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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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Local Briefs May 9, 2014

Posted  May 8, 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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From American Samoa to Afghanistan: Polynesian PERSCO processes Bagram Airmen

Posted  May 8, 2014

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Lackland Air Force Base is worlds away from American Samoa, in more ways than one. And for Senior Airman Desirae Faasavalu, she found a few of those differences right away. “It was a huge culture shock, seeing all of the buildings and freeways and no greenery,” she said. Faasavalu is a…

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355th Fighter Group Association reunites at D-M

Posted  May 8, 2014

The 355th Fighter Group Association Reunion was held here May 1-5. The 355th FGA consists of any member assigned to the 355th Fighter Group or Wing from 1942 to present. Members of the group began the reunion by experiencing a flight in the A-10 Thunderbolt simulator at the 355th Operations Group Thursday. U.S. Air Force…

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A chance for me to say thank you

Posted  May 8, 2014

Did you know April was Month of the Military Child? I’ll be honest; it didn’t dawn on me until yesterday. I can understand if you forgot, or didn’t notice. It’s easy, after all, with last-minute taskers, performance reports to write, doing the daily tasks asked of us – a lot of times I think these…

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Guardian Angels from the 563rd RQG in rescue mission

Posted  May 8, 2014

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO — Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group (RQG) responded to a Rescue Mission after being notified of a Venezuelan fishing boat 1,100 nautical miles off the Pacific coast of Mexico with two critically injured Chinese sailors May 02, 2014. While preparing for the world’s largest Combat Search and Rescue Exercise, ANGEL…

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Five Davis-Monthan Airmen LEAD to USAFA

Posted  May 8, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., will welcome five members of the Desert Lightning Team into the Leaders Encouraging Airmen Development program. Senior Airman Thomas R. Nguyen and Airman 1st Class Torrence R. Rees, both from the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, will enter directly into the academy through LEAD program. Airman 1st Class…

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Hagel orders services to review grooming standards

Posted  May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed members of the Congressional Black Caucus that he is ordering the military services to review grooming standards, particularly those for African-American women. Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Hagel directed the deputy secretary of defense to work with the service secretaries and the military chiefs…

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48th RQS Rescue Training at the Titan Missile Museum

Posted  May 1, 2014

The 48th Rescue Squadron utilized the unique layout of the Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley to conduct high angle and confined space rescue training April 17.  A pararescueman from the 48th Rescue Squadron guards an area of the Titan Missile Museum during a simulated rescue exercise. The 48th RQS conducted the rescue training in…

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Airman catches, gives back milestone HR to famed MLB slugger

Posted  May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Even before Staff Sgt. Thomas Sherrill took his seat April 22 at Nationals Park here, he said he fantasized about what he would do if he somehow caught the milestone home-run ball off the bat of major-league slugger Albert Pujols. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman began the game against the…

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Keeping Heritage Park looking good

Posted  May 1, 2014

If you visit Heritage Park in the next few weeks, you may see a missing display and one covered in tarps. This is because two static displays at Heritage Park will be undergoing maintenance and refurbishing during the next three weeks. All of the displays in Heritage Park recently underwent an inspection. Two aircraft, an…

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