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AF to change instructions for oaths

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion…

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AF signs Total-Force Aircrew Management charter

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Senior Air Force leaders signed a Total Force Aircrew Management charter Sept. 18, during the Aircrew Summit at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III , Director of Air National Guard Lt. Gen. Stanley E….

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Fuels Management team finds a new home

The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of their new Fuels Management facility and Type III Fuels Hydrant System facility at D-M, Sept. 17. The new facilities are equipped with updated fuel systems to increase fuels management productivity. “Our main mission is to provide clean and dry fuel…

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AF Marathon attracts record-breaking crowds

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — In yet another record sellout year, approximately 15,000 runners took to the streets Sept. 20, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio to participate in the U.S. Air Force Marathon, celebrating the Air Force’s 67th birthday. The number of runners exceeded last year’s count by more than 3,000. Gen….

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VA develops mobile app “Concussion Coach”

To better meet the needs of Veterans and others who have suffered mild to moderate concussion associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed “Concussion Coach,” a mobile application (“app”) that provides portable tools to recognize symptoms and to identify and make use of coping strategies. The Concussion Coach…


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June is Men’s Health Month

Posted  June 14, 2012

Men’s Health Month emphasizes health issues and raises awareness of preventable problems. The hope is to encourage early detection and treatment of diseases. Part of being aware is looking at lifestyle choices, such as diet habits, exercise, smoking and alcohol use. Men can be safer, stronger, and healthier by taking the following steps: Learn your…

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D-M senior enlisted corps primed to lead

Posted  June 14, 2012

As my time as the 355th Fighter Wing’s command chief draws to a close here, it’s hard not to notice how great it is to be an enlisted leader on the Desert Lightning Team – I am surrounded by powerhouse leaders that make service easier for us all. In the past three months, two of…

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Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Program debuts at D-M

Posted  June 14, 2012

Service to the Armed Forces, an American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter program that provides support to military members, veterans and their families, opened a new satellite office on Davis-Monthan, June 13. In Southern Arizona, the SAF program offers essential human services to about 17,000 active duty personnel and members of all branches of the…

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Former DLT member tours with Tops in Blue

Posted  June 14, 2012

The Air Force’s premiere entertainment group, Tops in Blue, visited Tucson as part of their world-wide tour. The show features about 18 vocalists, one of which is a former member of the Desert Lightning…

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SFS Airman receives commissioning opportunity

Posted  June 14, 2012

For some Airmen, an enlisted military career full of stripes is just the beginning. Some wish to trade them in for bars. An Airman at the 355th Security Forces Squadron had that desire and was recently accepted into the Air Force Academy Preparatory School. “My goal in the Air Force has always been to fly,”…

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Military members receive joint tactical training

Posted  June 14, 2012

Members from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps came out for helicopter pre-deployment training here June 7. Lt. Col. Kjall Gopaul, 355th Mission Support Group deputy commander, led this...

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2011 Consumer Confidence Report for Davis-Monthan AFB

Posted  June 14, 2012

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) and the 355th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight (BEF) are pleased to present to you the 2011 Annual Water Quality Report for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  This report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report, is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and is designed to provide details about…

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Local Briefs June 15, 2012

Posted  June 14, 2012

612th Theater Operations Group Change of Command Col. Jonathan VanNoord will assume command of the 612th Theater Operations Group from Col. William B. Danskine on June 25 at 9 a.m. at the Mirage Club on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. If you are able to attend, please contact Capt. Michael Catalano at (520) 228-6240 or Mary…

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Fight the Bite!

Posted  June 14, 2012

In recent weeks, more people have been spending time out of the house to enjoy the warm, sunny weather. Unfortunately, the warmth has also brought out the local mosquito population, which may be carrying diseases such as the West Nile Virus (WNV). So far, there is still no human vaccine for the WNV infection, and…

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AETC commander visits Arizona Air Guard, shares vision

Posted  June 7, 2012

The commander of Air Education and Training Command met with Citizen-Airmen here June 2 to experience a drill weekend at the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Fighter Wing. As temperatures at Tucson...

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