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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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DOD to begin review of family, military community programs

Posted  January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A new task force will start work next month on a 120-day review of all family and military community programs across the Defense Department to determine their effectiveness and identify gaps and potential efficiencies, a senior defense official said. Charles E. Milam, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and…

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AMARG brings the F-4 back to life

Posted  January 31, 2013

The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group is on track to finish the F-4 Phantom phase of Air Combat Command’s full-scale aerial drone program. The regenerated planes will be converted into drones to be used by several bases for target practice. The regenerated planes will be used at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., for U.S. Army…

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Health & Safety

A new area for workout warriors

Posted  January 31, 2013

The Haeffner gym officially opened a new workout area for Department of Defense ID card members to use Jan. 28. The new equipment includes medicine balls, various free weights, rowing machines, pull-up bars, two ropes that hang from the gym’s ceiling, kettlebells and even an oversized tire. All the equipment for the new workout area…

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Pay yourself first

Posted  January 31, 2013

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland (AFNS) — My grandparents used to say to me, “Pay yourself first.” Being only 10 years old at the time, I’d shrug my shoulders, give them my best thanks-for-the-advice look and say “OK.” But deep down inside, I didn’t really know what they meant. After all, I was just a kid…

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Promotion cycle study reference CDCs available online

Posted  January 31, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The 2013 promotion cycle study reference CDCs, in addition to those published for 2012, are now available on the e-WAPS Online Reference Library Database (e-WORLD). “For Airmen testing out-of-cycle, having access to past versions of the CDCs ensures they have appropriate study material for the cycle they’re competing in,”…

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Defense Department expands women’s combat role

Posted  January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — Following a unanimous recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today announced the end of the direct ground combat exclusion rule for female service members.

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New TRICARE copays take effect

Posted  January 31, 2013

TRICARE prescription copayments increased Feb. 1. The prescription costs are now based on the type of prescription and where it’s filled. According to www.tricare.mil, Congress signed the increases into law under the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which requires TRICARE to increase copays on brand name medications not filled at military pharmacies. Copays…

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Recovered debris thought to be missing aircraft

Posted  January 31, 2013

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — Italian search teams have recovered debris in the Adriatic Sea believed to belong to an F-16 Fighting Falcon which went missing during a nighttime training mission Jan. 28. The fighter jet, assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, was performing a training mission when the base lost contact with the…

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VITA office opens its doors

Posted  January 31, 2013

The end of January marks the beginning of tax season and the opening of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax center on D-M. “The VITA office is free and open to anyone with an ID card,” said Capt. Jenny Liabenow, 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office. “This includes active duty, dependents and retired individuals.” Although the…

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Improve your roll with bowling clinics at Davis-Monthan Lanes

Posted  January 31, 2013

Bowlers can take their game to the next level with bowling clinics at Davis-Monthan Lanes. The sessions will be coached by Del Delgado, pro shop operator, and James Kraykovich, 355 Force Support Squadron bowling center manager. The next session is scheduled for February 8th, and registration starts the Thursday prior. “The reactions from the people…

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