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. D-M's new commander to reach new levels of excellence
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Col. Mike Drowley, former Chief of Staff for the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, took command of the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 29, 2018. “I was excited right from the get-go,” Drowley said when learning of his selection to be the fighter wing’s next commander. “But I knew I had big shoes to fill when I learned D-M just won installation of the year.”
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. Retiree Will Day
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., -- The 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office is providing a free service to retirees by holding will signings. With the Tucson area’s retiree population growing at a continuous rate, their need for wills to be drafted or redrafted is in high demand. This prompted the D-M Legal Office to change their Retiree Will Day from a quarterly occasion to a monthly event.
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U.S. Airmen clean an A-10 Thunderbolt II in an aircraft wash rack at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 24, 2018. The main purpose of the wash rack is to clean equipment while preventing contaminates from entering the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine Legate) Aircraft wash
U.S. Airmen clean an A-10 Thunderbolt II in an aircraft wash rack at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 24, 2018. The main purpose of the wash rack is to clean equipment while preventing contaminates from entering the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine Legate)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 25th Operational Weather Squadron and Brendan Lyons, 25th OWS honorary commander, prepare food at the Ronald McDonald house in Tucson, Ariz., July 17, 2018. Through the Honorary Commander Program, Airmen from the 25th OWS partnered with the Tucson Ronald McDonald house to prepare, cook and serve food to local families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer)  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer) Honorary commander program inspires outreach
With buzzing aircraft and armed guards at the gates, a military installation can be a mystery to those outside its gates. The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Honorary Commander Program gives local civic and business leaders to gain a better understanding and greater insight of the various missions and units on base by providing tours and activities.
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Desert Lightning Team members perform kettle bell rows during the Advanced Physical Therapy Class at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 30, 2018. The Advanced Physical Therapy Class is held at D-M AFB three times a week and introduces patients to joint-safe exercises that are intended to prevent future injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore) 355th MDG offers unique physical therapy experiences
Though the safety of Airmen is of utmost importance, injuries, both in and out of work, are inevitable. To ensure Airmen heal faster from their wounds and receive the very best physical therapy, Dr. Richard Shumway and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Brett Bishop, 355th Medical Group physical therapists, developed the Mobility and Advanced Physical Therapy Classes.
0 7/13
2018
Default Air Force Logo Claims notice for Capt Nathan S. Olivarez
Capt Nathan S. Olivarez of the 755th Operations Support Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ, passed away on 24 June 2018. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased's estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Maj Jacob Forst at (520) 228-9332 or via e-mail at jacob.forst@us.af.mil.
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Two HH-60 Pave Hawks from the 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron take flight at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 14, 2018. The HH-60 has a wide variety of operational use including combat search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response and humanitarian assistance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer) HH-60 Pave Hawks take flight
Two HH-60 Pave Hawks from the 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron take flight at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 14, 2018. The HH-60 has a wide variety of operational use including combat search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response and humanitarian assistance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer)
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2018
. 355th Fighter Wing changes command
Col. Mike Drowley assumed command of the 355th Fighter Wing from Col. Scott C. Campbell, June 29, 2018.
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Dr. Martha Whitaker, University of Arizona Professor of Hydrology, goes over an online atmospheric science bachelor degree program to members of the 25th Operational Weather Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 16, 2018. The program is tailored specifically for active duty Airmen interested in pursuing an advanced degree in meteorology. The program is fully online and offers flexibility for shift workers as well as PCS considerations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer) Weather Airmen given education opportunity
Members from University of Arizona visited the 25th Operational Weather Squadron to highlight a new online degree program geared for active duty Airmen in the weather career field. The atmospheric science bachelor degree program is tailored specifically for active duty Airmen interested in pursuing an advanced degree in meteorology because it is fully online and offers flexibility for shift workers as well as PCS considerations.
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A pararescueman from the 48th Rescue Squadron performs an overhead press at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 6, 2018. 48th RQS pararescuemen constantly exercise and monitor their mental and physical health in order to tackle injuries and physical discomforts proactively to maintain deployment readiness status through the Human Performance Optimization program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore) HPO program increases readiness and lethality
Pararescuemen risk life and limb in order to save the lives of others. Over time, these great efforts cause strain to the body, and, if not treated proactively, can lead to potential permanent damage. 48th Rescue Squadron pararescuemen out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base realized that having medical personnel on and off deployments, as well as tackling injuries and discomforts early on, would keep them mobile, deployment-ready and help ensure a pain-free future. With the help of U. S. Air Force Col. Colleen McBratney, 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron commander, a team comprised of surgeons, physicians and mental health specialists was built to accomplish these objectives. Thus, D-M’s Human Performance Optimization program was born.
