying the floor work

Posted  January 10, 2013

Though Christmas has come and gone, some Airmen are still giving back to the base. Led by U.S. Air Force Maj. Gregory Stack, 355th Fighter Wing executive officer, approximately 30 individuals laid down mats in the newly renovated…

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Health & Safety

National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted  January 10, 2013

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. The staff of D-M’s 355th Medical Group Women’s Health Clinic would like to highlight some of the new changes in the guidelines for cervical cancer screening. Pap smears now begin at age 21. Many women will be glad to know that they no longer need a pap smear…

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Events

D-M performs first Phase II exercise in four years

Posted  January 10, 2013

In preparation for the Operational Readiness Inspection slated for March 2014, D-M Airmen did their part to practice wartime missions during the Phase I, Phase II Operational Readiness Exercise Dec. 11-14. This exercise was the first of its kind in almost four years. The last time D-M had a Phase II ORE was in January…

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U.S.

Thrift Savings Plan: Bottom line is saving when it matters most

Posted  January 10, 2013

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — With the current military retirement system, Airmen must serve in the military for 20 years before reaping retirement benefits, unless they are medically retired before hitting that mark But what about Airmen who serve fewer than 20 years? What can they take away from their Air Force service beyond a…

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Veterans

Special hiring program helps AF wounded warriors

Posted  January 10, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force’s Wounded Warrior Civil Service Employment Program assists combat-related ill and injured Airmen secure Air Force civil service jobs, and since the program’s inception in 2006 nearly 120 wounded warriors have joined the Air Force’s civilian work force. This employment program assists wounded warriors with a…

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Salutes & Awards

Parents honor son’s memory through Camp Hope

Posted  January 10, 2013

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – With a simple idea and their fallen Marine son’s Servicemembers Group Life Insurance check, a retired soldier and his wife are honoring his memory…

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STOMP is coming to D-M, March 14-15

Posted  January 10, 2013

Did you know that 1 in 10 military children have special educational or healthcare needs? Many of these children may need an Individualized Education Program, commonly referred to as an IEP, or if younger, and in birth to three programs, and Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)?  Others may need a 504 or Accommodation Plan. The…

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U.S.

Military OneSource provides tax assistance service

Posted  January 10, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — As tax season nears, Military OneSource and H&R Block have joined forces again to provide a free online tax preparation service for service members. During an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Tony Jackson, a program analyst for the Military OneSource program office, detailed the services available for…

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Veterans

VA to cut red tape for veterans and survivors

Posted  January 10, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today it is cutting red tape for Veterans by eliminating the need for them to complete an annual Eligibility Verification Report (EVR). VA will implement a new process for confirming eligibility for benefits, and staff that had been responsible for processing the old form will instead focus…

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Air Force

Air Force Tuition Assistance Program changes policy

Posted  January 10, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Air Force tuition assistance program changed its policies on Jan.3 to emphasize the importance of Airmen maintaining a 2.0 grade point average and a 3.0 for graduate level degrees. “The tuition assistance program is set up to assist our Airmen in getting their degrees,” said Alice Patton, chief…

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