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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…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson) World

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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Events

Local Briefs April 19, 2013

Posted  April 18, 2013

Retired Officers’ Spouses Club The Tucson Retired Officers’ Spouses Club will hold its last monthly luncheon meeting of the season on Thursday, May 2 at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Dr., located off Swan Rd., one mile north of Sunrise Dr.  Special guest speaker is Matt Welch, Tucson Botanical Gardens Volunteer Docent. Social…

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354th FS and 355th MXG return home from deployment

Posted  April 12, 2013

Air Force members wait in a hangar with “Welcome Home” signs for the return of deployed Desert Lightning Team members on the flightline. The deployment included members of the 354th Fighter Squadron and 355th Maintenance Group, who were deployed for six months to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force members of the 354th Fighter Squadron…

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Local

Softball season set to kickoff

Posted  April 12, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Christine Halan Kristopher Henson, second baseman for the Desert Lightning 1st Six Council softball team, swings his bat at a pitch during the Company Grade Officer Council and 1st Six softball game here Aug. 25. The CGOC defeated the 1st Six, 18-16. The softball season is scheduled to…

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Salutes & Awards

AFSOUTH Airman presented with the Purple Heart

Posted  April 12, 2013

USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden Col. James Bortree, 612th Air and Space Operations Center commander, stands at attention with Staff Sgt. Staff Sgt. Darren C. Fackler, 612th AOC Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, during Fackler’s Purple Heart recognition ceremony here April 4. An Airman assigned to the 612th Air and Space Operations…

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Local

“Paradise” for D-M personnel and families

Posted  April 12, 2013

An estimated 3,000 Davis-Monthan Air Force Base personnel and their families spent Saturday afternoon at DM enjoying free food, games, live music and a car show at a picnic in the park hosted by the DM 50. “This is one of the most popular events of the year for thousands of folks who sacrifice their…

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Air Force

MilPDS upgrade complete: Review emergency contact information

Posted  April 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  — If you married, have a new address or experienced significant life changes in March, you should review your emergency contact information to ensure it is accurate, Air Force Personnel Center officials advised. The Military Personnel Data System manages such military personnel and pay information as accessions, separations, retirements, promotions,…

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Hagel seeks to limit convening authority powers under UCMJ

Posted  April 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will ask Congress to change military law so that commanders cannot overturn major convictions, the secretary announced in a written statement issued April 8. Article 60 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice currently gives power to “convening authorities,” or commanders, to set aside a conviction or decrease punishment following a…

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Voluntary separation programs continue through August

Posted  April 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Eligible officers and enlisted members have until Aug. 1 to submit their application for separation under the fiscal 2013 voluntary force management programs, Air Force officials reminded Airmen today. Announced in February, FY13 force management programs support the Air Force effort to reduce manning to the authorized end-strength by Sept. 30….

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Commentary

If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted  April 12, 2013

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — “Hey sexy… you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 foot 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had an eye…

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Health & Safety

It shouldn’t hurt to be a child

Posted  April 12, 2013

April is national Child Abuse Awareness Month, a time dedicated to child abuse awareness and prevention activities. Michelle McLoughlin, 355th Fighter Wing Family Advocacy outreach manager, says that by providing access to quality childcare, affordable health services, parenting education resources, and substance abuse and mental health programs, communities can make progress toward what the month…

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