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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

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Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…


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Air Force launches new program to capture innovative ideas

Posted  April 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced the creation of a new program April 4, designed to harness Airmen’s innovation. Airmen Powered by Innovation, or API, will replace three existing Air Force “good idea” programs – the Innovative Development through Employee Awareness, Productivity Enhancing Capital Investment, and Best Practices programs – and expand the role of Air Force…

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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

Posted  April 17, 2014

MARANA, Ariz. — The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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Military child recognized by Arizona BGCA

Posted  April 17, 2014

A Sonoran Science Academy freshman was recently selected as the Boys and Girls Club of America Arizona Military Youth of the Year. David Zulli, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Zulli, 355th Fighter Wing base chaplain, competed against other youth around Arizona, winning a $1,000 scholarship and advancing on to the regional competition. Being a military…

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Diamond Sharp April 18, 2014

Posted  April 17, 2014

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jessica Nail / 612 AOC (CPD) First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Jamie Harwick Duty Title: ATO Production Technician When joined the AF: August 16, 2011 Hometown: Cambridge, Illinois Hobbies: Soccer, Playing musical instruments, and Auto-mechanics Selection Reasons:   Airman Nail was handpicked to participate in a two part development and operational testing…

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Local Briefs April 18, 2014

Posted  April 17, 2014

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet April 21, noon – 1 p.m. – Golden Corral Restaurant Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Dr.  The April meeting will be Monday, April 21. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30…

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Local Briefs April 25, 2014

Posted  April 24, 2014

Military Children School Transitions Training   May 7-8, 8:30 a.m. – 4p.m. – Hilton Tucson East The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is offering a two day seminar aimed at “Supporting Military Children through School Transitions: Social/Emotional”.  The course is open to military parents, guidance counselors, educators, school administration and caring adults interested in learning…

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Health & Safety

Airman consumed by alcohol fights back

Posted  April 24, 2014

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, GA. — With his suicide note placed neatly on the bed, he got dressed and headed to work. His plan was to pretend everything was OK, arm up for training, and then take his own life. In his note, the Airman wrote to his friends, family, supervisor, leadership and himself. He apologized…

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Academic help is a click away for military kids

Posted  April 24, 2014

The pressure is on for military students (and their parents) as kids face homework, papers, exams and standardized tests. Decrease your family’s stress levels and improve your children’s grades with personalized tutoring offered online and at no cost to children in military families. All Kindergarten-grade 12 students in eligible U.S. military families can access Tutor.com…

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Introducing the ‘unnamed conspirator’

Posted  April 24, 2014

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. (AFNS) — As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a briefing was held April 18 here, to help educate Airmen on the impact of sexual assault across the service and the nation and how they can get involved in the fight to change the culture that supports it. Speaking during the…

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See evil, hear evil, speak up

Posted  April 24, 2014

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AFNS) — Everyone has met one or two Airmen who agree with their leaders’ decisions even though the decisions are against Air Force policies or directives. They refuse to speak up about the violation and would rather follow orders because they don’t want to rock the boat. They may even…

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