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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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Health & Safety

Peer-to-peer service aims to provide counseling support

Posted  May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON – Starting this summer, the Defense Department will offer an additional counseling service to help military service members, transitioning troops and family members deal with a host of issues before they become crises. Peer-to-peer support, which will be available through Military OneSource, will offer assistance from counselors who have at least a master’s degree…

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Salutes & Awards

New automated evals, decorations processing available

Posted  May 21, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Beginning in May, supervisors of active-duty Airmen will be able to initiate, process, track and sign officer and enlisted evaluations using myPers, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced May 15. Additionally, beginning in June, supervisors of active-duty members will be able to use myPers to initiate and track…

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U.S.

Dispelling remotely piloted aircraft myths

Posted  May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Public interest in remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) continues to grow thanks to increasing non-military uses and portrayal in popular culture. For the Air Force, remotely piloted aircraft are and will continue to be a vital mission set delivering vital airpower to combatant commanders throughout the world. While the demands placed upon the Airmen charged…

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Local

Severe weather brings AWACS to D-M

Posted  May 21, 2015

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 357th Fighter Squadron turns after completing a strafing run at the Barry M. Goldwater Range, April 22. During the training, the pilots practiced providing close air support for joint terminal attack controllers as well as refining their flying maneuvers in preparation for real world situations.

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A-10s practice CAS

Posted  May 21, 2015

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 357th Fighter Squadron turns after completing a strafing run at the Barry M. Goldwater Range, April 22. During the training, the pilots practiced providing close air support for joint terminal attack controllers as well as refining their flying maneuvers in preparation for real world situations.

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Air Force

Increased mission requirements open doors for continued service

Posted  May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force is introducing several personnel and manpower initiatives to meet increased mission requirements outlined in the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget. In order to enhance operational and mission capacity in support of combatant commanders, and to maintain readiness, the Air Force is setting a minimum active-duty force level of 317,000…

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Veterans

VA waives resident-rate requirements, makes GI Bill benefits more accessible

Posted  May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON – In order to make it easier for Veterans and their families to receive their GI Bill benefits where they choose, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has used his authority to waive the provisions of Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act). This action will ensure all…

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DoD

DoD helps protect beneficiaries from deceptive pharmacy practices

Posted  May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON – In the face of recent aggressive and deceptive marketing practices of some compounding pharmacies targeting TRICARE, the Defense Health Agency is taking aggressive action to help TRICARE beneficiaries, DHA’s chief of pharmacy operations said in a recent interview. Dr. George Jones described compounding as a way that some pharmacies prepare medications for patients…

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Local

Local Briefs May 21, 2015

Posted  May 21, 2015

Family Fun Night at the Pool May 28, 5:30 p.m. Come have some family fun at the pool. $10 per family, Club members FREE. Food and beverages available for purchase. Hula dance contest! Hula hoop contest! Movie at sunset: Penguins of Madagascar. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Summer Swing Weekly Bowling Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.,…

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Veterans

New VA website encourages Veterans to tell their stories of hope

Posted  May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON – May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To commemorate the month, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging Veterans, along with their families and friends, to visit and view recovery journey stories on the website, MakeTheConnection.net. Make the Connection is a national awareness program operated by VA aimed at reducing the negative perceptions and stigma associated…

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