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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

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Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…


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DoD proposes more lending, credit protections for Service Members

Posted  November 7, 2014

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — On Sept. 29, the Department of Defense proposed broader protections for service members from predatory lenders. The proposed rules aim to close loopholes in current regulations allowing predatory lenders to take advantage of service members. The proposal is primarily aimed at supplementing DoD’s current regulation implementing the Military Lending Act…

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AF authorizes medical benefits for some separatees

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force senior leaders announced adjustments to benefits for Airmen separated under the fiscal year 2014 Voluntary Separation Pay (VSP) program Oct. 31. Based on inconsistent issuance and confusion with transitional medical benefits for Airmen separating under the VSP program, the Air Force requested clarification from the Office of the Secretary of…

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AF completes historic fuel conversion

Posted  November 7, 2014

The Air Force officials took an important step in fiscal responsibility and supply chain efficiency with the conversion of the final stateside installation from Jet Propellant 8 (JP-8) fuel to the more common and commercially available Jet A fuel, Oct. 29 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The transition to Jet A completed a…

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STEM: Necessary but not sufficient

Posted  November 7, 2014

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — I was an active-duty Airman for 15 years before realizing my gut was as valuable as my mind; my intuition as useful as scientific analyses; and my agility, creativity and innovation honed the decision-making necessary to function in complex environments. A scientist by nature and education, I failed…

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DoD celebrates Military Family Month in November

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON – November in America traditionally is a month of thankfulness, and the Defense Department chose this month to recognize those who support the nation’s armed forces but who don’t wear the uniform: military families. Barbara Thompson directs the department’s Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, and Special Needs. She recently spoke with DoD…

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VA expands Fry Scholarship to surviving spouses

Posted  November 7, 2014

Washington, DC – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will begin accepting applications by mail on Monday, November 3, 2014, for the Fry Scholarship under newly expanded eligibility criteria to include surviving spouses. The expanded criteria for the Fry Scholarship is the latest in a series of VA actions to implement provisions of…

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Back to basics with open ranks

Posted  November 7, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — Logistics is the business of being precise, as Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Ramirez can attest. So it only seemed appropriate that on Nov. 2, the 162nd Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) held the one event that reflects that kind of precision: an open ranks inspection. “As the new LRS superintendent, it’s my duty to always…

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Local Civil Air Patrol opportunities available

Posted  November 7, 2014

There is a unique organization available for those who are interested in serving the U.S. without contractual obligation. The Civil Air Patrol was created in 1941, giving thousands of volunteer members the chance to answer America’s call to national service by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Today the CAP supports America’s communities with emergency…

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355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron

Posted  November 7, 2014

Staff Sgt. Erwin Viray, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron alternate mission equipment section supervisor, replaces a stepper switch. The stepper switch controls the order of munition release on an A-10. Staff Sgt. Brandon Coppock, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron alternate mission equipment section supervisor, installs a LAU-105 launcher on a Dual Rail Adapter. The DRA holds two…

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Health & Safety

Airman smoke free for two years

Posted  November 7, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There’s a killer on the loose — tobacco. It entices many each day. More than 3,200 people smoke their first cigarette under the age of 18 each day, and about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers, according to BeTobaccoFree.gov. Tobacco also prematurely kills more than 10 times as many U.S….

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