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Arizona Airmen memorialize fallen Iraqi fighter pilot

Members of the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing honored the life and memory of Iraqi Air Force Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sideeq Hasan during a memorial service here July 7. Hasan died June 24 after his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Douglas, Arizona, during a night training mission.  He trained with Air Guard members…

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Viper Demo Team pilot ‘Rockets’ to new heights

  SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — An F-16CM Fighting Falcon shoots into the air, flying at a speed of 400 knots as it is pulled through various maneuvers to demonstrate its capabilities. Maneuvering the aircraft through inversions, undergoing eight to nine times the force of gravity, and pushing the F-16 to its limits is Capt. Craig…

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Working group to study implications of transgender service

WASHINGTON – A Defense Department working group will study the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly in the military, and its work will presume they can do so unless objective and practical impediments are identified, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today. In a statement announcing the working group, Carter said…

(U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Commentary

Run to the Sound of the Guns…Be a Servant Leader

Many of us have seen the best and worst in leadership throughout the course of our careers as Airmen. Usually we can think of two names, one good and one bad, that personify each bound of the leadership spectrum. This reality leads to the fact that even though we are called to be leaders in…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Local

Fuel systems repair hangar officially opens

The 355th Component Maintenance Squadron’s joint fuel cell repair hangar ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 13. The facility was constructed to improve efficiency within the joint fuel cell leading to the reduction in man hours and operating costs. The new hangar is Air Combat Command’s largest aircraft fuel systems repair section. It supports eight…


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Arizona Lemon Law: Squeeze most out of car

Posted  June 12, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Arizona Lemon Law protects the legal rights of motor vehicle purchasers who buy defective cars in Arizona. It mainly pertains to the purchase of new cars, but there are some provisions for used cars as well. Before going out and purchasing that car you’ve been eyeing for the…

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Health & Safety

FitFamily provides families tools for success

Posted  June 12, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  — It’s that time of year again when people resolve to lose weight, get in shape and eat healthier, which takes dedication and determination. To help Airmen and their families achieve those goals, the Air Force offers the Air Force FitFamily initiative which encourages families to develop and maintain a…

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Hero for a Day: Chase Lock

Posted  June 12, 2014

Staff Sgt. Paris Carman, 355th Security Forces Squadron K9 trainer, introduces Benny, a military working dog, to Chase and Emma Lock. Chase and his family were invited to visit the base and tour aircraft by the 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron after the unit learned Chase has a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. Major…

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Davis-Monthan holds Social Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day

Posted  June 5, 2014

Airmen eat pancakes during a Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day here June 2. This quarter’s CAF Day was focused on improving Airmen readiness by solidifying the social pillar of CAF. Desert Lightning Team members depart from Heritage Park during the motorcycle mentorship ride. The social pillar of CAF encourages developing and maintaining trusted, valued friendships that…

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Health & Safety

Summer grilling safety tips

Posted  June 5, 2014

LANGLEY AFB, Va. —  Good food and great conversation are staples of a summer barbeque, but before firing up the grill Airmen and their families should be aware of some proper grilling techniques to help prevent their summer days from going up in flames. According to the National Fire Protection Association in 2007-2011, U.S. fire…

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AF mental health programs encourage seeking help

Posted  June 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The number of Airmen seeking mental health care has increased over the last five years — and this is a trend Air Force leaders encourage, according to a lead psychiatrist with the office of the Air Force Surgeon General. A mental health encounters report issued by the Air Force Medical Operations Agency…

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Local Briefs June 6, 2014

Posted  June 5, 2014

Comedy Show at the Mirage Club On June 13 the Mirage Club will host “Wingman Comedy Show” for DM Airmen, the comedian will be Damon Williams. This event will be adults only ages 18 and up, Airmen E-1 to E-4 $8 and E-5 and up $15. This will include Horsd’oevurs and autograph signing. Social hour…

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Veterans

Veterans History Project

Posted  June 5, 2014

The Veterans History Project provides a way to tell the story of service members from past and present. The VHP was created by the Library of Congress in 2000 to preserve original personal narratives, diaries and photographs from American war veterans and civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts. U.S. Air Force Capt….

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Permissive TDY allowed for voluntary force management separation

Posted  June 5, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Airmen who separate under voluntary and involuntary force management programs may be eligible for permissive TDY. Airmen should check their separation orders to ensure the statement is included in the remarks block. The statement should read “Member separating voluntarily under force management program and may be eligible for (permissive)…

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AF posts voluntary force management updates

Posted  June 5, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials posted an updated personnel system delivery memos, or PSDMs, for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 voluntary force management programs, June 2. PSDM 13-64 describes enlisted program updates, including updated provisions regarding Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit transfer recoupment requirements, limited active-duty service commitment, or ADSC, and…

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