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Supplements: Awareness is a serious matter

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Health, fitness and energy are important considerations for all Airmen, but when does pursuing them result in potential and real problems? Supplements, health foods and energy drinks may be popular and even come with approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but that doesn’t ensure compliance with current…

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German cultural exchange students visit D-M

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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48th RQS trains for the real deal

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

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

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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Airmen encouraged to review vRED

Posted  July 10, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — When Airmen go through major changes in their life, such as marriage, a permanent change of station, or having a child, one of the first things that should come to mind is, “I have to update my Virtual Record of Emergency Data,” or vRED. While this is not always the…

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“Solicit help; don’t hide”

Posted  July 10, 2014

Over the years, the term “Wingman” has evolved in the Air Force. The traditional military definition of a Wingman refers to the pattern in which fighter jets fly. There is always a lead aircraft and another which flies off the right wing of and behind the lead. This second pilot is called the Wingman because…

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Commissaries partner with food banks

Posted  July 10, 2014

FORT LEE, Va. (AFNS) — The Defense Commissary Agency has established a formal process covering diversion of unsellable but edible food to local food banks. The program now involves 110 stateside commissaries that will divert qualifying food to 77 food banks approved by the Defense Department, but both numbers will continue to rise. “During fiscal year…

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Be aware, be prepared

Posted  July 10, 2014

Airmen are reminded to wear the proper protection while operating a bicycle in order to reduce risk of injury in case of an unexpected incident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2012, 726 pedal cyclists were killed and an additional 49,000 were injured which accounted for two percent of all traffic fatalities…

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Majors non-selected twice for promotion may be eligible for TERA

Posted  July 10, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Majors not selected for promotion for a second time during the current year 2014A lieutenant colonel line of the Air Force J central selection board, including those who declined continuation, may be eligible for the temporary early retirement authority program, Air Force Personnel Center officials said July 3. Officers…

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Officials release investigation results on HH-60 accident

Posted  July 10, 2014

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of the investigation into the Jan. 7 crash of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter near Cley next the Sea, United Kingdom, resulting in the death of the four crew members on board. At the conclusion of the investigation, Brig. Gen. Jon Norman,…

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Independence Day Fireworks Safety

Posted  July 3, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Independence Day provides Americans an opportunity to celebrate a very important part of our country’s rich history. Celebrating this holiday with fireworks is a common tradition; however, not incorporating safety may turn the festivities into an agonizing memory when Airmen or their families are injured while using fireworks. Few…

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D-M observes Armed Forces Voter’s Week

Posted  July 3, 2014

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is observing Armed Forces Voter’s Week by encouraging everyone to register to vote. Armed Forces Voter’s Week is June 30 – July 7. The Davis-Monthan AFB Voting Assistance Program works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members and civilian contractors are aware of their right to vote and have the…

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Base celebrates first LGBT Pride Month

Posted  July 3, 2014

Desert Lightning Team Members celebrated LGBT Pride Month for the first time this June. LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. “LGBT Pride Month is our time to bring awareness and to take pride and acceptance of one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity,” said Airman 1st Class Christiaan-Emil Guerra, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron electronic…

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Being resilient, at all ranks

Posted  July 3, 2014

When Airmen join the Air Force, they immediately start going through resiliency training to help them overcome challenges they will endure during their military career. Approximately 20 chief master sergeants gathered to receive resiliency training and grasp what younger Airmen are being educated on today. “I think it is important for all the chiefs to…

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