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Thunderbolt bounces back after belly landingThunderbolt bounces back after belly landing

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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DOD anti-tobacco video contest now open for public voting

Posted  February 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force community is encouraged to kick off 2014 by voting online for the best anti-tobacco video in the Department of Defense-sponsored Fight the Enemy until March 14. Five finalists have been selected for public voting, including two Air Force entrants. The contest videos capture the theme of tobacco use as the “enemy”…

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AF announces change to reduction in force board schedule

Posted  February 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders announced a change Feb. 20 to the officer reduction in force board, or RIF, originally scheduled to convene June 16 at the Air Force Personnel Center. Air Force officials are adjusting the timing of the board until later in calendar year 2014 due to legal limitations governing RIF boards. The delay…

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The first annual Pat’s Run Troop Run at D-M is scheduled to be April 26.

Posted  February 27, 2014

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 March 31. The Pat’s Run benefits the Pat Tillman Foundation. The Pat…

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Health & Safety

Military saves week encourages fiscal fitness

Posted  February 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Now in its eighth year of partnership with America Saves Week, the Defense Department’s Military Saves Week begins today to help service members achieve financial security, flexibility and confidence, a Pentagon official said in a telephone news conference here Feb. 24. The partnership initiatives continue to gain ground, with nearly 159,000 military members and…

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Diamond Sharp February 29, 2014

Posted  February 27, 2014

Name/Squadron: Senior Amn. Ryan Fitch / 355th Security Forces Squadron- Delta Flight First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Marc Miller Duty Title: Response Force Leader When joined the Air Force: April 12, 2011 Hometown: St Louis, MO Hobbies: Hockey, Computer Programming, Web Design, Stock Market Investing, Cooking and Fishing  Selection Reasons:   –  Senior Amn. Fitch was…

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Air Force Assistance Fundraiser to begin in March

Posted  February 27, 2014

The Air Force Assistance Fundraiser will run from March 24, and ends May 2. The Desert Lightning Team goal this year is $121,074. “The Air Force Assistance Fund is an annual opportunity for Air Force members to contribute to four specific Air Force Charities,” said Capt. Benjamin Coffman, 12 AF Staff Acquisitions officer. “It is…

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Health & Safety

Electronic cigarette use increasing among Airmen

Posted  February 27, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va.  — Electronic cigarette use is becoming a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes, but the upward trend is becoming a concern for health care providers. The battery-operated products, known as e-cigarettes, are designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals as a vapor that is inhaled by the user. According to data from the…

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RPA flies first long-duration test using repurposed satellite

Posted  February 20, 2014

Using a repurposed commercial satellite, Air Force crews flew MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers from Creech Air Force Base, Nev., during multiple missions in November and December. A test team with the 53rd Test Management Group, Detachment 4 and led by 2nd Lt. Dan Broyles successfully demonstrated inclined orbit satellite capability for MQ-1 and MQ-9…

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Force management and you: a first sergeant’s perspective

Posted  February 20, 2014

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — As the Air Force faces challenging times with the most recent round of Force Management measures, one thing is for certain: our demands will not decrease. There are three audiences this commentary is focused towards: each individual Airman impacted by any of these programs, supervisors at all levels and the unit…

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55 ECG welcomes next generation electronic attack capability

Posted  February 20, 2014

The 55th Electronic Combat Group successfully received their first Baseline-2 modified EC-130H Compass Call aircraft here, Feb. 20. This latest modification marks a significant milestone in the aircraft’s thirty-one year history and expands the Department of Defense electronic warfare capability portfolio. Since its first combat mission in 1989, as part of Operation Just Cause, to…

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