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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…

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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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AFSOUTH paves way to increase capabilities in Honduras

Posted  June 25, 2015

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — A five-member assessment team from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron at Travis AFB, California, traveled to Honduras June 15-19 to perform a three-day capabilities assessment at several Honduran air bases as part of ongoing partnership operations. The…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

Posted  June 25, 2015

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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Local Briefs June 26, 2015

Posted  June 25, 2015

Summer Swing Weekly Bowling  Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – D-M Lanes From June 1 – Aug. 31, the D-M Lanes will host a weekly tournament from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Mondays. Cost is $20/bowler. Three game minimum. Each player receives participation points and additional points for position each week. For more info, call 228-3461. Sunset Horseback…

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AF releases vision for development of autonomous systems

Posted  June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force released a vision document June 22 written by its former chief scientist which helps define a path to increased and effective autonomy. Autonomous Horizons, authored by Dr. Mica Endsley, provides direction and guidance on the opportunities and challenges in the development of autonomous systems for Air Force operations, and…

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To do or to be? – A very good question

Posted  June 25, 2015

  LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — I am a huge fan of the Air Force Core Values. For a long time, I have felt that whatever board or individual developed the values got them absolutely right. In fact, every Airman, young or … seasoned, who comes into my squadron gets to sit down with me in…

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AZ’s Meteorite crater rescue event concluded Angel Thunder 2015

Posted  June 18, 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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D-M has $1.48 billion impact on Tucson community

Posted  June 18, 2015

D-M and military retirees circulated approximately $1.48 billion and helped create more than 4,200 jobs in the local area, according to D-M’s Fiscal Year 2014 Economic Impact Analysis, released here June 8. The EIA, an annual publication, is designed to inform the community of personnel assigned or employed at the base; annual payroll of all…

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OPM to notify employees of cybersecurity incident

Posted  June 18, 2015

  WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified a cybersecurity incident potentially affecting personnel data for current and former federal employees, including personally identifiable information (PII). Within the last year, the OPM has undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture, adding numerous tools and capabilities to its networks. As a…

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Diversity: The Policy, the patriot and the fight

Posted  June 18, 2015

  OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Diversity comes in all forms and effects everyone differently. For one 49th Intelligence Squadron reservist, it was his sexuality. “While I wouldn’t identify as bisexual, I never really made a distinction between genders, colors, races…anything,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Velander. “I always knew connections instead of genders…

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Local Briefs June 19, 2015

Posted  June 18, 2015

Deadlift Competition June 19, 3 p.m. – Haeffner A deadlift competition will be held at the Haeffner on Friday, June 19 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.. Register at the Benko by June 18 at 11 p.m. Salt River Kayaking July 25 Escape the Tucson heat and enjoy the cool water of Salt River while kayaking…

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