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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 clarifies civilian overseas assignment policy

Posted  October 11, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department wants to clarify a personnel policy — generally known as the “five-year rule” — that establishes time limits for civilian overseas assignments, an official said here today. Sheila Dent, the department’s acting director of human resources for operational programs and advisory services, spoke to the Pentagon Channel and American Forces…

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AF officials reestablish squadron commander support staffs

Posted  October 11, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials reestablished squadron commander support staffs on Oct. 1 to help commanders manage administrative duties and other personnel and knowledge operations functions. The decision to recreate squadron CSSs was made by Air Force senior leaders during a Corona South conference in February to help squadron commanders…

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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week October 12, 2012

Posted  October 11, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Senior Airman Marilyn T. Menjivar Family: Daughter – Alaina Hometown: Queens, NY Unit: 355th CONS Job title: Contracting Administrator

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Events

55th RQS leaves for deployment

Posted  October 11, 2012

The 55th Rescue Squadron deployed to Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan Sept. 29. Training is a crucial part of an Airman’s deployment.

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Davis-Monthan earns top lodging honors

Posted  October 11, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Davis-Monthan Air Force Base took top honors in the 2012 Air Force Innkeeper Award competition, large category, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Oct. 4.

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Local Briefs October 19, 2012

Posted  October 18, 2012

Deployed Airmen & Families: Reintegration & Welcome Home Banner Event Oct. 29, 5-6 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Is your deployed loved one coming home soon? Come out and join us for a Reintegration & Welcome Home Banner making event. Food and drinks will be available along with all supplies. This event will…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Exchange

Posted  October 18, 2012

DALLAS – Exchange shoppers won’t have to wait for December to start the holiday season as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s Facebook page is hosting “12 Weeks of Gifting” contest. From Sept. 28 – Dec. 20, shoppers can count down the last 12 weeks until Christmas by entering to win different prizes each…

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Commissaries to offer new innovations, conveniences

Posted  October 18, 2012

WASHINGTON – The new commissary rewards card now offered at all 247 military commissaries worldwide offers a glimpse into what the Defense Commissary Agency is working to provide its customers: the same selection, conveniences and quality as the most popular commercial grocery store chains, but even better customer service and lower prices. That’s the vision…

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Airmen deliver aid ‘outside the wire’

Posted  October 18, 2012

Master Sgt. Russell Martin 451st Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) — Humanitarian aid missions conjure up images of Airmen air-dropping supplies to austere locations too hazardous to deliver by trucks or convoy. Images of smiling villagers eagerly awaiting much needed vittles and supplies. But not all “HA” missions in Afghanistan require…

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Health & Safety

Aircrew Decontamination Training

Posted  October 18, 2012

Airmen from all over Air Combat Command came to D-M in September to attend aircrew decontamination training. They learned a general mitigation process that could be applied to several types of personal protective equipment.

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