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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Diver, 55th Helicopter Maintenance Unit HH-60G maintenance journeyman, marshals an HH-60G Pave Hawk for takeoff at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 8, 2017. The 55th HMU is under the 923d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and operates 24/7 to make sure the aircraft are ready to fly for any mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier) 55th RQS: The maintainers that keep HH-60Gs flying
(This story is part of the “55th RQS series” which highlights the different AFSCs associated with the unit.) The 55th Rescue Squadron conducts training missions on a regular basis, but when the HH-60G Pave Hawk is grounded, a completely different crew handles the aircraft.
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Staff Sgt. Eric Fullmer, 563d Operations Support Squadron, scans through a window while acting as an oppositional force member, Feb. 22, 2017, at the Playas Training and Research Center, N.M. OPFOR is a role designed to simulate downrange threats and complicate training objectives with the ultimate goal of creating a realistic training environment for units preparing to deploy. Airmen from the 563d OSS fill this role in support of numerous joint exercises each year utilizing aircraft-threat emittors, vehicle-mounted simulation weapons and waves of ground troops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan) DM OPFOR bolsters joint training
Insurgents slowly approach a bazaar, hugging a wall as they creep down an empty street. Armed with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s, they are on the hunt for U.S. troops rumored to be in the area. In an adjacent field, an MV-22 Osprey kicks up a thick cloud of dirt as it lands. Excited by the target, the insurgents scale the wall only to be quickly neutralized by a force of waiting Marines.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo African American / Black History Month
Booker T. Washington, an American educator, author, and advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, once said, “Success always leaves footprints.” This quote brings meaning to those who fought for African American rights and shows that no matter what comes out of the findings, there will always be evidence.
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2017
Command Post Controller Becomes ‘Good Samaritan’ During Tucson Car Accident

Command Post Controller Becomes ‘Good Samaritan’ During Tucson Car Accident
Many people would see a car accident and drive on by; but not Staff Sgt. Devin Smith, a Citizen Airman from Fort Worth who apparently has a “knack” for being in the wrong place at the right time.Such was the case January 19 when he was driving behind a 16-year-old girl named Aspen Ballesteros who hit the gravel shoulder, over corrected, and flipped
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U.S. Navy retired Senior Chief Petty Officer Allen Estes, D-M’s Retiree Activities Office manager, and his wife Barbara Estes, D-M’s RAO editor and receptionist, pose for a portrait at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, November 9, 2016. Alan and Barbara volunteer their time to provide services and information to retired service members in Tucson’s local area. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman Nathan H. Barbour) For retirees, by retirees
For some, serving 20 years in the military may be just the right amount of time necessary to achieve retirement and move on. Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer Allen Estes, D-M’s Retiree Activities Office manager, served his time in the U.S. Navy, but has decided that he still has more to give back to his military family. “I had a good time in my Navy career,” Allen said. “I have time and I just feel like I should give back.” Allen and his wife Barbara Estes, D-M’s RAO editor and receptionist, volunteer their time to ensure the information area of the RAO is staffed.
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2016
U.S. Air Force retired Chief Master Sgt. Garland “Bill” Love poses in front of memorabilia at the Retiree Activities Office at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 7, 2016. Love served 32 years in the Air Force, 16 years in the civil services and is now on his 13th year of service at D-M’s Retiree Activities Office on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby) Chief Love: the veteran that keeps serving
Veterans Day is commemorated to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Services. Despite retiring from the Air Force 32 years ago as a medical technician, and serving an additional 16 years of civil service, retired Chief Master Sgt. Garland “Bill” Love continues to devote his time to his country. Love, from West Monroe, Louisiana, joined the Air Force after his half-brother died during World War II. His decision to suit up was a no-brainer.
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2016
Staff Sgt. Vincent Cruz, 355th Maintenance Group Air Force repair enhancement technician, solders a replacement relay for an armament relay box that controls some of the A-10 weapons systems at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 25, 2016. D-M’s AFREP possesses a repair rate of 95 percent and a financial benefit of over two million dollars. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby) AFREP cuts costs with in-house repairs
The Air Force has tens of thousands of pieces of equipment in its inventory. Coming across broken components is inevitable. The AF Repair Enhancement Program specializes in the repair of broken equipment for future reutilization.
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2016
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Caroline Rodriguez, 355th Comptroller Squadron financial services officer, poses for a portrait at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2016. Rodriguez transitioned from enlisted member to officer after completing Air Force Officer Training School this past March. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman Nathan H. Barbour) From NCO to CGO
Around this time in 2015, Caroline Rodriguez was serving in the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. She still serves today, but in a slightly altered uniform and has assumed much more responsibility. Rodriguez transitioned from enlisted member to officer after completing Air Force Officer Training School this past March.
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2016
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.
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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
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