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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

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Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…


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“Aiming High” and getting high not compatible for civilian, AF members

Posted  December 4, 2014

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, — Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C., recently joined Colorado in legalizing the possession and use of marijuana. Apart from Oregon, each area has large Air Force populations. Leaders say it’s important for military and civilian Airmen to remember that while American voters’ attitudes are shifting toward loosening restrictions on marijuana,…

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Retiree Will Night

Posted  December 4, 2014

The 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office has upgraded services provided for retirees by increasing their Retiree Will Nights. With the D-M area’s retiree, snowbird, population outnumbering active duty population about 2-to-1, their need for wills to be drafted or redrafted was in high demand. This demand prompted the legal office to pool their resources together…

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Local Briefs December 5, 2014

Posted  December 4, 2014

Claims Notice for Senior Airman Sean M. Morrissey Senior Airman Sean M. Morrissey of the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base passed away on November 17. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Capt. Allen Lewis, at 520-228-3136, 479-304-8386, or by email at…

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New combat rescue helicopter HH-60W to perform personnel recovery mission

Posted  December 4, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (AFNS)  — The Air Force has officially designated the new combat rescue helicopter (CRH) as the HH-60W. The need to acquire a new personnel recovery capability resulted in the June 2014 contract award to Sikorsky for eventual production and fielding of up to 112 aircraft with a potential value of approximately $7.9 billion….

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First sergeants to supervisors: Here are 4 things you should know

Posted  December 4, 2014

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFNS) — There are approximately 2,600 active-duty Airmen assigned to Fairchild Air Force Base and nine fully trained, diamond-wearing first sergeants on duty. That’s a little more than 280 Airmen to one first shirt. This proportion is not uncommon at most bases around the command and the Air Force. Acting…

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Service members must update TSP by Jan. 31

Posted  December 4, 2014

Active duty members of the Army, Air Force or Navy making dollar-amount Roth contributions to a Thrift Savings Plan account should know that these deductions will stop on Jan. 31, unless action is taken. “The Roth [Thrift Savings Plan] contributions are going from a dollar figure to a percentage of pay,” said Kent Thompson, Financial…

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“Little people like you make Christmas better”

Posted  December 4, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — “It’s little people that make the difference. Little people like you.” The fictional character Frank Shirley pitched his “little people” Christmas message to Clark Griswold in the 1989 movie “Christmas Vacation.” Although demeaning in a comical way, the little people reference is seen over and over in classic Christmas stories. Little…

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Tool to safeguard PII scheduled for December rollout AF wide

Posted  December 4, 2014

OINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas–The Digital Signature Enforcement Tool is scheduled for Air Force-wide integration Dec. 5, providing Microsoft Outlook email users with an interactive, automated virtual assistant to help ensure the security of personally identifiable information “I can’t overstate the operational importance of preventing PII breaches,” said Maj. Gen. B. Edwin Wilson, commander of…

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AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: Embarking on a journey toward a promising future

Posted  November 26, 2014

Colonel Alex Voigt has only been serving as the Air Forces Southern Chilean Liaison Officer at Davis-Monthan for a couple of months, but with a history of Chilean LNOs reaching the rank of general and one even going on to serve as the top ranking officer in their country’s air force, Voigt is on track…

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D-M commander mixes it up with ‘The Morning Blend’

Posted  November 26, 2014

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey) U.S. Air Force Col. James P. Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., talks with TV hosts, Tina Jennings and Maria Parmigiani, during a live recording of “The Morning Blend” at KGUN9 Studio, Tucson, Nov. 24. Meger went on the show to…

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