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More than meets the eye

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — The word abuse often conjures images of bruises, swollen lips and harsh markings, but abuse is more than meets the eye. It can be much more than physical suffering and can have lasting effects on a person’s well-being. There are four types of abuse, explained Kristina Holubar, 366th Medical Group…

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AFSOUTH working with Colombia to develop space program

American Airmen from the Space community traveled to multiple U.S. space operations locations with Colombian air force counterparts in February as part of a U.S. Southern Command subject matter expert exchange. According to Lt. Col Trae York, 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern Director of Space Forces, the objective of the exchange was to…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman) World

Challenge coins: A tradition of excellence

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — Throughout the time we spend in the military, we collect many things. Whether they are mementos, awards or habits, such items are kept to remember those special moments we never wish to forget. Challenge coins are an example of these memories, as they are a form of recognition of…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Events

Special guest attends 563rd RQG dinner

A special guest speaker attended a dining-in event with members of the 563rd Rescue Group at the JW Marriott Resort in Tucson, Ariz., April 11. During a traditional mess dress dinner, Michael B. Donley, retired Secretary of the Air Force, discussed significant events he experienced while acting SAF and thanked the rescue group members and…

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162nd Wing provides assistance as D-M security forces goes “down range”

For decades now, the 162nd Wing and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base have maintained the presence of global air power in the Tucson skies while invoking a patriotic sprit in the community. Their military presence, however, is not exclusive of each other. From facilitating the sites that sustain the Total Force Training Center and Operation Noble…


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Local Briefs March 1, 2013

Posted  February 28, 2013

Arizona Police & Fire Games registration open Arizona Police & Fire Games annual athletic competitions will run from April 10 – 13. The Games are open for all active duty and retired Law Enforcement, Fire, Military, and their immediate families. Registration is ongoing through the week prior to the event. The goal of the Games…

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Furnishing the fight to end veteran homelessness

Posted  February 21, 2013

Nearly 63,000 veterans were homeless on any given night in the U.S. last January. Members of the 355th Contracting Squadron and other base personnel volunteered their time late last month to help shrink the daunting number of homeless veterans in Tucson, Ariz. With one of the dorms on D-M set to be renovated, project managers…

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Wing leadership visits local veterans

Posted  February 21, 2013

The National Salute to Veteran’s Patient Program was held Feb. 10-16 this year. Several dignitaries including Davis-Monthan Air Force Base wing leadership visited The Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Feb. 12, giving thanks and respect to those who served in the United States military. The National Salute to Veteran’s is held during the week of Valentine’s…

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SecDef announces Distinguished Warfare Medal

Posted  February 21, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS)  — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has approved a new medal designed to recognize service members directly affecting combat operations who may not even be on the same continent as the action. The Distinguished Warfare Medal recognizes the changing face of warfare. In the past, few, if any, service members not actually in…

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2012 climate survey shows overall satisfaction with jobs, leaders

Posted  February 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — More than 163,000 Airmen voiced their opinions in the online Air Force Climate Survey conducted May 11 – June 22, with results indicating Airmen are satisfied with unit performance and trust their leaders, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. Conducted every two years, the climate survey is…

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AF implements enlisted date of separation rollback

Posted  February 21, 2013

The Air Force will implement the enlisted date of separation rollback program this fiscal year, in addition to several voluntary force management programs that were announced Feb. 5, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The rollback will accelerate the date of separation for senior master sergeants and below who meet required criteria, said Lt. Col….

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History is not for me

Posted  February 21, 2013

Whenever I fill out a form that asks me about my race, I take pride in marking the box labeled African American/Black. I am proud of my skin tone; my ethnicity; and to the extent that my knowledge of it allows me, my heritage; but I am not that fond of African American/Black History month….

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Some Exchange shoppers duped by fake car ads

Posted  February 21, 2013

DALLAS – An individual or individuals claiming to be “Exchange Inc.” have been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’re purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense (DoD) retailer. “This has been a problem for the past few months where someone is…

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The Loft visits Biosphere 2

Posted  February 21, 2013

Throughout the year, the Loft Airman Ministry Center plans and coordinates trips and events to build morale for the D-M dormitory Airmen. This year included a trip to the Biosphere 2 facility on Feb. 9. The Loft is an area located within the dorms where Airmen can come to watch television, use free Wi-Fi, play…

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Everyone needs a hobby

Posted  February 21, 2013

Most people have a hobby: painting, stamp collecting and sewing. It’s a way to blow off steam after a long day at work. For Master Sgt. Kevin Wilske, 355th Fighter Wing Plans and Programs superintendent, he enjoys building works of art out of wood. Wilske’s wood working foundation began about two years ago. His hobby…

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