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Safeguarding ground troops from above

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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Navy unit trains with D-M

Sailors from Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. conducted joint training with A-10C Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here Nov. 3-15, 2014. Five MH-60S Knighthawks from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 Black Knights flew with the 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons, as well as the 354th Fighter Squadron….

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WWII pilot reunited with P-47

Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corps hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course here Feb. 28. After being wheeled out to the…

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Annual D-M 50 picnic scheduled for March 14

The annual DM-50 picnic will be held Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park. 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. The picnic will…

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41 EECS Scorpions execute theater electronic warfare

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — With more than 6,600 sorties and 38,000 flying hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron provides premier counter-communications electronic attack capabilities here. The unit flies the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft which is configured to execute worldwide information warfare tactics.  It conducts electronic attack operations in order to…


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Health & Safety

New nutrition: MCAHC tips on health

Posted  March 20, 2014

FORT EUSTIS, Va.  — In the Department of Defense Total Force Fitness diagram, nutrition represents one of the eight main concepts of fitness. National Nutrition Month takes place during March, and Service members looking to improve their nutritional fitness have options to change their habits in healthy, easy-to-manage ways, said Mary Rewinski, McDonald Army Health Center dietician….

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Changes coming to deployed Airman pay

Posted  March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Starting June 1, Airmen deployed to several locations will see significant changes to pay programs. The biggest change includes the discontinuation of imminent danger pay, or IDP, in multiple countries. The DOD-wide announcement impacts Airmen deployed to 15 countries. “The IDP recertification process is an assessment that includes input from combatant commands, the joint…

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Air Force

PLAYpass program draws to an end

Posted  March 20, 2014

During a time of increased deployments the Air Force wanted to find a way to help families stay connected. In 2011, the PLAYpass program was launched and due to the increased usage in the last year, funding has run out. The PLAYpass program, funded by Office of Secretary of Defense, provided support to family members…

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The last bite

Posted  March 20, 2014

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Shake, take, salute and pose for a photo–Tyndall’s 2014 March Enlisted Promotion Ceremony was carrying on as usual. I raised my camera, waited for the grip and grin moment and then took the photo of family members tacking on the member’s stripes. As I raised my camera, getting ready for the…

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Health & Safety

Personally training D-M

Posted  March 20, 2014

Are you lacking the motivation to keep yourself fit to fight? Well, the 355th Force Support Squadron has a solution for you; personal trainers. A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They help motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. D-M personal trainers also…

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Local

Air Land Sea Application Center (ALSA) visits D-M

Posted  March 20, 2014

The Air Land Sea Application (ALSA) Center, located at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA visited Davis-Monthan AFB and Fort Huachuca on March 11 and 12. ALSA may be an organization only some recognize by name, but for whom many can be thankful for the products of their labor. As the Joint Staff J7 produces joint publications…

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Sports

Tucson offers DLT opportunity to horse around

Posted  March 20, 2014

(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington) Lauren Pickett, left, and Gianna Banning pose for a picture in front of the riding arena at Ashbrook Farm in Tucson, March 10. Lauren and Gianna have been riding for three and four years respectively, and both love the sport. Lauren is the daughter of Maj. Michael…

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Air Force-Wide BAH recertification

Posted  March 20, 2014

LANGLEY AFB, Va.  — An Air Force-wide Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) recertification for Airmen currently receiving with-dependant Rate BAH began March 1 and is scheduled to be completed by December 2014. Master Sgt. Danny Avery, 633rd Comptroller Squadron financial services officer, said after discrepancies were found in the BAH recertification process during a recent Department of…

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Veterans

Social Security launches expedited veteran disability process

Posted  March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Social Security claims from veterans with a Veterans Affairs Department disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total have a new process that will treat their applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions. Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting Social Security commissioner, said the new process is similar to the way…

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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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