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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…

(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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Commissaries Support Military Spouses

Posted  May 24, 2013

FORT LEE – With more than 4,000 spouses employed in commissaries worldwide, May 10, Military Spouse Day, has special meaning to the Defense Commissary Agency. Military spouses make up 28 percent of the commissaries’ worldwide workforce, a notable statistic considering the demands of military life. “Military life is very mobile, and it can be hard…

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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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