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Special Operations develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit is cool. But it’s not real. The Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit is cool, too. But it is real and may soon be protecting America’s special operations forces going into harm’s way. The TALOS suit “was chartered to explore and catalyze a revolutionary integration…

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Air Force, Army conduct joint service training

U.S. Air Force and Arizona Army National Guard units conducted joint training at a southern Arizona military training range Jan. 20. A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of D-M, and a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, conducted close air support…

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Airman pulls woman from burning vehicle

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For Tech. Sgt. Justin Mahana, 823rd Maintenance Squadron support section chief, life is about helping those in need. When the 17-year veteran learned a coworker’s truck had broken down two-and-a-half hours away in Lake Havasu, Arizona, he volunteered his truck, trailer and time to help the junior Airman get it back…

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Arizona Air Guard to watch over Super Bowl XLIX

Pilots and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 162nd Wing’s Aerospace Control Alert Detachment at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base may take to the skies to help protect thousands of spectators at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, Feb. 1. Arizona’s Air National Guard is among the units teaming up with the North American Aerospace Defense Command in…

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Adventure in Alaska: Officer looks to mush dogs in Iditarod

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) Snow and trees are all that can be seen for miles while the bitter cold nips at any piece of exposed skin. Maj. Roger…


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Salutes & Awards

Doolittle Raider raids D-M base theater

Posted  February 27, 2014

Retired U. S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, a Doolittle Raider, answers questions at the base theater regarding the Doolittle Raid during a question and answer event here Feb. 24. At the event Cole described details of the raid, explained his emotions and how he personally survived.  

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School is out, 358th FS Inactivates

Posted  February 27, 2014

The 358th Fighter Squadron officially switched to inactive status Friday, Feb. 21, here. The squadron is inactivating due to Total Force Integration, an Air Force wide active duty, guard and reserve-initiative designed to maintain the combat effectiveness of our forces, while reducing the operational burden in some areas. The 358th FS was first activated as…

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A new sheriff in town

Posted  February 27, 2014

Former high school teacher and current Air Guard member Master Sgt. Wendell Jones, a Weapons Safety NCO, recently graduated from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Academy Jan. 24. As one of the newer deputies in Pima County, Jones has dedicated himself to serve the people in the community of Tucson. After teaching Interactive Digital Media…

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Commentary

Are you carrying the FLAG?

Posted  February 27, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — With so many challenges and distractions hitting us every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep focused and maintain a healthy perspective. Many things can affect your outlook – the daily grind (“Ground Hog Day”), changes in processes and procedures, a different work environment or just knowing it’s your turn…

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Health & Safety

Simple tips Airmen should ‘take to heart’

Posted  February 27, 2014

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — February is designated American Heart Month with the mission to increase awareness about heart health, a growing problem within the Air Force, according to a cardiology consultant to the Air Force surgeon general. Lt. Col. Samuel O. Jones said that in the medical community, heart issues are no…

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San Diego Charger trains with D-M Airmen

Posted  February 27, 2014

A National Football League defensive back will visit here on March 3. Jarret Johnson is a San Diego Chargers linebacker and will be a star guest for the D-M Comprehensive Airmen Fitness Day. The day will focus on safety, resiliency skills, and the Physical domain of Comprehensive Airman Fitness model, which emphasizes performing and excelling…

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Giving blood on the flightline

Posted  February 27, 2014

According to the American Red Cross website, more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day. The 355th Maintenance Group had the chance to help fill these donation needs while working on the flightline, Feb. 14. Master Sgt. Wayne Gibbs, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft section chief, and Senior Master Sgt. Jackie Pryor-Walters, 355th Dental…

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Mayor of Tucson visits the 162nd Fighter Wing

Posted  February 27, 2014

Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson, visited the Tucson Air National Guard Feb. 7, to tour the 162nd Fighter Wing and learn more about the wing’s missions. Col. Phil Purcell, the 162nd Fighter Wing Commander, met the mayor and presented a wing mission brief. Although he has visited before, the mayor never had the opportunity to…

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55 ECG welcomes next generation electronic attack capability

Posted  February 27, 2014

The 55th Electronic Combat Group successfully received their first Baseline-2 modified EC-130H Compass Call aircraft here, Feb. 20. This latest modification marks a significant milestone in the aircraft’s thirty-one year history and expands the Department of Defense electronic warfare capability portfolio. Since its first combat mission in 1989, as part of Operation Just Cause, to…

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Local Briefs February 28, 2014

Posted  February 27, 2014

355th EMS munitions flight to hold inventory The 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight will be conducting their semi-annual 100% munitions inventory March 1- 3. Munitions support will be limited to emergency requests only. Direct any questions or concerns to Munitions Accountability at 228-8009 or email FV4877@us.af.mil. Retired Officers’ Spouses Club Mar. 6, 11 a.m….

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