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D-M puts its agencies to the test

An aircraft crash training exercise was held at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range here Feb. 19. The simulated crash site was scattered throughout a two mile radius. “The idea was to test the base’s capabilities to respond to an aircraft crash incident with a mass-casualty piece involved,” said Master Sgt. Mark Molineaux, 355th…

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Don’t underestimate the importance of sacrifices

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my wife, for better…

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New Airmen get their bearings

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — New Airmen go through a whirlwind of activities during the transformation of civilian to active duty Airman, which can be a confusing process. Lucky for new Airmen, there’s the First Term Airmen Center to catch them when they land at their first duty station. FTAC is a five-day program…

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Riding for the future of cycling

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Following a full day of work developing Air Force models, Maj. Ian Holt, the Headquarters Air Force Space Command vault concepts lead, mounts his Felt bicycle and starts pedaling on a three-hour training ride. It’s all part of the regimen prescribed by his coach leading up to the…

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Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers take training, skill and precise decisions to execute. The most recent flown in the area was the Super Bowl flyover, where the Thunderbirds, officially known as…


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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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The “Last One” departs

Posted  April 26, 2013

Courtesy Photo Eddie Caro, crew chief on F-4 Phantom tail number 68-0599, launches the final F-4 delivery to BAE Systems in Mojave, Calif., from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. BAE Systems will convert the aircraft into a drone and eventually deliver the jet to Tyndall AFB, Fla. The final F-4 regenerated from storage at the 309th…

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Local Briefs May 3, 2013

Posted  May 2, 2013

CCAF Graduation Thursday, May 9, 2 p.m. – Mirage Club Congratulations to our CCAF graduates! Legal Office Closure The Legal Office will be closed May 17, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Legal will also be closed May 23 – 27. Retired Officers’ Spouses Club The Tucson Retired Officers’ Spouses Club will hold its…

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Health & Safety

Loving boyfriend or worst enemy?

Posted  May 2, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Would you be strong enough to make it out alive? Staff Sgt. Evon Pretulak, 366th Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity director, was one of the lucky ones who did. There are many reasons to join the military; however, for most, falling victim to domestic violence isn’t one of them. Never thinking…

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What goes down the stormdrain will come up

Posted  May 2, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Do you know what is going down your storm drain? Rain storms can flush the smallest amounts of pollutants from parking lots, streets, driveways, pressure washing activities or lawns and send them into the storm drain system that eventually ends up in rivers, streams and lakes. Ultimately, these pollutants can migrate…

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Air Force spouse’s children’s book helps families

Posted  May 2, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Deployments can mean long days and nights for the families who are left behind, but there are ways to ease the pain of separation and maintain a normal routine. The wife of an Air Force brigadier general, who knows the stressors of deployment well, has used her family’s experiences as the…

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Veterans

First Lady announces certification plan for veteran jobs

Posted  May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — First Lady Michelle Obama today unveiled the new Information Technology Training and Certification Partnership to put thousands of service members to work with industry-recognized IT certifications in hand before they leave the military. Obama, who made the announcement at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing at the White House, said a…

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Students tour D-M squadrons

Posted  May 2, 2013

First grade students from the Family Life Academy of Tucson paid a visit to the installation April 23. More than 20 students, along with family members, visited the 358th Fighter Squadron and the 55th Rescue Squadron to get an inside look at their mission. “It was around first grade that I decided I wanted to…

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Knowledge, tips help with PT test prep

Posted  May 2, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Physical fitness is a priority in the Air Force. While some Airmen dread taking physical fitness tests, there are ways to prepare for it. “One mistake I see from time to time are Airmen who do not prepare ahead of time for their physical fitness test, which can lead to either…

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Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes

Posted  May 2, 2013

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life of the party, James Madison does not fit some perceptions of a leader. In today’s world, he probably would have been perceived as a nerd. But, his brilliant mind and leadership skills now…

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