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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…

(U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Jack Braden) World

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…

(Air Force photos by Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu) Health & Safety

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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DOD leaders: budget deadlock could spark readiness crisis

Posted  February 7, 2013

Issuing perhaps their strongest warnings yet, Pentagon leaders yesterday said the budget impasse threatens to create a military readiness crisis.

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D-M spouse in military spouse of the year contest

Posted  February 7, 2013

D-M’s very own Marcelina Chambers has won military spouse of the year for the base. She is currently in the running for the Air Force wide distinction. Chambers has been a military spouse for more than eleven years, as well as a mother of two daughters, Renatta Raquel, 7, and Sariah Martina, 3. During the…

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Free pre-screening of “Inside Combat Rescue” Feb. 8

Posted  February 7, 2013

The Air Force has only about 600 combat rescue personnel. D-M hosts two elite combat rescue groups, the active duty 563rd Rescue Group and the Air Force Reserve’s 943rd Rescue Group. They are both comprised of operational, support, and maintenance Airmen and “Guardian Angels” formally known as pararescuemen. They are trained to extract isolated personnel…

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MilPDS to shut down for upgrades

Posted  February 7, 2013

The Military Personnel Data System will be shut down for upgrades and migration to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center March 4-27. Airmen who are PCSing, retiring, separating, re-enlisting or extending in the month of March must complete all related actions before the scheduled upgrades. “Members are asked to be proactive and…

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Veterans

Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted  February 7, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” instead of an expiration date. Since December, retiree cards issued have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will take effect based on…

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AF implements voluntary FY13 force management programs

Posted  February 7, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal year 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. Announced in the January release of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013, the authorized active duty Air Force end-strength is 329,460; a reduction…

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New surcharge on Visa purchases

Posted  February 7, 2013

Armed Forces News Service   WASHINGTON — As of January 27, merchants in the United States and U.S. Territories are permitted to impose a surcharge on any credit card transaction that uses a MasterCard or Visa branded card, which includes the Government Travel Charge Card, both Individually Billed Accounts (IBAs) and Centrally Billed Accounts (CBAs)….

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Enlisted Airmen overcome most stressful job of 2013

Posted  February 7, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Are you feeling stressed yet? If not, you may soon feel the pressure. According to a report published by CNBC.com, “Enlisted Military Personnel” tops the chart for the most stressful job of 2013. As a new lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, my stress may be coming from…

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Watching your wingmen

Posted  February 7, 2013

As military members, it is everyone’s job to watch out for each other. See an Airman with a jacked-up uniform, fix it for them. The same is true if someone knows an Airman who may be showing signs of contemplating suicide. According to the Associated Press, the number of Air Force suicides in 2012 was…

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A chief’s recollection

Posted  February 7, 2013

Chief Master Sgt. Dawna Cnota, 355th Fighter Wing command chief master sergeant, joined the Air Force 27 years ago as security police law enforcement, now known as security forces.

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