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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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Events

Local Briefs October 11, 2013

Posted  October 10, 2013

Officers’ Spouses’ Club to meet Oct. 17, 11 a.m. – The Mirage Club Join the Officers’ Spouses’ in playing Bunko on October 17 at the “Bookno” Luncheon.  11 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Mirage Club.  Reservations required by October 14.  Go to www.dmosc.org to make a reservation. Society of Military Widows to meet Oct. 19,…

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Work schedules, benefits, back to normal for ACC civilians

Posted  October 10, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., — Civilians across Air Combat Command returned to work with pay and benefits Oct. 7, following implementation of the Pay our Military Act, or POMA. ACC furloughed a total of approximately 7,500 civilians Oct. 1-4 as part of the federal government’s partial shutdown. “POMA allows us to provide pay and allowances for civilians…

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Health & Safety

New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

Posted  October 10, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents…

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Remembering Special Agent Wieger

Posted  October 10, 2013

Tech Sgt. Ken Meyers, 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Aircraft personnel group assistant section chief, is coordinating a ruck march in honor of Special Agent David Wieger Nov. 2, 8 a.m. at Tumamoc Hill. Special Agent David Wieger was killed when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device November 1, 2007, in the vicinity…

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Salutes & Awards

Law establishes day to honor Tuskegee Airmen

Posted  October 10, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — He was 17 years old when he became part of an experiment allowing blacks to fly in the Army Air Forces. What he didn’t know then was he would be a part of history. Retired Lt. Col. Robert Ashby, 87, was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen who served during World…

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Veterans

WW II Veteran returns to D-M’s Chapel after nearly 70 Years

Posted  October 10, 2013

A World War II B-29 Superfortress Army pilot visited the base chapel Oct. 1. Thomas Fabian and his wife, Isabel Fabian, returned to D-M for the first time since 1945 to visit the chapel they were married in 68 year ago. Chaplain Raymond Boyer greeted the Fabians and gave them a tour of the chapel…

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Fisher House steps forward to aid DOD in paying death benefits

Posted  October 10, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Fisher House Foundation has stepped in to aid the Defense Department so families of fallen service members can receive the full set of benefits they have been promised, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said here today. The Fisher House Foundation and DOD entered an agreement that includes the $100,000 death gratuity payment….

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Vegas: also family friendly

Posted  October 10, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Popular culture has painted an image of Las Vegas as an adult playground filled with booze, exotic dancers and mobsters. But in recent years, the people of “Sin City” have added fun, wholesome attractions in and out of the brightly lit casinos to change the town’s image into a family-friendly one….

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp October 11, 2013

Posted  October 10, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Richard Marshall / 755 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Brian Young Duty Title:   Electrical Environmental Apprentice When joined the AF: Oct. 10, 2012 Hometown:  Orlando, Fla. Hobbies: Martial Arts, Reading, Watching Documentaries, & Riding Motorcycle Selection Reasons: Airman 1st Class Brian Marshall has distinguished himself both as a basic training…

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To serve with honor

Posted  October 10, 2013

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — “FIRING PARTY! TENCH HUT! READUP HACE! … Not quite up to par. Start over.” That was about the tempo of my first week assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard. Welcome to the life of the new guy. I remember stepping through the front door of the honor…

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