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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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Intermediate, senior developmental education opportunities available

Posted  March 12, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Eligible active-duty officers and Department of the Air Force appropriated-fund civilian employees can apply for intermediate and senior developmental education opportunities beginning in March. The civilian application window opened March 2, and applications are due to the Air Force Personnel Center no later than May 1. Officer nominations,…

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Local Briefs March 13, 2015

Posted  March 12, 2015

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet March 16, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N.Thornydale Rd. The March meeting will be on Monday, March 16. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. The meeting…

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Soaring Heights awarded for resident satisfaction

Posted  March 12, 2015

WinnResidential Military Housing Services, the firm providing property management and maintenance services for Lend Lease’s military housing portfolio, including Soaring Heights Communities at Davis-Monthan, has been recognized as a 2014 SatisFacts National Award Winner in resident satisfaction. SatisFacts, the leading national resident relationship management services company, has recognized WinnResidential Military Housing Services as a “Top…

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D-M takes care of its wildlife

Posted  March 12, 2015

Spring brings with it a surge of young, wild animals that are in the process of acclimating to a new environment, but the season is also a critical time when animals are most susceptible to orphanage or injury. The Tucson Wildlife Center, in Tucson, Ariz., offers 24/7 emergency rooms with volunteer veterinarians and rehabilitation experts…

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Know what love is, what it’s not

Posted  March 12, 2015

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — “If you don’t leave him he’s not going to stop until you’re dead,” my mother said. With sadness in her voice my aunt replied: “I know.” I remember sitting in the backseat of the car as my mother and aunt whispered to each other. While my aunt cried, I looked at…

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Military leads the way in equal opportunity

Posted  March 12, 2015

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — What does it take to change a nation? What force has the power to move millions of people in their fundamental views of the world? For Christopher Daniels, a U.S. Air Force colonel, that answer is simple: leadership. In his words, “The true agent of change is true leadership.”…

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Norway’s pilots illuminate air space

Posted  March 12, 2015

Beginning this year, Norwegian student-pilots will receive additional training in critical areas, representing a milestone in their now 18 year association with the 162nd Wing’s F-16 Schoolhouse. “The expansion of the Norwegian syllabus affirms the good reputation our students enjoy in Tucson,” said Maj. Erik Brettingen, Norwegian exchange officer and by proclamation, the flight commander…

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Annual D-M 50 picnic scheduled for March 14

Posted  March 12, 2015

The annual DM-50 picnic will be held Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park. The picnic is a free event for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto the base. The DM-50 will be providing a variety of free entertainment, food, drinks and events. The picnic will…

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Safeguarding ground troops from above

Posted  March 5, 2015

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Roaring his way down the runway in a 43 thousand pound machine, Maj. Vincent Sherer pilots an A-10 Thunderbolt II into the skies of Afghanistan to provide overwatch and close air support for ground forces operating throughout the country. Sherer, a pilot with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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D-M hosts worldwide A-10 competition

Posted  March 5, 2015

The 355th Fighter Wing hosted 14 A-10 teams from around the world for Hawgsmoke, July 9-12, 2014. Hawgsmoke is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition, which was derived from the discontinued “Gunsmoke” Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition. This competition is an opportunity for camaraderie, fellowship of the world’s premier Close Air…

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