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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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CMSAF #5 Robert Gaylor inspires D-M’s newest Chiefs

Posted  March 14, 2014

The Desert Lightning Team Chiefs’ Group honored six Airmen recently selected for promotion to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in a ceremony at the Mirage Club here Feb. 22. The ceremony recognized DLT honorees for their hard work, dedication, loyalty and sacrifice as they achieved the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force. The…

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Eye injuries avoidable, doctor says

Posted  March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – March is National Save Your Vision Month, and the Defense Department wants service members to take care of their eyes by wearing eye protection when performing dangerous work, reducing eye strain and routinely undergoing eye examinations. Dr. Robert Mazzoli, an ophthalmologist at the Vision Center of Excellence at Madigan Army Medical Center in…

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# 1 NY Times author teaches D-M Airmen

Posted  March 14, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Josh Slavin Dr. Gary Chapman, author, signs copies of“The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workspace” after his seminar at the base theater here, March 7. A copy of his book was given out to everyone in attendance. Dr. Gary Chapman, author of “The 5 Languages of Appreciation…

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CAF Day: Physically “Charged”

Posted  March 14, 2014

Desert Lightning Team members pose with Jarret Johnson, linebacker for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League, following a workout at here, March 3. D-M acknowledged the physical pillar of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness Day by offering Airmen a chance to work out with Johnson.   Jarret Johnson, linebacker for the San Diego Chargers…

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The impact of a simple email

Posted  March 14, 2014

It seems like the emails just won’t stop. Review this, update that, and the ever dreaded tasking that was due yesterday....

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AETC husband creates online, education resource for male spouses

Posted  March 14, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The husband of an Air Education and Training Command, Directorate of Manpower, Personnel and Services major was recently recognized for his creative efforts in educating other male military spouses. Chris Pape, husband of Maj. Dana Pape, Resources Section chief, was named the AETC winner of the Joan Orr Spouse…

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Local Briefs March 14, 2014

Posted  March 14, 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…

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Raptor crews preserve mission through adversity

Posted  March 7, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz Three F-22 Raptors from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, are parked on the flightline here, March 2. Four F-22’s were diverted to D-M and during landing three of the Raptors’ right side tires deflated as a safety precaution due to an increase in tire pressure, caused…

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SMSgt promotion release rescheduled

Posted  March 7, 2014

The 2014 senior master sergeant promotion selection release slated for March 6 has been rescheduled for March 20, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. “Air staff distributes promotion quotas based on fiscal and statutory constraints, and projected grade vacancies,” said Col. Joe Atkins, the AFPC operations division chief. “We are working carefully to make final…

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Leadership stresses importance of keeping families informed

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Air Force’s on-going force shaping initiatives affect more than our Airmen–they also affect our families.  The concerns and questions Air Force families differ from those of a service member. Family members have few opportunities to engage with commanders and experts and large auditorium briefings and pages of personnel documents are not always the most…

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