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D-M puts its agencies to the test

An aircraft crash training exercise was held at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range here Feb. 19. The simulated crash site was scattered throughout a two mile radius. “The idea was to test the base’s capabilities to respond to an aircraft crash incident with a mass-casualty piece involved,” said Master Sgt. Mark Molineaux, 355th…

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Don’t underestimate the importance of sacrifices

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my wife, for better…

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New Airmen get their bearings

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — New Airmen go through a whirlwind of activities during the transformation of civilian to active duty Airman, which can be a confusing process. Lucky for new Airmen, there’s the First Term Airmen Center to catch them when they land at their first duty station. FTAC is a five-day program…

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Riding for the future of cycling

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Following a full day of work developing Air Force models, Maj. Ian Holt, the Headquarters Air Force Space Command vault concepts lead, mounts his Felt bicycle and starts pedaling on a three-hour training ride. It’s all part of the regimen prescribed by his coach leading up to the…

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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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Air Force

Libraries launch summer reading program

Posted  June 19, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Summer is just around the corner and right now is the perfect time to begin putting together your family’s summer reading list. Air Force libraries have launched the summer reading program, “Paws to Read” and are planning a host of activities for children, teens and adults. Activities will…

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Health & Safety

Old drug, new promise for PTSD nightmares

Posted  June 19, 2014

BETHESDA, Md. — Every day, thousands of American service members relive the trauma of war in their sleep. They hear explosions, see the carnage of battle erupt around them and feel the crushing weight of a painful combat memory resurface in their dreams. Unfortunately, frequent nightmares are common among service members with post-traumatic stress disorder….

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Local

Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force conduct flights at D-M

Posted  June 19, 2014

For the next 90 days, a regenerated C-130R Hercules aircraft will be conducting flight training at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. This aircraft is one of six aircraft purchased by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force through NAVAIR’s Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Aircraft Program (PMA-207) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) office. Flights are scheduled to begin on…

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Airmen can change how the Air Force does business

Posted  June 19, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Creative, motivated Airmen are the key to changing how the Air Force does business, and every Airman has an equal opportunity to make a lasting contribution through the Airmen Powered by Innovation program, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Launched in April, API was initiated thanks to the…

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Health & Safety

Official explains changing health care providers

Posted  June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Making a permanent-change-of-station move can be stressful, but changing health care providers during that time is easy, the director of the TRICARE health plan said here yesterday. In a DOD News interview, Mary Kaye Justis said she wants service members and their families to know there are several easy options to find new…

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Veterans History Project

Posted  June 19, 2014

The Veterans History Project provides a way to tell the story of service members from past and present. The VHP was created by the Library of Congress in 2000 to preserve original personal narratives, diaries and photographs from American war veterans and civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts. U.S. Air Force Capt….

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Events

Local Briefs June 20, 2014

Posted  June 19, 2014

Society of Military Widows to meet June 21, noon – The Mirage Cub The Ladies of the Society of Military Widows will have their monthly luncheon at noon, Saturday, June 21, at the Mirage club at D.M. Air Force Base. For information and your reservations, please call 574-6628 at least 10 days prior to the…

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Some AFSCs removed from retention boards

Posted  June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Fewer Airmen than originally expected will meet involuntary retention boards this summer and fall, Air Force officials said June 13. Air Force leaders eliminated approximately 4,000 Airmen from eligibility for the upcoming boards at Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’s direction to bolster manning for nuclear-related air force specialty codes…

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Commentary

Difficult force shaping calls made tougher by undeserved ‘Firewall 5’s’

Posted  June 19, 2014

LAJES FIELD, Azores (AFNS) — I was not a very good Airman in the early days of my Air Force career. I was passably good at my job and very bad at the Air Force. Here is an actual quote from one of my early Enlisted Performance Reports, “Improved responsibility in off-duty affairs would quickly…

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Patients from Steele Children’s Research Center tour D-M

Posted  June 19, 2014

Pediatric patients from the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center and their families attended a tour of Davis-Monthan June 12. Steele Children’s Research Center specializes in better treatments for pediatric illnesses such as Type 1 diabetes, cancer and cystic fibrosis. The tour was hosted by the 41st Electronic Combat Squadron and its purpose was…

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