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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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Arizona Soldiers, U.S. CBP unite to secure border hot spot

Posted  March 7, 2014

As overseas contingencies and deployments for U.S. armed forces taper off, Arizona’s Citizen Soldiers are shifting their focus to domestic missions to gain real-world experience and maintain readiness.

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Veterans

VA announces rollout of secure veteran health ID cards

Posted  March 7, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. In addition to being more secure, the card has been transformed into a Veterans Health Identification…

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Events

Local Briefs March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

The first annual Pat’s Run Troop Run at D-M scheduled for April 26 The ruck/walk/run will begin at the Benko Fitness Center and will be approximately 4.2 miles long. This event can be enjoyed by all family members! Cost of adults is $20 and children under 12 is $5. Deadline to register for this event is…

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As utility costs double, AF attorneys fight back

Posted  February 27, 2014

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida (AFNS) — The smart use of energy and water saves the Air Force money, but a decreasing demand has not overcome an increasing price. While facility energy use has decreased 37 percent since 1999, costs have increased 100 percent. Fighting this trend keeps a team of utility litigation attorneys at the…

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Events

CAF Day: Physical Pillar

Posted  February 27, 2014

This quarter’s Comprehensive Airman Fitness day, March 3, is focused on the physical pillar. This pillar emphasizes performing and excelling in physical activities that require aerobic fitness, endurance, strength, flexibility and body composition derived through exercise, nutrition and training. The day’s agenda and various flyers are as followed:  7 a.m. – 8 a.m.: NFL & COMBAT…

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Salutes & Awards

Doolittle Raider raids D-M base theater

Posted  February 27, 2014

Retired U. S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, a Doolittle Raider, answers questions at the base theater regarding the Doolittle Raid during a question and answer event here Feb. 24. At the event Cole described details of the raid, explained his emotions and how he personally survived.  

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School is out, 358th FS Inactivates

Posted  February 27, 2014

The 358th Fighter Squadron officially switched to inactive status Friday, Feb. 21, here. The squadron is inactivating due to Total Force Integration, an Air Force wide active duty, guard and reserve-initiative designed to maintain the combat effectiveness of our forces, while reducing the operational burden in some areas. The 358th FS was first activated as…

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A new sheriff in town

Posted  February 27, 2014

Former high school teacher and current Air Guard member Master Sgt. Wendell Jones, a Weapons Safety NCO, recently graduated from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Academy Jan. 24. As one of the newer deputies in Pima County, Jones has dedicated himself to serve the people in the community of Tucson. After teaching Interactive Digital Media…

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Commentary

Are you carrying the FLAG?

Posted  February 27, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — With so many challenges and distractions hitting us every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep focused and maintain a healthy perspective. Many things can affect your outlook – the daily grind (“Ground Hog Day”), changes in processes and procedures, a different work environment or just knowing it’s your turn…

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Health & Safety

Simple tips Airmen should ‘take to heart’

Posted  February 27, 2014

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — February is designated American Heart Month with the mission to increase awareness about heart health, a growing problem within the Air Force, according to a cardiology consultant to the Air Force surgeon general. Lt. Col. Samuel O. Jones said that in the medical community, heart issues are no…

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