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Thunderbolt bounces back after belly landingThunderbolt bounces back after belly landing

On the evening of Sept. 30, an A-10 stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was coming back to base for a routine landing after completing a standard sortie. Just when everything seemed to be going as planned, disaster struck! The main landing gear failed to extend, putting the pilot in a tough spot. During an…

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Down and out at Dyess: Air Force Assistance Fund to the rescue

It was scary, leaving home and joining an organization such as the United States Air Force. The people, job, and location were all brand new. When I joined the military, I came from a less than honorable home life.  I come from a single family household and my brother left my sister and me as…

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Chief serves beyond active-duty

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — John Burden retired as a chief master sergeant more than 18 years ago, but he never stopped serving his country and community. “As I was parking at the Veteran’s Association clinic, I saw a gentleman across the street get out of an old rickety van,” Burden said. “He was an amputee…

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D-M Airman: I am an IRONMAN

On Nov. 16th, Senior Airman Daniel Hughes, 355th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, tested his fitness limits and participated in IRONMAN Arizona. IRONMAN Arizona is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim around Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Ariz., followed by a 112-mile bike ride which consists of a three loop course that heads out of…

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Click, Click, Boom!

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It all begins with a duck-face, a peace sign and a selfie. From there, a photo taken in front of the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Wherever is posted to Airman Duck-face’s Facebook wall. It is shared by crazy Aunt Jane, who passes it along to Cousin Joey. Joey is…


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Trainer inspired to change people’s lives

Posted  September 15, 2013

Looking at Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist supervisor, one sees a strong, muscular, fit man. But, he says he wasn’t always that way.

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Salutes & Awards

Stay focused, don’t punch out

Posted  September 15, 2013

Military aircraft go through vigorous inspections, daily, to ensure air crew safety, but what happens when an aircraft experiences malfunctions during flight? One D-M Airmen was faced with this situation.

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Health & Safety

New bone marrow clinic opens at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center

Posted  September 15, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center took a step forward in the assistance of bone marrow treatments across the world by opening a bone marrow clinic. Of the 30,000 people in need of a bone marrow transplant each year, 500 are Department of Defense members. “By establishing the program here,…

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Local Briefs September 13, 2013

Posted  September 15, 2013

355 EMS Munitions Flight to conduct inventory assessment NOTICE TO ALL MUNITIONS FLIGHT CUSTODIANS/CUSTOMERS: The 355 EMS Munitions Flight will be conducting a 100% Munitions Stockpile Inventory Sept. 13. Only Emergency requests submitted in writing and approved by the MXG Commander will be supported. Direct any questions to Munitions Operations at 228-8274. Youth Flag Football…

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Airmen to be nominated for special duties

Posted  September 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team rehearses for the 57th Presidential Inaugural on Jan. 11, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Assignment to base honor guards will now be a vetted nomination process. LANGLEY AFB, Va. — Approved changes to the Air Force special duty program will…

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America’s warriors compete

Posted  September 6, 2013

The subjects of this story have chosen to omit their full names for operational security. One percent of the American population joins the military, and an even smaller percentage of that number serves in special operations forces. Being part of such a distinctive career field brings with it a certain set of survival and triage…

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Airmen make a difference with Awana

Posted  September 6, 2013

Courtesy Photo Awana volunteers play a game at Davis-Monthan. Awana volunteers can be spouses, services members or DoD employees. Are you looking for a way to serve your community in a positive way? The Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed group may be the thing for you. The organization derives its name from the Bible verse…

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AF tuition assistance application window delayed for FY14

Posted  September 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Airmen applying for tuition assistance in fiscal 2014 will see several changes in both eligibility for and administration of the program. Due to these changes, the application window for classes beginning on or after Oct. 1 will not open until Sept. 9 to allow for system updates. This program is applicable to Guard and…

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Same-sex spouses eligible for join spouse, accompanied assignments

Posted  September 6, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force military members with same-sex active duty spouses are now eligible for join spouse assignment consideration and those with a civilian same-sex spouse are now eligible for command sponsorship consideration, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Following a June 26 Supreme Court decision finding Section 3 of…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Name/Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Daniel O. Trudeau / 355 CES First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Bill Fortenberry Duty title: Structures Shop Chief When joined the Air Force: Nov. 19, 2002 Hometown: Onawa, Iowa Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, old Chevy muscle cars Selection Reasons: Tech. Sgt. Trudeau is one of Civil Engineering’s most stellar NCO’s. He led his…

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