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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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Veterans

Airmen participate in Veteran’s Day Parade

Posted  November 21, 2012

Airmen from D-M participated in the Veteran’s Day Parade, hosted by The American Legion Morgan McDermott Post 7, Nov. 12.

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Air Force

New spouses, former spouses and children entitled to benefits

Posted  November 21, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — If you’re newly married, newly divorced, have dependent children or have a child who was born out of wedlock you may be confused about military benefits. Some family situations are complicated or even awkward, so Airmen may be reluctant to pursue benefits to which their dependents – or…

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Commentary

Commentary: Thankfulness and an oak tree

Posted  November 21, 2012

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — What are you thankful for? The question followed me the entire, extended weekend, as I struggled to write this article. It followed me as I made my way through the historic sites of Virginia. The air was unseasonably warm for November, as I walked through the remnants of Jamestown, Va….

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Events

Opening doors for fun and recreation

Posted  November 21, 2012

Outdoor Recreation and Information, Tickets, and Tours held an open house Nov. 14, 2012 to showcase what they offer. Many of ODR and ITT’s services go unused. Many people do not even know both services share the same building. To combat this issue, the recreation specialists put together an open house to show the base…

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Health & Safety

Keeping ‘Safe-n-Sound’ this holiday season

Posted  November 21, 2012

In preparation for the winter months and upcoming holidays, the Air Force has begun this year’s Holiday Winter Safety campaign, the theme of which is Safe-n-Sound, All Year Round. The campaign is slated to run from Nov. 16 through Jan. 2, 2013 and focuses on proper risk management during any and all activities this winter…

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Salutes & Awards

Cody named next Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force

Posted  November 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has named Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody to serve as the 17th chief master sergeant of the Air Force.

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Air Force

First combat ready HC-130J arrives at D-M

Posted  November 21, 2012

Making its Air Force debut, the first combat ready HC-130J Combat King II touched down on here Nov. 15.

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Air Force

357th Fighter Squadron – Pilots in Training

Posted  November 21, 2012

The 357th FS mission is to train pilots to plan, coordinate, execute, and control day and night close air support, battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance in support of friendly ground forces. Airmen from the 357th Fighter Squadron walk to their aircraft. 1st Lt. Eric Calvey, 357th Fighter Squadron, reviews maintenance records. The first step in the…

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Local

D-M hosts A Starry Snowy Southwest Night

Posted  November 30, 2012

Davis-Monthan hosted the ninth annual A Starry Snowy Southwest Night event in the base chapel parking lot Nov. 27. A Starry Snowy Southwest Night is a free event for anyone with base access. The event had many festivities for children, such as 50 tons of snow, hot chocolate, cookies, hayrides, a tree lighting, and photos…

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Events

Airmen learn swing dance at The Loft

Posted  November 30, 2012

Looking for something fun to do? Why not try out some swing dancing classes Thursday evenings from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Loft. The class is led by Airman 1st Class David Brogdon. He’s been teaching swing dancing for about four months. “I learned how to swing dance six and a half years…

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