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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson) World

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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Challenge coins — history in the palm of your hand

Posted  March 22, 2012

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — An Airman walks into the bar of the Enlisted Club and slams his hand against the table. Everything stops, and everybody at the bar looks at him as he lifts his hand to reveal the surprise — he just issued a challenge, a military coin challenge. That slamming of the…

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Archeologists unearth artifacts at Luke AFB

Posted  March 22, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Luke Air Force Base plans to build a large solar array on the south side of the base to help offset energy costs. First, however, site preparation must be done, including mitigation of surface archaeology and testing for subsurface archaeology. Unbeknownst to anyone, significant…

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Never saw this coming: Lessons learned in trying times

Posted  March 22, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — I had the world by the tail: U. S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force pilot, six-time commander, 30-year Air Force career, and two stars; fit, healthy and strong. But subtle problems appeared out of nowhere: occasional vertigo, mild persistent headaches, cognitive challenges, having to stop during a…

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Air Force aiding Airmen

Posted  March 22, 2012

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Air Force Aid assists Airmen in numerous ways whether it’s getting them home for a loved one’s sickness, passing or to assist in helping Airmen pay bills they cannot afford. Among the Air Force non-profit organizations is Air Force Aid is one of the most popularly used. U.S. Air…

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AF marathon registration deadline approaching

Posted  March 22, 2012

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — If you’re planning on running in the Air Force Marathon this September, time is running out to register. Not only does the price increase on April 2, there is a good chance the event will also be sold out by then. “We traditionally experience a huge surge in registrations…

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Air Force officials: Check Professional Development Guide for errors

Posted  March 22, 2012

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced today that some copies of the printed versions of the 2011 Professional Development Guide will need to be returned to unit Weighted Airman Promotion System monitors, as the documents may have a number of errors. “Airmen and Supervisors of Airmen using this version of the…

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National Public Service Award nominees sought

Posted  March 22, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force is seeking nominations for the 2013 National Public Service Award, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. The National Public Service Award recognizes individuals at all levels of public service who have agency-wide responsibility; exhibit the highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment over a…

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Events

DM 50 picnic scheduled for March 31

Posted  March 22, 2012

The annual DM- 50 will be held this March 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park on D-M. The picnic is a free event for active duty, families, retirees and any guests sponsored on to the base. At Bama Park there will be a canine demo, fire trucks and police cars static…

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D-M successfully completes ORI

Posted  March 23, 2012

The votes have been tallied and a decision has been made. The Operational Readiness Inspection has come to a successful conclusion. Inside the base theater in front of a packed house, the Air Combat Command Inspector General showed the following overall ratings. The 355th Fighter Wing received a Satisfactory, the 55th Electronic Combat Group…

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Pentagon seeks less for construction, more for conservation

Posted  March 23, 2012

The Defense Department is asking for less money for military construction and more for energy conservation in its fiscal 2013 budget request, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a Senate panel March 21. Dorothy Robyn said her staff uses joint planning and rigorous analysis to ensure that the right mix of…

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