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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson) World

Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…


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Enlisted Airmen overcome most stressful job of 2013

Posted  February 7, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Are you feeling stressed yet? If not, you may soon feel the pressure. According to a report published by CNBC.com, “Enlisted Military Personnel” tops the chart for the most stressful job of 2013. As a new lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, my stress may be coming from…

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New surcharge on Visa purchases

Posted  February 7, 2013

Armed Forces News Service   WASHINGTON — As of January 27, merchants in the United States and U.S. Territories are permitted to impose a surcharge on any credit card transaction that uses a MasterCard or Visa branded card, which includes the Government Travel Charge Card, both Individually Billed Accounts (IBAs) and Centrally Billed Accounts (CBAs)….

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Air Force

AF implements voluntary FY13 force management programs

Posted  February 7, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal year 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. Announced in the January release of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013, the authorized active duty Air Force end-strength is 329,460; a reduction…

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Veterans

Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted  February 7, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” instead of an expiration date. Since December, retiree cards issued have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will take effect based on…

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MilPDS to shut down for upgrades

Posted  February 7, 2013

The Military Personnel Data System will be shut down for upgrades and migration to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center March 4-27. Airmen who are PCSing, retiring, separating, re-enlisting or extending in the month of March must complete all related actions before the scheduled upgrades. “Members are asked to be proactive and…

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Free pre-screening of “Inside Combat Rescue” Feb. 8

Posted  February 7, 2013

The Air Force has only about 600 combat rescue personnel. D-M hosts two elite combat rescue groups, the active duty 563rd Rescue Group and the Air Force Reserve’s 943rd Rescue Group. They are both comprised of operational, support, and maintenance Airmen and “Guardian Angels” formally known as pararescuemen. They are trained to extract isolated personnel…

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Salutes & Awards

D-M spouse in military spouse of the year contest

Posted  February 7, 2013

D-M’s very own Marcelina Chambers has won military spouse of the year for the base. She is currently in the running for the Air Force wide distinction. Chambers has been a military spouse for more than eleven years, as well as a mother of two daughters, Renatta Raquel, 7, and Sariah Martina, 3. During the…

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DOD leaders: budget deadlock could spark readiness crisis

Posted  February 7, 2013

Issuing perhaps their strongest warnings yet, Pentagon leaders yesterday said the budget impasse threatens to create a military readiness crisis.

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Local Briefs February 15, 2013

Posted  February 14, 2013

Claims for/against estate of Master Sgt. John P Nehl Appointment of Summary Court Officer: It is with deep regret that we announce the unexpected death of Master Sgt. John P Nehl, 923 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. First Lieutenant Alexander E. Barnett, 923 AMXS is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make…

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Magnetic levitation track reaches new world record in speed

Posted  February 14, 2013

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — The 846th Test Squadron successfully performed its most ambitious test to date on the magnetic levitation track at Holloman Air Force Base, Feb. 7. Members of the 846th were able to use the Maglev track in conjunction with a new propulsion system to reach an astounding speed of more…

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