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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…

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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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Air Force releases results of health and welfare inspection

Posted  January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force released the results of the service-wide health and welfare inspections that were completed in an effort to emphasize an environment of respect, trust and professionalism in the workplace. “Every Airman deserves to be treated with respect. They also deserve to work in a professional environment,” said Gen. Mark A….

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Physical fitness: Struggle between mind, body, pain

Posted  January 24, 2013

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) — Losing weight isn’t easy. It took almost five months to accomplish my goal of losing 40 pounds.

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Go for a ride with Outdoor Recreation

Posted  January 24, 2013

Looking for a new way to enjoy Tucson? Mountain biking is a great way to explore the local area as well as a good workout. Outdoor Recreation offers bikes to rent and occasionally teaches a mountain bike & maintenance course. “The course teaches Airmen how to take care of a bike, change a tire, shift…

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Military, civilian blood donors provide ‘gift of life’

Posted  January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON – January is National Blood Donor Month and Defense Department employees are encouraged to “roll up their sleeves and give the gift of life,” said Air Force Col. Richard McBride, Armed Services Blood Program director. The military blood program also celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, with “60 Years of Donors — We Thank…

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Air Force officials aim to eliminate sexual assault

Posted  January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Following a nine-month investigation into sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, the Air Force has implemented a comprehensive program aimed at eliminating sexual assault, senior Air Force leaders told Congress today. Air Force Chief Of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Air Force Gen. Edward A. Rice…

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Warfighters discuss mission at WEPTAC

Posted  January 24, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Approximately 670 warfighters from across the combat Air Force gathered during the Weapons and Tactics conference hosted by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center to discuss…

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D-M offers respite care to families

Posted  January 24, 2013

The U.S. Air Force Exceptional Family Program has established a quality respite care program for families with children having special need and who are enrolled in the EFMP. The EFMP Respite Care is specially designed for Air Force families who have children diagnosed with moderate or severe special needs. This care is free to eligible…

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Team of Airmen to attempt Mount Everest climb

Posted  January 24, 2013

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — Four Air Force Academy graduates may be busy preparing to climb the world’s highest peak in May, but they haven’t forgotten where mountaineering first began for them: here, climbing Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks as cadets. A team of six seasoned Air Force mountaineers; currently stationed in Colorado, Alabama, Florida,…

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Well-Baby doctor visits: why they’re so important

Posted  January 24, 2013

You’ve missed your baby’s scheduled well-baby doctor exam; should you be concerned? Your baby isn’t sick, so it’s not that important … is it? Because babies grow so quickly, regular well-baby doctor visits help keep them happy and healthy. Wellness visits start two days after discharge from the hospital and should continue on the following…

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Pentagon to lift rule excluding women from combat

Posted  January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to announce the lifting of the direct combat exclusion rule for women in the military, a senior defense official said today. The policy change will begin a process in which the services…

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