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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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AFSOUTH Airmen gain insight on commercial aircraft maintenance

Posted  September 6, 2012

Recently, three members of 12th Air Force (AFSOUTH) Logistics and Maintenance division went to the Hawker Beechcraft service center in Mesa, Ariz., to gain insight on commercial maintenance best practices for the Super King propeller-driven aircraft to assist in familiarization training for South American partner nations with these types of aircraft. As part of building…

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EOD Airmen have a blast at work

Posted  September 6, 2012

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal conducted monthly explosives training on D-M Aug. 29. The EOD Airmen conducted this exercise for both overseas operations and for when hazardous material on base needs to be destroyed. “We were destroying jammed 30mm projectiles from an aircraft,” said Master Sgt. Dustin Prowell, 355th CES EOD flight…

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Regulations govern political activities for federal employees

Posted  September 6, 2012

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — If you’ve turned on your TV lately, you may have noticed that campaign season is in full swing. Air Force members are encouraged to carry out the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. As you choose where to cast your votes, however, it is important to remember that military…

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New DOD policy for TDY and PCS cancellations

Posted  September 6, 2012

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — Beginning October 1, 2012, any travel authorization that includes air travel must be approved and ticketed at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled flight departure to avoid airline reservations from being cancelled. This is due to a new policy being instituted by the airlines under the…

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Guardsmen required to register, update civilian employment information

Posted  September 6, 2012

Air National Guard members are required to register information about their civilian place of employment. About 22 percent of 162nd Fighter Wing members are currently compliant. The Civilian Employment Information Program is the first mandatory disclosure by members of the Guard and Reserve of their civilian employers into a common database. The CEI program began…

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Health & Safety

Beware of mold

Posted  September 6, 2012

With the Arizona monsoon season in full swing and humid weather the norm, mold growth can become prevalent in homes and buildings. Mold is a type of fungus that grows on damp surfaces or decaying organic matter. It is found everywhere, both outdoors and inside of buildings and homes. Mold only becomes a concern if…

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Attacking symptoms of suicide

Posted  September 6, 2012

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — As an area defense counsel in the Air Force, it is my job to represent Airmen who get in legal or administrative trouble, and I love my job. I have spent the majority of my legal career as an attorney representing people in trouble, both as a civilian…

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Collecting those childhood memories

Posted  September 6, 2012

Walk into the toy room that’s located in the house of Tech. Sgt. Brent Scarano, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron resource advisor, and it’s like stepping into a time machine.

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Mentorship program offers support to recovering Airmen

Posted  September 6, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Recovering Airmen Mentorship Program connects wounded, injured or ill Airmen who are well along in their recovery with those who are just beginning the journey. The program is one of several implemented to help care for wounded warriors during their recovery, said Air Force Wounded Warrior Operations…

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Federal employees reminded to maintain professionalism with contractors

Posted  September 6, 2012

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — It takes integrity to run a world-class business. As the new Air Force Sustainment Center commander, I’m challenging our personnel to strive for world-class results. I want to improve our business and give our warfighter the best product with the highest quality, on time and on cost. In this…

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