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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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Warrior of the Week

Posted  December 7, 2012

Airman 1st Class Jonathan J. Bailey Family: Married; no children Hometown: Floodwood, MN Unit: 355 Security Forces Squadron Job title: Response Force Member Job description: Safeguard personnel and property including protection level resources valued over $32 billion dollars—most in the DoD. Provide anti-terrorism and force protection for 18,000 military and civilian personnel. Enforce standards of…

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Davis-Monthan Theater to dim lights

Posted  December 7, 2012

According to industry trends, by early 2013 movie theaters using 35MM prints will be virtually non-existent as theaters across the country convert to digital picture and sound. As a result, Army & Air Force Exchange Service theaters, which use 35MM prints, have been undergoing extensive reviews to determine the cost-effectiveness of converting its theaters to…

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D-M volunteers collect canned goods for Airmen in need

Posted  December 7, 2012

Members of D-M lent a helping hand by donating canned goods and turkeys to those families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. For three weekends, the Chapel Gospel Service volunteered their time to collect food items, as well as prepare boxes for U.S. Air Force active duty Airmen and families in need. “We had some…

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Thrift savings plan contribution limits increase in 2013

Posted  December 14, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has announced the 2013 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions increased from $17,000 to $17,500 for 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The TSP catch-up plan contribution limit will remain at $5,500. TSP is a long-term retirement savings plan…

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Local Briefs December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

Christmas Tree Recycling Recycle your Christmas trees at the Golf Links Sports Park. North West corner of Golf Links and Craycroft Roads from Dec. 26 – Jan. 6. DO NOT TAKE TO BASE RECYCLING CENTER. EFMP Youth Bowling Event Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – D-M Lanes Bowling Center Youth Programs is partnering with EFMP…

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Civilian leaders take honorary command

Posted  December 14, 2012

Did you know the majority of the squadrons on base have an active duty commander and a civilian counterpart known as an honorary commander? The 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office manages, maintains and coordinates the HCC program here, which allows community leaders from around Tucson to take a closer look at Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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355th Medical Support Squadron

Posted  December 14, 2012
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That others may play

Posted  December 14, 2012

Depending on who you are speaking with, if you ask someone about the importance of video games, you may receive answers ranging from ‘they are a waste of time’ to ‘they are my life.’ One Airman here on D-M may not be the latter, but gaming has played a part in his life and career….

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AF pilot immersed in Dutch life during exchange program

Posted  December 14, 2012

VOLKEL AIR BASE, the Netherlands (AFNS) — For the past two years, Maj. Dan McGuire, an F-16 pilot, and his wife, Jen, called the Netherlands home. McGuire participated in the Air Force Personnel Exchange Program and served as an exchange pilot with the Royal Netherlands air force. He was assigned to the 312th Tactical Fighter…

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Big Brothers Big Sisters: An Opportunity to Give Back

Posted  December 14, 2012

Looking to get involved in the community? If so, the Big Brother & Big Sister mentoring program could be for you. The program is in need of individuals to be role models for Tucson’s youth. Through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program volunteers will be paired with a child between the ages of 7-17. The…

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