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Extraordinary effort regardless of outcome

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Imagine a 5-year-old boy chasing grasshoppers at a camp site. He wanders too far. Darkness falls, and he is lost. A storm is brewing in the sky above, and the camping party turns into a search party. When this scenario unfolded earlier this month, six U.S. Air Force Reserve…

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D-M conducts Meet and Greet at local high school

TUCSON, Ariz. — A community event was held at Rincon High School Wednesday. The Meet and Greet event allowed members of the Tucson community to interact with their neighboring Airmen and learn about the mission of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “We learned a little bit about what you guys do behind the scenes that not necessarily everyone…

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Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at Academy

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Franklin Macon’s first flight took place as a child in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when he jumped off a chicken coop while holding on to fake wings. Despite…

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‘I Will Wait’ Tells Stories of Generations of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON — America sends its sons and daughters to war, and a new play titled “I Will Wait” looks at the effect of these deployments across the generations. The brainchild of Amy Uptgraft, the play connects the experiences of spouses from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Uptgraft wrote…

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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.


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Rocketry Club ready to take flight this weekend

Posted  March 26, 2015

TUCSON, Arizona – On March 28 and 29, hundreds of rockets will soar into the Tucson sky at Desert Heat 2015. Rocket enthusiasts from around the Southwest will gather for this annual two-day rocketry event, where there’s no cost to watch, and kids always fly free. The rockets that will be launched vary in size…

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Joint, Total Force Space Team highlights opportunities at Red Flag 15-2

Posted  March 26, 2015

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — A joint, total force representation of Space Operations experts gained beneficial experience during Red Flag 15-2 from Feb. 26 to March 13 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This was the first linked exercise with tactical, operational and virtual tactical participants, according to Lt. Col. Trae York, Director of Space Forces…

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Bring ‘invisible class’ into view

Posted  March 26, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When I was a young boy, my father explained to me that there was dignity in work. He told me to always respect the worker regardless of how thankless or menial their job may appear to be. He said that you never know the burdens a person may be carrying, or…

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Salutes & Awards

Gold Star Families to receive unique acknowledgement

Posted  March 26, 2015

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Some memorials aren’t inlaid with platinum, or ten feet tall, or carved out of Italian Marble. According to reports, for Capt. Nathan Nylander, an Air Force meteorologist, April 27, 2011, was just another day on deployment. The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Airman was deployed and at a meeting…

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Health & Safety

D-M to host Motorcycle Safety Rally

Posted  March 26, 2015

Airmen of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is hosting Motorcycle Safety Rally Mar. 27. There will be various activities during this event to include Tucson Police Department and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department conducting a motorcycle demonstration and awards given to the best bikes. After a safety briefing, the bikers will depart for a 2-3 hour…

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D-M A-10’s train at RAF Lakenheath

Posted  March 26, 2015

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — A Theater Security Package comprised of A-10C Thunderbolts and Airmen from the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., arrived at the Liberty Wing March 13 to train with NATO allies in new environments and cultures. “Working with our NATO allies helps strengthen the bonds between us, and demonstrates the…

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Health & Safety

New plan to dramatically change today’s health systems

Posted  March 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — With the goal to move from healthcare to health, the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) has created a dynamic plan that promises to revolutionize health and human performance systems as they exist today. The Human Performance Concept of Operations (CONOPS), created by Air Force medical planners, strives to not only prevent or…

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Salutes & Awards

Mentorship, adaptability key for recognized Airmen at OSAY

Posted  March 26, 2015

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Arizona’s military citizenry honored the best of its air and ground power at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa here March 21. The 162nd Wing nominees at the Arizona National Guard’s 2015 Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen of the Year (OSAY) Banquet were as follows: For Airman of the Year category: Senior Airman Nicholas Hoffman,…

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Local Briefs March 27, 2015

Posted  March 26, 2015

Summary Courts Officer notice for Master Sgt. Verdelle Holloway Jr. Master Sgt. Verdelle J. Holloway Jr. of the 923d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ, passed away on 9 March 2015. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Capt. Joseph Bennett, at 520-228-7923,…

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OTS eliminates component distinctions

Posted  March 19, 2015

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — The Air Force Officer Training School here has removed all service component distinctions from its line officer commissioning courses. Regular Air Force and Reserve cadets no longer receive their commissions through Basic Officer Training or Air National Guard cadets through the Academy of Military Science. With the start of…

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