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Arizona Airmen memorialize fallen Iraqi fighter pilot

Members of the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing honored the life and memory of Iraqi Air Force Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sideeq Hasan during a memorial service here July 7. Hasan died June 24 after his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Douglas, Arizona, during a night training mission.  He trained with Air Guard members…

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Viper Demo Team pilot ‘Rockets’ to new heights

  SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — An F-16CM Fighting Falcon shoots into the air, flying at a speed of 400 knots as it is pulled through various maneuvers to demonstrate its capabilities. Maneuvering the aircraft through inversions, undergoing eight to nine times the force of gravity, and pushing the F-16 to its limits is Capt. Craig…

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Working group to study implications of transgender service

WASHINGTON – A Defense Department working group will study the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly in the military, and its work will presume they can do so unless objective and practical impediments are identified, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today. In a statement announcing the working group, Carter said…

(U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Commentary

Run to the Sound of the Guns…Be a Servant Leader

Many of us have seen the best and worst in leadership throughout the course of our careers as Airmen. Usually we can think of two names, one good and one bad, that personify each bound of the leadership spectrum. This reality leads to the fact that even though we are called to be leaders in…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Local

Fuel systems repair hangar officially opens

The 355th Component Maintenance Squadron’s joint fuel cell repair hangar ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 13. The facility was constructed to improve efficiency within the joint fuel cell leading to the reduction in man hours and operating costs. The new hangar is Air Combat Command’s largest aircraft fuel systems repair section. It supports eight…


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Family servicemembers’ group life insurance benefit changes

Posted  May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Service members married to other service members are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program, Pentagon officials said. The change was effective Jan. 2, and to date affects about 4,500 service members, Coast Guard Cmdr. Kristen Martin, who heads the Defense Department’s SGLI policy office, said in an interview…

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SecAF announces departure

Posted  May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley has announced his plan to step down June 21 as the Air Force’s top civilian after serving for nearly five years. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve with our Air Force’s great Airmen,” Donley said. “Their accomplishments have been nothing short of impressive and…

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Events

May 2013 is Career Month at Davis-Monthan AFB

Posted  May 2, 2013

The DMAFB Annual Career Fair will be held on Tues, May 21, from 10am to 2pm at the Mirage Club. Representatives from numerous local and national companies, including state and federal government agencies, will be on hand to provide information on career opportunities with their respective organizations.  The Airman & Family Readiness Center will be…

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Health & Safety

Free defense class offered to women

Posted  May 2, 2013

The 355th Security Forces Squadron and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program offer a free basic self-defense class here about once a month The Rape Aggression Defense Systems class teaches women realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques against various types of assault.

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D-M, military retirees have $1.6 billion impact on local community

Posted  May 2, 2013

D-M and military retirees circulated approximately $1.6 billion and helped create more than 4,680 jobs in the local area, according to D-M’s Fiscal Year 2012 Economic Impact Analysis, released here April 26. The EIA, an annual publication, is designed to inform the community of personnel assigned or employed at the base; annual payroll of all…

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Local Briefs May 10, 2013

Posted  May 9, 2013

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. Summer Camp for Youth with Autism There is still time left to register for Tucson Alliance for Autism Summer Day Camps.  The Explorer Camps are for children ages…

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Faith in captivity: Vietnam War POW inspires Airmen

Posted  May 9, 2013

MILWAUKEE (AFNS) — With his hands bound in manacles, an imprisoned Air Force pilot watched from his bamboo holding cell as North Vietnamese soldiers moved a wounded American prisoner into the cell across from his. The pilot was shocked at the man’s appearance; his fingers were raw and his body was emaciated. His whole body was covered…

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The primary instructor

Posted  May 9, 2013

When a new recruit arrives at basic training, their first introduction to what an Airman should be is their military training instructor. They teach them everything from customs and courtesies, to uniform standards, to drill. Master Sgt. Tibetha Pascal, 355th Force Support Squadron acting first sergeant, spent five years shaping the future of the Air…

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Airmen weather Bagram

Posted  May 9, 2013

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – No one can control the weather, but the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron weather flight makes a great effort to control its effect on operations here.

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Salutes & Awards

Test center welcomes new commander; praises ‘Total Force Integration’

Posted  May 9, 2013

An Air Guard command pilot took the reins as commander of the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC) at the 162nd Fighter Wing after a change-of-command ceremony here May 3.

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