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Maintaining fitness standards during the holidays is important

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — During the holidays, going to the gym usually isn’t on the top of most peoples’ priority list. Priority is given to visiting families, planning vacations, and most important, indulging in holiday feasts. Going to the gym during the holidays can be more important than you think. Whether you are…

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162nd Wing facilitates interagency training for active shooter exercise

Active-shooter exercises are common within government facilities and military bases, and most of them seem to surround a single entity neutralizing a threat by force. Very seldom, however, do these training events involve an entire installation, along with government counterparts, like it did here at the 162nd Wing Nov. 17. “One of the ideas behind…

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Predator progress for the Arizona Air National Guard

Fort Huachuca, ARIZ. — The sounds of cheers, applause and an occasional “woohoo” filled the air as an MQ-1 Predator from the 162nd Wing lifted off and flew a set flight pattern at Libby Army Airfield, Nov. 5, marking the Arizona Air National Guard’s first Predator flight on U.S. soil. The 214th Reconnaissance Group, aligned under the…

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Navy unit trains with D-M

Sailors from Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. conducted joint training with A-10C Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here Nov. 3-1. Five MH-60S Knighthawks from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 Black Knights flew with the 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons, as well as the 354th Fighter Squadron. “The…

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Diamond Sharp November 14, 2104

Name/Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Alisha Welch / 923 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Ron Smith Duty Title: C-130J NCOIC When joined the AF: Jul 23, 2003 Hometown: Turbotville, PA Hobbies: HITT/Weight Training, Education, Canning/Food Preservation, spending time with her 4 children Selection Reasons: – Revitalized workcenter equipment account through tracking/maintaining more than $100K in assets.  Her…


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Health & Safety

NDMS exercise brings mass of emergency responders to D-M

Posted  November 13, 2014

D-M partnered with multiple emergency response agencies from the surrounding community for a National Disaster Medical System exercise that took place here Nov. 5. The exercise allowed key stakeholders to improve readiness in the event of a real-world natural disaster. The conditions of the exercise required D-M to be the primary reception site for victims…

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Air Force

Air Force updates AF Instruction 1-1

Posted  November 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials approved Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards, Nov. 7, to clarify guidance on Airmen’s religious rights and commanders’ authority and responsibility to protect those rights. The changes come as a result of a Religious Freedom “Focus Day” earlier this year when leaders in the Air Force’s chaplain corps…

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AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: English and education open the doors of opportunity

Posted  November 13, 2014

Leaving family and country to represent your nation’s air force abroad can be a daunting task for any service member, but for the Peruvian air force liaison officer at Air Forces Southern this experience is a humbling opportunity to improve personally and professionally. Colonel Jaime Aleman, who has served eight months of his two year…

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Events

Happy 72nd Birthday to the 355th Fighter Wing

Posted  November 13, 2014

The legacy and heritage of the 355th Fighter Wing began on Nov. 12, 1942 when it was activated as the 355th Fighter Group in Orlando Army Air Base, Florida. The 355 FG became fully operational on September 9, 1943 at Steeple Morden, England. By war’s end the 355 FG logged more than 17,000 sorties in…

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Commentary

How did we lose this young Airman?

Posted  November 13, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — She was an Airman Leadership School distinguished graduate, earned staff sergeant her first time testing, received all 5s on her enlisted performance reports and took part in two deployments. Clearly she was a high-performing Airman. But, in her words, the Air Force had made it clear it didn’t…

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Native Americans in uniform; a legacy of honor, dedication

Posted  November 13, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — During November, the nation pays homage to the contributions of Native Americans throughout history. What began at the turn of the century as an effort to gain recognition for the contributions made by the first Americans, has resulted in a…

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Arizona Guard invites D-M Airmen, families to historic Muster, Expo

Posted  November 13, 2014

PHOENIX – The Arizona National Guard, as part of its first-ever community open house, is scheduled to muster in a mass military formation on the field at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Sunday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. – and all Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Airmen, employees and their families are invited. The Arizona National…

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Air Combat Command receives new leadership

Posted  November 7, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — The men and women of Air Combat Command welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony here Nov. 4. Gen. Hawk Carlisle assumed command of ACC from Gen. Mike Hostage before a standing room only audience in the 27th Fighter Squadron hangar. Guests included Airmen, community leaders, and civilian…

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Air Force Aid Society grants, scholarships available

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force Aid Society is accepting applications for education grants and scholarships. The single online application opens the door to three education programs. General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant – the centerpiece and gateway to all of the AFAS education programs. It offers need-based grants of at least $2,000 to dependent…

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Events

The voice of the warfighter

Posted  November 7, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz — The Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC) hosted the 2014 Weapons and Tactics (WEPTAC) conference here, Oct. 20-24. In its 33rd year, WEPTAC surrounds the 162nd Wing’s direct support of the Air Reserve Component (ARC) convening on base. This year’s WEPTAC is of vital importance as Guardsmen and Reservists continue…

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