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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base News

Pasta and pajama night held at the Mirage Club

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December 12, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

A family event was held at the Mirage Club on base Dec. 10.

The "Pasta and Pajama Holiday Celebration" event welcomed families to come wearing their coziest pajamas and make their own pasta dish, then sit back and relax while the movie, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," was presented.

"I think it's a good event for the kids to sit down, eat dinner and watch a kid's movie especially during Christmas time," said Staff Sgt. Andrew Avery, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron.
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AF announces additional force management programs to reduce force size

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December 12, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force leaders announced force management programs Dec. 11 designed to reduce the force by thousands of Airmen over the next five years as a result of sequestration.

Fiscal 2014 force management initiatives are in addition to the announcement made in July, stating the Air Force will implement several force management programs to meet budget reduction requirements.

Air Force leaders made the decision to announce the overall strategic plan now so that Airmen have the necessary time to consider all their career options.
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48th RQS Airmen recognized by Congressman Barber

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December 9, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine


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A Starry, Snowy, Southwest Night at D-M

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December 5, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

A free family event was held in the base chapel parking lot here Dec. 3.

The tenth annual "Starry, Snowy, Southwest Night" was organized by Outdoor Recreation and the Base Chapel with 23 volunteer Airmen assisting during the event.

Fifty tons of snow were split into two areas for people of all ages to play in and an ice rink was set up for ice skating. Other festivities included hayrides and photos with Santa. Hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies were provided.

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Best of the West Basketball Tournament

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December 4, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine


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UA students tour 25th OWS

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November 27, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Graduate and doctoral students from the University of Arizona visited the 25th Operational Weather Squadron here Nov. 22.

Sixteen students from the Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geosciences and Planetary Sciences participated in a tour along with Dr. Xubin Zeng, UA Department of Atmospheric Sciences professor and honorary commander for the 25th OWS.

"I've been involved with the 25th OWS since it moved to D-M," Zeng said. "I wanted my students to see how weather forecasting is done first-hand and how important it is to military operations."
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U of A welcomes home D-M heroes

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November 26, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine


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Green thumbs for everyone

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November 26, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

The Desert Lightning Team 1st Six raised funds for a greenhouse to be built at the School Age Program at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

"The DLT 1st Six is an organization on base that supports community outreach in the D-M area by providing assistance that would benefit the base, the Department of Defense members and their families," said Tech Sgt. Brandon Paradise, 372nd Training Squadron Detachment 11, A-10 weapons instructor.

The School Age Program is the on-base option for before or after-school care for dependent children. The facility houses several theme-based rooms to include a homework/study room, a drama room, and a science room.
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More than just a tour

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November 20, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Students from schools around the Tucson community were given a tour of D-M Nov. 14, 2013.

The visit was sponsored by the Southeast Regional Cooperative of the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Ten students with hearing impairments, accompanied by teachers and parents, were treated to an A-10 display and guided on a tour of the air traffic control tower to include the simulator.

The trip was set up by 1st Lt. Rolland Holland, 355th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Operations manager.
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Mentorship impacts young service members

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November 15, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

You've just enlisted in the military, but you have no idea how it works or what are you supposed to do. Who do you go to for help?

"It's a requirement for senior leaders to help build and mentor younger enlisted service members," said Master Sgt. Brian Young, 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant. "(Us as) senior leaders have the experience and the knowledge to guide our young Airmen."

Mentoring is a professional activity, a trusted relationship, and a meaningful commitment to another person. The word mentor is derived from ancient Greece, as a technique to impart important social, spiritual, and personal values to young men. Later on, it was adopted by the U.S. military as way to pass on knowledge and guide service members to their highest potential.
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Helping them help you

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November 15, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

The Airman and Family Readiness Center here caters to all members of the Desert Lightning Team, whether they are active-duty retirees or families. With such a broad customer base, the A&FRC sees a lot of business and they recently received a systems upgrade to increase the quality of their services.

The facility received 24 computer monitors from the local General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Service.

The GSA Federal Acquisition Service assists government agencies with the procurement of items such as office supplies, computer products, security and furniture.
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Lunch with a veteran

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November 15, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Fifteen Airmen sat with veterans for a luncheon hosted by Atria Bell Court Gardens Retirement Community in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 13.

Joan Smith, the community's engaged life director, connected with D-M to make the event happen.

"I contacted [355th Public Affairs office] about getting volunteers from the base," Smith said. "When she told me how many were coming, I was surprised. Event's like this honor the veterans' service, and the Airmen's attendance added a special element to the event."
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D-M Airmen honored during Phoenix Suns game

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November 14, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine


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Retiree Will Night

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November 14, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

The legal office will be offering a Retiree Wills Night on 12 December 2013, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Retiree Will Nights are held twice a year as a way to provide estate planning to retirees. To make an appintment please call 520-228-4912.

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D-M member receives rescue award

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November 14, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

A D-M helicopter pilot recently earned the 2013 Air Rescue Association's Richard T. Kight Award.

Capt. Brian R. Dicks, 55th Rescue Squadron, accepted the award via live webcam during the annual Air Rescue Association reunion. He was unable to attend the event in person as he had just returned to the country.

The award is named in honor of Brig. Gen. Richard T. Kight, a former commander of the Air Rescue Service, and is presented annually to recognize an active duty or reserve component member who has contributed to the overall effectiveness of the rescue mission area through management, innovation or other outstanding achievement.
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