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U.S. Air Force Airman Zachary Stratton and Cristina Byrd, 355th Force Support Squadron guest service representatives, confirm a reservation at the Air Force Inns at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 19, 2017. The guest service desk takes reservations, checks guests in and out of lodging, and provides directions to new guests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley N. Steffen) D-M lodging up for Innkeeper Award
The Air Force Inns at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., will be evaluated starting June 8, 2017, for the annual Innkeeper Award. The award program encourages innkeepers to improve their management and operation of lodging facilities at the 95 major Air Force bases worldwide. The competing bases are separated into two categories, large or small based on lodging size.
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U.S. Senior Airman Justin Macken (left), and Staff Sgt. Alex Albrecht, crew chiefs with the 447th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, speak with the A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot during a pre-flight check April 5, 2017, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Pre-flight checks are accomplished to ensure the aircraft is prepared for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devin M. Rumbaugh) 447 crew chiefs keep A-10s soaring

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Tony Blauer, founder of Blauer Tactical Systems Inc., instructs Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists during a week-long Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response System course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 27, 2017. The SPEAR System takes advantage of the human body’s startle/flinch mechanism to convert an aggressor’s attack into a tactical counter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski) SERE meets SPEAR: Specialists convene for unique combative course
Your transport aircraft has just crashed in a remote and hostile environment. You and only a handful of other troops have survived the crash. As you survey the surroundings, you notice a crowd of local inhabitants running toward the wreckage screaming wildly, with brows furrowed and fists clenched. The level of fear inside you begins to skyrocket. You’re now scanning the crowd for its weakest links, trying to formulate a progressive strategy with the little time you have before they make contact. Which combative system are you most confident to employ in order to save your own life? Self-defense is a major component of support provided by Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists to troops who have a high risk of isolation in theater, such as downed-pilots and operators. Late last month, SERE specialists across the 23d Wing, along with Pararescuemen from the 68th Formal Training Unit convened at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., to attend a one-week personal defense course led by a special guest.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rachel Merriman, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection craftsman, receives her promotion certificate at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 19, 2017. Merriman was hand-selected by her leadership to be promoted through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program. (courtesy photo) STEP above the rest
Staff Sgt. Rachel Merriman, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection craftsman, was recently promoted to the rank of technical sergeant, but she didn't receive her stripe in the usual fashion. Merriman was hand-selected by her leadership to be promoted through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program.
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A plaque is dedicated to retired Air Force Lt. Col. Leo K. Thorsness in the 355th Fighter Wing headquarters building, named Leo K. Thorsness Hall, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 4, 2017. Thorsness, one of 14 Vietnam-era Air Force members to receive the Medal of Honor, died May 2 in Jacksonville, Fla., at the age of 85. Leo Thorsness, Medal of Honor recipient, dies
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Leo K. Thorsness, Medal of Honor recipient, and previous member of the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron, died at a hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., May 2. According to Thorsness' Medal of Honor citation, on April 19, 1967, he was on a surface-to-air missile suppression mission in North Vietnam that resulted in one of his wingmen getting shot down. After engaging and destroying one MiG-17, Thorsness thwarted an additional attack by four more MiG-17s.
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An MC-130H Combat Talon II and crew briefly visited the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group from Hurlburt Field, Fla., opening its doors to 309th AMARG workers currently refurbishing C-130 outer wing sets for the MC-130H and AC-130 sustainment program at Robins AFB, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo) 309th AMARG applauded for valuable AFSOC support
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Gregory Ferguson, the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), along with an MC-130H Talon II aircraft and its crew, recently visited the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) to recognize and pay tribute to the group’s contribution to the AFSOC mission.
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U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Campbell, 355th Fighter Wing commander, lights a candle during a Holocaust remembrance ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 24, 2017. The ceremony was held to honor the 6 million Jews and millions of others that lost their lives during the Holocaust. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Giovanni Sims) Holocaust survivors share their stories with D-M
Five Holocaust survivors shared their stories during the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Desert Dove Chapel here, April 24. The ceremony invited Airmen to listen to personal stories of Holocaust survivors, and to participate in a candle lighting to memorialize the 6 million Jews and millions of others that lost their lives during the genocide
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U.S. Airmen, assigned to the 924th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, load a Guided Bomb Unit-38 onto an A-10C Thunderbolt II during a load crew of the quarter competition at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 21, 2017. The quarterly events allow Airmen to exhibit their teamwork on a competitive platform, while providing conditions to spark the sense of urgency and attention to detail that are imperative for Airmen to destroy enemies downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan H. Barbour First quarter load crew competition
U.S. Airmen, assigned to the 924th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, load a Guided Bomb Unit-38 onto an A-10C Thunderbolt II during a load crew of the quarter competition at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 21, 2017. The quarterly events allow Airmen to exhibit their teamwork on a competitive platform, while providing conditions to spark the
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Haji Stewart, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighter, drains a fire hose of excess water after a fire attack drill at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 19, 2017. The 355th CES Fire Emergency Services recently received Accredited Agency status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Frankie Moore) D-M Fire Department’s new accreditation provides safer future for the base and community
The 355th Civil Engineering Squadron Fire Emergency Services here received Accredited Agency status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International March 22, 2017. Accreditation for both civilian and Department of Defense fire departments consists of a comprehensive self-assessment and quality improvement model that allows organizations to examine past, current and future service levels and internal performance and compare them to current research and industry best practices.
