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F-35 Program Makes Significant, Solid Progress, Official Says

Production of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter is on a good trajectory and is a necessary aircraft in the military’s arsenal to battle high-end threats, service leaders told a House Armed Service Committee panel Feb. 16.

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55th RQS: These things we do, that others may live

Combat search and rescue plays a major role in the mission set of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

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162nd Wing MAGIC

The Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing located at Tucson International Airport held the 7th annual My Air Guard Incentive Career, or MAGIC event at Pima Community College West Campus Feb. 11-12.

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Second chance to fly: Pilot, cancer survivor reunite after 28 years

Marcus Foiles beamed with excitement as he piloted an A-10 in the skies over a virtual southern Arizona landscape.

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MLK observance: Breaking barriers then, now

WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. Stayce Harris, the assistant vice chief of staff and director of staff, was the keynote speaker for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 25. Joining her in addressing the standing-room-only audience were Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Michael Rhodes, the director of administration, Office…


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Walter Reed announces pilot program as part of Organ Summit

Posted  June 15, 2016

BETHESDA, Md. — Walter Reed National Military Medical Center officials today announced a pilot program to pioneer kidney paired donation chains started via the military share program, in which families of active duty military service members donate one of their kidneys to patients listed for transplant at the medical center’s campus here. Kidney paired donation is a transplant…

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No limits: Airman pushes past near death experience

Posted  June 14, 2016

BETHESDA, Md. (AFNS) — Staff Sgt. Sebastiana Lopez Arellano was riding a motorcycle when an animal scurried onto the road, causing her to swerve and hit a curb. As she high-sided over her bike, the momentum catapulted her body into a tree. The impact severed her right leg. “I thought I was going to die,” the…

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Arizona Air National Guard member fulfills life’s dream of becoming an attorney

Posted  June 14, 2016

PHOENIX – For Senior Master Sgt. Alex Brown, a 20-year Air Force veteran and Arizona Air National Guard member, a life-long calling to practice law set him upon an arduous journey to fulfill a dream. The dream became reality when he passed the Arizona bar exam recently. The newly minted lawyer is the material management…

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Bold dreams propel war-torn child to AF flight engineer

Posted  June 14, 2016

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) — Growing up, Master Sgt. Kristofer Reyes and his cousins would use rubber and rocks from a nearby recycling center and create games. He was born to a poor family in Luzon, Phillipines. His parents divorced when he was 2 years old and his mom moved to the U.S. That…

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Suicide prevention – hopes for the future

Posted  June 13, 2016

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements.) To some, suicide prevention seems like a topic that is discussed without any definite solution. Every Airman sits through the annual briefings and trainings and hears the statistics that go along with them, yet suicide remains a problem within the…

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