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Extraordinary effort regardless of outcome

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Imagine a 5-year-old boy chasing grasshoppers at a camp site. He wanders too far. Darkness falls, and he is lost. A storm is brewing in the sky above, and the camping party turns into a search party. When this scenario unfolded earlier this month, six U.S. Air Force Reserve…

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D-M conducts Meet and Greet at local high school

TUCSON, Ariz. — A community event was held at Rincon High School Wednesday. The Meet and Greet event allowed members of the Tucson community to interact with their neighboring Airmen and learn about the mission of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “We learned a little bit about what you guys do behind the scenes that not necessarily everyone…

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Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at Academy

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Franklin Macon’s first flight took place as a child in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when he jumped off a chicken coop while holding on to fake wings. Despite…

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‘I Will Wait’ Tells Stories of Generations of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON — America sends its sons and daughters to war, and a new play titled “I Will Wait” looks at the effect of these deployments across the generations. The brainchild of Amy Uptgraft, the play connects the experiences of spouses from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Uptgraft wrote…

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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.


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Health & Safety

Health Benefits Program open season dates set

Posted  November 13, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program will run Nov. 10 through Dec. 8, officials announced recently. During open season employees and retirees will have the chance to review their current plans and make any changes they desire for…

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Diamond Sharp November 14, 2104

Posted  November 13, 2014

Name/Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Alisha Welch / 923 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Ron Smith Duty Title: C-130J NCOIC When joined the AF: Jul 23, 2003 Hometown: Turbotville, PA Hobbies: HITT/Weight Training, Education, Canning/Food Preservation, spending time with her 4 children Selection Reasons: – Revitalized workcenter equipment account through tracking/maintaining more than $100K in assets.  Her…

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Events

Local Briefs November 14, 2014

Posted  November 13, 2014

Society of Military Widows to meet Nov. 15, noon – Mirage Club The ladies of the Society of Military Widows will celebrate Thanksgiving at their meeting and luncheon, at noon, Nov. 15 at the Mirage club at D-M. Air Force Base. For your reservations and information, please call Kay Spargur 574-6628 at least 10 days…

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355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron: Armament Flight

Posted  November 13, 2014

Airmen 1st Class Nicholas Danley and Mason Roberts, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron weapons armament technicians, inspect a GAU-8/A Gatling gun to ensure the roll-pin is installed and the muzzle clamp bolt safety wire is intact at Davis-Monthan. The muzzle clamp retains all seven barrels of the gun to keep them secure and in place while…

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Health & Safety

NDMS exercise brings mass of emergency responders to D-M

Posted  November 13, 2014

D-M partnered with multiple emergency response agencies from the surrounding community for a National Disaster Medical System exercise that took place here Nov. 5. The exercise allowed key stakeholders to improve readiness in the event of a real-world natural disaster. The conditions of the exercise required D-M to be the primary reception site for victims…

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Air Force updates AF Instruction 1-1

Posted  November 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials approved Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards, Nov. 7, to clarify guidance on Airmen’s religious rights and commanders’ authority and responsibility to protect those rights. The changes come as a result of a Religious Freedom “Focus Day” earlier this year when leaders in the Air Force’s chaplain corps…

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AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: English and education open the doors of opportunity

Posted  November 13, 2014

Leaving family and country to represent your nation’s air force abroad can be a daunting task for any service member, but for the Peruvian air force liaison officer at Air Forces Southern this experience is a humbling opportunity to improve personally and professionally. Colonel Jaime Aleman, who has served eight months of his two year…

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Events

Happy 72nd Birthday to the 355th Fighter Wing

Posted  November 13, 2014

The legacy and heritage of the 355th Fighter Wing began on Nov. 12, 1942 when it was activated as the 355th Fighter Group in Orlando Army Air Base, Florida. The 355 FG became fully operational on September 9, 1943 at Steeple Morden, England. By war’s end the 355 FG logged more than 17,000 sorties in…

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Commentary

How did we lose this young Airman?

Posted  November 13, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — She was an Airman Leadership School distinguished graduate, earned staff sergeant her first time testing, received all 5s on her enlisted performance reports and took part in two deployments. Clearly she was a high-performing Airman. But, in her words, the Air Force had made it clear it didn’t…

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Native Americans in uniform; a legacy of honor, dedication

Posted  November 13, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — During November, the nation pays homage to the contributions of Native Americans throughout history. What began at the turn of the century as an effort to gain recognition for the contributions made by the first Americans, has resulted in a…

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