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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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AFSOUTH welcomes new command chief

Posted  March 29, 2013

A new command chief has taken on the role of senior enlisted adviser at 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern). Chief Master Sgt. Calvin D. Williams, an Alabama native who has been serving in the Air Force for 24 years, comes to 12th AF (AFSOUTH) after completing a 365-day tour in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the…

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MilPDS upgrade complete

Posted  March 29, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force has successfully upgraded and transferred the Military Personnel Data System to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center, Air Force Personnel Center officials said March 25. “We’re pleased that the MilPDS upgrade took less time than anticipated, and we are well on our way to…

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DOD requires more base closings, official says

Posted  March 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department possesses more real estate than it needs and is looking to close additional bases and installations in the United States and abroad, a senior DOD official told a House panel March 14. Air Force leaders agree, according to Kathleen I. Ferguson, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics….

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It takes a village

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Senior Master Sgt. Haisshia Havens (left) explains the benefits of a drug free lifestyle during a health fair at her sons’ school March 19. School officials asked Havens, a former Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent, to attend the fair to help educate parents and students about drug and alcohol abuse prevention….

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Gary Sinise, band to visit D-M March 29

Posted  March 29, 2013

Friday, March 29, the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB is scheduled to host Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band for an evening concert event. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. The event will be held inside the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Hangar, which is just off of Yuma…

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UofA Rugby puts mock “boots on the ground” with 55th RQS

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Josh Emerick, 55th Rescue Squadron, assists members of the University of Arizona rugby team with reading a map during a mock deployment hosted by the 55th RQS here March 16. For the mock deployment, the UofA rugby team was bused to a campsite behind the small arms range where they were…

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Tech. Sgt. Shaina Hernandez

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Shaina Hernandez, 355th Maintenance Operation Squadron standardization crewmember (center) and her fellow crew members practice weapons loading with an AIM-9 training missle in a hangar at the 355th Maintenance Operation Squadron, March 19. Sergeant Hernandez is one of Approximately 20 female maintenance members on D-M. It has been almost 65 years…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp

Posted  March 29, 2013

42nd ECS Diamond Sharp Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Sarah Parsley/ 42nd ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. James Goley Duty Title: EC-130H Flight Engineer When joined the AF: Aug. 26, 2003 Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin Hobbies: Hiking, swimming, going to baseball games, working on cars and running. Selection Reasons: Completed EC130H Flight Engineer trng crs; received 100% on…

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FTAC changes bring new perspectives

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Airman 1st Class Jaime Heathe, 355 Operational Weather Squadron, sweeps as Airman 1st Class Luke Ivazic, 355 Component Maintenance Squadron, holds the dust pan here Aug 25. The center is designed to help first-term Airmen transition from technical school to a first duty station environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christine Halan)…

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Combat-Ready Airmen Delivering Electronic Attack at a Moment’s Notice… Anywhere!

Posted  March 29, 2013

Members of the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron step to a EC-130H Compass Call here March 20. Aircrew will typically step an hour before takeoff, as it takes time to run checklists, start engines and taxi. Maj. Michael Padilla, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron assistant director of operations, warms up on a treadmill before going for a…

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