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D-M puts its agencies to the test

An aircraft crash training exercise was held at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range here Feb. 19. The simulated crash site was scattered throughout a two mile radius. “The idea was to test the base’s capabilities to respond to an aircraft crash incident with a mass-casualty piece involved,” said Master Sgt. Mark Molineaux, 355th…

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Don’t underestimate the importance of sacrifices

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my wife, for better…

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New Airmen get their bearings

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — New Airmen go through a whirlwind of activities during the transformation of civilian to active duty Airman, which can be a confusing process. Lucky for new Airmen, there’s the First Term Airmen Center to catch them when they land at their first duty station. FTAC is a five-day program…

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Riding for the future of cycling

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Following a full day of work developing Air Force models, Maj. Ian Holt, the Headquarters Air Force Space Command vault concepts lead, mounts his Felt bicycle and starts pedaling on a three-hour training ride. It’s all part of the regimen prescribed by his coach leading up to the…

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Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers take training, skill and precise decisions to execute. The most recent flown in the area was the Super Bowl flyover, where the Thunderbirds, officially known as…


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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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CMSAF #5 Robert Gaylor inspires D-M’s newest Chiefs

Posted  March 14, 2014

The Desert Lightning Team Chiefs’ Group honored six Airmen recently selected for promotion to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in a ceremony at the Mirage Club here Feb. 22. The ceremony recognized DLT honorees for their hard work, dedication, loyalty and sacrifice as they achieved the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force. The…

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Health & Safety

Eye injuries avoidable, doctor says

Posted  March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – March is National Save Your Vision Month, and the Defense Department wants service members to take care of their eyes by wearing eye protection when performing dangerous work, reducing eye strain and routinely undergoing eye examinations. Dr. Robert Mazzoli, an ophthalmologist at the Vision Center of Excellence at Madigan Army Medical Center in…

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