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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…

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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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Exchange offers employment opportunities

Posted  April 26, 2013

DALLAS – While some advertise efforts to hire veterans, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service simply does what it has for more than 117 years – extend career opportunities to veterans and their families. In fact, 10 percent of the Exchange’s workforce is comprised of veterans with military spouses and family members accounting for…

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Civilian pay transitions into ATAAPS

Posted  April 26, 2013

D-M went live with the Automated Time Attendance and Production System for civilians Sunday here, April 21. The ATAAPS program is an Air Force wide program designed to prepare audit readiness, as well as financial readiness, across the Air Force. Kimberly Hervey, 355th Comptroller Squadron ATAAPS project manager, stated the manual system provided little audit…

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VA expedites decisions for long-standing claims

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Veterans Affairs Department is expediting compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer, VA officials announced today. Effective today, VA claims raters will make provisional decisions on the oldest claims on hand, officials said, which will allow veterans to begin collecting compensation benefits more quickly, if eligible. Veterans will…

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Health & Safety

Recognize and respond: steps to notice and prevent child abuse

Posted  April 26, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  — Take a piece of paper. Crush it in your fist. Throw it to the ground. Scream at it. Release all your stresses of the day into that scrap of parchment. Now straighten it out. Obviously, you will still be able to see the wrinkles and the tears left from your…

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General, wife die in private plane crash

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV and his wife, Sue S. Brown, were killed April 19, when the Cessna 210 he was piloting crashed in Williamsburg, Va. General Brown has been the commandant of The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington D.C. since October 2010. “We are deeply…

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We are still united

Posted  April 26, 2013

Members of the Desert Lightning Team and their families participated in the Team Red, White and Blue-Tucson’s Boston Marathon Attack Response Run at Reid Park in Tucson, Ariz., April 17.

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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the Every Dollar Counts campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp

Posted  April 26, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths 355 FW/PA First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Michael Kaczmarek Duty title: Photojournalist When joined the AF: Dec. 14, 2010 Hometown: Springhill, Florida Hobbies: Learning graphic arts, soccer, playing with her puppies, exploring Tucson, hiking Selection reasons: Airman 1st Class Christy Griffiths has been on a tear the last few months….

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Health & Safety

New AF pregnancy website offers support

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force Medical Service’s Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia, or CEMM, recently unveiled an educational and state-of-the-art website on pregnancy for Airmen and their families. The Pregnancy A to Z website, www.pregnancyatoz.org, is the CEMM’s 12th educational website. The site features videos, 3-D animations, downloadable fact sheets, a section for future fathers,…

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D-M recognizes top volunteers during “National Volunteer Week”

Posted  April 26, 2013

D-M recognized its top volunteers by presenting the “Volunteer of the Year” award here, April 23. Desert Lightning Team members were recognized during the 355th Fighter Wing standup as part of National Volunteer Week. Military Volunteer of the Year Senior Airman Zachary Hurst, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron, was the 2012 Air Combat Command Scouting Salutes…

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