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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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USAF Thunderbirds

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2014 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating their 61st season of flying. The precise, calculated maneuvers that make the Thunderbirds a fan favorite require the pilots to have…

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Arizona’s F-16 schoolhouse builds capable partners, strong bonds

Over European castles, Middle Eastern deserts and Pacific islands, F-16 fighter pilots are soaring in ever-increasing numbers. Their experiences, nationalities and cultures are different, but they share several common bonds. They are partners, they are friends and they learned to fly their F-16s at the Air National Guard base at Tucson International Airport. With more…

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AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER. During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop…

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Take on the Marine Challenge

Airmen test their strength and abilities through the ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ drill, here. The ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ Drill is one of three components of the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test and is designed to measure functional fitness in a combat environment. This course is mandatory for all Marines, however the 355th Force Support Squadron decided…


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Academy ranks among US top colleges

Posted  August 1, 2013

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) – The U.S. Air Force Academy is ranked today as one of the top universities in the nation with the latest rankings from Forbes. Forbes released its annual best college rankings July 24, listing the Academy as the 31st best university in the nation. The U.S. Military Academy ranked 7th and…

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Diamond Sharp August 2, 2013

Posted  August 1, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman Jonathan C. Bass/ 355 Equipment Maintenance Squadron Airman Jonathan Bass has constantly shown dedication to the community, his church and the military. He was elected as Dorm Council President by his peers, communicating the needs of over 100 dorm residents to the First Sergeants. Additionally, Airman Bass honored our nation’s heroes by marching…

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Officers, enlisted members offered early retirement

Posted  August 1, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Technical and master sergeants, captains, majors and lieutenant colonels in certain Air Force specialties may apply to retire with fewer than 20 years of active service under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA is one of several…

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Local Briefs August 2, 2013

Posted  August 1, 2013

DM Thrift Shop to reopen Aug. 6 DM Thrift Shop is reopening on August 6th!  Come check out our new merchandise including a variety of Longaberger Baskets and dishes.  We are open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9-2 p.m. and the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.- noon. Consignments are Tuesdays and Wednesdays…

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Kids become paint technicians for a day

Posted  August 1, 2013

On Base Auto Body here held a “Kidz Kar Show” event July 17 at the School Age Program across from the Youth Center. The annual event gives members of the auto body shop a chance to connect with customers on a different level by interacting with their children. The auto body shop’s first event was…

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Skeet shoot isn’t just for adults

Posted  August 1, 2013

During the early morning of July 21, shooters gathered to practice their shooting skills at the D-M skeet range. Many of the patrons were retired older gentlemen with a few middle-aged men, but what stood out was the man targeting clay pigeons, who wasn’t even yet a teenager. Ryan Meger shoots skeet and participated in…

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755th AMXS Airmen help homeless youth

Posted  August 1, 2013

Two airmen from the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here are on a mission to help the homeless youth of Tucson. Airman 1st Class John Collard and Senior Airman Thomas Nguyen are working with a local nonprofit organization, “Youth On Their Own.” This organization is a drop-out prevention program that supports the high school graduation of…

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755th AMXS brings DUI awareness

Posted  August 1, 2013

Rarely am I able to pass through any of the base gates without my eyes being drawn to the status board showing the latest driving under the influence or alcohol related incident. Often the ‘days counter’ does not get above 30 days before another Airman is highlighted for failing to follow the law. It is…

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Services continue efforts to open combat jobs for women

Posted  August 1, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Defense Department continues working toward its goal of ensuring the mission is met with fully qualified and capable personnel, regardless of gender, the Pentagon’s director of officer and enlisted personnel management said here yesterday. Speaking at a House Armed Services Committee subcommittee hearing on women in service, Juliet Beyler said the services and…

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One of AF most decorated heroes passes away

Posted  August 1, 2013

SHALIMAR, Fla. (AFNS) – One of the most decorated Airmen in Air Force history, whose career spanned three wars and four decades, has passed away. Retired Col. George Everett “Bud” Day, an Air Force pilot, shot down during the Vietnam War and imprisoned in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” along with Sen. John McCain, defiantly resisted the North Vietnamese for…

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