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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 The facility was constructed to replace the previously outdated training grounds utilized by the MWD handlers at the 355th Security Forces Squadron.
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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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Default Air Force Logo FORMER 12 AF/CCC CHARGED
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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U.S. Airmen from the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight prepare to neutralize an improvised explosive device during the Raven's Challenge XI Interoperability Exercise at Pinal Airpark in Marana, Ariz., March 21, 2017. The exercise consisted of identifying and eliminating IEDs found in a number of locations such as the cargo hold of a large aircraft, a mortar production facility and the property of an individual in federal custody. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan H. Barbour) D-M EOD engages in joint-training exercise
Personnel from the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight participated in the 2017 Raven's Challenge XI Interoperability Exercise at Pinal Airpark in Marana, Ariz., March 19-24. The main focus of the exercise was to utilize interagency tactics to counteract improvised explosive devices in realistic stateside and overseas operational scenarios. The teams were tasked with formulating a plan and performing diagnostics with tools such as X-rays and robots.
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A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II, assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron and a part of the A-10 West Heritage Flight Team, and a P-38 Lightning fly in formation during the Los Angeles County Air Show in Lancaster, Calif., March 26, 2017. The A-10 WHFT is scheduled to perform in 9 more air shows throughout the U.S. this year after resurging from a 5-year-long inactivation period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby) A-10 West Heritage Flight Team returns to the skies
The A-10 West Heritage Flight Team performed at its first air show after nearly five years of inactivation March 25-26. The demo team out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., kicked off its resurgence at the Los Angeles County Air Show in Lancaster, Calif., by flying in formation with the World War II-era P-38 Lightning.
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This week's Rock Solid Warrior is Airman 1st Class Justin Skinner, a 43rd Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron aircrew flight equipment specialist. Skinner is deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Senior Airman Andrew Park) Rock Solid Warrior: Airman 1st Class Justin Skinner
SOUTHWEST ASIA -- This week's Rock Solid Warrior is Airman 1st Class Justin Skinner, a 43rd Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron aircrew flight equipment specialist. Skinner is deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The Rock Solid Warrior program is a way to recognize and spotlight the Airmen of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing for
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Key leaders from the 920th Rescue Wing discuss aligning the wing’s mission, vision, goals and priorities during a strategic alignment event at the 943rd Rescue Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 8. Based at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., the 920th RQW is the only Air Force Reserve Command combat-search-and-rescue unit. This was the first time Col. Kurt Matthews, 920th RQW commander, visited the group since taking command in December 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Anna-Marie Wyant) Rescue group hosts strategic alignment event
Leadership and key personnel from the 920th Rescue Wing gathered to discuss the wing’s mission, vision, priorities and more during a strategic alignment event here March 7-8.Colonel Kurt Matthews, 920th Rescue Wing commander, brought together leaders within the wing including the vice wing commander, command chief, group commanders, group chiefs,
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Senior Airman Iiae Hess, 355th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, monitors air traffic at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 27, 2017. Hess was recently named Air Combat Command’s Outstanding Airman of the Year in the Airman category for her personal and professional accomplishments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan H. Barbour) D-M Airman wins MAJCOM-level award
From the moment an individual raises their right hand and repeats the Oath of Enlistment, they become an ambassador for the U.S. armed forces. In order to be an effective ambassador for the Air Force, Airmen must exemplify the Whole Airman Concept. This concept details the expectations for an Airman to embody the Air Force Core Values, engage in personal and professional development, esprit de corps and community relations. Senior Airman Iiae Hess, 355th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, was recently named Air Combat Command’s Outstanding Airman of the Year for her personal and professional accomplishments.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Pamela Jirsa, 355th Medical Operations Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the orthopedics clinic, applies a cast to a patients arm at the 355th Medical Group clinic on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 27, 2013. Jirsa was accepted into the Nursing Enlisted Commissioning Program for the year of 2013. She will be released from regular duty for 24 months. During this time, they are required to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, pass the National Council Licensure Examination and complete Commissioned Officer Training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths/Released). Desert medic chosen for commissioning program
