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. Bomb Building Airmen: AMMO flight sustains AF lethality during readiness exercise
It’s day six of a basewide readiness exercise. Airmen are dressed in an intricate but lightweight suit, consisting of a protective gas mask, gloves and over boots, specifically made to prevent deadly agents from reaching the skin and respiratory system. They walk cautiously across a large, concrete platform to the assembly conveyer pad. To the left of the pad, a team of Airmen are already building up laser-guided aerial bombs. To the right, they’re breaking down 500-pound joint direct attack munitions. These Airmen are literally surrounded by tons of explosives, and building more of them while donned head-to-toe in comfortless protective gear.
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2018
U.S. Air Force Capt. Brett Neilson, 55th Electronic Combat Group instructor, and Capt. Megan Russell, 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron evaluation pilot, simulate a landing of an EC-130H Compass Call at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 22, 2017. The 42nd ECS flight simulator went through a $10.5 million upgrade to better prepare the pilots for their future flights. 42nd ECS simulator gets a facelift
The 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron celebrated a re-opening of their EC-130H Compass Call flight deck simulator, Sept. 22. The upgraded flight simulator features the EC-130Hs new glass cockpit which allows the pilots to keep up with the aviation community and civilian advances.
0 9/22
2017
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.
0 5/12
2017
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.
0 4/27
2017
U.S. Airmen form the 55th Rescue Squadron pose for a group photo in front of an HH-60G Pave Hawk at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 21, 2016.  The 55th RQS operates out of D-M but falls under the 23d Wing headquartered at Moody AFB, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier) 55th RQS: These things we do, that others may live
(This story is part of the “55th RQS series” which highlights the different AFSCs associated with the unit.) Combat search and rescue plays a major role in the mission set of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The 55th Rescue Squadron focuses on training and executing CSAR missions by employing the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter.
0 2/16
2017
Pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron load gear on an HH-60G Pave Hawk in preparation for alternate insertion/extraction training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2016.  The 48th RQS deploys worldwide in support of national security objectives and homeland defense, providing highly trained experts capable of quickly and effectively executing personnel recovery operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier) 48th RQS maintains AIE proficiency
Pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron load gear on an HH-60G Pave Hawk in preparation for alternate insertion/extraction training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2016. The 48th RQS deploys worldwide in support of national security objectives and homeland defense, providing highly trained experts capable of quickly and
0 10/21
2016
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Meilleur, 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, washes an A-10C Thunderbolt II on the flightline on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 29, 2016. Crew chiefs clean the A-10s after combat and training sorties to prevent corrosion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released) Washing warthogs at D-M
The 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit’s parent unit, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, generates all combat and training sorties in the 355th Fighter Wing and manages the efforts of 571 personnel in 13 different specialties of maintaining A-10 attack aircraft.
0 6/30
2016
U.S. Air Force Col. Gregory Marzolf, 414th Combat Training Squadron, commander,  Lt. Col. Christopher Cunningham, Detachment 1, 414th CTS, commander and Senior Master Sgt. Stephen Hoss, 414th CTS, Red Flag superintendent, unroll the guidon of Detachment 1 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 24, 2016. The new detachment will be planning, coordinating and executing Angel Thunder 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/ Released)  Preparing the thunder
A new detachment here will aim to boost personnel recovery readiness across the military. Detachment 1 of the 414th Combat Training Squadron, out of Nellis AFB, Nevada, was activated today. The new detachment’s mission is to increase readiness by conducting exercises meant to train personnel recovery forces. Using an application of joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercises the team will focus on training personnel recovery though a simulated environment and real world scenarios.
0 6/24
2016
A family watches as Kent Pietsch operates the Jelly Belly aircraft while he performs aerial demonstrations during the Thunder and Lightning over Arizona Open House at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 13, 2016. The open house featured aerial demonstrations from various teams and numerous static displays allowing the public to gain a better understanding of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released) Open house in review
The Thunder and Lightning over Arizona Open House was held here, March 12-13.The free event gave the community a chance to view aerial demonstrations and more than 40 static displays of current and historic aircraft, while having the opportunity to learn about the Air Force and interact with D-M’s Airmen.“It was an absolute honor to showcase the
0 3/28
2016
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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's Retiree Activities Office is located at 3500 S. Craycroft Rd., east of the base chapel, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The RAO was established by the Secretary of the Air Force to serve military retirees, spouses, widows and widowers, and to support, advance and unify retired and active duty military families. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby) Retirees advance AF family at D-M
The Retired Activities Office was established to serve military retirees, spouses, widows and widowers, and to support, advance and unify retired and active duty military families. The RAO’s services range from retiree orientations, military widow and widower services, to Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. The office also offers assistance with military entitlements, former spouse benefits and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
0 10/18
2016
A student assigned to the 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 11, Miniature and Microminiature (2M) Circuit Card Repair course solders a circuit card at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2016. The 2M program is a part of the U.S. Navy program, but can be applied to multiple airframes in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier) Training detachment expands maintainers' knowledge AF-wide
From the outside, it’s a barren building with no windows and few travelers through the doors, but down its concrete halls, Airmen from all over the world are expanding their knowledge on aircraft maintenance.
0 10/06
2016
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kimo Lagapa-Talbott, 355th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, communicates with pilots via radio at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 29, 2016. Lagapa-Talbott received the 2015 Air Force Air Traffic Controller of the Year award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby) Airman cleared to land AF-level award
Air traffic controllers have one of the most demanding and stressful jobs in the Air Force. With no room for error, they must be calm, decisive and quick thinking in order to be effective. Senior Airman Kimo Lagapa-Talbott, 355th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, recently received the 2015 AF Air Traffic Controller of the Year award.
0 8/09
2016
An HC-130 from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, sits idly on the Nellis flightline before preparing to take-off for a training sortie during Red Flag 16-3 July 13. With the HC-130 providing transport to the 79th Rescue Squadron during the exercise, the aircraft is able to deliver the RQS airman to the destination during the exercises while also being able to perform supply drops into the field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Carter) 79th RQS hones skills during Red Flag 16-3
For a pararescue Airmen, there is one simple creed that they live by, ‘That others may live’. Whether those “others” are down range or are on American soil in a training environment, the 79th Rescue Squadron, from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona came to Nellis to participate in Red Flag 16-3 so they can uphold that creed.
0 7/18
2016
Default Air Force Logo Climbing to the top with Chief ingredients
Achieving the rank of chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force wasn’t initially a goal for a few
0 4/16
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