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Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers take training, skill and precise decisions to execute. The most recent flown in the area was the Super Bowl flyover, where the Thunderbirds, officially known as…

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Resurrection of the Ghost Rider

Barksdale Air Force Base, La.  — After almost seven years of slumber, a sleeping giant awakened in the Arizona desert. It prepared to take flight Friday the 13th from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, on a historic journey to resume the mission for which it was created; provide strategic long-range bomber support anywhere in the world, at any…

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Making energy efficiency a consideration in all we do

D-M was recognized for being an energy efficiency installation by Tucson Electric Power during the Bright Energy Efficiency award presentation at TEP’s headquarters building, Feb. 11, 2015. The BrightEE award is given to customers who have reduced their energy use and lowered their monthly electric bills by adopting significant energy efficiency measures according to TEP….

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Carter takes office as 25th Defense secretary

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Ash Carter became the 25th secretary of Defense Feb. 17, after having served previously as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs. President Barack Obama nominated Carter for the position — calling Carter an innovator and a reformer who knows the Defense Department inside and out…

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First Air Force theater security package deploys to Europe

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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Base celebrates first LGBT Pride Month

Posted  July 3, 2014

Desert Lightning Team Members celebrated LGBT Pride Month for the first time this June. LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. “LGBT Pride Month is our time to bring awareness and to take pride and acceptance of one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity,” said Airman 1st Class Christiaan-Emil Guerra, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron electronic…

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Being resilient, at all ranks

Posted  July 3, 2014

When Airmen join the Air Force, they immediately start going through resiliency training to help them overcome challenges they will endure during their military career. Approximately 20 chief master sergeants gathered to receive resiliency training and grasp what younger Airmen are being educated on today. “I think it is important for all the chiefs to…

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Health & Safety

Drowning: You probably have no idea what it looks like

Posted  July 3, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., — In two recent examples of vigilance, Air Combat Command Airmen have discovered that drowning isn’t always accompanied with shouts and thrashing. Victims sometimes slip silently beneath the water, or struggle to the point of exhaustion without raising an alarm. In one recent incident, an Office of Special Investigations agent, trained by…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp July 3, 2014

Posted  July 3, 2014

Name/Squadron:   Airman 1st Class Christopher G. Harrington/612 ACOMS First Sergeant:  Master Sgt. Jason Maberry Duty Title: Knowledge Ops Manager/Exec When joined the AF: April 9, 2013 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Hobbies: Watching and coaching football, working out and playing with his puppy. Selection Reasons: Recently, this Diamond Sharp recipient made the job easier for his…

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Health & Safety

New rules for safety during monsoon season

Posted  July 3, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — June 15 marked the beginning of monsoon season in Arizona with a combination of high winds, moisture and temperatures which result in remarkable but sometimes deadly storms. As summer approaches, Arizona receives its winds from the south or southeast where moisture hitches a ride from the Pacific Ocean and…

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Outdoor Recreational pool Aquatic Center

Posted  July 3, 2014

The Outdoor Recreational pool Aquatic Center here offers swim lessons designed to teach you, your child or other family members how to swim skillfully and safely. As children progress through the levels, their comfort level in and around water will increase. Robyn Anderson, Davis-Monthan Outdoor Recreational pool Aquatic Center swim instructor, helps her student practice…

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Air Force releases Morale, Welfare, Recreation survey

Posted  July 3, 2014

Ever feel like you had the perfect idea for a new activity at your base but were not sure who to tell? Now is the perfect time to be heard. The Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services recently began sending recreational leisure surveys to Airmen located within the continental United States June 19. The…

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Events

35th FSS hosts “unbirthday celebration”

Posted  July 3, 2014

The 355th Force Support Squadron hosted a “Meet FSS Unbirthday Celebration.” This event gave Desert Lightning Team members a chance to learn about the facilities on base that belong to FSS. “The purpose of events like the Unbirthday Party is really two-fold,” said said CMSgt. Patrick Fry, 355th FSS superintendent. “We want to do something…

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Local Briefs July 3, 20014

Posted  July 3, 2014

NARFE chapter 1874 to meet July 21, 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 Drive. The July meeting will be Monday, July 21. (Senior menu $7.95).  Presentation by Jennifer McMenamin on home staging…

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‘Workhorse’ becomes first F-35 to achieve 1,000 flight hours

Posted  June 26, 2014

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the Air Force, became the first F-35 to reach 1,000 flight hours June 11. Paul Hattendorf, a Lockheed Martin test pilot, was flying an airframe loads envelope expansion mission when the fighter reached the milestone. “AF-2’s nickname is ‘Workhorse,’” said…

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