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“Solicit help; don’t hide”

Over the years, the term “Wingman” has evolved in the Air Force. The traditional military definition of a Wingman refers to the pattern in which fighter jets fly. There is always a lead aircraft and another which flies off the right wing of and behind the lead. This second pilot is called the Wingman because…

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The Loft: a way to connect, serve, grow

Are you looking for a way to connect, serve, and grow? Come visit the DMAFB Airman’s Ministry Center, more commonly known as “The Loft!”  The Loft is a center for DM single airmen located on the second floor of building 3610. It’s run by Airmen for Airmen. As a facility, The Loft includes a full-sized…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie) Events

A-10 pilots ‘Hawg’ the range

The 355th Fighter Wing hosted 14 A-10 teams from around the world for Hawgsmoke, July 9-12. Hawgsmoke is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition, which was derived from the discontinued “Gunsmoke” Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition. This competition is an opportunity for camaraderie, fellowship of the world’s premier Close Air Support…

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Summer heat brings dangers for man’s best friend

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – As summer continues to funnel its way into the desert southwest, temperatures continue to soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people enjoy a day at the pool and barbeques, but others enjoy time with pets. It is important to remember the proper precautions to take in order to keep pets safe…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie) Events

Davis-Monthan hosts Hawgsmoke 2014

The 355th Fighter Wing will host 14 A-10 teams from around the world for the 8th biannual bombing, missile, and tactical gunnery competition known as Hawgsmoke July 9-12. The competition focuses on A-10 tactics such as moving target strafe techniques, GPS-out navigation, and degraded weapons delivery. Both the individual and team portions of the competition…


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Air Force officials clarify Bronze Star approval process

Posted  April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Recent heightened interest in the Bronze Star Medal has led Air Force Central Command and Air Force Personnel Center leaders to further explain the criteria and approval process for its recipients. Col. Scott Arcuri, AFCENT director of manpower, personnel and services, said candidates can expect a consistent and rigorous review process for…

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Wilmot Gate closure information

Posted  April 26, 2012

From April 23 – July 9, the Wilmot Gate will be closed to all traffic. During this period, Those who normally use the Wilmot Gate are encouraged to use Gate 29B, which will be open from 6 a.m.-8 a.m on weekdays. Please plan accordingly.

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Missing personnel records impact more than promotions

Posted  April 26, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — When Senior Master Sgt. Randy Scanlan wasn’t promoted to his current rank the first time his records met the board, he was a little confused. As a maintainer and an aerial gunner, he deployed often and received many decorations. When he was asked if he wanted…

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Thrift Savings Plan to offer new Roth option

Posted  April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON – Service members and Defense Department civilian employees who are eligible for the Thrift Savings Plan will soon have a new Roth option for retirement savings under the program, defense finance officials announced today. The change will allow participants to contribute after-tax dollars to the federal government-sponsored retirement savings and investment plan, according to…

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Officials complete new tuition assistance policy memo

Posted  April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON – When a new policy takes effect — probably this summer — schools will need to have a signed memorandum of understanding to participate in the Defense Department’s Tuition Assistance Program, Pentagon officials said. A 90-day extension that expired March 30 allowed DOD officials to work with stakeholders to address issues associated with the…

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Time to change our EPR culture

Posted  April 26, 2012

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — The second I pinned on staff sergeant I knew I could do it. I could be the NCO the Air Force wanted me to be. I could write fair enlisted performance reports and prove the naysayers in airman leadership school wrong. Sure, what we learned might “not be the…

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Diamond Sharp April 27, 2012

Posted  April 26, 2012

Senior Airman Marc Bates, 355 AMXS Senior Airman Marc Bates, 355 AMXS First Sergeants:  Master Sgt. Miranda and Master Sgt. Allyn Duty Title: Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice When joined the AF: Dec. 9, 2008 Hometown: New Haven, MO Hobbies: Sports, fitness, and continuing his education Selection Reasons: Airman Bates has an average of 99.15 for his…

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Health & Safety

Officials explain new sexual assault policies

Posted  April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON – Senior Defense Department officials said they hope more service members who are victims of sexual assault report the crimes as a result of a policy change Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced last week. Panetta issued guidance April 20 withholding “initial disposition authority” from any officer who is below the O-6 — colonel…

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Events

Chapel to host COPE Roadshow

Posted  April 26, 2012

The Base Chapel will host the COPE Roadshow May 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Roadshow is an on-base compact version of the COPE retreats that many are familiar with. It is designed to prepare deploying Airmen and their families for separation as well as foster reintegration through social activities and marriage enrichment…

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Holocaust survivor: ‘You’re the last generation that will hear from us’

Posted  April 26, 2012

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — To this day, 77-year-old Marion Blumenthal Lazan feels a strong sense of fear when she sees a German Shepard. It takes her back to that cold, rainy night in 1944 when she arrived at Bergen-Belsen…

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