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Team Davis-Monthan trains hard, flying, maintaining and supporting the number one Flying Hour Program within Air Combat Command. We do so to be ready to provide combat forces, including A/OA-10 Close Air Support aircraft for delivering decisive firepower in support of ground troops and to aid Combat Search and Rescue forces, EC-130H Compass Call aircraft for shaping the battlespace environment with highly-specialized electronic and information warfare capabilities, HH-60 Pavehawk and HC-130 aircraft for the critical CSAR mission, and expeditionary combat support forces to operate, maintain and otherwise support military operations, anywhere and everywhere in the world.

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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base News

Desert Lightning Team fitness challenge

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January 17, 2014 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Members of the Desert Lightning Team competed in a quarterly fitness challenge at the Haeffner fitness center, January 17. Nine contestants competed in a variety of exercises that tested both their endurance and strength.

The quarterly competition was hosted by the CF Desert Lightning team.

"The idea is to give people who are possibly interested in competing an avenue to try and see if it's for them," said SSgt Jordan Simmons, fitness trainer.

For anyone who is interested in competing or looking to learn more about cross-functional fitness, there are training sessions Monday through Friday at the Haeffner fitness center at 6 a.m. as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m.
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National Cervical Health Awareness Month

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January 14, 2014 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. The staff of D-M's 355th Medical Group Women's Health Clinic would like to highlight some of the changes in the guidelines for cervical cancer screening.

Many women will be glad to know they will no longer need a Pap smear every year. Pap smears now begin at age 21 and are recommended every three years. Women 30-and-older are eligible for screening every five years, if they have a negative Pap smear and Human Papilloma Virus test.
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Mothers of Preschoolers

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January 10, 2014 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Being a military dependent is no easy task especially when there are small children involved. With all of the changes it can be difficult to stay on track.

To assist with the hardship the D-M Hope Chapel took on a Mothers of Preschoolers program. This program is designed for mothers of children from the ages of one through five who are looking for friendship and a loving community.

"MOPS is a way mothers can get together and support each other while building a strong bond within their community," said Heather O'dai, 355th Fighter Wing Chapel perish coordinator. "We have anywhere from 80 to 100 people in the program, including mothers and their children."
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General Education Mobile

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January 9, 2014 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Education is highly encouraged if not recommended for military members. However with the uncertainty of deployments and extended hours, committing to a seat in a college classroom is pretty difficult.

The Community College of the Air Force has called upon 40 schools to offer the General Education Mobile program to active duty service members.

"GEM offers general education courses to meet CCAF degree requirements," said Larry Bearden Advanced Program manager. "It reduces the CCAF educational impact of deployments, Permanent change of station and family commitments."
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Fluid mechanics maintain mission efficiency

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January 8, 2014 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine


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Protect your property

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December 31, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine


What Is Operation Identification?
Operation Identification (Operation ID) is a citizen's burglary prevention program for use in homes and businesses. The Operation ID program involves marking property with an identifying number as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. It also provides police with a way to identify property should it be stolen and recovered. In communities where it has been properly implemented, Operation ID has shown dramatic results in burglary reduction.
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Rescue Airmen work together to save an injured hiker

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December 23, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

On the evening of Dec. 19 Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron and 55th Rescue Squadron performed a real-world rescue mission to save an elderly woman who had fallen while hiking in the mountains.

The 70-year-old hiker, who was visiting from Portal, Ariz., slipped on the loose terrain and sustained a fractured hip. A member of her group hiked to the nearest populated area and called for help. Once the local authorities were notified the rescue Airmen were called into action.

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AMARG cuts final B-52

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December 23, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group started deconstruction on the final B-52G Stratofortress, Dec. 19.

This Aircraft saw service in seven bomb wings within the U.S. Air Force, flew numerous missions in Vietnam during Operation Linebacker II and is the 39th B-52G to be eliminated in compliance with the with the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

The 53-year-old aircraft was designed to reduce the overall aircraft weight in an effort to improve performance of the previous B-52's F model.
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SFS becomes more resilient

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

Every Airman has heard 'resiliency, resiliency, resiliency.' One squadron took the time to give their Airmen easier access to becoming resilient.

The 355th Security Forces Squadron senior leaders created a 'resiliency room' for less than $100 for members of the squadron to use in their spare time.

The room contains a computer and resources from base organizations to help the Airmen get information about base services that would normally be hard to access during their long work days.
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Rewarding valor

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December 19, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Whether computer-based or hands-on, military members are in a constant state of training. Some training, such as the Career Development Course new Airmen must complete, is learned and immediately applied to day-to-day operations. Others, like Self-Aid and Buddy Care, only apply to specific situations. Most Airmen have been fortunate enough to never need their SABC training, but in a foreign country more than 7,000 miles away one Airman had his skills put to the test.

Special Agent Nicolo Solarino, Air Force Office of Special Investigations Det. 217, received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, at a ceremony held at the Mirage Club Nov. 26., for heroic actions taken while under enemy attack during a deployment in 2004.
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Service members are assisted with transition

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December 18, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

So you're getting out of the military and you're trying to figure what's next for your life. The initial thought that comes to most people's mind is what am I going to do first.

The conversion from military to civilian life can be stressful but the military has a variety of ways to help through the Transition Assistance Program.

According to Air Force Personnel Center, the Transition Assistance Program was reformatted into a comprehensive, mandatory program that all transitioning military personnel are required to participate in.
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Commissary scanning IDs

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December 16, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

The Defense Commissary Agency has implemented a new policy requiring a Department of Defense ID card bar code be scanned in order to make purchases at all commissaries throughout the military.

"The purpose of the scanning IDs is to positively identify authorized patrons for the commissary, just like the Department of the Air Force or DoD utilizes ID cards to access the base," said Laurence T. Mitchell, D-M commissary store director. "We're using the same technology and the same justification."
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Officer’s Spouse’s Club offers gift wrapping

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December 13, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine


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In-service recruiter available

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December 13, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Airmen serve their country in different ways, some part-time, some full-time and Airmen are given the opportunity in their careers to switch.

Master Sgt. Adam Eldard, 355th Force Support Squadron in-service recruiter, provides Airmen around the base with options to join the reserves, if eligible.

Eldard recruits current active-duty members for the Air Force Reserves after they have separated. He focuses on two different programs, Palace Chase and Palace Front.

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D-M’s Santas-in-blue visit local schools

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December 13, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

The Santas-in-Blue program made its first stop of the year at the San Xavier Mission School, Dec. 10. More than 40 D-M Airmen joined Santa in passing out Christmas gifts to several hundred children.

This year the program will be visiting three schools and passing out nearly 2,100 gifts to over 1,000 students.

"When you see those kids' faces light up that makes all the work worth it," said Tech. Sgt. David Manso, Santas-in-Blue head program coordinator.

The Santas-In-Blue program began in 1965 when Airmen, from the now deactivated 571st Strategic Missile Squadron, decided to collect toys as gifts for the needy Native American children who lived near the missile silos south of Tucson.
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