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Dancers from the Filipino – American Sampaguita Club of Tucson perform during a cultural awareness festival at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 17, 2017. The festival, titled Strengthening Resiliency through Diversity, included informational booths, food tastings, guest speakers and live events from different cultures, ethnicities and groups. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby Strengthening Resiliency through Diversity
A cultural awareness festival was held at Bama Park here April 17. The festival, titled Strengthening Resiliency through Diversity, was held as an alternative to the Department of Defense supported-observances by combining all monthly observances into a family-friendly, annual event.
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Two large, metal containers sit just outside the Airmans Attic at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 30, 2014.  The containers are used to collect donations for the Attic and their contents are sorted by volunteers twice a week.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey) Treasures in the Attic
The Desert Lightning Team has a very valuable, money saving resource available to active-duty
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The 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron leadership work with their Airmen to wash an A-10C Thunderbolt at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 28, 2014.  The Airmen use pressure washers with more than 3,000 pounds of pressure per square inch to clean the aircraft. 355th AMXS leadership's turn to wash an A-10
The 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron leadership work with their Airmen to wash an A-10C
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U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Christopher Poole, 355th Fighter Wing non-commissioned officer in charge of readiness and programs, stands with his wife, four children and two foster kids after dressing up for Halloween in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 31, 2013 The foster children can't have their faces published in photos for legal reasons, so the family finds creative ways to involve them in everyday photo events. (Courtesy photo) Fostering for Airmen
People are always in need of help, whether you see the homeless on the corner or a stranger asking
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Patrick King, 755th Operations Support Squadron assistant director of operations, holds up a newspaper containing his most recent movie review at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 28, 2013. King started writing movie reviews as a hobby on Facebook in 2010 and recently got hired by Explorer Newspaper to write weekly reviews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier/released) Airman finds a hobby in movies
Movies are very popular in today's society, from date nights to keeping deployed Airmen in touch
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Default Air Force Logo DLT members deliver meals to the homebound
More than 130 Desert Lightning Team members are registered, trained volunteers with Mobile Meals of
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean McKenna, 355th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, bonds with Mushe, 355th SFS MWD, during obedience training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 23, 2014. Due to their upcoming joint deployment, McKenna and Mushe are training together to strengthen the trust in their relationship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu/Released) Processing four-legged deployers
Receiving orders is only the first step to actually putting boots on the ground.When Airmen get
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Airman 1st Class Maelynn Staton, 375th Comptroller Squadron. “I support the mission by managing the government travel card accounts of all Scott personnel.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jake Eckhardt) Beware of GTC abuse
Airmen are always on the move whether it be for a deployment or a permanent change of station.
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(U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey) Bugeting tips to get back on track
It's January! The holiday spending splurge is over and here comes the "morning after" hangover. The
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Medical appointment no shows create a waste of valuable treatment time and deprive others from receiving care. Additionally, with an estimated loss of $212 for every no show, just five missed appointments would cost more than $1,000. The 355th Medical Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., saw a loss of $1.4 million due to no shows during fiscal year 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook/Released) Missed appointments waste money
With today's fast-paced lifestyle it's easy to forget things. For instance, preparing your service
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The Health and Wellness Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. is reaching out to warn smoker's that electronic-cigarettes are not proven to be a safe smoking alternative and may even increase nicotine addiction. The HAWC offers a variety of resources to help Airmen quit tobacco use. (Graphic from http://www. ucanquit2.org) Mislead by e-cigs
Airmen around the base are trying to be healthy for themselves and their environment. One way they
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Default Air Force Logo 'What do I do now?'
"What do I do know? I don't want to get out of the Air Force." Unfortunately, that is a common
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Default Air Force Logo Cyber Security important at home and the office
Technological advancements utilized in the commercial market continue to gain leverage in the
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Mental health plays an essential role in shaping one's life. A person free of excessive anxiety,
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Walls of Balad to be on display at the 2012 Open House at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 14-15, 2012. (Courtesy photo/Released) Balad Wall on display during Open House
For the last decade, the most notable structure on Pennsylvania Avenue has not been a White House,
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Default Air Force Logo 911 and Emergency Management
Who will respond when you face an emergency and request assistance by calling 911? A simple question
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Default Air Force Logo What constitutes official government vehicle use?
Have you ever thought about taking your official Government Motor Vehicle through a fast food
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Default Air Force Logo The winning strategy: Be There
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Reconstructing a nation, or even a province, that's been ravaged by
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Default Air Force Logo 355th FW commander sends holiday message to Airmen
Desert Lightning Team,Nearly 235 years ago our forefathers, bound by their principles, values and
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Default Air Force Logo Where was my Wingman?
In my six-and-a-half year journey into the blue, I've become a firm believer in the concept of the
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Default Air Force Logo The character of leadership
Are we leaders because we lead or do we lead because we are leaders? Doesn't sound like the two are
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