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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…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Staci Miller) Veterans

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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History is not for me

Posted  February 21, 2013

Whenever I fill out a form that asks me about my race, I take pride in marking the box labeled African American/Black. I am proud of my skin tone; my ethnicity; and to the extent that my knowledge of it allows me, my heritage; but I am not that fond of African American/Black History month….

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It’s ORI “go time”

Posted  March 8, 2012

After nearly 18 months of preparation and a sustained deployment tempo, Desert Lightning Team units face off in their 2012 Air Combat Command Operational Readiness Inspection. The ACC Inspector General team will assess D-M’s ability to generate aircraft, cargo and personnel for deployment through a Phase I ORI here March 11 to 16. “It’s go…

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Davis-Monthan Movie Schedule

Posted  March 22, 2012

Adults – $3.25 Children – $2 FRIDAY Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 7 p.m. (PG), starring Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson SATURDAY Safe House, 7 p.m. (R), starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds SUNDAY Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 2 p.m. (PG), starring Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson

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Happenings around Tucson

Posted  March 22, 2012

Spring Training Game: Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers  March 23 Game start: 1:05 p.m., gates open at 11:30 a.m. Major League Spring Training is returning to Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, March 23 at 1:05 p.m. when the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers play a charity game to benefit the…

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Local Briefs March 23, 2012

Posted  March 22, 2012

2012 Air Force Assistance Fund kick-off breakfast Davis-Monthan AFB will kick off our AFAF season with a breakfast March 26 at the Mirage Club, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Come join us for a traditional breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, biscuits and all the fixings. Share in camaraderie with base leadership and fellow personnel assigned to…

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D-M Exchange to hold semi-annual wireless sale

Posted  March 22, 2012

The proliferation and popularity of apps on mobile phones continue to grow at an incredible rate. And, according to a recent Exchange poll, military members, with their mobile lifestyle, have a higher propensity to use these tools. As a result, their need for the latest in mobile technology is even greater. To meet military consumers’…

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Official offers tips to beat summer moving rush

Posted  March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON – With military moving season about to kick into high gear, officials are urging service members to book their moving dates early and to remain as flexible as possible when doing so. Careful planning is vital to ensuring a smooth move, especially during the busiest season, John Johnson, branch chief for the personal property…

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Air Force changes name of MC-130J

Posted  March 22, 2012

Ashley M. Wright Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) ““ Officials announced a popular name change for the MC130J here March 9 that honors the Air Commando legacy and capitalizes on the versatility of the aircraft. “Air Force Special Operation…

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Health & Safety

Air Force changes fitness statements in performance reports policy

Posted  March 22, 2012

Revisions to the Air Force fitness program took effect July 1, 2010. These modifications, improvements and upgrades brought about some of the most significant changes to fitness standards in the last five years and shift a greater level of responsibility for maintaining year-round physical fitness to all Airmen.  The Air Force Fitness Program goal is…

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F-35 reaches critical juncture after strong year, official says

Posted  March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program — the centerpiece of future tactical aviation and a key to implementing new military strategic guidance — made strong progress in its development last year, a defense official said today. Frank Kendall, the acting undersecretary of defense…

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