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Extraordinary effort regardless of outcome

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Imagine a 5-year-old boy chasing grasshoppers at a camp site. He wanders too far. Darkness falls, and he is lost. A storm is brewing in the sky above, and the camping party turns into a search party. When this scenario unfolded earlier this month, six U.S. Air Force Reserve…

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D-M conducts Meet and Greet at local high school

TUCSON, Ariz. — A community event was held at Rincon High School Wednesday. The Meet and Greet event allowed members of the Tucson community to interact with their neighboring Airmen and learn about the mission of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “We learned a little bit about what you guys do behind the scenes that not necessarily everyone…

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Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at Academy

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Franklin Macon’s first flight took place as a child in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when he jumped off a chicken coop while holding on to fake wings. Despite…

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‘I Will Wait’ Tells Stories of Generations of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON — America sends its sons and daughters to war, and a new play titled “I Will Wait” looks at the effect of these deployments across the generations. The brainchild of Amy Uptgraft, the play connects the experiences of spouses from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Uptgraft wrote…

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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.


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AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US

Posted  January 15, 2015

TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Ariz. (AFNS) — (Editor’s note: For security reasons, the Iraqi air force pilot is not fully identified) For more than 65 years the Air Force has embraced the concept of flexibility being the key to airpower. Now Airmen from the Arizona Air National Guard are sharing that capacity to find creative ways…

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Local Briefs January 16, 2015

Posted  January 15, 2015

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet January 19, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Dr. The January meeting will be on Monday, January 19. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. The…

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Airmen get a refresher on water survival training

Posted  January 15, 2015

Airmen backstroke as a unit during a water survival training refresher course. The group activity focused on getting aircrew members accustomed to working together while in water so they are able to preserve energy in the event of a ditched aircraft. Staff Sgt. Whitni Levering, 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron airborne linguist, is dragged through the…

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Free tax prep, advice available to military families

Posted  January 15, 2015

WASHINGTON – With the new year comes the annual dread of tax-filing season and the confusion and stress that can go along with it, especially for military families whose tax returns can be further complicated by frequent relocations, involvement of rental properties and other aspects of military life. To ease the burden, the Defense Department,…

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Obama unveils next steps in cybersecurity plan

Posted  January 15, 2015

WASHINGTON – Continuing an effort to help defend the nation’s computer-connected systems, President Barack Obama announced today additional steps that call for more information sharing, modernized law enforcement and updated security data breach reporting. “Cyber threats pose an enormous challenge for our country,” the president said. “As long as I’m president, protecting America’s digital infrastructure…

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The voice of the Enlisted Force

Posted  January 15, 2015

She is the voice of the 65,000 Airmen assigned to 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern). A typical day in her life consists of managing organization email boxes, coordinating lodging and travel, examining enlisted performance reports, decorations and all things that involve the enlisted force. To some this may seem overwhelming, but to her it’s…

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Work, family balance success marker

Posted  January 15, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — “Being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.” — Zig Ziglar In our careers, we frequently hear about the importance of having balance in our life…

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355th CES creates portable water system

Posted  January 15, 2015

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Water Fuels System Maintenance shop has developed an innovative portable water system for facilities that lose access to a potable water supply. The system was designed and developed by Karl Blair, 355th CES journeyman utility man, when he noticed that the shop’s water tank trailer was unusable. Under his guidance,…

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AFAF to kick off in February

Posted  January 15, 2015

The annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off Feb. 2 at 78 Air Force and joint bases worldwide. The campaign, in its 42nd year, will be conducted for six-week periods through May 1. For more information about the Air Force Assistance Fund affiliated charitable organizations visit www.afassistancefund.org.

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Air Force, DoD switch HOMES

Posted  January 15, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force members now have access to HOMES.mil, a new official Defense Department website designed to modernize the way all service members search for housing when relocating. Effective Dec. 29, 2014, HOMES.mil was launched for public access to provide service members seeking housing at their assigned location, and to landlords, owners and…

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