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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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BAH recertification

Posted  April 24, 2014

The call to have all members recertify their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) “with dependent” rate is a Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) mandate in order to establish a method of complying with the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization for document retention. Members who receive “with dependent” rate include those who are married to…

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Introducing the ‘unnamed conspirator’

Posted  April 24, 2014

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. (AFNS) — As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a briefing was held April 18 here, to help educate Airmen on the impact of sexual assault across the service and the nation and how they can get involved in the fight to change the culture that supports it. Speaking during the…

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Academic help is a click away for military kids

Posted  April 24, 2014

The pressure is on for military students (and their parents) as kids face homework, papers, exams and standardized tests. Decrease your family’s stress levels and improve your children’s grades with personalized tutoring offered online and at no cost to children in military families. All Kindergarten-grade 12 students in eligible U.S. military families can access Tutor.com…

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Airman consumed by alcohol fights back

Posted  April 24, 2014

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, GA. — With his suicide note placed neatly on the bed, he got dressed and headed to work. His plan was to pretend everything was OK, arm up for training, and then take his own life. In his note, the Airman wrote to his friends, family, supervisor, leadership and himself. He apologized…

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Local Briefs April 25, 2014

Posted  April 24, 2014

Military Children School Transitions Training   May 7-8, 8:30 a.m. – 4p.m. – Hilton Tucson East The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is offering a two day seminar aimed at “Supporting Military Children through School Transitions: Social/Emotional”.  The course is open to military parents, guidance counselors, educators, school administration and caring adults interested in learning…

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Local Briefs April 18, 2014

Posted  April 17, 2014

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet April 21, noon – 1 p.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 April meeting will be Monday, April 21. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30…

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Diamond Sharp April 18, 2014

Posted  April 17, 2014

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jessica Nail / 612 AOC (CPD) First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Jamie Harwick Duty Title: ATO Production Technician When joined the AF: August 16, 2011 Hometown: Cambridge, Illinois Hobbies: Soccer, Playing musical instruments, and Auto-mechanics Selection Reasons:   Airman Nail was handpicked to participate in a two part development and operational testing…

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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

Posted  April 17, 2014

MARANA, Ariz. — The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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Military child recognized by Arizona BGCA

Posted  April 17, 2014

A Sonoran Science Academy freshman was recently selected as the Boys and Girls Club of America Arizona Military Youth of the Year. David Zulli, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Zulli, 355th Fighter Wing base chaplain, competed against other youth around Arizona, winning a $1,000 scholarship and advancing on to the regional competition. Being a military…

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Into the wild blue yonder

Posted  April 17, 2014

The Military Personnel Exchange Program allowed a Sailor to switch places with an Airman, giving the Sailor a chance to experience the Air Force. Navy Lieutenant Commander Eric Anderson, 354th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, transferred from the Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. for a three year tour…

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