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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…

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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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Sports

D-M 50 hosts a night of fun and football

Posted  September 20, 2012

The annual D-M 50 Univer-sity of Arizona game and tail-gate provided food and fun for military members and their families Sept. 15 at University Mall. More than 2,000 members of the Desert Lightning Team could be found at the corner of University Boulevard and Campbell Road on Saturday, where the D-M 50 provided a buffet-style…

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Veterans

Dempsey: Public trust requires apolitical military

Posted  September 20, 2012

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wants service members and veterans to consider what using the uniform for partisan politics does to the trust Americans have in their military. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey has maintained throughout his 38-year career that the American military, as a whole, must remain apolitical — meaning being…

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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week September 21, 2012

Posted  September 20, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Senior Airman Jennifer L. Dane Family: Michael and Phyllis Acree (Parents), Tyler Acree and Phillip Acree (Brothers).

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Health & Safety

Turn in your medication for safe disposal

Posted  September 20, 2012

The 355th Security Forces Squadron will host the Drug Enforcement Agency National Pharmaceutical Take Back Day at the Base Exchange Pharmacy Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The pharmacy will be accepting unused, unwanted or expired medication for safe disposal. This is an effort put forth by the DEA to crack down on the control of…

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Health & Safety

‘On house’ medical services not really free

Posted  September 20, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — How many times have you heard that those in the military receive “free” medical care? Well, it is free isn’t it? Not even close. In fact, every aspect of a person’s medical care has a cost. Each year the Defense Department spends more than $50 billion for medical care,…

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AFSOUTH hosts Brazilian Air Force

Posted  September 20, 2012

U.S. Air Force photos by Capt. Justin Brockhoff Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Forces (Air Forces Southern) commander and Col. John Gordy, vice commander, prepare to greet five key leaders from the Brazilian Air Force. The distinguished visitors from Brazil visited AFSOUTH to discuss bilateral relations and building partnerships, Sept. 15 – 21. Our…

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Events

Local Briefs September 28, 2012

Posted  September 27, 2012

Short Sales & Other Homeowner Relief Programs Sept. 28, 10-11 a.m. (**NEW time**) – Airman & Family Readiness Center A HUD Quality Assurance representative will provide current information on short sales, dealing with lenders, recent legislation providing relief for homeowners, and scams associated with the current mortgage situation. Please RVSP at 228-5690. Arizona Empowerment Scholarship…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp September 2012

Posted  September 27, 2012

Staff Sgt. Asia Cook, 755th AMXS Staff Sgt. Asia Cook, 755th AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Chris Blue Duty Title: Debrief NCOIC When joined the AF: Aug. 9, 2005 Hometown:  Moreno Valley, California / Atlanta, Georgia Hobbies: Crafts, skydiving, football, and modeling. Selection Reasons:  Sergeant Asia Cook is the NCOIC of debrief and responsible for…

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Events

Soldiers secure virtual battlefield during Coalition Virtual Flag exercise

Posted  September 27, 2012

Airmen, Soldiers and members of the Australian, Canadian and British air services took part in a Coalition Virtual Flag exercise at the 612th Air and Space Operations Center here, Sept. 17-20. Coalition Virtual Flag’s purpose was to train on command and control in a simulated real-time environment. Allied AOC facilities from all around the world…

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D-M Thrift Store holds Grand Re-Opening

Posted  September 27, 2012

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Moore) U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, and Wilma English, D-M Thrift Store manager, cut the ribbon at the grand re-opening of the D-M Thrift Store on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 8. The store is now located on Flora St….

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