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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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Health & Safety

Summer grilling safety tips

Posted  June 5, 2014

LANGLEY AFB, Va. —  Good food and great conversation are staples of a summer barbeque, but before firing up the grill Airmen and their families should be aware of some proper grilling techniques to help prevent their summer days from going up in flames. According to the National Fire Protection Association in 2007-2011, U.S. fire…

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Air Force

AF mental health programs encourage seeking help

Posted  June 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The number of Airmen seeking mental health care has increased over the last five years — and this is a trend Air Force leaders encourage, according to a lead psychiatrist with the office of the Air Force Surgeon General. A mental health encounters report issued by the Air Force Medical Operations Agency…

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Events

Local Briefs June 6, 2014

Posted  June 5, 2014

Comedy Show at the Mirage Club On June 13 the Mirage Club will host “Wingman Comedy Show” for DM Airmen, the comedian will be Damon Williams. This event will be adults only ages 18 and up, Airmen E-1 to E-4 $8 and E-5 and up $15. This will include Horsd’oevurs and autograph signing. Social hour…

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Veterans

Veterans History Project

Posted  June 5, 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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DoD

Permissive TDY allowed for voluntary force management separation

Posted  June 5, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Airmen who separate under voluntary and involuntary force management programs may be eligible for permissive TDY. Airmen should check their separation orders to ensure the statement is included in the remarks block. The statement should read “Member separating voluntarily under force management program and may be eligible for (permissive)…

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AF posts voluntary force management updates

Posted  June 5, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials posted an updated personnel system delivery memos, or PSDMs, for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 voluntary force management programs, June 2. PSDM 13-64 describes enlisted program updates, including updated provisions regarding Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit transfer recoupment requirements, limited active-duty service commitment, or ADSC, and…

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U.S.

Commission seeks members’ comp preferences

Posted  June 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences. Alphonso Maldon Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, said understanding service members’ compensation preferences is central to the commission’s effort to craft modernization recommendations….

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Health & Safety

Avoid being stranded with these vehicle maintenance tips

Posted  June 5, 2014

With temperatures hovering in the triple digits, it is increasingly important to check the operational status of your vehicle. This includes checking fluids and drive belts. Ensuring you have a safe amount of motor oil in your engine should be your first priority. Motor oil can thin out and break down faster in hot climates…

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Helping our wounded warriors

Posted  June 5, 2014

Most of the time when someone hears about wounded warriors, they think of the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit civilian organization that is supported by donations. The Air Force has its own program to help these warriors. The Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) is a Department of Defense program that helps Airmen who have been…

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U.S.

Family, service and sacrifice: Siblings graduate from 3 different service academies

Posted  June 5, 2014

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo (AFNS) — The Jones siblings, although very different from one another, chose the same path of service as they entered adulthood — by becoming Army, Navy and Air Force officers. Army Capt. Brooke Jones, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2009; Ensign Madison Jones, graduated from the U.S. Naval…

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