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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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Generals outline Combat Air Force’s future challenges

Posted  February 19, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AFNS) — Four senior Air Force leaders discussed key issues facing the nation’s Combat Air Forces at the Air Warfare Symposium here, Feb.12. During the hour-long discussion, leaders touched on budget concerns, ongoing operations against the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant terrorist group, the future of fifth-generation fighters like the F-22 Raptor and F-35A…

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Theater security package begins rotation in Europe

Posted  February 19, 2015

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany  — The 3rd Air Force commander announced the beginning of the U.S. Air Force’s first European theater security package Feb. 18, 2015, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, addressed media, local authorities and the 52nd Fighter Wing while…

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Defining moments

Posted  February 19, 2015

The word character has many meanings according to the dictionary…a feature or trait characteristic, moral or ethical quality, qualities of honesty, courage, and to no surprise….integrity. Since it has so many different meanings, it can be made to adapt to so many different types of people. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather…

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Resurrection of the Ghost Rider

Posted  February 19, 2015

Barksdale Air Force Base, La.  — After almost seven years of slumber, a sleeping giant awakened in the Arizona desert. It prepared to take flight Friday the 13th from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, on a historic journey to resume the mission for which it was created; provide strategic long-range bomber support anywhere in the world, at any…

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Commissaries support Military Saves Week

Posted  February 19, 2015

FORT LEE, Va. – Maybe there are times when you envy friends or colleagues for the buying power they apparently command. After all, how do they spring for that popular but expensive specialty coffee, that premier movie everyone wants to see or that e-book on the bestseller list? Seems like your budget can’t handle such splurges,…

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Local Briefs February 20, 2015

Posted  February 19, 2015

Society of Military Widows to meet Feb. 21, noon – Mirage Club The ladies of the Society of Military Widows will have their monthly meeting and luncheon at noon, Saturday, February 21 at the Mirage Club on Davis-Monthan AFB. For your reservations and information, please call Kay Spargur (520)574-6628 at least ten days prior to…

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Making energy efficiency a consideration in all we do

Posted  February 19, 2015

D-M was recognized for being an energy efficiency installation by Tucson Electric Power during the Bright Energy Efficiency award presentation at TEP’s headquarters building, Feb. 11, 2015. The BrightEE award is given to customers who have reduced their energy use and lowered their monthly electric bills by adopting significant energy efficiency measures according to TEP….

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Free Tax services opens on D-M

Posted  February 19, 2015

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax center is no open for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Public Health personnel. There are 35 volunteers at the VITA office to include 27 tax preparers with the ability to conduct 10 appointments at a time. “The volunteers here are IRS certified tax preparers,” according to Skip Barkley,…

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Afghan transition trends ‘positive,’ Campbell says

Posted  February 19, 2015

WASHINGTON – The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan delivered an upbeat assessment of progress in the nation, while also acknowledging there is much that needs to be done. Army Gen. John F. Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning that there is a new atmosphere in the Afghan capital of Kabul, and…

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Representative Martha McSally visits D-M

Posted  February 19, 2015

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey) Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally speaks during an Air Force Reserve Command’s Junior Officer Leadership Development course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Feb. 8. The JOLD course is for lieutenants and captains and focuses on leadership, career development and force management. (U.S. Air Force photo by…

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