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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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Admin career field to make comeback

Posted  March 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A previous administrative career field will make its second debut across the Air Force in May 2014, providing support staff at all Air Force levels and eliminating a special duty echelon. Approximately 80 percent of Airmen currently assigned to the Knowledge Operations Management Air Force specialty code 3D0X1 will transition to the  new…

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How effective is D-M?

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Desert Lightning Team will be tested on how effectively its mission is executed during a Unit Effectiveness Inspection, March 20-30. A UEI is a capstone event, which is a continual evaluation of performance throughout an inspection period. A UEI is broken up into four major gradable areas; managing resources, leading people, improving the unit…

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Think before you act: It only takes a second for your actions to go viral

Posted  March 7, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Have you ever done something you wish you could take back? Said something mean … wrote something inappropriate … behaved in a way that was disrespectful? I’m sure you have or you wouldn’t be human. However, in today’s society some of these behaviors never go away, even if you tried to…

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Air Force Assistance Fundraiser to begin in March

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Air Force Assistance Fundraiser will run from March 24, and ends May 2. The Desert Lightning Team goal this year is $121,074. “The Air Force Assistance Fund is an annual opportunity for Air Force members to contribute to four specific Air Force Charities,” said Capt. Benjamin Coffman, 12 AF Staff Acquisitions officer. “It is…

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DOD to take holistic view of slowing military compensation growth

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Defense Department can no longer put off slowing the growth of military personnel costs, and the fiscal year 2015 budget request DOD is recommending to the president begins that process, defense leaders said here today. Saying they are ready to take on the hard task of curbing growth in compensation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

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Health & Safety

Drug misuse, abuse: No excuse

Posted  March 7, 2014

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. (AFNS) — Airmen have a duty to uphold and must be “fit to fight.” Maintaining that fit lifestyle means routine health checkups, having a proper diet, exercise and sometimes using medications to combat illness and physical ailments.  While picking up an over-the-counter medication at the local drug store or being prescribed…

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From detection to relaxation

Posted  March 7, 2014

D-M held its first official retirement ceremony for a military working dog, Feb. 19.

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Social media: Unwanted eyes may be watching Airmen, families

Posted  March 7, 2014

EILSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFNS) — Social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr can provide an instantaneous and highly entertaining feedback stream of your daily activities to friends and family. The latest videos of dogs running with fireworks in their mouths, kittens tumbling in the snow or Internet memes of celebrity humiliations populate…

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Health & Safety

Surviving the summer in Arizona

Posted  March 7, 2014

With summer on the way, there are a few extra precautions that Airmen and their families should take before heading outdoors.  Tech. Sgt. Mathew Anderson, 355th Fighter Wing ground safety noncommissioned officer, and Cindy Davis, the Health and Wellness Center’s community dietician share helpful tips to keep Airmen safe during the Arizona summer. “When school…

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New active-duty education requirements coming up

Posted  March 7, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — For Airmen who wish to pursue their education after completion of a Community College of the Air Force degree, there are upcoming changes active-duty Airmen should prepare for. “Once tuition assistance was brought back, new requirements for TA approval were set forth,” said Sandy Cooper, 56th Force Support Squadron guidance counselor.”…

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