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Thunderbolt bounces back after belly landingThunderbolt bounces back after belly landing

On the evening of Sept. 30, an A-10 stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was coming back to base for a routine landing after completing a standard sortie. Just when everything seemed to be going as planned, disaster struck! The main landing gear failed to extend, putting the pilot in a tough spot. During an…

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Down and out at Dyess: Air Force Assistance Fund to the rescue

It was scary, leaving home and joining an organization such as the United States Air Force. The people, job, and location were all brand new. When I joined the military, I came from a less than honorable home life.  I come from a single family household and my brother left my sister and me as…

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Chief serves beyond active-duty

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — John Burden retired as a chief master sergeant more than 18 years ago, but he never stopped serving his country and community. “As I was parking at the Veteran’s Association clinic, I saw a gentleman across the street get out of an old rickety van,” Burden said. “He was an amputee…

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D-M Airman: I am an IRONMAN

On Nov. 16th, Senior Airman Daniel Hughes, 355th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, tested his fitness limits and participated in IRONMAN Arizona. IRONMAN Arizona is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim around Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Ariz., followed by a 112-mile bike ride which consists of a three loop course that heads out of…

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Click, Click, Boom!

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It all begins with a duck-face, a peace sign and a selfie. From there, a photo taken in front of the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Wherever is posted to Airman Duck-face’s Facebook wall. It is shared by crazy Aunt Jane, who passes it along to Cousin Joey. Joey is…


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Operational Readiness Exercise tests D-M Airmen

Posted  June 26, 2014

Airmen from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit take shelter in a simulated bunker after an alarm sounded during an Operational Readiness Exercise. This exercise was designed to test and prepare Airmen for deployed operations. Senior Airman Iain McElrath, 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals out an A-10 Thunderbolt II during an Operational Readiness Exercise…

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‘Workhorse’ becomes first F-35 to achieve 1,000 flight hours

Posted  June 26, 2014

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the Air Force, became the first F-35 to reach 1,000 flight hours June 11. Paul Hattendorf, a Lockheed Martin test pilot, was flying an airframe loads envelope expansion mission when the fighter reached the milestone. “AF-2’s nickname is ‘Workhorse,’” said…

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Local Briefs July 3, 20014

Posted  July 3, 2014

NARFE chapter 1874 to meet July 21, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Drive. The July meeting will be Monday, July 21. (Senior menu $7.95).  Presentation by Jennifer McMenamin on home staging…

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35th FSS hosts “unbirthday celebration”

Posted  July 3, 2014

The 355th Force Support Squadron hosted a “Meet FSS Unbirthday Celebration.” This event gave Desert Lightning Team members a chance to learn about the facilities on base that belong to FSS. “The purpose of events like the Unbirthday Party is really two-fold,” said said CMSgt. Patrick Fry, 355th FSS superintendent. “We want to do something…

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Air Force releases Morale, Welfare, Recreation survey

Posted  July 3, 2014

Ever feel like you had the perfect idea for a new activity at your base but were not sure who to tell? Now is the perfect time to be heard. The Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services recently began sending recreational leisure surveys to Airmen located within the continental United States June 19. The…

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Outdoor Recreational pool Aquatic Center

Posted  July 3, 2014

The Outdoor Recreational pool Aquatic Center here offers swim lessons designed to teach you, your child or other family members how to swim skillfully and safely. As children progress through the levels, their comfort level in and around water will increase. Robyn Anderson, Davis-Monthan Outdoor Recreational pool Aquatic Center swim instructor, helps her student practice…

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Health & Safety

New rules for safety during monsoon season

Posted  July 3, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — June 15 marked the beginning of monsoon season in Arizona with a combination of high winds, moisture and temperatures which result in remarkable but sometimes deadly storms. As summer approaches, Arizona receives its winds from the south or southeast where moisture hitches a ride from the Pacific Ocean and…

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Diamond Sharp July 3, 2014

Posted  July 3, 2014

Name/Squadron:   Airman 1st Class Christopher G. Harrington/612 ACOMS First Sergeant:  Master Sgt. Jason Maberry Duty Title: Knowledge Ops Manager/Exec When joined the AF: April 9, 2013 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Hobbies: Watching and coaching football, working out and playing with his puppy. Selection Reasons: Recently, this Diamond Sharp recipient made the job easier for his…

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Drowning: You probably have no idea what it looks like

Posted  July 3, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., — In two recent examples of vigilance, Air Combat Command Airmen have discovered that drowning isn’t always accompanied with shouts and thrashing. Victims sometimes slip silently beneath the water, or struggle to the point of exhaustion without raising an alarm. In one recent incident, an Office of Special Investigations agent, trained by…

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Being resilient, at all ranks

Posted  July 3, 2014

When Airmen join the Air Force, they immediately start going through resiliency training to help them overcome challenges they will endure during their military career. Approximately 20 chief master sergeants gathered to receive resiliency training and grasp what younger Airmen are being educated on today. “I think it is important for all the chiefs to…

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