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This Memorial Day, honor those who gave all

With all the excitement of warmer weather and fun in the sun that come with Memorial Day, the true meaning of the day is often over looked. Memorial Day is about remembering the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen servicemembers.

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Memorial Day weekend safety tips

Memorial Day weekend is coming up, for most service members that means getting on the road and traveling for the first long weekend of the summer. During this holiday weekend more people will be traveling, which makes it important to drive safely. So here are some safety tips to help you and your families have…

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D-M law enforcement recognizes National Police Week

Law enforcement agencies at Davis-Monthan celebrated National Police Week here during the week of May 11-15. National Police Week focuses on remembering law enforcement officials who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The week consisted of several activities including a combat arms firing competition where agencies convened at the Combat Arms Training…

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354th EFS changes command in Romania

CAMPIA TURZII, Romania  — Lt. Col. Ryan Hayde took command of the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Lt. Col. Steven Behmer at Campia Turzii, Romania, May 15, in the middle of the U.S. Air Force’s inaugural European theater security package. Col. Clinton Eichelberger, 355th Operations Group commander, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, presided over the change-of-command ceremony with…

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Military spouse seeks donor for kidney transplant

Looking at Tawanna Clapp you wouldn’t guess that she spends 21 hours a week on dialysis. Tawanna was diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis, FSGS, in 1996 during a routine physical for college. According to the National Kidney Foundation, FSGS is a disease that “describes scarring in the kidney. “Glomerulosclerosis is not caused by a single disease….


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History of Memorial Day

Posted  May 22, 2014

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration…

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Memorial Day: What does it mean to you?

Posted  May 22, 2014

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — What does Memorial Day mean for you? For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer. We fire our grills up and plan trips to the lake–there is palpable excitement as we discuss how to spend the extra-long weekend. But Memorial Day is much more. “Memorial Day is a time…

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Tucson Mayor jets across Arizona skies

Posted  May 22, 2014

Exhilaration filled the air as Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild soared above the city May 3 in an F-16 Fighting Falcon piloted by Col. Phil Purcell, commander of the 162nd Wing. “It was a blast,” said Rothschild as he recounted his wild ride. “The aircraft has amazing capability.” Rothschild visited the wing Saturday to meet Arizona…

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DOD releases figures on sexual harassment in military

Posted  May 22, 2014

WASHINGTON – Emphasizing that the Defense Department continues to encourage victims to come forward, Pentagon officials released a report today that says just under 1,400 cases of sexual harassment occurred in the military last year. The congressionally mandated report defines sexual harassment as an unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal or…

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Putting the ‘memorial’ back into Memorial Day

Posted  May 22, 2014

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — A few years ago I was asked to speak at a Memorial Day ceremony for a retirement community in St. Petersburg, Fla. I am not sure why I was asked, as I certainly did not feel qualified to speak to a crowd of proud veterans on Memorial Day. I am…

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Joint and Coalition forces train at the firing range

Posted  May 22, 2014

German Air Force Rangers practice various firing tactics during Exercise ANGEL THUNDER at Three Points Firing Range in Tucson on May 12. ANGEL THUNDER is the only exercise in the Department of Defense covering personnel recovery training across the full spectrum of irregular and conventional warfare and has become the world’s largest and most complex…

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Attack Fitness Competition

Posted  May 15, 2014

Competitors tag the fence as they complete a one-mile timed run during the Attack Fitness Competition here May 3. The competition consisted of four different workouts that combined both cardio and strength movements, with the top competitors completing two final workouts to determine the winner. The event was hosted by CrossFit Desert Lightning, the CrossFit…

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Man of honor

Posted  May 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — “Anyone can carry his burden, however hard until nightfall; anyone can do his work however hard for one day.” These words were penned by Robert Louis Stevenson about one hundred years before retired Air Force fighter pilot Col. Jim Kasler used them to describe the challenge of daily life as a prisoner…

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AF implements DOS rollback phase II

Posted  May 15, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force has implemented the 2014 enlisted date of separation rollback program phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 1. The program accelerates the date of separation for Airmen who declined to acquire retainability for an assignment, training, retraining or professional military education, and who…

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Writing skills key to good EPRs

Posted  May 15, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Are you capturing what your Airmen are really doing for the Air Force when giving feedback and writing performance reports? Communicating well what Airmen do for the Air Force is the goal of military strategic writing. “Good communication has always been vital to the efficiency of our military mission,”…

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