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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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Gay Airman paved path for future service

Posted  June 12, 2014

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — With his father, a 30 year Air Force veteran by his side, Leonard Matlovich was just another scared but excited 19 year old taking the oath of enlistment in 1962. He couldn’t predict then that his presence in the Air Force would ignite a national debate. Shortly after his…

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Local Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted  June 12, 2014

Comedy Show at the Mirage Club On June 13 the Mirage Club will host “Wingman Comedy Show” for DM Airmen, the comedian will be Damon Williams. This event will be adults only ages 18 and up, Airmen E-1 to E-4 $8 and E-5 and up $15. This will include Horsd’oevurs and autograph signing. Social hour…

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Tops In Blue performs at D-M

Posted  June 12, 2014

The U.S. Air Force expeditionary unit Tops In Blue performed at the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hangar here June 3. Tops In Blue is an all-active duty Air Force special unit which provides entertainment for the Air Force family, primarily focusing on Air Force personnel stationed worldwide. The unit consists of vocalists, musicians, dancers and…

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Integrity first: Having courage to speak up

Posted  June 12, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As a kid my dad always asked me questions he already knew the answers to, testing my integrity throughout my childhood. As a strict military father, he taught me at an early age that a man’s word is everything, and as I grew older, it developed into having integrity…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp June 13, 2014

Posted  June 12, 2014

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Joel Schuman / 755 OSM First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Amanda Hass Duty Title: Cyber Surety Specialist When joined the Air Force: February 20, 2013 Hometown: Memphis, TN Hobbies: Running, Church Basketball, Weightlifting, Intramurals Selection Reasons:  Airman 1st Class Schuman was hand-selected as the 55 ECG Advanced Programs Information Assurance Officer. He immediately…

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Health & Safety

Corrective eye surgery wait times reduced

Posted  June 12, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Air Force currently offers active duty members two types of corneal refractive surgery to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. Refractive surgery eliminates the need for glasses, contacts, prescription inserts for night vision goggles and ballistic eyewear thereby enhancing mission and deployment readiness. CRS is now offered at six…

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D-M welcomes new rescue flight

Posted  June 12, 2014

Col. Sean Choquette, 563rd Rescue Group commander, gives Capt. Michael Ellingsen, newly appointed 68th Rescue Flight commander, the guidon during an assumption of command ceremony here June 4. The 68th Rescue Flight’s mission is to instruct and train U.S. Air Force combat rescue officers and pararescuemen in advanced skill upgrades and proficiency training.

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Key spouse program key to family readiness

Posted  June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force spouses are key to maintaining stability on the home front as Airmen maintain focus on the war front, according to the wife of the Air Force’s top officer. The key spouse program is an official unit/family program overseen by commanders designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of unity…

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Keeping workplace relations appropriate is crucial to overall Airman wellness, readiness

Posted  June 12, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Today’s Airmen face many challenges in both their personal lives and the workplace. Having to worry about feeling safe from unwanted advances or sexual assault should not be one of those challenges. In addition to being essential for effectively completing the mission, being free from unwanted advances or sexual…

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AF test pilot school applications due in June

Posted  June 12, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  — The 2014 USAF Test Pilot School selection board will convene here Aug. 5-8 to consider candidates for July 2015 and January 2016 classes, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Applications must reach Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command Air, Space and Information Operations by June 23, 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight…

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