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Flooding still underway this year, avoid water runoff problems

While rain in a desert climate is usually welcome, too much of a good thing can a problem for travelers, especially newcomers who may not be familiar with how quickly driving and other travel conditions can change. “There have been flood advisories nearly every night [during] the last week or so due to the unseasonably…

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55th Electronic Combat Group

The 55th Electronic Combat Group provides combat-ready EC-130H Compass Call aircraft, crews, maintenance and operational support to combatant commanders. The group also plans and executes information operations, including information warfare and electronic attack, in support of theater campaign plans.

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D-M pilots have lunch with unique veterans

Pilots from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base met with members from the Veterans of Underage Military Service during a lunch in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 13. VUMS is an organization consisting of individuals who served in any branch of the United States Armed Services before they were of legal age to do so. Maj. Christopher Palmer, 357th…

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Summer burnout

Langley Air Force Base, Va. — Some of the very things we enjoy during the summer can also wear us down. Juggling work, family schedules, vacation times, and outdoor squadron activities can take a toll. The chronic engagement of these activities can cause stress, fatigue and eventually summer burnout. According to the American Psychological Association,…

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Proper flag display honors nation’s history, ultimate sacrifices

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — From front yards to the top of the White House, people have flown U.S. flags as emblems for sacrifice and independence. But to honor Old Glory, they must display it with proper etiquette year-round. According to Title 4 of the U.S. Code, it is “universal custom to display the…


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Health & Safety

May is mental health month

Posted  May 17, 2012

May is National Mental Health Month and D-M’s Mental Health Clinic has a variety of programs to ensure that Airmen and their families know the proper ways to deal with pressures in any situation. National Mental Health Month is a nation-wide movement to educate communities on mental health issues and the appropriate avenues of assistance….

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Single staffing tool goes Air Force wide

Posted  May 17, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas — Beginning this summer, all Air Force civil service employees will have transitioned to a resume based system when seeking new positions for Air Force civilian vacancies worldwide. In 2010, the Air Force Personnel Center announced the transition to a single staffing tool for all Air Force job…

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D-M Technical Sergeants make rank

Posted  May 17, 2012

More than 95 technical sergeants earned a future promotion to master sergeant through the Weighted Airman Promotion System here May 17. Air Force-wide, approximately 27.58 of eligible promotes were selected for promotion. Congratulations to the following Desert Lightning Team members: 12th Air Force  Tech. Sgt. Blake Carrington Tech. Sgt. Angelina Evans Tech. Sgt. Jessica Larsen…

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They are ALL your Airmen!

Posted  May 17, 2012

Commentary by Master Sgt. Brian Potvin Air Force Command and Control Integration Center LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — How many times have you heard someone say, “That senior airman’s not wearing his hat in the parking lot.” Or “That tech sergeant just ran inside because reveille is about to sound.”? I bet at some…

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Cyber Security important at home and the office

Posted  May 17, 2012

Technological advancements utilized in the commercial market continue to gain leverage in the military and in our personal lives. Social networking, mobile electronics, and data availability offer opportunities to communicate more efficiently but pose some risk to the military and common users. With the proper education, device configuration, the latest patches and upgrades, and encryption,…

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Memorial Day stirs memories for Honor Guard veteran

Posted  May 17, 2012

This Memorial Day, while Americans gather to remember those who gave their lives for their freedoms, military Honor Guards will function as central fixtures at cemeteries, parades and solemn observances.

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Driving drunk incurs a hefty price – literally

Posted  May 17, 2012

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- It’s 2:15 a.m. and the bar just closed. An Airman and his wingmen stumble out to their vehicle. The designated driver tells the group he had a few beers, but he doesn’t feel drunk. They all pile into the vehicle and begin driving toward the base. As the driver messes with the radio, he misses a stop sign.

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Motorcycle safety makes new riders confident

Posted  May 17, 2012

In 2011, 15 Air Force members were involved in fatal motorcycle accidents. This year, D-M continues to take steps to help prevent incidents like this by providing the Motor Cycle Safety Basic Rider Course held here May 7-8. In the course, they learn the basics…

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Local Briefs May 18, 2012

Posted  May 17, 2012

Annual Build-Boat Competition The 2012 Build-a-Boat competition is scheduled for May 24 at the Outdoor Rec pool. Squadrons must be present with their full crew to register nlt 8 a.m. on May 24. Boat building will be from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Wing Safety will inspect all water craft at 9:30 a.m., and the race…

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Families list retirement, pay as top issues

Posted  May 10, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Military families regard the possible change of military retirement benefits as their top concern, according to the results of a major survey re-leased today. The 2012 Military Family Life-style Survey also shows that pay and benefits, the impact of deployments...

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