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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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Processing four legged deployers

Posted  January 30, 2014

Receiving orders is only the first step to actually putting boots on the ground. When Airmen get tasked to deploy there are several things that must be squared away to include a psychical, training records and mental health screening. “Mushe will get a full physical from the Doc which will include checking his vitals, gums,…

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Diamond Sharp January 31, 2014

Posted  January 30, 2014

Name/Squadron: Technical Sgt. Benny Crawford / 355th Medical Support Squadron First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Anthony Duty Title: Pharmacy Flight Chief When joined the AF: March, 1999 Hobbies: Football, working out, referring youth sports, spending time with family, and cheering on the New Orleans Saints! Selection:  Technical Sgt. Crawford is the epitome of a…

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FitFamily provides families tools for success

Posted  January 30, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — It’s that time of year again when people resolve to lose weight, get in shape and eat healthier, which takes dedication and determination. To help Airmen and their families achieve those goals, the Air Force offers the Air Force FitFamily initiative which encourages families to develop and maintain a…

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Get your taxes done for free

Posted  January 30, 2014

The Davis-Monthan Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Office offers free tax preparation for airmen, soldiers, Marines, guardsman, dependents and retirees by trained tax preparers who are well versed in military specific tax issues. The VITA tax center submits tax returns electronically, so you can receive your refunds in as little as one week! The Tax Center…

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162FW members deliver meals to homebound community members

Posted  January 30, 2014

Fondly referred to as ‘Heroes and Angels’, volunteers from the 162nd Fighter Wing deliver meals, and kindness, to homebound individuals in Southern Tucson. Master Sgt. Joe Duyck, lead technician of database management here at the 162FW, has been volunteering with Mobile Meals of Tucson, Inc. for three years. He describes his biggest joy in volunteering…

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D-M hosts women’s basketball tournament

Posted  January 30, 2014

Women from Tucson, Phoenix and Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, gathered at Benko Fitness Center here for the Martin Luther King Jr. Women’s Basketball Tournament Jan. 18-19. The D-M Mustangs women’s basketball team asked Master Sgt. Luis Colon Jr., 355th Maintenance Group programs office safety representative, to coordinate the event after he successfully set up…

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Airmen participate in local schools Career Day

Posted  January 30, 2014

Desert Lightning Team members volunteered at Dietz Elementary School for career day, Jan. 29, 2014. Staff Sgt. Ki Nam, 355th Security Forces Squadron Military Dog handler, brought his partner, Benny, 355th SFS MWD, to the school to show and tell students about his career. Students ranging from the first grade through the sixth grade participated…

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Little Blue Book: Pocket-sized guide of Air Force values, regulations

Posted  January 30, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — There are some who are familiar with Air Force Instruction 1-1, “The Little Blue Book.” Those who have been in the Air Force some 20-30 years may have even seen it. However, most people may not have any idea what prompted the Air Force Chief of Staff to launch this initiative….

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AF uniform policy update

Posted  January 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17, with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III approved several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance, with many of the changes coming directly from Airmen. During the past…

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Get your taxes done for free

Posted  January 23, 2014

The Davis-Monthan Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Office offers free tax preparation for airmen, soldiers, Marines, guardsman, dependents and retirees by trained tax preparers who are well versed in military specific tax issues. The VITA tax center submits tax returns electronically, so you can receive your refunds in as little as one week! The Tax Center…

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