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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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USAF Thunderbirds

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2014 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating their 61st season of flying. The precise, calculated maneuvers that make the Thunderbirds a fan favorite require the pilots to have…

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Arizona’s F-16 schoolhouse builds capable partners, strong bonds

Over European castles, Middle Eastern deserts and Pacific islands, F-16 fighter pilots are soaring in ever-increasing numbers. Their experiences, nationalities and cultures are different, but they share several common bonds. They are partners, they are friends and they learned to fly their F-16s at the Air National Guard base at Tucson International Airport. With more…

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AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER. During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop…

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Take on the Marine Challenge

Airmen test their strength and abilities through the ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ drill, here. The ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ Drill is one of three components of the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test and is designed to measure functional fitness in a combat environment. This course is mandatory for all Marines, however the 355th Force Support Squadron decided…


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Air Force-Wide BAH recertification

Posted  March 20, 2014

LANGLEY AFB, Va.  – An Air Force-wide Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) recertification for Airmen currently receiving with-dependant Rate BAH began March 1 and is scheduled to be completed by December 2014. Master Sgt. Danny Avery, 633rd Comptroller Squadron financial services officer, said after discrepancies were found in the BAH recertification process during a recent Department of…

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Social Security launches expedited veteran disability process

Posted  March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Social Security claims from veterans with a Veterans Affairs Department disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total have a new process that will treat their applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions. Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting Social Security commissioner, said the new process is similar to the way…

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Tucson readies for “Fix a Leak Week”

Posted  March 20, 2014

“Fix a Leak Week” is a national awareness campaign that runs from March 17- 23. During the week, Tucson Water and the EPA’s WaterSense division is reminding people of the amount of water collectively lost through minor household leaks, inside and outside. These leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually, nationwide….

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Firefighters get a refresher on crash recovery and rescue of vintage aircraft

Posted  March 14, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski Thomas Gregory III, Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation pilot, instructs Airmen from the 355th Fire Emergency Services flight on extrication procedure from a P-47 Thunderbolt here, Feb. 27. Gregory informed the Airmen on every possible situation that could arise during a flight mishap. Members of…

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12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) training team builds partnership with Panamanian AF

Posted  March 14, 2014

Courtesy Photo Master Sgt. Jeremy Jacobs, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Tactical Aircraft Manager, and Master Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) A3/5 Superintendent, took part in the 20 day temporary duty assignment aimed at building partner capability pose for a photo with their Panamanian counterparts.  Members from a 12th Air…

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Old Dawgs & Pups recognize one of D-M’s Finest 

Posted  March 14, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Josh Slavin Staff Sgt. Aaron Escalante, 355th Security Forces Squadron Military Working dog handler, receives a certificate from Major Douglas Whitehead, 355th SFS commander, here March 1. Escalante was recognized for his service as a MWD handler during tours to Qatar and Afghanistan. The Old Dawgs & Pups…

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Annual D-M 50 picnic scheduled for March 15

Posted  March 14, 2014

The annual DM-50 picnic will be held March 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park here.  The picnic is a free event for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto the base. The DM-50 will be providing a variety of free entertainment, food, drinks and events. “It is a…

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When keeping it real goes wrong

Posted  March 14, 2014

It’s Tuesday, and after a long day at work I’m reminded that I have an intramural league basketball game tonight. After arriving home and quickly changing I make my way back to the base gym to avoid the scrutiny of my coach and team mates.  As I begin to search through the maze of a…

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AF officials announce FY15 force structure changes

Posted  March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON  – Air Force officials released force structure changes resulting from the Fiscal Year 2015 President’s Budget today. To ensure the service successfully transitions to a leaner force that remains ready, the Air Force plans to remove almost 500 aircraft across the inventories of all three components over the next five years. “The FY15PB request favors a…

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Voluntary application processing continues during force management pause

Posted  March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Late last week, Air Force officials initiated a strategic pause to all force management programs to fully evaluate potential changes to the timing, composition and eligibility criteria for each program based on budget adjustments and early lessons learned. “Complex strategies are rarely perfect from their inception but evolve as new information and…

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