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Thunderbolt bounces back after belly landingThunderbolt bounces back after belly landing

On the evening of Sept. 30, an A-10 stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was coming back to base for a routine landing after completing a standard sortie. Just when everything seemed to be going as planned, disaster struck! The main landing gear failed to extend, putting the pilot in a tough spot. During an…

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Down and out at Dyess: Air Force Assistance Fund to the rescue

It was scary, leaving home and joining an organization such as the United States Air Force. The people, job, and location were all brand new. When I joined the military, I came from a less than honorable home life.  I come from a single family household and my brother left my sister and me as…

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Chief serves beyond active-duty

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — John Burden retired as a chief master sergeant more than 18 years ago, but he never stopped serving his country and community. “As I was parking at the Veteran’s Association clinic, I saw a gentleman across the street get out of an old rickety van,” Burden said. “He was an amputee…

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D-M Airman: I am an IRONMAN

On Nov. 16th, Senior Airman Daniel Hughes, 355th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, tested his fitness limits and participated in IRONMAN Arizona. IRONMAN Arizona is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim around Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Ariz., followed by a 112-mile bike ride which consists of a three loop course that heads out of…

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Click, Click, Boom!

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It all begins with a duck-face, a peace sign and a selfie. From there, a photo taken in front of the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Wherever is posted to Airman Duck-face’s Facebook wall. It is shared by crazy Aunt Jane, who passes it along to Cousin Joey. Joey is…


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Joint and Coalition forces train at the firing range

Posted  May 22, 2014

German Air Force Rangers practice various firing tactics during Exercise ANGEL THUNDER at Three Points Firing Range in Tucson on May 12. ANGEL THUNDER is the only exercise in the Department of Defense covering personnel recovery training across the full spectrum of irregular and conventional warfare and has become the world’s largest and most complex…

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Attack Fitness Competition

Posted  May 15, 2014

Competitors tag the fence as they complete a one-mile timed run during the Attack Fitness Competition here May 3. The competition consisted of four different workouts that combined both cardio and strength movements, with the top competitors completing two final workouts to determine the winner. The event was hosted by CrossFit Desert Lightning, the CrossFit…

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Man of honor

Posted  May 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — “Anyone can carry his burden, however hard until nightfall; anyone can do his work however hard for one day.” These words were penned by Robert Louis Stevenson about one hundred years before retired Air Force fighter pilot Col. Jim Kasler used them to describe the challenge of daily life as a prisoner…

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AF implements DOS rollback phase II

Posted  May 15, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force has implemented the 2014 enlisted date of separation rollback program phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 1. The program accelerates the date of separation for Airmen who declined to acquire retainability for an assignment, training, retraining or professional military education, and who…

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Writing skills key to good EPRs

Posted  May 15, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Are you capturing what your Airmen are really doing for the Air Force when giving feedback and writing performance reports? Communicating well what Airmen do for the Air Force is the goal of military strategic writing. “Good communication has always been vital to the efficiency of our military mission,”…

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Anti-terrorism/Force Protection travel safety tips

Posted  May 15, 2014

1. The Back Glance Get in the habit of looking back when you get up to leave somewhere. Travel is very distracting and you are probably carrying more things than what you are accustomed to at home. You’re more likely to leave a jacket or journal at that local bus top, coffee place table where…

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354th FS provides close air support for Red Flag exercise

Posted  May 15, 2014

Personnel from the 354th Fighter Squadron will be participating in the Red Flag exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, until May 23. The Red Flag exercise is intended to accustom new pilots to combat tactics in simulated high threat environments. “The objective of Red Flag Alaska is to give the young pilots in the…

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Comprehensive Airman Fitness gains official AFI

Posted  May 15, 2014

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS)  — Comprehensive Airman Fitness is not a new term; however, Air Force Instruction 90-506 was released April 2 and further defines requirements for CAF in an effort to enhance the resilience of individuals, families, and communities. CAF is described as a holistic approach to develop over-arching Airman fitness and fortitude….

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Local Briefs May 16, 2014

Posted  May 15, 2014

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet May 19, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Restaurant Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Dr.  The May meeting will be on Monday, May 19. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m….

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Sallie Mae ordered to pay $96.6M for violating troops’ rights

Posted  May 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Justice Department officials announced an enforcement action yesterday against the nation’s largest servicer of federal and private student loans, which was found to be systematically violating the legal rights of U.S. service members. Sallie Mae, also known as Sallie Mae Bank and Navient Solutions, is ordered to pay $96.6 million in restitution…

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