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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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DOD releases figures on sexual harassment in military

Posted  May 22, 2014

WASHINGTON – Emphasizing that the Defense Department continues to encourage victims to come forward, Pentagon officials released a report today that says just under 1,400 cases of sexual harassment occurred in the military last year. The congressionally mandated report defines sexual harassment as an unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal or…

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Southern Arizona VA to hold Memorial Day Ceremony

Posted  May 22, 2014

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is inviting patients, staff, visitors, and guests to the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony.  The program will be held on Friday, May 30 in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium located in building #4 at 10 a.m.  There will be numerous local dignitaries as well as active duty military…

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CRE employed for ANGEL THUNDER

Posted  May 22, 2014

A contingency response element of the 621st Contingency Response Wing from Travis Air Force Base, California, is participating in exercise ANGEL THUNDER at Davis-Monthan AFB and Flagstaff Pulliam Airport. The CRE provides continuous on-site management of Air Mobility Command airfield operations including command and control, aerial port services, maintenance, security, weather, and intelligence — those…

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Airman reflects on being a young parent

Posted  May 22, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Being a young parent can be challenging in the best of conditions. Having a child while still in high school can hardly be considered the best of circumstances. Add to the mix joining the military right after graduation and a whole other league of challenges are entered. For Airman…

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Joint and Coalition forces train at the firing range

Posted  May 22, 2014

German Air Force Rangers practice various firing tactics during Exercise ANGEL THUNDER at Three Points Firing Range in Tucson on May 12. ANGEL THUNDER is the only exercise in the Department of Defense covering personnel recovery training across the full spectrum of irregular and conventional warfare and has become the world’s largest and most complex…

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D-M helps maintain a Flying Fortress

Posted  May 22, 2014

More than 10 Airmen from D-M volunteered to clean and learn about different World War II aircraft, such as the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, May 11. The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft, which was developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps. From its introduction in 1938,…

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Commentary

Putting the ‘memorial’ back into Memorial Day

Posted  May 22, 2014

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — A few years ago I was asked to speak at a Memorial Day ceremony for a retirement community in St. Petersburg, Fla. I am not sure why I was asked, as I certainly did not feel qualified to speak to a crowd of proud veterans on Memorial Day. I am…

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History of Memorial Day

Posted  May 22, 2014

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration…

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Modify myPers home page to make searches easier

Posted  May 22, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen using myPers have multiple role options available to help them locate the information they need faster and easier. When users log in, the system takes them to a default page attached to their authentication credentials (i.e., active duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, retiree or civilian…

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D-M AFB Gospel Service celebrated its 41st anniversary

Posted  May 22, 2014

On April 27, the Davis-Monthan AFB Gospel Service celebrated its 41st anniversary on this base. This milestone was noted by the Mayor of Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild with a proclamation declaring April 27, 2014 as Davis-Monthan Gospel Service Day. More than 120 people participated, including some who have attended since the gospel service’s inception. Three choirs,…

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