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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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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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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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Arizona Guard invites D-M Airmen, families to historic Muster, Expo

Posted  November 13, 2014

PHOENIX – The Arizona National Guard, as part of its first-ever community open house, is scheduled to muster in a mass military formation on the field at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Sunday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. – and all Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Airmen, employees and their families are invited. The Arizona National…

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Air Combat Command receives new leadership

Posted  November 7, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — The men and women of Air Combat Command welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony here Nov. 4. Gen. Hawk Carlisle assumed command of ACC from Gen. Mike Hostage before a standing room only audience in the 27th Fighter Squadron hangar. Guests included Airmen, community leaders, and civilian…

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Air Force Aid Society grants, scholarships available

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force Aid Society is accepting applications for education grants and scholarships. The single online application opens the door to three education programs. General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant – the centerpiece and gateway to all of the AFAS education programs. It offers need-based grants of at least $2,000 to dependent…

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The voice of the warfighter

Posted  November 7, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz — The Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC) hosted the 2014 Weapons and Tactics (WEPTAC) conference here, Oct. 20-24. In its 33rd year, WEPTAC surrounds the 162nd Wing’s direct support of the Air Reserve Component (ARC) convening on base. This year’s WEPTAC is of vital importance as Guardsmen and Reservists continue…

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DoD proposes more lending, credit protections for Service Members

Posted  November 7, 2014

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — On Sept. 29, the Department of Defense proposed broader protections for service members from predatory lenders. The proposed rules aim to close loopholes in current regulations allowing predatory lenders to take advantage of service members. The proposal is primarily aimed at supplementing DoD’s current regulation implementing the Military Lending Act…

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Health & Safety

AF authorizes medical benefits for some separatees

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force senior leaders announced adjustments to benefits for Airmen separated under the fiscal year 2014 Voluntary Separation Pay (VSP) program Oct. 31. Based on inconsistent issuance and confusion with transitional medical benefits for Airmen separating under the VSP program, the Air Force requested clarification from the Office of the Secretary of…

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AF completes historic fuel conversion

Posted  November 7, 2014

The Air Force officials took an important step in fiscal responsibility and supply chain efficiency with the conversion of the final stateside installation from Jet Propellant 8 (JP-8) fuel to the more common and commercially available Jet A fuel, Oct. 29 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The transition to Jet A completed a…

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