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How we quit smokin’

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) — “Smoke in the cockpit! Smoke in the cockpit!” the flight crew yells in unison. Then the dreaded radio transmission goes out: “Declaring an IFE (in flight emergency); request immediate return to base for landing.” Moments before the troubling exclamations occurred, the flight crew of the massive C-5M Super…

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What to know about Fitness Assessments

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., — The Air Force’s Fitness Assessment is one of the many opportunities for Airmen to display their Core Values. When it comes to this assessment, Airmen here must know what to expect, what to avoid, and how to prepare in order to exceed. FA sessions are scheduled here Monday through Friday at…

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Guardian Angel retires after 41 years of service

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The year is 1974. The Vietnam War is on its way to an end after almost 15 years of fighting. The U.S. Air Force was trying to give America the upper hand. Also in 1974, a young man named Paul Koester decided that he wanted to join the world’s…

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D-M Airmen march in Tucson Veterans Day Parade

TUCSON, Ariz. — Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base participated in the Tucson Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11. A formation of more than 100 Airmen, consisting of D-M Honor Guardsmen, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians in full gear and Airmen from various units, marched in the streets of downtown Tucson. “I was able to…

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AF veterans reveal what Veterans Day means to them

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. (AFNS) — The day when nearly 70 bullets riddled his Sikorsky HH-3E “Jolly Green Giant” rescue helicopter as his crew tried to save two Airmen during the Vietnam War remains vivid for retired Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Richardson. It was March 14, 1968, and Richardson, a flight engineer at the time,…

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Bone pins by day, bowling pins by night

Posted  November 10, 2015

Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas — The uniform: an unequivocal symbol of what an Airman stands for, where their loyalties lie, and who they’ve pledged their allegiance too. The people behind the uniform, however, are as diverse as the nations they originate. Born in Toluca, Mexico, Senior Airman Javier Perez, 47th Medical Support Squadron diagnostic…

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Warfighter of the week: Capt. Jeff Shi

Posted  November 9, 2015

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz — — Capt. Jeff Shi, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) operations research analyst, was recognized as the Warfighter of the Week, October 19, 2015. Shi, a native of Austin, Texas, has been serving in the Air Force for 4 years. After graduating high school, he attended the University of…

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Weapons-minded warriors converge at 162nd Wing

Posted  November 9, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – — Warfighters from throughout the Air Reserve Component (ARC) gathered for the 34th annual ARC Weapons and Tactics Council Oct. 19-23 at the Tucson International Airport and Davis-Monthan AFB, home of the conference hosts Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center, the 162nd Wing, and the 355th Fighter Wing. This…

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Luke veteran survives three wars, plane crash

Posted  November 9, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — “I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy would use to transport supplies so I figured I might…

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A new star at the 162nd Wing

Posted  November 9, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. — Sealing his new rank as an Air National Guard brigadier general, junior enlisted personnel pinned silver stars onto the shoulders of the 162nd Wing Commander during a promotion ceremony Nov. 7 at the Tucson International Airport. Brig. Gen. Phil Purcell accepted his new rank in front of more than 1,000 Airmen and distinguished guests,…

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