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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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USAF Thunderbirds

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2014 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating their 61st season of flying. The precise, calculated maneuvers that make the Thunderbirds a fan favorite require the pilots to have…

(U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Jack Braden) World

Arizona’s F-16 schoolhouse builds capable partners, strong bonds

Over European castles, Middle Eastern deserts and Pacific islands, F-16 fighter pilots are soaring in ever-increasing numbers. Their experiences, nationalities and cultures are different, but they share several common bonds. They are partners, they are friends and they learned to fly their F-16s at the Air National Guard base at Tucson International Airport. With more…

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AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER. During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop…

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Take on the Marine Challenge

Airmen test their strength and abilities through the ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ drill, here. The ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ Drill is one of three components of the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test and is designed to measure functional fitness in a combat environment. This course is mandatory for all Marines, however the 355th Force Support Squadron decided…


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AFAF kicked off March 23

Posted  March 29, 2012

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — The 2012 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicked off March 26 and will run through May 4. Four major charities receive contributions from the AFAF: the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Villages, Air Force Enlisted Villages and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation. These charitable affiliates…

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SM-3 IIA team completes TDACS preliminary design review

Posted  March 29, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. – Raytheon has completed the preliminary design review of the SM-3 Block IIA’s throttleable divert and attitude control system. Essentially a rocket motor with four main divert nozzles and six attitude control nozzles, the TDACS’s precision propulsion will enable the SM-3 Block IIA to intercept incoming ballistic missiles with pinpoint accuracy. “The TDACS…

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Eagles squeak by Chiefs, 15-14, in charity softball game

Posted  March 29, 2012

The Eagles walked away victorious over the Chiefs, 15-14, in the annual charity softball game at Thunderbolt Field here March 23. “The Chiefs want to congratulate the Eagles on their win,” said Chief Master Sgt. Luann Gaylor, the Chiefs’ right fielder. “It was a good game and we appreciate the competition.” Approximately 100 Airmen and…

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D-M preps for Open House

Posted  March 29, 2012

D-M is opening its gates to the public at the 2012 ‘Thunder and Lightning over Arizona’ open house, April 14-15. The open house is usually a bi-annual event. ‘Arizona & Aerospace Days’ air show took place in March 2010. This year, the base is celebrating aviation history, airpower and 100 years of Arizona Statehood. Several…

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Two D-M Airmen accepted as Olmsted Foundation Scholars

Posted  March 29, 2012

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Two members of the 55th Wing were selected to participate in the Olmstead Scholar Program for the class of 2013. Capt. Michael Sullivan, 55th Electronic Combat Group at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and Capt. Scott Wallace, 338th Combat Training Squadron here, were two of only six Air Force members selected…

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Desert Heat 2012 launches hundreds of model rockets in Tucson

Posted  March 29, 2012

Hundreds of model rockets were launched this past weekend during Desert Heat 2012, a two-day event sponsored by the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA). While SARA sponsors monthly launch activities for members and…

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Outdoor flag ceremonies: do you know what to do?

Posted  March 29, 2012

When driving or walking by the flag pole on base while the U.S. flag is being raised or lowered, do you know what to do? I have to admit, this isn’t a question I have considered until today. I, like many here, have been getting it wrong for quite some time. But this morning our…

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First Air Force female four-star general confirmed

Posted  March 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Senate confirmed Air Force Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger for promotion March 26, making her the first female four-star general in Air Force history. Wolfenbarger currently serves as the military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition here and she is one of 4 lieutenant…

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DM-50 Picnic scheduled for March 31

Posted  March 29, 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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Diamond Sharp

Posted  March 29, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Rachel Lemoine, 42 ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. James Goley Duty Title: EC-130H Flight Engineer Student When joined the Air Force: February 2001 Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana Hobbies: Baking, camping, watching movies, reading books, and shooting guns Selection Reasons: Currently as a full-time student, Sergeant Lemoine volunteered to manage squadron recalls for all ORE’s and…

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