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Extraordinary effort regardless of outcome

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Imagine a 5-year-old boy chasing grasshoppers at a camp site. He wanders too far. Darkness falls, and he is lost. A storm is brewing in the sky above, and the camping party turns into a search party. When this scenario unfolded earlier this month, six U.S. Air Force Reserve…

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D-M conducts Meet and Greet at local high school

TUCSON, Ariz. — A community event was held at Rincon High School Wednesday. The Meet and Greet event allowed members of the Tucson community to interact with their neighboring Airmen and learn about the mission of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “We learned a little bit about what you guys do behind the scenes that not necessarily everyone…

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Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at Academy

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Franklin Macon’s first flight took place as a child in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when he jumped off a chicken coop while holding on to fake wings. Despite…

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‘I Will Wait’ Tells Stories of Generations of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON — America sends its sons and daughters to war, and a new play titled “I Will Wait” looks at the effect of these deployments across the generations. The brainchild of Amy Uptgraft, the play connects the experiences of spouses from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Uptgraft wrote…

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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.


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SAVAHCS receives Performance Excellence Trophy

Posted  May 24, 2013

VA Under Secretary for Health Robert A. Petzel, M.D. (right) presents the Robert W. Carey “Trophy Award” for Excellence to Jonathan H. Gardner (center), MPA, FACHE, Director for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS), as Robert D. Snyder, VA Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning looks on (left).  The formal presentation was…

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Klomp Award highlights Dutch, 162nd alliance during demo training

Posted  May 24, 2013

When the Netherlands Detachment Tucson Arizona (NTDA) here at the 162nd Fighter Wing require a high level of professionalism in supporting their training mission, they count on the Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) in collaboration with the 148th Fighter Squadron to successfully negotiate the challenges of preparing pilots for battle. Once a year, however, members of…

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First of its kind: Enlisted mission planning course graduates weapons school

Posted  May 24, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The first-ever course taught at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School for enlisted intelligence professionals, the Advanced Enlisted Mission Planning Course, graduated six enlisted students for class 13-1 here May 17. When these Airmen return to their home units, they will work closely with their intelligence weapons officers and chiefs of…

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Pilot for a day

Posted  May 24, 2013

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s Pilot for a Day program invites children in the local community who have catastrophic illnesses to be a guest of the 355th Fighter Wing and one of Davis-Monthans flying squadrons for an entire day. On May 16, the 79th Rescue Squadron hosted Abrium Reyes, a 10-year-old Tucsonan recovering from Acute Lymphoblastic…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  May 24, 2013

Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Josiah Gevry / 25 OWS, Bravo Flight First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Marc Miller Duty Title: Shift Supervisor When joined the Air Force: Aug. 24, 2010 Hometown: Killingly, Connecticut Hobbies: Cross Fit, Tom Brady, New England Patriots Selection Reasons: Senior Airman Gevry was hand-selected for Shift Supervisor. He leads a five person team…

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Green Knights MMC hosts ride for safety

Posted  May 24, 2013

The Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club chapter at D-M is hosting a guided motorcycle tour to Bisbee, Ariz. May 23. The tour is part of the Green Knights’ annual safety day ride. There have been many accidents already this year, and the ride is being held to help reduce those accidents. Any U.S. military member,…

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DLT members help kids reach new heights

Posted  May 24, 2013

U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin John Brauneis, a flight instructor, shows Wright Flight student how to board a Beech Bonanza A36 at Tucson International Airport, May 18. Brauneis is a volunteer pilot for Wright Flight. Wright Flight took its last participant of the year up for their graduation flight May 18,…

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Unit deployment manager now special duty position

Posted  May 24, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Unit deployment manager is now a two-year-controlled special duty assignment (identifier 8U000); a change Air Force officials say will help professionalize the position and improve deployment program continuity. In past the UDM retained his or her Air Force specialty code, and even though UDMs were working outside of their specialty,…

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Where’s the money coming from?

Posted  May 24, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore A contractor fills a hole around a plant in the construction area of the walking plaza to be built here. Though the walking plaza is being built now, it was paid for with money from the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. When sequestration hit, the Department of…

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Memorial Day — More than just a day off from work

Posted  May 24, 2013

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany  — Memorial Day is a young holiday, peculiarly observed. If you have not served on a detail, volunteered for Honor Guard, or flown a missing man formation over a military ceremony on Memorial Day, you may primarily associate this holiday with the running the Indianapolis 500, the beginning of our 101 Critical…

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