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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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First Air Force theater security package deploys to Europe

Posted  February 12, 2015

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — The U.S. Air Force deployed 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft and approximately 300 Airmen as part of a theater security package to the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve this week. The aircraft and Airmen, from the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and are…

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Local Briefs February 13, 2015

Posted  February 12, 2015

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet  Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N.Thornydale Rd. The February meeting will be on Monday, February 16. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m.  The meeting…

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Leaders: the good, bad, and forgotten

Posted  February 12, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It’s been my Air Force experience there are three categories of leaders- the Good, the Bad, and the Forgotten. Everyone reading this probably thinks they’re in the first category, but we know that’s not the case. Airmen who work for you certainly wish that were true, but not every…

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Obama sends resolution for use of force against ISIL to Congress

Posted  February 12, 2015

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has sent a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The president spoke about the draft authorization during a White House announcement this afternoon. Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry…

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Diamond Sharp February 13, 2015

Posted  February 12, 2015

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Ayla Angulo / 355 FSS First Sergeant:  Master Sgt. Dierdre Mister Duty Title: Plans & Readiness NCO/ Unit Security Manager When joined the AF: January 4, 2011 Hometown: Wyanete, IL Hobbies: Outdoors, watching movies, reading, and spending time with her 9 month old Selection Reasons: Staff Sgt. Angulo revitalized the Mission Support…

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D-M deploys 1,100 Airmen around the globe

Posted  February 12, 2015

Approximately 1,100 Airmen have been tasked to deploy from D-M during the first three months of 2015, more than twice the normal amount. Typically, the base would have around 500 Airmen deployed at any given time which makes this deployment a significant increase. This deployment includes Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group, 55th Electronic Combat…

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Free tax preparation, advice available to military families

Posted  February 12, 2015

WASHINGTON, (AFNS) — With the new year comes the annual dread of tax-filing season and the confusion and stress that can go along with it, especially for military families whose tax returns can be further complicated by frequent relocations, involvement of rental properties and other aspects of military life. To ease the burden, the Defense…

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Female U-2 pilot blazes trail through society and space

Posted  February 12, 2015

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly amongst the stars? Have you ever stared into the night sky hoping to catch a glimpse of a shooting star? Could you imagine flying 70,000 ft. above the earth, gliding through the darkness completely isolated from all of civilization below?…

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AF officials announce FY16 budget force structure changes

Posted  February 12, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — Air Force officials released force structure changes resulting from the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget, Feb. 6. The fiscal year 2016 budget will continue the Air Force’s divestment strategy presented in fiscal year 2015, but will re-phase the retirement of several weapons systems later into the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) in order to…

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Health & Safety

Brush, floss, repeat daily for good dental health

Posted  February 12, 2015

Each February, the American Dental Association, or ADA, sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Regular dental visits should happen every…

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