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Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…

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AZ’s Meteorite crater rescue event concluded Angel Thunder 2015

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Arizona’s Meteorite Crater served as the final training site for this year’s Angel Thunder exercise, where four simulated-patients were hoisted 570 feet out of the crater into an Army Air National Guard UH-60 Medevac Helicopter. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest Personnel Recovery exercise, hosted by Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Ariz. 30 May-13 June,…

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U.S. and partner nations participate in mass casualty exercise

WINSLOW, Ariz.  — A mass casualty exercise involving multinational armed services took place in northern Arizona Friday for Angel Thunder 2015. A casualty collection point was setup in an aircraft hangar at Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport where more than 50 simulated casualties were transported from a simulated flood disaster site in Camp Navajo Training Site, Arizona. Upon arrival…


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Fit to fight, proud to parent

Posted  January 18, 2013

Courtesy Photo U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle, 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, hugs her son, Easton, Jan. 10. As a single parent in the military, Dowdle faces unique challenges when it comes to taking care of her son. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore) Monday through Friday, I get…

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AF officials reschedule MilPDS upgrade

Posted  January 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Originally slated for December of last year, Air Force officials will perform a major upgrade to the Military Personnel Data System, or MilPDS, in March. The Air Force Personnel Operations Agency here will upgrade and transfer MilPDS to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center. The project…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  January 18, 2013

Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Mykal D. Sequeira / 355 LRS First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. John Skaggs Duty Title: Air Terminal Service Representative When Joined the AF: February, 2003 Hometown: Converse, TX Hobbies: Working out, education, and electronics Selection Reasons: – Airman Sequeira is always going above and beyond his duties as an ADP Deployment Instructor….

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Boots On Boots Off

Posted  January 11, 2013

D-M hosted “Boots On Boots Off” at Desert Lightning City, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Dec. 10, 2012. The event was a joint effort between D-M, the Naval Reserve Center and the local chapter of Operation Military Kids.

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DFAC slated to reopen January

Posted  January 11, 2013

The dining facility is tentatively scheduled to reopen sometime in January. With the DFAC reopening, Airmen living in the dorms will lose their Basic Allowance for Subsistence. December was the last month for the Airmen to collect BAS, and are advised to prepare themselves financially. Tech. Sgt. Ebony Leach, Airman Dorm Leader, said “Each Airman…

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358th FS to participate in deployment exercise

Posted  January 11, 2013

Personnel, including instructors and B course students, from the 358th Fighter Squadron are scheduled to deploy in support of Green Flag-West Jan. 11 through Feb. 5. Green Flag-West is an air and land integration combat training exercise held at Nellis AFB, Nev. It is a close air support and Joint exercise administered by the U.S….

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Warrior of the Week December 24, 2012

Posted  January 11, 2013

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class William R. Stressman Family: Single Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, MI Unit: 563rd OSS Job title: Aircrew Flight Equipment Journeyman

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AF to provide dedicated legal counsel to sexual assault victims

Posted  January 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — A new Air Force pilot program designed to provide legal assistance to victims of sexual assault will begin later this month. The Special Victims’ Counsel Program will give sexual assault victims legal assistance and help them navigate the criminal justice system with lawyers trained to handle their unique needs. “It takes a…

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Fiscal cliff legislation affects military, civilian paychecks

Posted  January 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — The legislation President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2 postponed the fiscal cliff and means changes to military and civilian paychecks, Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials said today. The legislation increases Social Security withholding taxes to 6.2 percent. For the past two years during the “tax holiday” the rate was 4.2 percent. The…

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Warrior of the Week December 31, 2012

Posted  January 11, 2013

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Staff Sgt. Lueras Family: Jessica Lueras (wife) Sophia Lueras (daughter 7) Jayden Lueras (son 4) Aramis Lueras (son 2)

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