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Extraordinary effort regardless of outcome

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Imagine a 5-year-old boy chasing grasshoppers at a camp site. He wanders too far. Darkness falls, and he is lost. A storm is brewing in the sky above, and the camping party turns into a search party. When this scenario unfolded earlier this month, six U.S. Air Force Reserve…

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D-M conducts Meet and Greet at local high school

TUCSON, Ariz. — A community event was held at Rincon High School Wednesday. The Meet and Greet event allowed members of the Tucson community to interact with their neighboring Airmen and learn about the mission of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “We learned a little bit about what you guys do behind the scenes that not necessarily everyone…

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Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at Academy

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Franklin Macon’s first flight took place as a child in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when he jumped off a chicken coop while holding on to fake wings. Despite…

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‘I Will Wait’ Tells Stories of Generations of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON — America sends its sons and daughters to war, and a new play titled “I Will Wait” looks at the effect of these deployments across the generations. The brainchild of Amy Uptgraft, the play connects the experiences of spouses from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Uptgraft wrote…

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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.


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A service-before-self mentality

Posted  October 9, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Do you have a service-before-self mentality? Do you take advantage of leadership opportunities? If you were nominated for a Developmental Special Duty, how would you respond if it was in a role you felt uncomfortable with? Would you volunteer to go on a deployment today if the opportunity presented itself? Back…

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Tucson’s rocket club to hold rare night launch

Posted  October 9, 2014

On Saturday, Oct. 11, dozens of rockets will light up the night sky west of Tucson at the Fall 2014 Night Launch hosted by the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA), Tucson’s own rocket club. This event is free to the general public. Rockets are not fireworks; they must return safely to ground, usually on one…

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Turning the page in financial improvement

Posted  October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Oct. 1 marked not only the beginning of a new fiscal year but also the start of a new chapter in Air Force Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness that has been ten years in the making. The Air Force declared audit readiness July 8, meaning a component of the Air Force’s financial…

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Safeguarding ground troops from above

Posted  October 9, 2014

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Roaring his way down the runway in a 43 thousand pound machine, Maj. Vincent Sherer pilots an A-10 Thunderbolt II into the skies of Afghanistan to provide overwatch and close air support for ground forces operating throughout the country. Sherer, a pilot with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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Fire Prevention Week 2014

Posted  October 9, 2014

When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? Was it last week? Last month? A year ago? The 2014 Fire Prevention Week campaign ran from Oct. 5-11. This year’s theme was “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” It is all about keeping you, your family, and the…

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Response team in action

Posted  October 9, 2014

Darren Felish, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services station chief, briefs hazardous material responders on safety and incident objectives prior to entering a simulated contaminated area at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Sept. 29. The purpose of this training is to exercise the cohesiveness among emergency responders. Responders were affiliated with several agencies to…

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Energy Action Month spotlights Airmen impacting operations

Posted  October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — October is Energy Action Month throughout the federal government. In the Air Force, Energy Action Month is the centerpiece of the “I am Air Force Energy” campaign to educate Airmen on ways they can maximize their energy efficiency and mission effectiveness. The Service launched its month-long series of educational opportunities and activities with a…

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‘Quest for Zero’ debuts with focus on risk management

Posted  October 9, 2014

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Air Force Ground Safety introduces the ‘Quest for Zero’ campaign to focus on risk management and on-duty safety. The campaign is designed for every Airman, in all career fields, to raise awareness of the hazards they face every day, at work and at home. “Readiness is paramount to…

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Cyber security: Our present, our future

Posted  October 9, 2014

Cyber technologies and the Internet are an integral part of everyone’s lives these days, whether at work, at home, on the go, for fun, to keep us healthy, manage our finances and even to save our lives. Most of our day-to-day routines rely heavily upon technology and cyber connectivity because of the ease they provide….

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Response team in action

Posted  October 2, 2014

Multiple agencies from D-M came together to showcase the expertise and equipment available in the event of a real-world emergency involving hazardous materials here, Sept. 29, 2014. The Multi-Agency Hazardous Material Exercise gave the agencies that participated an opportunity to see each other’s capabilities while developing a harmonious working relationship. “This training is to exercise…

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