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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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New process helps prevent adverse civilian pay

Posted  November 16, 2012

Civilian employees’ supervisors will now get automatic email reminders 45 and 20 days before personnel actions are due to help prevent adverse impact on civilian pay and records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Automatic notifications will go out for various actions, including when a supervisor must certify a step increase, complete an appraisal for…

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Military leave carryover extension expires Oct. 1

Posted  November 16, 2012

Unless approved for special leave accrual, active-duty and Active Guard Reserve members who have more than 60 days of leave must use it or lose it by Oct. 1, 2013, when the temporary leave carryover extension provision expires, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. The 2010 National Defense Authorization Act included a provision that…

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Civilians must schedule use or lose leave before Dec. 1

Posted  November 16, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The 2012 civilian employee leave year ends Jan. 12, 2013, and Air Force Personnel Center officials remind civilians that those who have more than the maximum carryover hours of annual leave on that date risk losing their leave. The maximum carryover ceiling is 240 hours for stateside employees,…

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Weatherman Jimmy Stewart brings his bus to D-M

Posted  November 16, 2012

Jimmy Stewart, retired KVOA-TV weatherman visited D-M with his Weather Bus Nov. 7. From October through April, three days a week and three weeks a month, Jimmy Stewart’s Weather Bus will visit a different school each day. The bus had two stops on D-M. The first was at Borman Elementary School where weather science was…

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Chief master sergeant promotion list announced

Posted  November 16, 2012

For any enlisted Airman, achieving the rank of chief master sergeant can often be the pinnacle of their military career. Of all enlisted Airmen, only one percent will ever make the rank of chief master sergeant during their time in the military. Those Airmen who hold the grade of E-9 are the cream of the…

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162nd Fighter Wing first in region to receive MEOC

Posted  November 16, 2012

The 162nd Fighter Wing received a new piece of emergency equipment Nov. 1 – a Mobile Emergency Operations Center, or MEOC – to act as an incident command post in the event of emergencies or special events. “The MEOC stands ready as a state or region asset for incidents such as natural disasters, aircraft mishaps,…

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F-22 Raptor crashes at Tyndall AFB

Posted  November 21, 2012

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — An F-22 Raptor crashed Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. on Tyndall Air Force , Fla., one quarter mile east of the drone runway. The pilot ejected from the aircraft safely and is currently under supervision of the 325th Medical Group. First responders are on scene. The cause of…

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Local Briefs November 21, 2012

Posted  November 21, 2012

Cookie Crunch Davis-Monthan’s Annual Cookie Crunch is under way!  Help spread holiday cheer to our Airmen by ringing a “taste of home” to their dormitories.  Cookie collection and package will be at the Mirage club on Dec. 3, 6:30 a.m. -5 p.m., and Dec. 4, 6:30 – 10 a.m.  Cookies can be placed in disposable…

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Report anonymous crime tips with mobile app, texts

Posted  November 21, 2012

QUANTICO, Va (AFNS) — Suspicious or illegal activity can now be anonymously reported directly to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations using a mobile phone application or by texting ‘AFOSI’ and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) in an SMS text message. AFOSI launched these methods to capitalize on cyberspace capabilities and engage the Air…

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Helping man’s best friend

Posted  November 21, 2012

This is an interview with U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Sewart, 79th Rescue Squadron hydraulic specialist. Sergeant Sewart spends most of his free time volunteering at the Pima Animal Care Center and for a non-profit organization called Adopt-A-Bull. He helps care for and tries to adopt out pit bulls and other dog that are…

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