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Most parents never know what it’s like for their children at a deployed location, but that is certainly not the case for Senior Airman Vincent Lopez, an A-10 weapons loader, since his father and stepmother are also deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (Courtesy photo) The family that deploys together, stays together
Most parents never know what it's like for their children at a deployed location, but that is certainly not the case for Senior Airman Vincent Lopez, an A-10 weapons loader, since his father and stepmother are also deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.The Lopez family is originally from El Paso, Texas and Airman Lopez's parents both work for
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2007
Default Air Force Logo D-M makes second series of flight operation changes
The 355th Fighter Wing is making a second series of flight operation adjustments over Tucson this month as part of a major effort to reduce aircraft noise over the city. The Military-Community Compatibility Committee released its report in September 2006, making several recommendations to the Tucson community and D-M to reduce aircraft noise,
0 6/26
2007
The most significant change to the A-10C is the addition of the Situational Awareness Data Link, or SADL.  With SADL, the A-10C joins a massive “internet-like” network of land, air, and sea systems.  Each individual member “uploads” information for other platforms to see and use, and “downloads” information that it can use to better perform its mission. Pictured is a representation of what the dat link looks like to pilots. (Courtesy graphic) A-10s get digital makeover with data link
With the digital age in full swing, more technologies are becoming accessible to nearly everyone in the world. From inner-city neighborhoods to rural villages, technology is taking over. In the past few years, the armed forces have integrated advanced digital technologies into their systems and platforms, including the ability to network with other
0 6/26
2007
Default Air Force Logo ALS grads prepared to be NCOs
Twenty-five Airmen received their diploma after graduating from Airman Leadership School Class 07-E June 21 at the Mirage Officer's Club here. Graduates were: Senior Airman William Bell, Senior Airman James Blauer, Senior Airman Andrew Byrd, Senior Airman Jeffrey Craft, Senior Airman Michael Gump, Senior Airman Jason Hinds, Senior Airman Eric
0 6/25
2007
The Arizona Air National Guard's Predator Ground Control Station was christened, June 21 at 8 a.m. by Maj. Gen. Michael J. Shira, assistant adjutant general and commander, Joint Force Headquarters, Arizona Air National Guard, Phoenix, Arizona.  The GCS, which can be most closely compared to the cockpit of an aircraft will start operations in the next few weeks.  Arizona ANG aircrews trained to fly the Predator will fly combat missions 24 hours a day, seven days a week in support of our troops deployed in theater.  Although pilots and sensors controlling the aircraft will be right here at Davis-Monthan AFB, satellite technology allows the aircraft they are flying to physically be overseas supporting current combat operations.  The main mission of the Predator is to provide Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), but often times falls into the role of Close Air Support (CAS).  In the CAS role, the Predator either works closely with other CAS assets, such as the A-10, or, in some cases provides firepower of it's own with the use of ROVER technology and Hellfire missiles.  The Arizona National Guard has been working tirelessly for nearly two years to make this mission a reality.  The combat theater's requests for the Predator are well above what can be provided at the current operations level and hopefully this is just the beginning of the Guard's role in helping to meet the needs of those in harm's way. The Arizona ANG would like to pass their thanks to the many units on Davis-Monthan who went above and beyond to provide the support needed to stand up this brand new combat mission squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Richmond) 162nd FW christens Predator Control Station

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Lt. Col. Frederick H. Grantham (right) receives the 355th Medical Support Squadron guidon from 355th Medical Group Commander Col. Scott W. Van Valkenburg at the Mirage Officers' Club here June 22. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Noah R. Johnson) 355th MDSS changes command

0 6/22
2007
A D-M A-10 flies away from the target area after a bombing pass during the Pioneer Air Festival competition held June 8 at Cannon Air Force Base. Six D-M aircraft participated -- representing all three fighter squadrons here -- and three took first place in at least one area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Randi Flaugh) 355th FW turns in ‘legendary’ performance at bombing competition
Six D-M pilots took part in a bombing competition at Cannon Air Force Base June 8, and one pilot from each fighter squadron here - the 354th, 357th and 358th - took first place in the event's three fighter-aircraft categories. The competition was part of Pioneer Air Festival, which took place in conjunction with the annual Pioneer Days public event
0 6/19
2007
Lola Carrell, wife of 355th Mission Support Group Deputy Commander Lt. Col. David Carrell, and Clayton Moore, a community readiness technician at the Airman Family and Readiness Center here, fill care packages at the AFRC June 11.  First shirts, commanders, chaplains and squadron volunteers helped deliver the packages to families of deployed Airmen at their homes, kicking off D-M's Community Cares campaign. AFRC launches campaign to support deployed Airmen's families
Davis-Monthan Community Cares, the first half of a two-phase community initiative, kicked off last week when 600 care packages were delivered to families of deployed Airmen here. This program was developed after Gen. Ronald E. Keys, Air Combat Command commander, directed base commanders to select a month to increase family programs. "We decided to
0 6/19
2007
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley presides over a ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., June 12 to award six Airmen the Combat Action Medal. The AFCAM is the first medal of its kind for the Air Force. The medal is awarded to Airmen who have been directly in harm's way, engaging enemy forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Donna Parry) 354th FS pilot one of six inaugural Combat Action Medal recipients
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley awarded six Airmen the Air Force Combat Action Medal during a ceremony June 12 at the Air Force Memorial. These Airmen were the first in the Air Force to receive the new medal. Recipients of the award were Maj. Steven A. Raspet, Capt. Allison K. Black, Senior Master Sgt. Ramon Colon-Lopez, Master
0 6/13
2007
Default Air Force Logo Speed humps installed at gates
At any given time, numerous Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection enhancements are being considered or are in the process of being completed. Some of these projects are more visible to the base populace than others. The recent addition of speed tables or "humps" at D-M's installation entry gates is designed to mitigate a possible high-speed avenue of
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