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Supplements: Awareness is a serious matter

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Health, fitness and energy are important considerations for all Airmen, but when does pursuing them result in potential and real problems? Supplements, health foods and energy drinks may be popular and even come with approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but that doesn’t ensure compliance with current…

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German cultural exchange students visit D-M

Buena Vista High school students and cultural exchange students from Redebeul, Germany, toured D-M April 23. The 30 students went to three units learning about the Air Force and the missions here in a hands-on environment. The students first received a mission briefing of the 563rd Rescue Group from Capt. Jaymes Hines, 563rd RQG executive….

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48th RQS trains for the real deal

While many Airmen from D-M were finishing up their day, some Pararescuemen were beginning theirs, on the evening of April 14. The 48th Rescue Squadron conducted a pre-deployment training exercise to teach, train and test Airmen on mass casualty treatment, evacuation, extrication, confined space and collapsed structure rescue. Air Force Pararescuemen, 48th Rescue Squadron, position…

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Airmen return A-10 to air after catastrophic engine failure in Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — A maintenance repair team from the 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron recently responded to an A-10C Thunderbolt II that suffered a noncombat-related engine failure and had to divert to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. The jet’s number one engine suffered catastrophic damage during a routine refueling mission and the pilot was able…

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U.S., Czech Republic train in close air support operations

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany  — Four U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft forward deployed to Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, April 8, 2015, as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. “The Czech Republic air force invited us to come out here to train with their JTACs for a week,”…


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Climate survey is opportunity to share opinions with AF leaders

Posted  April 2, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Total Force Climate Survey, available from March 13 to April 27, offers active-duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilian Airmen a chance to express their opinions, perceptions and suggestions to help leaders improve their units. The Air Force Survey Office (AFSO) here began emailing participation…

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Suicide prevention training goes face-to-face

Posted  April 2, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The World Health Organization reports that every year, more than 800,000 people die from suicide or roughly one death every 40 seconds. It’s a hard subject to speak on and some people don’t know where to go to for assistance. The Air Force is making sure that we give people who…

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Airman receives Soldier’s Medal

Posted  April 2, 2015

Master Sergeant Matthew A. Garcia was presented the Soldier’s Medal by Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III, Mar. 25. While deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Garcia saved the lives of two pilots who were critically injured after landing their helicopter on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan….

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Eligible Airmen may choose retirement plan at 14 1/2-year mark

Posted  April 2, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Personnel Center has developed an automatic notification process that sends a message directly to active-duty Air Force and headquarters Active Guard Reserve members when they reach 14 1/2 years of active service. The new process will help ensure eligible military members are aware of their…

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Air Force Chief of Staff visits D-M

Posted  April 2, 2015

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III visited Davis-Monthan Air Force Base March 25. Welsh made stops at several organizations including the 355th Fighter Wing, the 354th Fighter Squadron, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group and also held an all-call at the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hangar. During the all-call, Welsh…

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Air Force Chief of Staff visits Davis-Monthan

Posted  April 2, 2015

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks to Airmen during an all-call at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, March 25. During the all-call, Welsh emphasized that no matter what their job entails, each individual Airman is critical to the Air Force…

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Button your lip! Loose talk can cost lives

Posted  April 2, 2015

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “Button your lip! Loose talk can cost lives,” was an operations security propaganda phrase used during World War II which still rings true today. It now goes beyond just buttoning your lips to include “zipping up” your social media sites. Safe web-browsing practices and OPSEC awareness are the best mitigation strategies…

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Expanded use-or-lose leave law set to expire soon

Posted  April 2, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — With the expiration of a law that allowed service members to carry up to 75 days of leave from one fiscal year to the next, troops should plan to carry no more than 60 days of leave into fiscal year 2016, defense officials recently announced. Service members will automatically lose any accumulated…

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Davis-Monthan Airman helps Tucsonan

Posted  March 26, 2015

One weather forecaster’s self-aid buddy care training quickly resurfaced when she witnessed a car accident outside the gates of Davis-Monthan. Senior Airman Amanda Boone, 355th Operations Support Squadron weather forecaster, was escorting a fellow Airman after undergoing a surgery, when the accident occurred. “We were sitting at the intersection of Speedway and Kolb,” said Boone….

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U.S. Air Force to kick off COOL program

Posted  March 26, 2015

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — The Community College of the Air Force officially launched the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line program March 16. Air Force COOL is a pathway for enlisted Airmen to earn industry recognized professional certifications and licenses to enhance their active-duty work and to prepare them as they transition to…

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