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Program Offers Museum Visits to Service Members, Families

WASHINGTON – From Memorial Day through Labor Day, service members and their families can visit more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa courtesy of collaboration among the Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Defense Department. At the Phillips Collection art museum…

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That others may live: AFSOUTH heads to Brazil for Search and Rescue SMEE

Campo Grande — U.S. Airmen traveled to Brazil to participate in a week-long subject matter expert exchange with members of the Brazilian air force, from May 11-15, focusing on Search and Rescue capabilities. The Airmen from Air Forces Southern’ s 347th Rescue Group and 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, supported  a week-long exchange of SAR best practices…

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D-M A-10s, Airmen complete training in Slovakia as part of TSP

SLIAC AIR BASE, Slovakia — Approximately 40 Airmen and four A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, deployed from Davis-Monthan AFB, completed a micro deployment to Sliac Air Base, Slovakia, May 25, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The small contingent trained to improve interoperability in allied air operations and multinational close-air-support operations with the…

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ANGEL THUNDER’S Non-conventional Assisted Recovery in Flagstaff

ANGEL THUNDER participants will conduct Personnel rescue exercises using Non-conventional Assisted Recovery (NAR) techniques in Flagstaff, June 1-13. ANGEL THUNDER is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise hosted by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson Ariz. It is supported by 12 nation-partners and over 3,000 personnel. NAR is a recovery tactic used in contested environments…

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162nd Airmen participate in Pima Regional SWAT training

The last week of SWAT training took place at the Pima County Regional Officer Training Center and Airmen of the 162nd Wing trained alongside Tucson law enforcement personnel. The SWAT training program provides local law enforcement with the necessary knowledge and skills to one day become part of the Pima Regional SWAT team. During the…


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Salutes & Awards

First female F-35 pilot begins training

Posted  May 7, 2015

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Fighter Wing Operations Group deputy commander, completed her first training flight in the single-seat fifth-generation fighter following 14 virtual training missions in the Full Mission Simulator at the F-35 Academic Training Center. “It wasn’t until I was taxiing to the runway that it really…

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D-M celebrates Earth Day with Soaring Heights

Posted  April 30, 2015

Soaring Heights Communities, the privatized Lend Lease housing community on Davis-Monthan, celebrated Earth Day with help from The Groundskeeper, and some of the community’s youngest residents. “We’re thrilled to work with The Groundskeeper to plant a 24-inch Ash tree, here, at Ironwood Park for Earth Day,” said Melanie Russell, Property Manager for Soaring Heights Communities….

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Health & Safety

Supplements: Awareness is a serious matter

Posted  April 30, 2015

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Health, fitness and energy are important considerations for all Airmen, but when does pursuing them result in potential and real problems? Supplements, health foods and energy drinks may be popular and even come with approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but that doesn’t ensure compliance with current…

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Commissary surcharge helps patrons improve benefit

Posted  April 30, 2015

FORT LEE, Va.– There’s a lot to learn about the commissary surcharge just by considering four new commissaries opened last year on Army, Navy and Air Force installations. Thanks to the surcharge – the 5 percent added to every commissary customer’s receipt – the military communities at Naval Support Activity Annapolis, Md.; Fort Polk, La.;…

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World

German cultural exchange students visit D-M

Posted  April 30, 2015

Buena Vista High school students and cultural exchange students from Redebeul, Germany, toured D-M April 23. The 30 students went to three units learning about the Air Force and the missions here in a hands-on environment. The students first received a mission briefing of the 563rd Rescue Group from Capt. Jaymes Hines, 563rd RQG executive….

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Commentary

Have faith in the Air Force system

Posted  April 30, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — Throughout our Air Force careers, we have all received extensive training covering the Air Force core values — integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. We talk about them on a daily basis in one capacity or another using them as buzz words to drive our point…

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48th RQS trains for the real deal

Posted  April 30, 2015

While many Airmen from D-M were finishing up their day, some Pararescuemen were beginning theirs, on the evening of April 14. The 48th Rescue Squadron conducted a pre-deployment training exercise to teach, train and test Airmen on mass casualty treatment, evacuation, extrication, confined space and collapsed structure rescue. Air Force Pararescuemen, 48th Rescue Squadron, position…

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Airmen return A-10 to air after catastrophic engine failure in Iraq

Posted  April 30, 2015

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — A maintenance repair team from the 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron recently responded to an A-10C Thunderbolt II that suffered a noncombat-related engine failure and had to divert to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. The jet’s number one engine suffered catastrophic damage during a routine refueling mission and the pilot was able…

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Official provides update on combat jobs for women

Posted  April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON – Since the Defense Department rescinded a 1994 policy that excluded women from serving in direct ground combat positions, the services have opened about 91,000 jobs to female service members, the Joint Staff’s vice director said here today. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost spoke at a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace…

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Who has heard of Special Victims’ Counsel?

Posted  April 30, 2015

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — When I first briefed the Special Victims’ Counsel Program at Right Start and First Term Airman Center briefings here, audience participation was slim to none. It appeared as though the group I briefed was not interested in learning more about our program or that they didn’t know anything about…

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