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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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USAF Thunderbirds

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2014 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating their 61st season of flying. The precise, calculated maneuvers that make the Thunderbirds a fan favorite require the pilots to have…

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Arizona’s F-16 schoolhouse builds capable partners, strong bonds

Over European castles, Middle Eastern deserts and Pacific islands, F-16 fighter pilots are soaring in ever-increasing numbers. Their experiences, nationalities and cultures are different, but they share several common bonds. They are partners, they are friends and they learned to fly their F-16s at the Air National Guard base at Tucson International Airport. With more…

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AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER. During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop…

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Take on the Marine Challenge

Airmen test their strength and abilities through the ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ drill, here. The ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ Drill is one of three components of the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test and is designed to measure functional fitness in a combat environment. This course is mandatory for all Marines, however the 355th Force Support Squadron decided…


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From combat boots to cowboy boots

Posted  February 28, 2013

Few individuals readily exchange their combat boots for cowboy boots, and even fewer have donned a cowboy hat encircled with a crown, but Tech. Sgt. Lacey Johnson, a member of the 162nd Fighter Wing host aviation resource management office here, wears them all with pride, enthusiasm and love. A princess from the 2001 Tucson rodeo…

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Sitting down with World War II veterans

Posted  February 28, 2013

Throughout my career, I have volunteered several times. Most have been your standard bullet-worthy events; however, a recent opportunity caused me to look at volunteering in a whole new light. The event was an Honor Flight ceremony for World War II veterans held at the Pima Air and Space Museum. My job was to assist…

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Local Briefs March 1, 2013

Posted  February 28, 2013

Arizona Police & Fire Games registration open Arizona Police & Fire Games annual athletic competitions will run from April 10 – 13. The Games are open for all active duty and retired Law Enforcement, Fire, Military, and their immediate families. Registration is ongoing through the week prior to the event. The goal of the Games…

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Furnishing the fight to end veteran homelessness

Posted  February 21, 2013

Nearly 63,000 veterans were homeless on any given night in the U.S. last January. Members of the 355th Contracting Squadron and other base personnel volunteered their time late last month to help shrink the daunting number of homeless veterans in Tucson, Ariz. With one of the dorms on D-M set to be renovated, project managers…

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Wing leadership visits local veterans

Posted  February 21, 2013

The National Salute to Veteran’s Patient Program was held Feb. 10-16 this year. Several dignitaries including Davis-Monthan Air Force Base wing leadership visited The Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Feb. 12, giving thanks and respect to those who served in the United States military. The National Salute to Veteran’s is held during the week of Valentine’s…

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SecDef announces Distinguished Warfare Medal

Posted  February 21, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS)  — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has approved a new medal designed to recognize service members directly affecting combat operations who may not even be on the same continent as the action. The Distinguished Warfare Medal recognizes the changing face of warfare. In the past, few, if any, service members not actually in…

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2012 climate survey shows overall satisfaction with jobs, leaders

Posted  February 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — More than 163,000 Airmen voiced their opinions in the online Air Force Climate Survey conducted May 11 – June 22, with results indicating Airmen are satisfied with unit performance and trust their leaders, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. Conducted every two years, the climate survey is…

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AF implements enlisted date of separation rollback

Posted  February 21, 2013

The Air Force will implement the enlisted date of separation rollback program this fiscal year, in addition to several voluntary force management programs that were announced Feb. 5, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The rollback will accelerate the date of separation for senior master sergeants and below who meet required criteria, said Lt. Col….

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History is not for me

Posted  February 21, 2013

Whenever I fill out a form that asks me about my race, I take pride in marking the box labeled African American/Black. I am proud of my skin tone; my ethnicity; and to the extent that my knowledge of it allows me, my heritage; but I am not that fond of African American/Black History month….

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Some Exchange shoppers duped by fake car ads

Posted  February 21, 2013

DALLAS – An individual or individuals claiming to be “Exchange Inc.” have been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’re purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense (DoD) retailer. “This has been a problem for the past few months where someone is…

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