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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson) World

Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…


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DoD

Building relationships through Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Posted  May 1, 2014

The largest personnel recovery exercise in the world helps foster international relationships by combining joint, coalition, and interagency partners. Exercise ANGEL THUNDER is an annual exercise that supports the DoD’s training requirements for personnel recovery, but also helps in building trust and relationships between joint, interagency, and coalition partners. This year’s exercise will occur from…

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Veterans

SGLI premium adjustment effective July 1

Posted  May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program will adjust its monthly premium rate from 6.5 cents per $1,000 back to the 2006 rate of seven cents per $1,000 of insurance, a modest increase to ensure the SGLI program remains in a strong financial position. The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to place the interests…

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Commentary

Excellence unexpected result of mistakes

Posted  May 1, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In our present environment of force shaping actions and an increasing expectation to do more with less, the idea exists that perfection is expected. While excellence remains one of our core values, our heritage is wrought with leaders, who are both men and women, great and small, that questioned the status…

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Health & Safety

Beat the heat, check back seat

Posted  May 1, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — With the summer heat at our door step, it’s important to ensure children and pets are well taken care of. Leaving them in the car can cause serious illness and even death. Parents and pet owners must be aware that even in cooler temperatures the car can heat up quickly, which…

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Today’s MTIs, through the eyes of an old airman

Posted  May 1, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — I normally don’t jump into the fray of Internet social commentary, but as Air Education and Training Command’s senior enlisted airman, I felt compelled after seeing many readers’ comments stemming from a March 31 news article on the court-martial of a former military training instructor. The article highlighted the former MTI’s…

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Salutes & Awards

AFN set to honor military spouses through Facebook initiative

Posted  May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – The American Forces Network Broadcast Center has established a hashtag for Facebook users to help AFN honor military spouses during Military Spouses Appreciation Day on May 10. The initiative will center on a special hashtag — #spouseappreciation — that Facebook users can include in posts and photos that pay tribute to military spouses….

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Health & Safety

Airman serves with pride, joins Air Force after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Posted  May 1, 2014

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) —  Between sips of an iced coffee, Airman 1st Class Leslie Wilson, a 60th Dental Squadron dental technician here, talks about her life. She talks about her childhood in Tennessee, going to college on a soccer scholarship and following in her father’s footsteps by joining the military. However, she also discusses…

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U.S.

Tutoring anywhere, anytime

Posted  May 1, 2014

The Department of Defense is funding a program for younger military dependents to help further their education. Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families is a program available to grades K-12 students in eligible military families that provides expert tutoring and homework help at no cost. “Tutor.com allows students to work one-on-one with a live tutor online…

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Events

Local Briefs May 2, 2014

Posted  May 1, 2014

Society of Military Widows to meet May 17, noon – Mirage Club The Ladies of the Society of Military Widows will have their monthly meeting and luncheon at noon, May 17 at the Mirage Club on Davis-Monthan AFB. For information and reservations, call Kay Spargur at 574-6628 by May 7. Military Chrildren School Transitions Training   May 7-8, 8:30…

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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month activities to be held at D-M

Posted  May 1, 2014

The Desert Lightning Team will hold several events throughout the month of May to recognize Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. The following activities have been scheduled:   Kick-Off Celebration at the Base Exchange – May 9, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. · Variety of Asian dishes donated by off-base establishments · Korean Drummer and Hula Dancing…

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