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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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Chaplains help build relationships

Posted  January 8, 2015

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Relationships come and go — personal and professional — yet some of them are too precious, or important, and are worth fighting for when the going gets rough. Many people come to military chaplains with their pains, worries and hardships. “I feel misunderstood.” “My best friend and I just don’t…

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A-10s train at White Sands Missile Range

Posted  January 8, 2015

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — Members of the 354th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., the 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga., and the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., traveled to White Sands Missile Range for training Dec. 3-4. The mission of the 354th and 74th Fighter Squadrons was to upgrade a select…

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Salutes & Awards

New commander takes reins of 12th AF, AFSOUTH

Posted  January 8, 2015

Lieutenant Gen. Chris Nowland took the reins of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) in a ceremony Dec. 19 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “I am very humbled to have an opportunity to affect the 12th Air Force community in helping to produce the ready warriors needed to fight the threats faced by our nation,”…

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Local Briefs January 9, 2015

Posted  January 8, 2015

NARFE chapter 55 to meet January 12, 11 a.m. – Golden Corral The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Chapter 55, will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting on Monday January 12 at the Golden Corral, 4380 East 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711. The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and ends about 1:30…

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Health & Safety

Want to quit smoking? Here’s how

Posted  January 8, 2015

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — By using the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, all federal employees and retirees – as well as their spouses and dependents – have full access to evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments at no out-of-pocket cost. FEHB covers an estimated 8 million people, including 2.2 million active federal employees, 1.9 million retirees,…

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Boeing completes successful first flight in KC-46 program

Posted  January 8, 2015

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) —  The KC-46 Pegasus development program completed its first flight of Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) aircraft #1 Dec. 28. EMD #1 is a provisioned 767-2C freighter and the critical building block for the KC-46 missionized aerial refueler. The maiden flight took off at 9:29 AM PST from Paine…

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Health & Safety

AF government travel cards receive tech upgrade

Posted  January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Beginning this month, Citibank is issuing chip and PIN-enabled government travel cards (GTC) to new card applicants, individuals whose cards will expire in 2015 and individuals who have reported lost or stolen cards. This is the first phase in a multi-phased rollout, which will enhance the security and convenience of government travel…

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Air Force makes strides in combating sexual assault

Posted  January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Eight-hundred fewer Active-Duty Airmen experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact in fiscal year 2014 than in fiscal 2012, and 500 more Airmen reported the crime over the same period. This data was part of a report provided to the President, Dec. 2, that summarizes the progress the Department of Defense and…

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The end of an era signals new beginnings for security forces

Posted  January 8, 2015

SILVER FLAG ALPHA, Nevada  — Ninety-five security forces Airmen from around the country attended the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron’s last Base Security Operations course at the Silver Flag Alpha Range Complex outside of Las Vegas Dec. 6-20, 2014. The Airmen not only received critical pre-deployment skills during their course, but they unknowingly became part of…

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Kabul Afghan Airmen complete FAST training

Posted  January 8, 2015

FOWARD OPERATING BASE OQAB, Afghanistan (AFNS) — As American security forces transition to Resolute Support, it is important that Afghan security forces can secure their own country. Recently another step was taken in this direction when eight Afghan air force security forces airmen graduated the first Kabul Air Wing Fly-Away Security Team training, providing additional…

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