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Dietary Supplements: Safety still an issue

SAN ANTONIO — Being a Servicemember is as physically demanding, at times, as being a professional athlete. As a result, Servicemembers are especially conscious of physical training requirements and the need to remain fit and ready. In recent years, a larger percentage of Servicemembers have begun to rely on dietary supplements to help them stay…

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D-M pararescuemen hone skills in Bagram’s excess structures

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Pararescuemen from the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, participated in a mission rehearsal where they practiced breaching, clearing, patient care and egress skills. Air Force rescue forces, conduct combat search and rescue and personnel recovery. The 83rd ERQS partnered with Joint Task Force Trailblazer, U.S. Army 2nd Engineer Brigade,…

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D-M Airmen respond first to desert wreck

Three D-M Airmen were driving through the desert on their way to a popular hiking spot to enjoy a typical Sunday outdoors. Everything was going according to plan until they spotted a person on the right side of the road frantically trying to get their attention. As they approached the scene, everything came into focus….

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162nd Wing Airmen refine warrior skills in the high country

BELLEMONT, Ariz. — Enhancement of deployment and domestic response skills were the assignments given to 73 members of the 162nd Wing during an exercise Aug. 11-15 at Camp Navajo Collective Training Center. “What would you do if you were deployed?” asked Lt. Col. Gregory Bliss, deputy commander of the 162nd Wing Mission Support Group and…

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AF Academy ranks high in Best Colleges Ranking report

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Force Academy ranks high among the nation’s top universities in engineering and liberal arts courses, according to the 2015 Best Colleges Ranking report released Sept. 9, by U.S. News & World Report. Specifically, the Academy has the nation’s fifth-best undergraduate engineering program, and its second-best…


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Gate 29B open during Wilmot gate closure

Posted  May 3, 2012

As a result of the Wilmot gate closure from April 23 until July 9, afternoon commuters are experiencing heavy traffic outbound at the Craycroft gate, but little to no wait time at the Swan gate. Drivers are encouraged to consider using the Swan gate to ease congestion for the afternoon commute. Additionally, gate 29B will…

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Parent of autistic child asks ‘why not?’

Posted  May 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — I was truly speechless the moment after his delivery. It was within those first 60 seconds when he was placed on my chest that my world completely changed. Children define the phrase “life altering.” They bring love, panic, laughter, tears, distraction, frustration and every stray animal in the neighborhood,…

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Health & Safety

D-M rescue group sits down with civilian search and rescue

Posted  May 3, 2012

Members from the 563rd Rescue Group met with civilian search and rescue factions in Silver City, N.M. April 20. The meeting was a means to inform local groups of D-M’s search and rescue capabilities and how to request assistance if needed. “This meeting is about opening up a...

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DOD to open new assignments for women in May

Posted  May 3, 2012

WASHINGTON – Policy changes announced in February opening more than 14,000 new assignments to women in uniform will take effect May 14, Defense Department officials said today. Officials issued a Pentagon press release confirming that two changes to the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule can now move forward since the Congressionally-mandated notification…

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Aero Camp takes off at Double Eagle Aviation the first week of June

Posted  May 3, 2012

A number of young people in and around Tucson will have their heads in the clouds, literally, this summer as a part of the Aero Camp at Double Eagle Aviation at the Tucson International Airport (TIA). The summer...

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Programs exist to minimize RIF impact on employees

Posted  May 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — As demonstrated by the announcement of a third round of Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay and Voluntary Early Retirement Authority beginning 1 May, the Air Force is committed to maximizing voluntary separation measures to the greatest extent possible. Despite this, some bases may find the need to rebalance skills…

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Air Force takes 2nd, 3rd in men’s cycling

Posted  May 3, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFNS) — Wounded warriors from around the U.S. and British armed forces battled it out May 1 in the cycling portion of the 2012 Wounded Warrior Games here. In the first event of the week, the Air Force started off strong snagging the silver and...

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Local Briefs May 4, 2012

Posted  May 3, 2012

AFA to hold 28th annual golf tournament The Tucson Chapter of the Air Force Association is scheduled to have their 28th annual “scramble golf tournament” at the D-M golf course May 4 at 12:30 p.m. Entry forms are available at the D-M Pro Shop. Profits from this event are used to annually support a wide…

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Leadership in today’s dynamic battlespace

Posted  May 3, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Leadership is complex in today’s dynamic battlespace. Leaders need to consistently examine their actions and decision making. In addition, a leader needs to be disciplined and efficient in their approach to accomplishing the mission and developing Airmen. Leaders can either create a positive or a negative environment. Throughout my…

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Salutes & Awards

Medical Group Tech. Sgt. awarded Purple Heart

Posted  April 26, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Angela Blue, 355th Medical Group non-commissioned officer in charge of education and training, was awarded the Purple Heart here, April 13. Sergeant Blue was deployed to Forward Operating Base Sweeney in Shinkai District, Afghanistan in June of 2011 as a medic...

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