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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

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Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…


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Military-to-Civilian skills credentialing pilot underway

Posted  November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON – After completing an analysis of industry and employment trends, the Defense Department has embarked on a pilot program to help service members obtain civilian professional credentials, the department’s director of training readiness and strategy told reporters today. Frank C. DiGiovanni said five occupational areas were selected for the pilot program — aircraft mechanic,…

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Commentary: My journey back to normal

Posted  November 30, 2012

Between August 2009 and March 2010, I lost myself during my deployment to Afghanistan. I remember coming off the airplane and seeing my family and knowing that my world would never be the same again. It took me almost 1.5 years to put my life back together. My family and co-workers greeted me coming out…

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Warrior of the Week: November 26, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Airman 1st Class Ashley Lovelace Family: Husband Zak Hometown: Bakersfield, CA Unit: 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron (355th Operations Support Squadron) Job title: MPC intelligence analyst Job description: Wing Intel in the Mission Planning Cell (MPC) for the 455 EOSS. Provides ATO Flow analysis, analyzes Joint Tactical Air Requests submitted by ground forces, and builds…

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Health & Safety

Surviving the holidays with Commanders

Posted  November 30, 2012

As physical training failures have been on the rise Air Force wide, several commanders on D-M took the opportunity to become better informed about the services provided to help their Airmen not only pass their PT tests but also improve their overall health. The Health and Wellness Center conducted a Commander’s 101/Surviving the Holidays health…

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Airman embraces Native American culture, traditions

Posted  November 30, 2012

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — As a young girl who grew up on the reservation in Fruitland, N.M., one Airman remembers happy ceremonies, traditions and family get-togethers. She spoke a different language, had a large extended family and lived in an area that was more than 90 percent Native American. Tech. Sgt. April…

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F-35 begins integration phase of weapons testing

Posted  November 30, 2012

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — The F-35 Lighting II, Joint Strike Fighter began the integration phase of weapons testing Oct. 26, when the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing aircraft successfully completed the first in-flight test with an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. It was the first time a weapon communicated with the…

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Local Briefs – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Private Sector Resume Workshop Dec. 5, 10-11:30 a.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Prepare for your next career! We will cover topics including writing a resume for the private sector and successful interviewing skills. Please call 228-5690 to RSVP. USAJOBS Federal Resume Workshop Dec. 5, 1-4 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Are…

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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week: November 19th, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Capt. Jason Giron Family: Wife – Sarah, Son – Tucker (6yrs), Daughter – Annabelle (2yrs) Hometown: Union, KY Unit: 355th Comptroller Squadron Job title: Flight Commander, Financial Analysis Job description: Responsible for financial guidance, resource management, and accounting services to 355th FW, 12th AF, and 9 tenant units. Lead a 15-person flight responsible for managing…

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D-M to hold annual Cookie Crunch

Posted  November 30, 2012

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 containers or…

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D-M Fighter Squadron wins Luke’s 2012 Turkey Shoot

Posted  December 6, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Three U.S. Air Force pilots from the 357th Fighter Squadron, competed in a bombing competition Nov. 16, and won Top Team, as well as various other awards while there. The event, ‘Haboob Havoc,’ was hosted by the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Nine different squadrons…

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