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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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U.S. Air Force military working dog, Lana, assigned to the 355th Security Forces Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., relaxes after completing obedience training at the new MWD facility March 16, 2017. MWDs and their handlers support the Department of Defense, other government agencies and allies through training, logistical, veterinary support and research and development for security efforts worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Giovanni Sims) MWDs, handlers receive new training facility
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – The construction of a new military working dog training facility was completed here March 1. The facility was constructed to replace the previously outdated training grounds utilized by the MWD handlers at the 355th Security Forces Squadron.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Joshua Castorela is a 720th Security Forces Squadron Citizen Airman and Tucson Police Department patrol officer who was recently recognized for heroism in the line of duty. He is set to deploy to the Dominican Republic with other defenders from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (Photo illustration by Carolyn Herrick) Reservist in the Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Joshua Castorela
Ever since Staff Sgt. Joshua Castorela went on his first ride-along with a family friend, he knew that he wanted a career in law enforcement. Castorela applied for several police departments but was told that he didn’t have any background or experience in law enforcement; so, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserve as a security forces Airman in 2009
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U.S. Air Force Reserve security forces members Tech. Sgt. Chris Boley and staff sergeants Juan Pareja, Francisco Shirley, Joshua Castorela, and Jose Flores are scheduled to deploy to the Dominican Republic next week from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. All five members are Spanish proficient and part of the 720th Security Forces Squadron, and looking forward to supporting this 12th Air Force (Air Forces South) humanitarian operation. The 720th SFS geographically-separated unit of the 920th Rescue Wing, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Carolyn Herrick) Reserve defenders deploy to Dominican Republic
Five U.S. Air Force Reserve defenders are heading out from Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., to the Dominican Republic next week, in support of a Operation New Horizons, a 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) humanitarian mission to build churches and schools.Their role as part of a 13-person team there is to provide security so that the humanitarian
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On 30 March 2017, the 355th Fighter Wing commander preferred charges against Chief Master Sgt. Jose A. Barraza, previously assigned as the 12th Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant. The charges are the result of an ongoing investigation conducted by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
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Vickie Jo Ryder, 355th Fighter Wing sexual assault response coordinator, picks up food at the Mirage Club At Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 24, 2013. The Mirage Club hosted a "drive-thru" where patrons could order food, pick up and pay without having to leave their vehicles.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier/Released) New management gives club new offerings
The Mirage Club is used for a myriad of things, from retirement ceremonies, to inprocessing
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U.S. Air Force members will now receive official travel information from the new Commercial Travel Contractor, WingGate Travel. Their website features on-line check-ins, car rental coupons, government contract airfares and the current per diem rates from around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook/Released) The Air Force gets a new travel agent
The Air Force is constantly in motion. Deployments, temporary duty assignments and permanent changes
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U.S. Active Duty Military and local Tucson residents enjoy the scenery of historic aircraft as they run the Desert Bonyard 5K Fun Run/Walk at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 27, 2013. AMARG is a specialized facility within the Air Force Materiel Command structure. 309 AMARG provides critical aerospace maintenance and regeneration capabilities for Joint and Allied/Coalition warfighters in support of global operations and agile combat support for a wide range of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths/Released) How FSS spends money
When it comes to funding different events at installations, Air Force Force Support Squadrons have
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Default Air Force Logo 755th AMXS Airmen help homeless youth
Two airmen from the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here are on a mission to help the homeless
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2013
Airmen have the opportunity to use local library facilities off base. Airmen are not limited to visiting the Eckstrom-Columbus Branch, but can visit two other locations close by: the Miller-Golf Links Branch on Harrison and Golf Links and the Murphy-Wilmot Branch on Wilmot and Fifth St. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths/Released) Off base libraries accessible for DLT Airmen
Air Force-wide Airmen are dealing with fiscal changes. One of those changes here deals with the
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U.S. Air Force Civilian Miguel Mendez, 355th Fighter Wing Antiterrorism program manager conducts assessment of an area on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 1, 2013.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths/Released) D-M's Antiterrorism office
Terrorism is an act meant to threaten and instill fear in people or societies. Many do not recognize
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christa Yazzie, 355th Force Support Squadron, Airman & Family Readiness Center, talks with family members of deployed Airmen during the Deployed Spouses’ Dinner at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 10, 2013. The dinner is held on the first Wednesday of every month unless that day falls on our close to a holiday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore/Released) Deployed Airmen's spouses come together for dinner
The first Wednesday of every month is set aside for spouses of deployed Airmen to get together at
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2013
Civilian Sophia Amir, 355th Aeropace Medicine Squadron certified veterinary technician, cleans out Porter the newfoundland's ear as U.S. Army Sgt. Jody Guadrault, 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Vet Clinic noncommissioned officer in charge holds him calm at the Vet Clinic of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 10, 2013. The Vet Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths/Released) D-M's Vet Clinic not just for military working dogs
The Veterinary Clinic here doesn't just provide care for military working dogs, but also for the
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A New U.S. Air Force HC-130J Combat King II stand positioned on the flight line at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 15, 2011. The HC-130J conducts missions from homeland defense to contingency operations. The aircraft conducts civilian and combat search and rescue, medical evacuations, disaster and humanitarian relief, security cooperation and non-combatant evacuations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths/Released) 79th Rescue Squadron deploys to Italy
Recently the 79th Rescue Squadron left for a deployment to Italy. The squadron is expected to be
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High voltage insulators from broken electric poles lie on the ground as electrical technicians from Tucson Electric Power remove parts from the broken poles on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 18, 2012. The broken lines were removed from the base two to three days after the monsoon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths/Released) Tips for the upcoming monsoon season
With the monsoon season fast approaching, members of the D-M community should be prepared for the
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Default Air Force Logo Ceremonial songs on base: do you know what to do?
As far back as I can remember, my parents taught me to respect the American Flag. My parents were
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Default Air Force Logo Holiday message to 12th Air Force and AFSOUTH Airmen
As 2006 comes to a close and the New Year approaches, I'd ask each of you to take a moment and
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Default Air Force Logo Resources available to help Airmen prepare
With today's culture of expeditionary deployments the chance of deploying is high. Every Airman
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