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Extraordinary effort regardless of outcome

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Imagine a 5-year-old boy chasing grasshoppers at a camp site. He wanders too far. Darkness falls, and he is lost. A storm is brewing in the sky above, and the camping party turns into a search party. When this scenario unfolded earlier this month, six U.S. Air Force Reserve…

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D-M conducts Meet and Greet at local high school

TUCSON, Ariz. — A community event was held at Rincon High School Wednesday. The Meet and Greet event allowed members of the Tucson community to interact with their neighboring Airmen and learn about the mission of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “We learned a little bit about what you guys do behind the scenes that not necessarily everyone…

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Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at Academy

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Franklin Macon’s first flight took place as a child in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when he jumped off a chicken coop while holding on to fake wings. Despite…

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‘I Will Wait’ Tells Stories of Generations of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON — America sends its sons and daughters to war, and a new play titled “I Will Wait” looks at the effect of these deployments across the generations. The brainchild of Amy Uptgraft, the play connects the experiences of spouses from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Uptgraft wrote…

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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.


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Education – it’s free, take advantage of it

Posted  July 18, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — One benefit we have as military members is the opportunity for a free education. Surprisingly, many individuals do not take advantage of this and go their entire careers without ever stopping by the education center. This is extremely common, but hopefully this article will provide some resources to those thinking about…

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Training for joint, U.K. F-35 programs heat up

Posted  July 18, 2013

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The largest fleet of F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters ramped up to 28 aircraft June 25, bringing in new capability for the F-35 Integrated Training Center as the team trains to provide combat operations capability in the years ahead. The U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron-101 received a second F-35C from…

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GEICO award nominees sought

Posted  July 18, 2013

Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 2013 Government Employees Insurance Company Military Service Awards. The annual awards recognize enlisted members from all military service branches, including active duty, Guard and Reserve, for their contributions to military and civilian communities. The three award categories are drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety and fire…

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F-16s being regenerated into drones

Posted  July 18, 2013

Less than three months after the last F-4 phantom II departed from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group for drone conversion, maintainers here are already turning the wrenches on Air Combat Command’s fourth generation of aerial targets, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. With AMARG’s entire F-16 regeneration team gathered to document the event on July…

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SecDef details ‘Plan B’ should sequestration continue

Posted  July 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce, draconian cuts to military personnel accounts and a virtual halt to military modernization, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate leaders today. The senators had requested detailed information on how…

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Save money at the Auto Hobby Shop

Posted  July 18, 2013

Car maintenance can get pricey pretty fast. But luckily for military members and their dependents, the Auto Hobby Shop can save you some money. “If you need it done, we will save you money.” said Thomas Strong, 355th Force Support Squadron Auto Hobby Shop manager, about their services. The Auto Hobby Shop is open Tuesday…

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Exchange celebrates 118 years of service

Posted  July 18, 2013

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service celebrates a past, present and future of savings and service on July 25, the organization’s 118th anniversary. In recognition of this historic milestone, the Exchange is offering two fantastic dining deals for authorized patrons to enjoy. First, Express locations worldwide will be offering any size fountain…

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162nd Fighter Wing graduates first Iraqi pilots

Posted  July 18, 2013

While the Republic of Iraq builds a strong defensive posture in the Middle East as it faces the challenges of securing its new democratic course at home, the 162nd Fighter Wing at the Tucson International Airport graduated two Iraqi air force (IqAF) F-16 pilots June 27. An occasion one would arguably find unimaginable a decade…

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FY13 Technical sergeant-selects not eligible for NCORP Phase II

Posted  July 18, 2013

With the June 27 public release of technical sergeant selections, the Total Force Service Center has seen an increase of calls from technical sergeant-selects concerned about being selected for non-voluntary retraining as part of the Noncommissioned Officer Retraining Program Phase II. However, they are not eligible for non-voluntary selection. The NCORP is a two-phase program…

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Ten special duties become developmental opportunities

Posted  July 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Selection for 10 special duty fields is now a nominative rather than volunteer-based process, Air Force officials announced today. In the past, any qualified Airman who met eligibility criteria defined in the special duty catalog could apply for a special duty opportunity. However, as resources become scarcer, Air Force leaders…

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