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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…

(Air Force photos by Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu) Health & Safety

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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DeCA begins rollout of Commissary Rewards Card

Posted  September 20, 2012

FORT LEE, Va — The Defense Commissary Agency is making progress in its rollout of the Commissary Rewards Card that will soon allow customers to access and redeem digital coupons at all of its stores. Testing began Aug. 8 at the Fort Lee Commissary, Va., eventually moving to 30 stores by the end of the…

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HC-130P takes its final flight on D-M

Posted  September 20, 2012

The HC-130P executed its final mission at the D-M flightline on Sept. 12. The 79th Rescue Squadron, the only HC-130 squadron on D-M, will soon utilize the HC-130J…

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AFPC to improve unemployment comp process

Posted  September 20, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Half-a-dozen personnelists here recently completed a rapid improvement event to review Air Force management of the nonappropriated fund, appropriated fund and military unemployment compensation programs, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Last year, AFPC requested an official audit of the appropriated fund civilian and military processes to help…

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Operation Snowbird public comment period

Posted  September 20, 2012

The U.S. Air Force is extending the public comment period for the draft Environmental Assessment concerning Operation Snowbird here until Oct. 4. This additional 20-day extension allows citizens more time to analyze the proposal to implement National Guard Training Plan 60-1 supporting Operation Snowbird. The public comment period began July 31, 2012. The Air Force…

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Don’t worry, help is here

Posted  September 20, 2012

Mental health plays an essential role in shaping one’s life. A person free of excessive anxiety, stress and worry is more capable of living life to the fullest. A mentally fit person maintains a positive self image and interacts well with co-workers, family and friends. With this in mind, the Air Force Reserve Command created…

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Protocol can handle that

Posted  September 20, 2012

The 355th Protocol office can be called a Jack-of-all-trades that wears many hats. From distinguished visitor stays to the Air Force Ball, Protocol has a hand in ensuring a multitude of base events run smoothly. One of their main duties is DV hospitality. These important guests can range from Air Force leaders to foreign dignitaries…

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GOV service station closure

Posted  September 20, 2012

The Main Military Service Station and the AMARG Service Station will be closed Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. for end of year closeout. Both service stations will reopen Oct. 1 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Please ensure your govern-ment vehicles are filled prior to this timeframe. All emer-gency vehicles (SFS, Fire Dept., Ambulances, etc.) can be…

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Four kids, the STAHD and an Air Force mom

Posted  September 20, 2012

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Their kids tell other kids at school, “My momma wears combat boots.” This isn’t your typical Air Force family.

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Disciplined Airmen lead to disciplined life

Posted  September 20, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As I prepared to prepare (procrastination!) for this commentary, I remember beginning the all important first step — brainstorming! I bounced from topic to topic, everything from the recent F-35 excitement to the roles supervisors have in today’s Air Force to what was on sale at the Base Exchange….

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Study references available for 2013 promotion cycle

Posted  September 20, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has begun its 43rd year of enlisted promotion test production. During the 2012 promotion cycle, 240 unique promotion tests were administered to support the Weighted Airman Promotion System and the U.S. Air Force Senior NCO Promotion System. “Today’s Air Force continues to write fair, valid, credible,…

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