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Thunderbolt bounces back after belly landingThunderbolt bounces back after belly landing

On the evening of Sept. 30, an A-10 stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was coming back to base for a routine landing after completing a standard sortie. Just when everything seemed to be going as planned, disaster struck! The main landing gear failed to extend, putting the pilot in a tough spot. During an…

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Down and out at Dyess: Air Force Assistance Fund to the rescue

It was scary, leaving home and joining an organization such as the United States Air Force. The people, job, and location were all brand new. When I joined the military, I came from a less than honorable home life.  I come from a single family household and my brother left my sister and me as…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Staci Miller) Veterans

Chief serves beyond active-duty

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — John Burden retired as a chief master sergeant more than 18 years ago, but he never stopped serving his country and community. “As I was parking at the Veteran’s Association clinic, I saw a gentleman across the street get out of an old rickety van,” Burden said. “He was an amputee…

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D-M Airman: I am an IRONMAN

On Nov. 16th, Senior Airman Daniel Hughes, 355th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, tested his fitness limits and participated in IRONMAN Arizona. IRONMAN Arizona is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim around Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Ariz., followed by a 112-mile bike ride which consists of a three loop course that heads out of…

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Click, Click, Boom!

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It all begins with a duck-face, a peace sign and a selfie. From there, a photo taken in front of the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Wherever is posted to Airman Duck-face’s Facebook wall. It is shared by crazy Aunt Jane, who passes it along to Cousin Joey. Joey is…


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Local

Heroes Day for Open House a success

Posted  April 19, 2012

More than 500 local people with disabilities or special needs were on the flight line April 13, the day before the Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona 2012 Open House to watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other performers practice their routines. Heroes Day was organized by the base to accommodate representatives of the local…

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Salutes & Awards

Tech Sgt. Angela Blue receives the Purple Heart Medal

Posted  April 19, 2012

U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Camilla Griffin/Released U.S. Air Force Col. John Cherry, 355th Fighter Wing commander, awards Tech Sgt. Angela Blue, non-commissioned officer-in-charge of education and training, the Purple Heart and the Combat Action medal here April 13. Sergeant Blue was accompanied by her husband, Master Sgt. Christopher Blue, 755th aircraft…

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Events

Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona brings fun and flight to Tucson Skies

Posted  April 19, 2012

More than 130,000 people converged on Davis-Monthan AFB April 14 and 15 to watch a spectacular display of aeronautic stunts and tour...

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Events

Local Briefs April 27, 2012

Posted  April 26, 2012

AFA holds 28th annual golf tournament The Tucson Chapter of the Air Force Association is scheduled to have their 28th annual “scramble golf tournament” at the D-M golf course May 4 at 12:30 p.m. Entry forms are available at the D-M Pro Shop. Profits from this event are used to annually support a wide variety…

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Sports

Davis-Monthan Women’s Golf Association wraps-up regular season

Posted  April 26, 2012

The Davis-Monthan Women’s Golf Association completed its regular season’s play this month. On April 18, awards and prizes were presented to the members. The 2012 Commander’s Cup winner was Cleo Elve. This three-day tournament was…

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Out and About in Arizona Tombstone: The town too tough to die

Posted  April 26, 2012

The most famous event in Tombstone’s history, the famed Gunfight at the OK Corral will be re-enacted this weekend, April 28-29. On October 26, 1881, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan Earp with help from Wyatt’s friend Doc Holliday took 24 seconds and…

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World

Holocaust survivor: ‘You’re the last generation that will hear from us’

Posted  April 26, 2012

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — To this day, 77-year-old Marion Blumenthal Lazan feels a strong sense of fear when she sees a German Shepard. It takes her back to that cold, rainy night in 1944 when she arrived at Bergen-Belsen…

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Events

Chapel to host COPE Roadshow

Posted  April 26, 2012

The Base Chapel will host the COPE Roadshow May 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Roadshow is an on-base compact version of the COPE retreats that many are familiar with. It is designed to prepare deploying Airmen and their families for separation as well as foster reintegration through social activities and marriage enrichment…

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Health & Safety

Officials explain new sexual assault policies

Posted  April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON – Senior Defense Department officials said they hope more service members who are victims of sexual assault report the crimes as a result of a policy change Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced last week. Panetta issued guidance April 20 withholding “initial disposition authority” from any officer who is below the O-6 — colonel…

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Diamond Sharp April 27, 2012

Posted  April 26, 2012

Senior Airman Marc Bates, 355 AMXS Senior Airman Marc Bates, 355 AMXS First Sergeants:  Master Sgt. Miranda and Master Sgt. Allyn Duty Title: Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice When joined the AF: Dec. 9, 2008 Hometown: New Haven, MO Hobbies: Sports, fitness, and continuing his education Selection Reasons: Airman Bates has an average of 99.15 for his…

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