Not everyone gets to pick their career field when they join the Air Force. As a result, those with a
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The path of a recent tornado in Moore, Okla., May 22, 2013. A tornado categorized as an EF5, the strongest category possible, with winds ranging from 200 to 210 mph struck Moore May 20, 2013. The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports 24 fatalities related to the storm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bradley C. Church) D-M Airmen arrive on scene to support tornado victims
Recently two of D-M's Airmen traveled to Oklahoma to provide donations and support for the tornado
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U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Rawls, 355th Fighter Wing, recently joined the Desert Lightning Team as vice commander at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. He comes to D-M from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin/Released) Dagger Point: Meet your new vice commander
Leadership changes are a common occurrence in the U.S. Air Force, especially with installation
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The Focus on Fathering Parenting Group follows a comprehensive curriculum developed for the state of Missouri by Parents as Teachers National Center.  Sponsered by grant funding through First Things First , Easter Seals Blake Foundation has partnered with the United Way to be able to provide Community Based Parent Education throughout Pima County including this group located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. A&FRC puts the focus on being a better father
Men of the Desert Lightning Team are getting the chance to learn to be better fathers through the
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Andrew Matthew, 354th Fighter Squadron, explains the purpose of the A-10 flight simulator to members of the Tucson Padres at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 6, 2013. Mike Feder, Tucson Padres general manager, is also the honorary commander for the 354th FS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore/Released) Honorary Commander brings Tucson Padres to 354th FS
The 354th Fighter Squadron here hosted members of the Tucson Padres and their families for a visit
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lorenzo Livingston, Airman Leadership School instructor, speaks to Airmen, noncommissioned officers, senior NCOs and officers during a Leaders Are Readers meeting at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 19, 2013. Livingston and Tech. Sgt. Steve McIntyre, 355th Medical Operations Squadron Mental Health Element noncommissioned officer in charge, founded LAR as a means to give junior enlisted Airmen an avenue to talk and learn from higher leadership in a more direct way. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore/Released) Airmen develop leadership through reading
Members of the Desert Lightning Team are getting the opportunity to develop themselves
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U.S. Air Force Airmen bring their pets and children to the Family Just for Fun 5K Run at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 7, 2013. The Benko Fitness and Sports Center has been hosting monthly 5Ks since the gym opened in July 2002. (U.S. Air Force photo by Betty R. Chevalier/Released) Benko hosts monthly 5K
The Benko Fitness and Sports Center here hosts a 5K run once a month for Desert Lightning Team
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Romalyn Vanderloop, 355th Force Support Squadron helps an Airman in the process of permanent change of station at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 5, 2013. D-M’s Outbound Assignments office deals with 650 to 900 assignments during the busiest permanent change of station periods (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths/Released) Outbound Assignments office busy year round
D-M's Outbound Assignments office deals with 650 to 900 assignments during the busiest permanent
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Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base prepare to ascend a rock climbing wall during an event held by the Single Airmen Initiative program in Tucson, Ariz. March 31. The program is targeted to single active-duty or reserve officers and enlisted members without dependants. However, the program is open to all patrons authorized to use the 355th Force Support Squadron programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths) SAI offers low-cost activities to single Airmen
Outdoor Recreation here is giving Airmen an opportunity to participate in outdoor activities around
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Elodia Medina, Airman & Family Readiness Center Air Force Aid officer, gives U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Christa Yazzie, 355th Force Support Squadron Readiness noncommissioned officer, information about available Air Force Aid Society programs at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, June 6, 2013. The AFAS offers many different programs to aid active duty, retired Air Force personnel and Air Guard or Reserve members during emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier/Released) Financial aid available to Airmen
The Air Force Aid Society is helping Desert Lightning Team members meet needs in times of
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