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D-M puts its agencies to the test

An aircraft crash training exercise was held at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range here Feb. 19. The simulated crash site was scattered throughout a two mile radius. “The idea was to test the base’s capabilities to respond to an aircraft crash incident with a mass-casualty piece involved,” said Master Sgt. Mark Molineaux, 355th…

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Don’t underestimate the importance of sacrifices

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my wife, for better…

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New Airmen get their bearings

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — New Airmen go through a whirlwind of activities during the transformation of civilian to active duty Airman, which can be a confusing process. Lucky for new Airmen, there’s the First Term Airmen Center to catch them when they land at their first duty station. FTAC is a five-day program…

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Riding for the future of cycling

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Following a full day of work developing Air Force models, Maj. Ian Holt, the Headquarters Air Force Space Command vault concepts lead, mounts his Felt bicycle and starts pedaling on a three-hour training ride. It’s all part of the regimen prescribed by his coach leading up to the…

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Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers take training, skill and precise decisions to execute. The most recent flown in the area was the Super Bowl flyover, where the Thunderbirds, officially known as…


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D-M Airmen fulfill Janie’s wish

Posted  September 13, 2012

Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron visited Tucson’s University Medical Center Sept. 10, handing out stuffed animals to the children of the pediatric ward. The members of the 48th RQS volunteered in honor of Janie Fahrendorff, an 18-year-old patient who had passed away from cancer in July. Before Janie passed away she asked to have…

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Health & Safety

‘Be Ready’ during National Preparedness Month, year round

Posted  September 13, 2012

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — With September designated as National Preparedness Month, Air Force Emergency Management experts are emphasizing the tools available to help Airmen and their families “Be Ready.” National Preparedness Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness on the importance of disaster preparedness. The event was instituted by the Federal…

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Air Force continues pollution prevention efforts

Posted  September 13, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force joins the nation for Pollution Prevention Week on Sept. 17-24. The service continues its efforts to educate the public about pollution prevention and reducing the contamination of air, soil and water by eliminating pollution at its source. Observed during the third full week in September,…

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Combined Federal Campaign kicks off for 2012

Posted  September 13, 2012

The Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Sept. 1 in workplaces around the world. The campaign will run until Dec. 15 and, here on D-M, representatives are gearing up to help make this year’s campaign a success. The CFC is one of the largest and most successful annual charities held in today’s workplace. It raises millions…

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Local Briefs September 14, 2012

Posted  September 13, 2012

Scheduled Power Outages Sept. 22, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Following facilities will be affected: 4818, 4822, 4844, 4845, 4851, 4852, 4857, 4858, 4859. -Sept. 29, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Following facilities will be affected: 68, 81,88, 94, 96, 97, 104, 110, 113, 121, 125, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 134, 136,…

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Iraqi Air Force F-16 training takes off in Arizona

Posted  September 6, 2012

While the Republic of Iraq anticipates an initial delivery of F-16 Fighting Falcons in September 2014, the pilots who will fly them embark on a historic partnership with the…

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12th Air Force celebrates 70 years of service

Posted  September 6, 2012

12th Air Force personnel, visiting dignitaries, both current and past leadership, wing commanders, command chiefs, a former Vietnam Prisoner of War and Tucson civilians celebrated…

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Air Force

One month remains for NCOs to volunteer for retraining

Posted  September 6, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Noncommissioned officers in unrestricted career fields affected by the fiscal year 2013 NCO Retraining Program have a month to volunteer for retraining, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Aug. 30. Affected Airmen in restricted fields, however, have until today to volunteer. NCOs who volunteer during Phase…

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Unemployed vets receive training to enhance job skills

Posted  September 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved more than 36,000 applications for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), a new training and education program for unemployed Veterans to upgrade their skills for in-demand jobs. “The tremendous response illustrates how important this program is in providing Veterans the opportunity to find employment in a…

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Commentary

Airmen have a choice — get bitter or get better

Posted  September 6, 2012

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — As warriors in today’s Air Force we face many overwhelming challenges. These challenges include an ever-expanding mission, a constantly shrinking manpower pool, a diminishing budget, an increasing overload of personal stressors, a demanding environment of “multi-hatted” duties at all levels and the same expectation of excellence in all areas…

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