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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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Commissary Value Brands to return for more savings

Posted  December 4, 2014

FORT LEE, Va. – In response to growing patron demand for products comparable to the low-cost private label items sold in civilian stores, the Defense Commissary Agency is re-energizing an “old friend” known as Commissary Value Brand. Starting in December, commissaries worldwide will highlight about 300 Value Brand products in 33 categories such as frozen…

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Pillars of Resiliency: Holiday budgeting

Posted  December 4, 2014

Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas — For most, the holidays are a time of joy, celebration, and family reunions. For others, the season can emphasize stressors, such as family separation, traveling, and last minute workload. The holidays are also the toughest time of the year when it comes to financial budgeting. The lights, music, decorations and delicious…

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Click, Click, Boom!

Posted  December 4, 2014

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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NORAD prepares to track Santa’s flight

Posted  December 4, 2014

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa website, http://www.noradsanta.org, launched Dec. 1, featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Official NORAD Tracks Santa…

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“Aiming High” and getting high not compatible for civilian, AF members

Posted  December 4, 2014

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, — Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C., recently joined Colorado in legalizing the possession and use of marijuana. Apart from Oregon, each area has large Air Force populations. Leaders say it’s important for military and civilian Airmen to remember that while American voters’ attitudes are shifting toward loosening restrictions on marijuana,…

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Retiree Will Night

Posted  December 4, 2014

The 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office has upgraded services provided for retirees by increasing their Retiree Will Nights. With the D-M area’s retiree, snowbird, population outnumbering active duty population about 2-to-1, their need for wills to be drafted or redrafted was in high demand. This demand prompted the legal office to pool their resources together…

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Local Briefs December 5, 2014

Posted  December 4, 2014

Claims Notice for Senior Airman Sean M. Morrissey Senior Airman Sean M. Morrissey of the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base passed away on November 17. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Capt. Allen Lewis, at 520-228-3136, 479-304-8386, or by email at…

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New combat rescue helicopter HH-60W to perform personnel recovery mission

Posted  December 4, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (AFNS)  — The Air Force has officially designated the new combat rescue helicopter (CRH) as the HH-60W. The need to acquire a new personnel recovery capability resulted in the June 2014 contract award to Sikorsky for eventual production and fielding of up to 112 aircraft with a potential value of approximately $7.9 billion….

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First sergeants to supervisors: Here are 4 things you should know

Posted  December 4, 2014

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFNS) — There are approximately 2,600 active-duty Airmen assigned to Fairchild Air Force Base and nine fully trained, diamond-wearing first sergeants on duty. That’s a little more than 280 Airmen to one first shirt. This proportion is not uncommon at most bases around the command and the Air Force. Acting…

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Service members must update TSP by Jan. 31

Posted  December 4, 2014

Active duty members of the Army, Air Force or Navy making dollar-amount Roth contributions to a Thrift Savings Plan account should know that these deductions will stop on Jan. 31, unless action is taken. “The Roth [Thrift Savings Plan] contributions are going from a dollar figure to a percentage of pay,” said Kent Thompson, Financial…

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