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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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Health & Safety

Drug misuse, abuse: No excuse

Posted  March 7, 2014

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. (AFNS) — Airmen have a duty to uphold and must be “fit to fight.” Maintaining that fit lifestyle means routine health checkups, having a proper diet, exercise and sometimes using medications to combat illness and physical ailments.  While picking up an over-the-counter medication at the local drug store or being prescribed…

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From detection to relaxation

Posted  March 7, 2014

D-M held its first official retirement ceremony for a military working dog, Feb. 19.

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Social media: Unwanted eyes may be watching Airmen, families

Posted  March 7, 2014

EILSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFNS) — Social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr can provide an instantaneous and highly entertaining feedback stream of your daily activities to friends and family. The latest videos of dogs running with fireworks in their mouths, kittens tumbling in the snow or Internet memes of celebrity humiliations populate…

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Health & Safety

Surviving the summer in Arizona

Posted  March 7, 2014

With summer on the way, there are a few extra precautions that Airmen and their families should take before heading outdoors.  Tech. Sgt. Mathew Anderson, 355th Fighter Wing ground safety noncommissioned officer, and Cindy Davis, the Health and Wellness Center’s community dietician share helpful tips to keep Airmen safe during the Arizona summer. “When school…

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New active-duty education requirements coming up

Posted  March 7, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — For Airmen who wish to pursue their education after completion of a Community College of the Air Force degree, there are upcoming changes active-duty Airmen should prepare for. “Once tuition assistance was brought back, new requirements for TA approval were set forth,” said Sandy Cooper, 56th Force Support Squadron guidance counselor.”…

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Arizona Soldiers, U.S. CBP unite to secure border hot spot

Posted  March 7, 2014

As overseas contingencies and deployments for U.S. armed forces taper off, Arizona’s Citizen Soldiers are shifting their focus to domestic missions to gain real-world experience and maintain readiness.

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Veterans

VA announces rollout of secure veteran health ID cards

Posted  March 7, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. In addition to being more secure, the card has been transformed into a Veterans Health Identification…

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Local Briefs March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

The first annual Pat’s Run Troop Run at D-M scheduled for April 26 The ruck/walk/run will begin at the Benko Fitness Center and will be approximately 4.2 miles long. This event can be enjoyed by all family members! Cost of adults is $20 and children under 12 is $5. Deadline to register for this event is…

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As utility costs double, AF attorneys fight back

Posted  February 27, 2014

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida (AFNS) — The smart use of energy and water saves the Air Force money, but a decreasing demand has not overcome an increasing price. While facility energy use has decreased 37 percent since 1999, costs have increased 100 percent. Fighting this trend keeps a team of utility litigation attorneys at the…

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CAF Day: Physical Pillar

Posted  February 27, 2014

This quarter’s Comprehensive Airman Fitness day, March 3, is focused on the physical pillar. This pillar emphasizes performing and excelling in physical activities that require aerobic fitness, endurance, strength, flexibility and body composition derived through exercise, nutrition and training. The day’s agenda and various flyers are as followed:  7 a.m. – 8 a.m.: NFL & COMBAT…

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