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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…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Staci Miller) Veterans

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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Health & Safety

Detecting spice: research continues at the Academy

Posted  February 13, 2014

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The Navy has a promotional campaign warning against spice; the Army has allowed commanders to order mandatory drug-testing for the first time; and Airmen at the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory are working to find ways to detect the substance in service members. Spice is a synthetic compound created…

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DoD

President to nominate several to key DOD positions

Posted  February 13, 2014

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate four people to key Defense Department positions, all of which require Senate confirmation. They are: Miranda A. A. Ballentine, to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment, and logistics; Michael McCord, to be undersecretary of Defense (comptroller); Brian P. McKeon, to be principal…

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Sports

D-M to host 2nd Annual Desert Boneyard Fun Run/Walk

Posted  February 13, 2014

The Davis-Monthan AFB Fitness Center will host the Annual Desert Boneyard 5K Fun Run/Walk 10K run March 1 at 9 a.m. The course navigates through hundreds of historic military aircraft stored and maintained by the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group here. The 309th AMARG provides depot-level maintenance, aircraft regeneration, storage and preservation, aircraft parts…

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Commentary

Are you a complete Airman?

Posted  February 13, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There are many types of Airmen in today’s Air Force, but what type of Airman are you? Are you the type that comes in, does your job and goes home? Or, the one that does good work but isn’t interested in going above and beyond the minimum requirements? Or, are you…

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Air Force

Experienced Airmen wanted: Continue your career in the Reserve

Posted  February 13, 2014

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.  — Force management programs will push thousands of active-duty Airmen out of their jobs, but opportunities exist in the Air Force Reserve for Airmen who don’t want to hang-up their uniforms for good. “Force management will cost many Airmen their jobs, but not necessarily their careers,” said Col. Steve Fulaytar, the Air…

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Events

Local Briefs February 14, 2014

Posted  February 13, 2014

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Dr. The February meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 17. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. The…

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World

Angel Thunder planners convene

Posted  February 13, 2014

More than 200 exercise planners from across the globe met at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base this week, in preparation for the upcoming annual Angel Thunder exercise May 4 – 17. The Angel Thunder Professional Control Force, under Headquarters Air Combat Command Exercises Division, conducted a three-day planning conference in which unit representatives developed the size…

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Salutes & Awards

Staff Sergeant promotion test rescheduled

Posted  February 13, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — To ensure senior airmen selected for promotion to staff sergeant do not meet the enlisted retention board, the Air Force will move the testing window up from May 1-June 15 to April 1-May 16, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. “We have assured Airmen selected for promotion…

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U.S.

Cast your vote

Posted  February 13, 2014

If you want to vote in a Federal Primary or Special Election in March, April or May 2014, you should visit FVAP.gov for information on registering to vote and requesting your absentee ballot according to State deadlines and requirements. States must provide requested ballots 45 days before an election. If you do not receive your…

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Air Force

Family care plans ease stress, boost readiness

Posted  February 13, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — An up-to-date family care plan can help to ease stress and boost family resilience and readiness during a service member’s absence. Family care plans are instructions developed by service members to identify caregivers who have agreed to take care of family members during the sponsor’s absence. “One of the…

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