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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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USAF Thunderbirds

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2014 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating their 61st season of flying. The precise, calculated maneuvers that make the Thunderbirds a fan favorite require the pilots to have…

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Arizona’s F-16 schoolhouse builds capable partners, strong bonds

Over European castles, Middle Eastern deserts and Pacific islands, F-16 fighter pilots are soaring in ever-increasing numbers. Their experiences, nationalities and cultures are different, but they share several common bonds. They are partners, they are friends and they learned to fly their F-16s at the Air National Guard base at Tucson International Airport. With more…

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AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER. During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop…

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Take on the Marine Challenge

Airmen test their strength and abilities through the ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ drill, here. The ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ Drill is one of three components of the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test and is designed to measure functional fitness in a combat environment. This course is mandatory for all Marines, however the 355th Force Support Squadron decided…


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Local Briefs March 8, 2013

Posted  March 7, 2013

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage  Mar. 8, 15, 22 & 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Mark Gungor talks about how to improve your marriage by understanding your spouse with four fun workshops. Humorous and serious way to improve couples communication. Please RVSP at 228-5690. Saving for College  Mar….

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Furlough, finance, resiliency

Posted  March 7, 2013

So, here we are in early March realizing what we all had hoped to avoid has happened –  sequestration is here. A furlough may be just around the corner for Department of Defense civilian employees. As most have already heard, this equates to an approximately twenty-percent cut in pay. For many civilian employees, this is…

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From wings to water

Posted  March 7, 2013

Royal Netherlands Air Force Lt. Col. Maurits Schonk will be competing in the Gaastra 52 World Championship regatta off South Beach in Miami, Fla., taking place March 4-9. Known to many at the 162nd Fighter Wing by his call sign, “Skunk,” Lt. Col. Schonk is a lifelong sailor, “I started doing small regattas in a…

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D-M talks at Solar 101

Posted  March 7, 2013

Leaders from D-M and the local community attended the 60th Solar 101, held at the Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library on Feb. 19. Prominent figures in the Tucson community that attended the event included Congressman Ron Barber, U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, and Col. Greg Williams, 355th Mission Support Group commander. Solar…

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Combating Human Trafficking

Posted  March 7, 2013

Human trafficking is the second-largest source of revenue for criminal enterprises, and it’s a growing criminal enterprise that generates roughly $32 billion per year worldwide. The definition of Trafficking in Persons or “TIP” is: A modern day form of slavery while harboring, transportation, providing or obtaining a person for the purpose of exploitation. TIP is…

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Health & Safety

Eating healthy food keeps gray matter ‘in pink’

Posted  March 7, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Eating the right foods not only affects a person’s physical performance, but also the brain’s performance. Leslie Dana-Kirby, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist, said the human brain is responsible for all thinking, reasoning, memory, judgment and decision-making. It also controls fundamental life functions such as hunger, thirst, sleeping,…

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MilPDS upgrade begins

Posted  March 7, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Military Personnel Data System will be offline for 23 days to allow the Air Force Personnel Operations Agency to upgrade and transfer military personnel data to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. MilPDS is the primary records database for…

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F-35s cleared to resume flight

Posted  March 7, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — F-35 Lightning IIs were cleared for flight Feb. 28 following a temporary suspension after a cracked engine blade was found in a test aircraft earlier in the month. A .06-inch crack was discovered in a third-stage turbine blade in a test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 19. Third-stage blades…

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Sonic boom claims assistance

Posted  March 7, 2013

On Feb. 27, 2013 at approximately 7:45 p.m. the 425th Fighter Squadron from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. was flying F-16 training missions in the Sells area. The Airspace Management Office from the base has confirmed an aircraft from the 425th went supersonic just northwest of Kitt Peak, the altitude the aircraft broke the sound…

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Events

DM-50 picnic

Posted  March 7, 2013

The annual DM-50 picnic will be held April 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park here. The picnic is a free event for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto base. The DM-50 will be providing a variety of free entertainment, food and drinks, and events. At Bama Park,…

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