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9/11 Tower Challenge held at UofA

The Never Forgotten 9/11 Tower Challenge was held at the University of Arizona Football Stadium on Sept. 11. Approximately 350 participants, including personnel from D-M, attempted the challenge of climbing 2,071 stairs. This feat symbolized the 110 floors of each Twin Tower of the World Trade Center. “Myself and the First Sergeants Council came to…

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Mixed Martial Airman

After nine years of intense training and preparation, Tech. Sgt. Michael Parker is getting the opportunity of a lifetime. September 26, 2014 marks the day that validates the 162nd Wing aircraft engine mechanic’s hard work and dedication as a mixed martial artist. He will fight in the prominent Bellator MMA fight promotion at Grand Canyon…

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Unique training empowers AFSOUTH Airmen to strengthen partner capacity

Eleven firefighters and one civil engineer from the 612th Air Base Squadron at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras will become the first group in their squadron qualified to provide partner nation firefighting training, after a Mobile Training Team event scheduled for Sept. 15-19. The Air Advisor Academy sponsored MTT engagement, which will focus heavily on…

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2014 D-M Day at U of A

Approximately 2,000 Davis-Monthan personnel attended the annual DM-50 Tailgate followed by the University of Arizona Wildcats vs. the Nevada Wolf Pack football game at Arizona Stadium Sept. 13. The tailgate party and game tickets were provided at a reduced rate by the DM-50 and the U of A to show appreciation for D-M’s Airmen. For…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau) Events

9/11 Remembrance ceremony held at D-M

A 9/11 Remembrance ceremony was held here Sept. 11, 2014. The ceremony was held to honor and remember the lives lost during the Sept. 11 attacks. During the ceremony, U.S. Air Force Col. Rodger Schuld, 355th Mission Support Group commander, spoke on America’s uniqueness in that a country filled with people from different ethnic backgrounds…


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Wilmot Gate closure information

Posted  April 26, 2012

From April 23 – July 9, the Wilmot Gate will be closed to all traffic. During this period, Those who normally use the Wilmot Gate are encouraged to use Gate 29B, which will be open from 6 a.m.-8 a.m on weekdays. Please plan accordingly.

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Missing personnel records impact more than promotions

Posted  April 26, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — When Senior Master Sgt. Randy Scanlan wasn’t promoted to his current rank the first time his records met the board, he was a little confused. As a maintainer and an aerial gunner, he deployed often and received many decorations. When he was asked if he wanted…

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Thrift Savings Plan to offer new Roth option

Posted  April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON – Service members and Defense Department civilian employees who are eligible for the Thrift Savings Plan will soon have a new Roth option for retirement savings under the program, defense finance officials announced today. The change will allow participants to contribute after-tax dollars to the federal government-sponsored retirement savings and investment plan, according to…

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Officials complete new tuition assistance policy memo

Posted  April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON – When a new policy takes effect — probably this summer — schools will need to have a signed memorandum of understanding to participate in the Defense Department’s Tuition Assistance Program, Pentagon officials said. A 90-day extension that expired March 30 allowed DOD officials to work with stakeholders to address issues associated with the…

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Time to change our EPR culture

Posted  April 26, 2012

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — The second I pinned on staff sergeant I knew I could do it. I could be the NCO the Air Force wanted me to be. I could write fair enlisted performance reports and prove the naysayers in airman leadership school wrong. Sure, what we learned might “not be the…

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Diamond Sharp April 27, 2012

Posted  April 26, 2012

Senior Airman Marc Bates, 355 AMXS Senior Airman Marc Bates, 355 AMXS First Sergeants:  Master Sgt. Miranda and Master Sgt. Allyn Duty Title: Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice When joined the AF: Dec. 9, 2008 Hometown: New Haven, MO Hobbies: Sports, fitness, and continuing his education Selection Reasons: Airman Bates has an average of 99.15 for his…

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Officials explain new sexual assault policies

Posted  April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON – Senior Defense Department officials said they hope more service members who are victims of sexual assault report the crimes as a result of a policy change Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced last week. Panetta issued guidance April 20 withholding “initial disposition authority” from any officer who is below the O-6 — colonel…

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Chapel to host COPE Roadshow

Posted  April 26, 2012

The Base Chapel will host the COPE Roadshow May 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Roadshow is an on-base compact version of the COPE retreats that many are familiar with. It is designed to prepare deploying Airmen and their families for separation as well as foster reintegration through social activities and marriage enrichment…

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Holocaust survivor: ‘You’re the last generation that will hear from us’

Posted  April 26, 2012

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — To this day, 77-year-old Marion Blumenthal Lazan feels a strong sense of fear when she sees a German Shepard. It takes her back to that cold, rainy night in 1944 when she arrived at Bergen-Belsen…

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Out and About in Arizona Tombstone: The town too tough to die

Posted  April 26, 2012

The most famous event in Tombstone’s history, the famed Gunfight at the OK Corral will be re-enacted this weekend, April 28-29. On October 26, 1881, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan Earp with help from Wyatt’s friend Doc Holliday took 24 seconds and…

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