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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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Halloween on-base trick-or-treating hours announced

Posted  October 25, 2012

Trick-or-treating hours are set for Halloween, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. More than 10 two-man teams from the 355th Security Forces Squadron will be out on the streets in the Soaring Heights community ensuring the safety and well-being of all children participating in Halloween festivities. The Soaring Heights Welcome Center staff will…

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AF releases RFP for new helicopter

Posted  October 25, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition announced today the posting of the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) Request for Proposal (RFP) to the Federal Business Opportunities website, signaling the official launch of this high priority Air Force acquisition program. The RFP defines an integrated, capability-based, best-value approach….

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D-M – It’s time for your flu vaccine

Posted  October 25, 2012

It’s that time of year again – flu season. Right now, the 355th Medical Group is administering the flu vaccination to Active Duty and high risk beneficiaries who will be identified by a phone call or letter. Our Immunizations clinic will be open for all beneficiaries to receive the flu vaccine on Nov. 1. The…

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Veterans honored with send-off to WWII Memorial

Posted  October 25, 2012

Members of the 162nd Fighter Wing gave a heroes’ send-off Oct. 16 to World War II Veterans as they embarked on a journey from Tucson to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington…

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The Loft to reopen in November

Posted  October 25, 2012

Since early September, The Loft has been under renovation, but it is now scheduled to re-open for dormitory Airmen in early November. Construction on The Loft began a few months after receiving the base received the Commander in Chief Annual Award for Installation Excellence (CINC award) money. “We received money from the CINC award so…

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SFS Airman receives Hero of the Year award

Posted  October 25, 2012

Staff Sgt. Aaron Escalante, 355th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, was one of four to receive the Hero of the Year award at the fifth annual Tucson observance of Heroes Day, Oct. 18.

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Local Briefs – November 2, 2012

Posted  November 2, 2012

Private Sector Resume Workshop Nov. 7, 10-11:30 a.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Prepare for your next career! Topics include writing a resume for the private sector and successful interviewing skills. Please RSVP at 228-5690. Federal Resume/Interview Tips Information Nov. 7, 1-4 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Class covers basic federal resume…

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Davis-Monthan Exchange offers fee-free holiday layaway

Posted  November 2, 2012

A good program just got better as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s Holiday Layaway program is now fee-free. Shoppers simply select their gifts for layaway and stop by customer service to complete the layaway process. “Fee-free” means that while the Davis-Monthan Exchange collects an initial $3 processing fee for new layaways, that amount…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  November 2, 2012

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Vito Delcore, 25th OWS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Marc Miller Duty Title: Weather Forecaster When joined the AF: Dec. 14, 2010 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Hobbies: Volunteer firefighter, snowboarding, skydiving, rock climbing, hiking, shooting, photo editing, and car repair. He aspires to be a FDNY Fire Fighter and is currently waiting on…

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Cadet reaches podium at Ironman World Championship

Posted  November 2, 2012

Cadet 1st Class Samantha Morrison prepares to swim at the Iron Man Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Oct. 13. Morrisson is assigned to Cadet Squadron 06 and is the Air Force Academy’s 102 triathlete. (Courtesy photo) U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The first cadet to qualify in the Ironman World Championship, Cadet 1st Class Samantha…

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