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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Robert Parati, 355th Security Forces Squadron flight commander, poses for a photo at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 14, 2017. Parati was a prior enlisted Airmen who applied to the Air Force Academy and commissioned through their program as a second lieutenant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley N. Steffen) My Air Force: A flip of a coin
After considering a college he couldn’t quite afford and a job he didn’t see escalating to a career, it came to a flip of a coin for Robert Parati to make the decision to enlist into the U.S. Air Force or the U. S. Marine Corps. As first member of his Filipino family to be born in the U.S., Parati grew up in a household structured by his mother and grandmother who emphasized the importance of taking care of family.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Hunt, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron armament section supervisor, performs a foreign object inspection on an ammunition drum at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 7, 2017. The armament sections are also known as “Gun Plumbers” because of their involvement with the GAU-8 cannon.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby) Gun Plumbers: reassembling the old with the new
Inside the 355th Equipment and 924th Maintenance Squadrons’ back shop, a group of Airmen are using innovative problem solving to modernize traditional ways of maintaining the Air Force’s ability to fly, fight and win. The Airmen form an armament team known as the “Gun Plumbers,” that disassembles, inspects and reassembles parts which are critical to the action of close air support vital to saving the lives of ground troops downrange.
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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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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
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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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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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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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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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Default Air Force Logo LGBT Pride Month
“We recognize gay, lesbian, bisexual service members and LGBT civilians for their dedicated service to our country. The heroic contributions made by these Americans strengthen our national security. Whether officer, enlisted, civilian employee or family member their inclusion gives our department greater promise and possibility.”
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Default Air Force Logo Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Observance Month Article
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month is an observation that was established by Title 36, U.S. Code Section 102 in 1990. This observance is celebrated during the entire month of May. To show appreciation and education, former President Barack Obama wrote, “The rich heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders spans the world and the depths of America's history. Generation after generation, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have forged a proud legacy that reflects the spirit of our Nation -- a country that values the contributions of everyone who calls America home.”
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Default Air Force Logo Holocaust Days of Remembrance
Memory is what shapes and teaches us. Memory is what binds us together. We remember the Holocaust both as a blight on the history of humanity and as a shining moment for the people who were brave enough to put an end to it. Remembering ties the past and the present together.
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Default Air Force Logo Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month is dedicated to honoring trailblazing women who have paved the way for future generations of women. Women’s History Month had its origins in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week". As requested by Congress, President Reagan issued Presidential Proclamation 4903 proclaiming the week beginning on March 7, 1982 as the first "Women’s History Week" and recognizing the vital role of women in American history
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Default Air Force Logo Frederick “Mr. Freeze” Jones
Mr. Freeze, the supervillain to Batman, was created by Bob Kane, Sheldon Moldoff and Dave Wood of DC Comics in 1957. Long before Mr. Freeze the supervillain, the original Mr. Freeze, Frederick Jones, was born in 1892 just outside of Cincinnati and he was no supervillain at all. In fact, he was an automotive mechanic, a shop manager, a race car driver, an entrepreneur, an engineer, a veteran and most impressively, an inventor.
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Default Air Force Logo 50 years later: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact on the world.
We are quickly approaching the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I wonder if Dr. King was here today would he be proud of his impact on the world or sadden by today’s current standings?
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Default Air Force Logo National American Indian Heritage Month
In 1990, Congress designated November as National American Indian Heritage Month. This month has been designated to recognize the accomplishments of the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers of the United States - American Indian and Alaska Natives.
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Default Air Force Logo Hispanic Heritage Month
The National Hispanic Heritage Month was established by Title 36, U.S. Code, Section 126 and Public Law 100-402. Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from 15 September - 15 October of each year. The observance is celebrated during this timeframe due to many significant events for various Hispanic communities which fall within the observance period. The President issues a Proclamation each year calling on the people of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Below are some things that you may or may not have known about Hispanic Heritage.
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Default Air Force Logo Women's Equality Day 2017
Today marks the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was passed on Aug.
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Default Air Force Logo Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month is an observation that was established by Title 36, U.S. Code Section 102 in 1990. This observance is celebrated during the entire month of May. To show appreciation and education, former President Barack Obama wrote, “The rich heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders spans the world and the depths of America's history. Generation after generation, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have forged a proud legacy that reflects the spirit of our Nation -- a country that values the contributions of everyone who calls America home. During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we honor the perseverance of those who courageously reached for their hopes and dreams in a new land, and we celebrate the important impact the AAPI community has made on our Nation's progress.”
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