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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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355 FW says goodbye to 355 Fighter Wing Commander

Posted  May 10, 2012

The commander of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is being reassigned to the Pentagon, this upcoming summer. Col. John A. Cherrey, who has led both the 355 Fighter Wing and installation since June 2010, will be going to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. in June to work a staff job at Headquarters...

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Warrior of the Week May 11, 2012

Posted  May 10, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Staff Sgt. Janis C. Romawac Family: Single Hometown: Moreno Valley, Ca Unit: 12th Air Force Intelligence Directorate Job title: Latin American Intelligence Analyst Job description: Develops and delivers intelligence briefings to the 12 AF/CC, CFACC, CAOC Director and AFFOR staff. Produces AOR-focused medium to long…

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ACC confident in the F-22

Posted  May 10, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, talked with media at Langley Air Force Base, Va., April 30 about the national security imperative for the F-22, the status of efforts to identify a root cause for unexplained physiological incidents, and risk mitigation efforts since the Raptor’s return to…

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Air Force provides aircraft pilot safety testimony to Congress

Posted  May 10, 2012

WASHINGTON — The military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition discussed tactical aviation programs during congressional testimony here May 8.

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Critical Days of Social Media: Safety tips for the virtual world

Posted  May 10, 2012

It was Saturday during a recent unit training assembly when our firefighters extinguished a blaze at the GE Apparatus Service center across the street from our main gate on Valencia Road – by Sunday an unknown unit member had posted cell phone video footage of the fire on You Tube for all to see. Our…

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Capitalizing on club membership

Posted  May 10, 2012

On April 15, the Desert Lightning Team kicked off a three-month club membership drive to increase the membership base in our club system and emphasize to customers the benefits of being a member. This drive is a great opportunity to make the clubs into what we want and need in the near future. The reality…

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A home away from home for dormitory Airmen

Posted  May 10, 2012

For Airmen living in the dorms, life outside of work can be isolating. Most are away from their friends and family, and may not know a lot of people living around them. The Airmen’s Ministry Center runs an area...

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Arizona heat ushers in Critical Days of Summer

Posted  May 10, 2012

It wasn’t your ordinary safety briefing the Friday before drill weekend. There was laughter, a few snickers, then – applause. “Well done. This is the first time I’ve seen applause following a safety briefing,” said Colonel Mick McGuire, 162nd Fighter Wing commander here. He was addressing Lt. Col. Jeffrey Waterbury, the wing’s new safety officer…

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Celebrating Heritage in a Very Modern Way

Posted  May 10, 2012

The month of May honors the Asian-Pacific American heritage, and its committee decided to lend its customs a modern twist by performing a traditional Asian-pacific dance during a flash mob at the base exchange here May 4. The flash mob took place in the D-M BX food court, with...

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D-M first sergeants host annual steak sale

Posted  May 10, 2012

Desert Lightning Team first sergeants held the 2012 Annual First Sergeants’ Steak Sale at Bama Park May 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fundraiser provided Airmen with a dinner plate consisting of a steak, a loaded baked potato, coleslaw, a dinner roll and a drink for $10. The profits from the sale help…

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