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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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Health & Safety

D-M chapels increase spiritual health of Airmen, families

Posted  September 27, 2012

Spiritual health is one of the four pillars in Comprehensive Airman Fitness. One of the Air Force’s major resources in strengthening this component is the chapel systems. Be it a religious service or some morale-boosting down time, the services provided by D-M’s chapel are designed with Airmen and their families in mind. Davis-Monthan has two…

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Herschel Walker talks to Airmen about resiliency

Posted  September 27, 2012

Herschel Walker, the former professional football player and 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, came to D-M to talk to Airmen about resiliency at the base theater Sept. 21.

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Commentary

Innovate, Airmen innovate!

Posted  September 27, 2012

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The Air Force must innovate its way into the future, today! It’s been nearly two decades since Joel A. Barker wrote his book Paradigms in which he describes a state where business and organizational cultures become stagnant and fail to adapt to rapidly changing environments, essentially getting stuck in…

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TSP Roth option now available

Posted  September 27, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Federal civilian employees and members of the uniform services now have the option of being taxed up front rather than during their retirement years-at a possible higher rate, with a Roth Thrift Savings Plan program, starting Oct. 1, 2012. TSP is a retirement savings plan, based on member contribution-meaning…

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Health & Safety

Exchange now accepting Medagate worldwide

Posted  September 27, 2012

DALLAS – As of Sept. 8, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is officially the first retailer to accept the Medagate Over the Counter (OTC) benefits card on a worldwide basis. Medagate is a card-based program provided by Medicare and Medicaid Services that enables merchants to accept payment at the register for medicine and…

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Events

D-M to have Wingman Day Warrior Challenge

Posted  September 27, 2012

The life of a military member can often be filled with stress. Whether it’s because of a job, a deployment or being away from their support system, Airmen need ways to relax, have fun and build morale within their unit. In an effort to strengthen the morale and welfare of D-M Airmen, the base is…

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Veterans

Retired, separated wounded warriors can still pursue CCAF degree

Posted  September 27, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force combat-related wounded warriors wishing to continue their Community College of the Air Force education can now do so after separating or retiring thanks to provisions in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. This legislative change supports the Secretary of the Air Force’s priority to ensure combat-related wounded…

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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week September 28, 2012

Posted  September 27, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Senior Airman Roberto M. Mendez Family: Teresa and Roberto Mendez (mother and father) Josh, Bianca, and Meriah (siblings)

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Events

When the walls came tumbling down

Posted  September 27, 2012

A 1950s-era home that had weathered Arizona’s extreme heat and monsoons for decades was no match for a 72,000 pound excavator being operated by Col. James Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, Sept. 19. It was a day when the last of 12 homes scheduled for demolition at Soaring Heights came tumbling down. Soaring Heights leaders…

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Health & Safety

Med Group to host prescription drug disposal program

Posted  September 27, 2012

On Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the 355th Medical Group BX Pharmacy and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to BX Pharmacy Lobby….

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