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Memorial Day weekend safety tips

Memorial Day weekend is coming up, for most service members that means getting on the road and traveling for the first long weekend of the summer. During this holiday weekend more people will be traveling, which makes it important to drive safely. So here are some safety tips to help you and your families have…

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D-M law enforcement recognizes National Police Week

Law enforcement agencies at Davis-Monthan celebrated National Police Week here during the week of May 11-15. National Police Week focuses on remembering law enforcement officials who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The week consisted of several activities including a combat arms firing competition where agencies convened at the Combat Arms Training…

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354th EFS changes command in Romania

CAMPIA TURZII, Romania  — Lt. Col. Ryan Hayde took command of the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Lt. Col. Steven Behmer at Campia Turzii, Romania, May 15, in the middle of the U.S. Air Force’s inaugural European theater security package. Col. Clinton Eichelberger, 355th Operations Group commander, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, presided over the change-of-command ceremony with…

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Military spouse seeks donor for kidney transplant

Looking at Tawanna Clapp you wouldn’t guess that she spends 21 hours a week on dialysis. Tawanna was diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis, FSGS, in 1996 during a routine physical for college. According to the National Kidney Foundation, FSGS is a disease that “describes scarring in the kidney. “Glomerulosclerosis is not caused by a single disease….

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Air Force recognizes nurses and medical technicians

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C.  — Running from May 6-12, nurses and medical technicians throughout the Air Force were recognized for the care they provide to Service members and their families. The theme of the week “Ethical Practice and Quality Care,” serves as a platform to celebrate the ways nurses and medical technicians provide safe, efficient, and…


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German cultural exchange students visit D-M

Posted  April 30, 2015

Buena Vista High school students and cultural exchange students from Redebeul, Germany, toured D-M April 23. The 30 students went to three units learning about the Air Force and the missions here in a hands-on environment. The students first received a mission briefing of the 563rd Rescue Group from Capt. Jaymes Hines, 563rd RQG executive….

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Have faith in the Air Force system

Posted  April 30, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — Throughout our Air Force careers, we have all received extensive training covering the Air Force core values — integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. We talk about them on a daily basis in one capacity or another using them as buzz words to drive our point…

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48th RQS trains for the real deal

Posted  April 30, 2015

While many Airmen from D-M were finishing up their day, some Pararescuemen were beginning theirs, on the evening of April 14. The 48th Rescue Squadron conducted a pre-deployment training exercise to teach, train and test Airmen on mass casualty treatment, evacuation, extrication, confined space and collapsed structure rescue. Air Force Pararescuemen, 48th Rescue Squadron, position…

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Airmen return A-10 to air after catastrophic engine failure in Iraq

Posted  April 30, 2015

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — A maintenance repair team from the 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron recently responded to an A-10C Thunderbolt II that suffered a noncombat-related engine failure and had to divert to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. The jet’s number one engine suffered catastrophic damage during a routine refueling mission and the pilot was able…

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Official provides update on combat jobs for women

Posted  April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON – Since the Defense Department rescinded a 1994 policy that excluded women from serving in direct ground combat positions, the services have opened about 91,000 jobs to female service members, the Joint Staff’s vice director said here today. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost spoke at a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace…

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Who has heard of Special Victims’ Counsel?

Posted  April 30, 2015

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — When I first briefed the Special Victims’ Counsel Program at Right Start and First Term Airman Center briefings here, audience participation was slim to none. It appeared as though the group I briefed was not interested in learning more about our program or that they didn’t know anything about…

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ANGEL THUNDER to bring increased flying in Arizona

Posted  April 30, 2015

The 8th annual ANGEL THUNDER Personnel Recovery exercise will take place May 30 – June 13, here and throughout the southwest. ANGEL THUNDER is the world’s largest Personnel Recovery exercise, integrating sister services and numerous state, national, multinational and interagency assets dedicated to saving lives in incredible circumstances. Davis-Monthan provides an ideal training location due…

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Local Briefs May 1, 2015

Posted  April 30, 2015

Holocaust Day of Remembrance ceremony May 7, 1 p.m. – Desert Dove Chapel Join us for the Holocaust Day of Remembrance May 7. Program begins promptly at 1300 in the Desert Dove Chapel Davis-Monthan AFB. Hear the personal experiences of six guest Holocaust Survivors followed by a Commemoration Ceremony. Retired Officers’ Spouses Club to meet May…

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General Courts-Martial for Sexual Assault: How do they work?

Posted  April 30, 2015

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Support for military sexual assault victims and the number of reported offenses have increased in recent years resulting in more investigations and courts-martial involving sexual assault charges. This article describes the general court-martial process and some of the unique aspects with regards to sexual assault cases. One distinct aspect of…

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U.S., Czech Republic train in close air support operations

Posted  April 30, 2015

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany  — Four U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft forward deployed to Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, April 8, 2015, as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. “The Czech Republic air force invited us to come out here to train with their JTACs for a week,”…

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