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Special Operations develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit is cool. But it’s not real. The Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit is cool, too. But it is real and may soon be protecting America’s special operations forces going into harm’s way. The TALOS suit “was chartered to explore and catalyze a revolutionary integration…

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Air Force, Army conduct joint service training

U.S. Air Force and Arizona Army National Guard units conducted joint training at a southern Arizona military training range Jan. 20. A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of D-M, and a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, conducted close air support…

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Airman pulls woman from burning vehicle

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For Tech. Sgt. Justin Mahana, 823rd Maintenance Squadron support section chief, life is about helping those in need. When the 17-year veteran learned a coworker’s truck had broken down two-and-a-half hours away in Lake Havasu, Arizona, he volunteered his truck, trailer and time to help the junior Airman get it back…

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Arizona Air Guard to watch over Super Bowl XLIX

Pilots and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 162nd Wing’s Aerospace Control Alert Detachment at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base may take to the skies to help protect thousands of spectators at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, Feb. 1. Arizona’s Air National Guard is among the units teaming up with the North American Aerospace Defense Command in…

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Adventure in Alaska: Officer looks to mush dogs in Iditarod

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) Snow and trees are all that can be seen for miles while the bitter cold nips at any piece of exposed skin. Maj. Roger…


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Air Force looks to put wings on enlisted retrainees

Posted  August 16, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Enlisted Airmen have the opportunity to earn a pair of wings and go fly, fight and win America’s wars. Air Force officials are looking for retrainees to become career enlisted aviators as flight engineers, aircraft loadmasters, flight attendants, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operators. The duties and responsibilities…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Washburn)
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PJs train for overseas operations

Posted  August 10, 2012

From the Craycroft gate on D-M, it’s approximately 138 miles to our destination at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field for the July 25 combat search and rescue training mission…

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MDG providing sports physical appointments

Posted  August 10, 2012

As the 2012-2013 school year quickly approaches, children may need to get a school or sports physical. The 355th Medical Group is working hard to meet this need by modifying the daily schedule to make appointments available. We continue to have open duty day appointments, so your best and fastest option is to call 228-2778…

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D-M welcomes first-of-its-kind security organization

Posted  August 10, 2012

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is the home of a first-of-its-kind security organization known as the Intelligence Fusion Cell. The IFC includes 355th Security Forces Squadron Intelligence/Investigations, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 355th Fighter Wing Intelligence, Resource Protection, Critical Asset Risk Manage-ment and the Antiterrorism/Force Protection Officer, is designed to protect and safe guard…

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When to make changes to your SBP election

Posted  August 10, 2012

If you are retired and elected for the Survivor Benefit Plan for your spouse and/or children, when can you make changes to your plan? Any time you have a change in life circumstances; loss of spouse due to death or divorce, remarriage, acquiring a dependent child; you will need to update your SBP election. If…

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CCAF announces solution to residency requirement

Posted  August 10, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Airmen who attend a Defense Department or Tri-Service technical school can earn their Community College of the Air Force degree sooner than once thought. There are a few ways to check the residency box off the list of degree requirements, according to Tech. Sgt. Russell Wroten, CCAF service degree…

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Deployed D-M Airman delivers morale boosts with the mail

Posted  August 10, 2012

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Af-ghanistan — On any given day in a small non-descript office on Camp Losano here, Airmen of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing peek their heads in…

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AF CSA travel card transitions to GTC

Posted  August 10, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The terms and conditions for the Air Force’s travel charge card are changing, but Airmen can hang on to their blue cards. From Aug. 7 through the end of September, the Air Force Banking Office will e-mail some 300,000 Airmen, informing them that their controlled spend account card will convert back to…

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Choose life, because YOU matter!

Posted  August 10, 2012

You can’t concentrate and your decision-making capabilities have been taken over by a dark fog. You’re just so unbelievably weak and tired because you’ve lost that spark for life. You try desperately to smile to appease everyone around you, but it hurts. The guilt and incred-ible sense of helplessness and self-doubt comes crashing in waves…

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D-M Vet Clinic gives affordable care for military pets

Posted  August 10, 2012

To most, pets are considered members of their families. Military members are no different when it comes to caring and loving their animal companions. The D-M Veterinary Clinic helps ensure that these family members stay healthy and happy. The Vet Clinic services active-duty, guard, reserve and retiree pets. “We do basic preventative care, such as…

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