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9/11 Tower Challenge held at UofA

The Never Forgotten 9/11 Tower Challenge was held at the University of Arizona Football Stadium on Sept. 11. Approximately 350 participants, including personnel from D-M, attempted the challenge of climbing 2,071 stairs. This feat symbolized the 110 floors of each Twin Tower of the World Trade Center. “Myself and the First Sergeants Council came to…

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Mixed Martial Airman

After nine years of intense training and preparation, Tech. Sgt. Michael Parker is getting the opportunity of a lifetime. September 26, 2014 marks the day that validates the 162nd Wing aircraft engine mechanic’s hard work and dedication as a mixed martial artist. He will fight in the prominent Bellator MMA fight promotion at Grand Canyon…

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Unique training empowers AFSOUTH Airmen to strengthen partner capacity

Eleven firefighters and one civil engineer from the 612th Air Base Squadron at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras will become the first group in their squadron qualified to provide partner nation firefighting training, after a Mobile Training Team event scheduled for Sept. 15-19. The Air Advisor Academy sponsored MTT engagement, which will focus heavily on…

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2014 D-M Day at U of A

Approximately 2,000 Davis-Monthan personnel attended the annual DM-50 Tailgate followed by the University of Arizona Wildcats vs. the Nevada Wolf Pack football game at Arizona Stadium Sept. 13. The tailgate party and game tickets were provided at a reduced rate by the DM-50 and the U of A to show appreciation for D-M’s Airmen. For…

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9/11 Remembrance ceremony held at D-M

A 9/11 Remembrance ceremony was held here Sept. 11, 2014. The ceremony was held to honor and remember the lives lost during the Sept. 11 attacks. During the ceremony, U.S. Air Force Col. Rodger Schuld, 355th Mission Support Group commander, spoke on America’s uniqueness in that a country filled with people from different ethnic backgrounds…


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Prepare now for tax season, DOD official advises

Posted  December 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — With a month left before the start of tax season, service members should begin gathering documentation to file their 2013 taxes, said the director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth said. In a recent interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Barbara Thompson suggested…

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Inaccurate records can damage promotion chances

Posted  December 5, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — If your records meet a board tomorrow, would they accurately illustrate your suitability for promotion or retention? Are your evaluations, time in service, time in grade and decorations correct? Are your professional military education records complete? Do you know what your promotion recommendation form says? If you can’t…

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2014 FEHB open season ends Dec. 9

Posted  December 5, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program continues through Dec. 9. The average premium rate for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase by 3.7 percent in 2014,…

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Local Briefs December 6, 2013

Posted  December 5, 2013

Retiree’s Will Night Dec. 12, 4 – 7 p.m. The legal office will be offering a Retiree Wills Night on Dec. 12, from 4 – 7 p.m. Retiree Will Nights are held twice a year as a way to provide estate planning to retirees. To make an appointment please call 520-228-4912. Retired Officers’ Spouses Club Dec. 12, 11…

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A 10 year decision

Posted  December 5, 2013

When most people decide to join the military, it’s usually right after high school. They don’t seriously consider joining active duty military at 27 years of age. As someone who arrived at basic military training 26 days before his 28th birthday, I know all too well that there are reasons for joining ten years later…

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D-M Exchange’s return policy eases concerns

Posted  December 5, 2013

According to ABC News, recipients of gifts returned as many as 37 percent of holiday purchases last year. But shoppers can rest easy knowing the Davis-Monthan Exchange makes holiday returns as easy as possible. “We know it’s hard to please everyone on your list,” said Davis-Monthan Exchange’s General Manager Cathy J. Ely. “There’s enough stress…

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AF launches new doctrine website

Posted  November 26, 2013

Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. -  – The Air Force’s center for doctrine development has made it easier to access the service’s fundamental documents and has the potential to cut the time it takes to publish updates to the documents from years to months or even weeks. Officials at the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development…

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Pilot for a day

Posted  November 26, 2013

Fifteen-year-old Austin Thacker sits in the cockpit of an HC-130J Combat King II. Austin is recovering from cancer. The “Pilot for a Day” program allows children who have serious or chronic conditions to go behind the scenes with a flying squadron here. Austin smiles while controlling an HC-130J Combat King II Simulator. Thacker and both…

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For the love of the game

Posted  November 26, 2013

“At one point in my life, the act of dribbling a ball meant everything to me,” said the 32 year old. James Barnes, mechanic, was born in 1981 in a small town just outside of Oklahoma City. His parents, retired Master Sgt. Mike and Judy Barnes had three kids; two girls and a boy. Growing…

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Air Force leadership: Service must get handle on pay, benefits

Posted  November 26, 2013

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — The Air Force must control the growth of pay and benefits or the service will be hard pressed to perform its primary mission to fight and win America’s wars, the service’s top officer said here Nov. 25. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III…

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