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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

Keep fitness resolution with Commit to be Fit

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

February marked the start of the Commit to be Fit incentive program here at the Benko Fitness Center.

The cardio centered program is based on points and the goal is to get the required number of points for the months of February, March and April. The individual gets these points by performing exercises like swimming, running, walking, biking or using the elliptical machine. The longer the distance, the more points someone would earn. As an example, for every mile ran, the person would receive five points.
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Bagram A-10s reach 10,000 combat flying hours

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

Members of the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron join Brig. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr. (third from left), 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, on the flight line at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 12, 2013. Guastella had just returned from logging the 10,000th combat flight hour for the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron since the unit's arrival. The 354th EFS, flying the A-10 Thunderbolt II, has been deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. since October 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. David Dobrydney)
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D-M demonstrates its combat rescue capabilities

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February 11, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Davis-Monthan held a combat search and rescue demonstration for members of the media, DM-50, military affairs committee and base populous here Feb. 8.

The demonstration included pararescuemen parachuting out of a HC-130J, performing a mock security sweep through the A-10 sun shades on the flightline, and securing and extracting a simulated downed pilot by way of HH-60 pave hawk helicopters.

Following the demonstration, the attendees were invited to the D-M theater, where they were able to watch a pre-screening of the first episode of National Geographic's "Inside Combat Rescue." Many of those watching the first episode were members of the rescue community.
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PHOTO: Chief Cnota – a dedicated crew chief for a day

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February 8, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Chief Cnota launched out Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing vice commander, to get the experience of what it's like to be a U.S. Air Force crew chief.

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Road Closure Notification

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February 8, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Beginning Feb. 18, Granite Street will permanently close between Fifth and Sixth streets. Also, Sixth Street will close permanently on the east side of the 355th Fighter Wing Headquarters building on D-M. A walking plaza will be constructed in this area between the facilities.

Please note:
-The intersection of Sixth Street and Granite will remain open to provide access for traffic onto Granite east of Sixth.

-The driveway east of the 355th Mission Support Group parking lot (between MSG and the D-M Bowling Center) will remain open to two-way traffic.
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55th RQS honors Desert Lightning sailors who aided Airman

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February 7, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Lt. Col. Robert Remey, 55th Rescue Squadron commander, congratulated four sailors from the Desert Lightning Team who assisted an Airman following his motorcycle accident Dec. 12.

Senior Master Sgt. Kirk Sather, 55th RQS, was riding his motorcycle toward D-M's Wilmot Gate when a civilian driver travelling at excessive speed rear-ended his bike.

When the accident occurred right outside the Navy center at Building 7000, the Desert Lightning sailors sprang into action and took control at the scene until the Tucson Fire Department evacuated Sergeant Sather to the Emergency Room.
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Chief Cnota – a dedicated crew chief for a day

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February 7, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine


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Free pre-screening of “Inside Combat Rescue” Feb. 8

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

The Air Force has only about 600 combat rescue personnel. D-M hosts two elite combat rescue groups, the active duty 563rd Rescue Group and the Air
Force Reserve's 943rd Rescue Group. They are both comprised of operational, support, and maintenance Airmen and "Guardian Angels" formally known as
pararescuemen. They are trained to extract isolated personnel from combat zones, under extreme conditions, but have also been called upon to assist in
local rescue operations as well.
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MilPDS to shut down for upgrades

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February 1, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

The Military Personnel Data System will be shut down for upgrades and migration to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center March 4-27.

Airmen who are PCSing, retiring, separating, re-enlisting or extending in the month of March must complete all related actions before the scheduled upgrades.

"Members are asked to be proactive and visit the myPers website as the first stop to learn about the process," said Tech. Sgt. Cristina Gutierrez, 355th Force Support Squadron non-commissioned officer in charge of Career Development.
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Photos: A-10: From Trainer to Storm Chaser

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

While most aircrafts try to avoid storms, the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group is finishing the first transition of preparing an A-10A Thunderbolt to do just the opposite: fly into the storms!
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CINC initiatives nearly complete

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January 30, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Back in March of 2012, D-M was announced the winner of the Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award. Ten months later, the last of the projects funded with the CINC award money is currently under construction.

When asked how the award money should be spent, D-M members voted for the Gate 29B upgrade. A number of smaller initiatives were also supported.

To date, the following initiatives have been completed:

· Cross-functional fitness room
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AMARG brings the F-4 back to life

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January 25, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group is on track to finish the F-4 Phantom phase of Air Combat Command's full-scale aerial drone program. The regenerated planes will be converted into drones to be used by several bases for target practice.

The regenerated planes will be used at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., for U.S. Army ground-to-air combat practice. While at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., the planes will be used to practice air-to-air combat.

Before the F-4, AMARG worked on the QF-100 Super Sabre and the QF-106 Delta Dart. AMARG started working on the F-4 model in 2001 and have since completed 315 regenerations, while working on six to eight planes at a time.
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12th Air Force prepares for Blue Flag exercise

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January 25, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

The 612th Air and Space Operations Center is currently preparing for a blue flag exercise. The expected dates of the exercise are February 5 - 15.

The blue flag exercise is used to certify the 612th AOC as a combined air and space operations center and to certify Lt. Gen. Robin Rand as the combined forces air component commander.

In the weeks leading up to the exercise, the units in the CAOC will be continuing their daily duties while also running through system checks and small part time taskers. This is in preparation for the inspection team from the 505th Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
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VITA office opens its doors

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January 25, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

The end of January marks the beginning of tax season and the opening of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax center on D-M.

"The VITA office is free and open to anyone with an ID card," said Capt. Jenny Liabenow, 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office. "This includes active duty, dependents and retired individuals."

Although the doors may be open for the VITA office, appointments need to be made. Appointments for active duty and dependents can be made now for tax preparation which starts on Feb. 1. The VITA starts taking appointments for retirees beginning Feb. 13 and VITA can start preparing taxes for retirees on Feb. 25.
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The 355th Maintenance Operations Squadron

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January 24, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

The 355th Maintenance Operations Squadron provides for group-level maintenance quality assurance, weapons load standardization and engine management in support of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
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