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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

D-M honors three Purple Heart recipients

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June 6, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Three Desert Lightning Team members received Purple Heart medals for an event that occurred during their recent deployment.

On Oct. 5, 2012, a 107mm rocket hit the air conditioning unit directly outside the Metals Technology shop at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan injuring three Airmen deployed from D-M.

Airman 1st Class Michael Kristopik and Airman 1st Class Garron Reeves, both 355th Equipment maintenance Squadron structural maintenance technicians and Airman 1st Class Tyler Angelo, 355th Equipment maintenance Squadron aircrafts metals technology journeyman, were on a 6-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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D-M OSI Agent saves drowning child

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June 6, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Special Agent Christopher Martin, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 217, saved an eight-year-old boy from drowning at a youth football team pool party in Marana, Ariz., June 2.

Martin was poolside talking with his wife and daughter, scanning the pool for his other children, when he noticed something was motionless under the water.

"I didn't really know what it was," Martin said. "I got up and started walking towards the edge of the pool. I walked probably 35-40 meters when I realized that it was a child, a brother of one of my son's friends. I thought to myself, 'This kid is just holding his breath, playing with his friends,' because there were a couple of kids about 10-15 feet from him."
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Bagram force protection program emphasizes the importance of vigilance

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

There they stood, gathered outside the Base Exchange at 9 p.m. with flash lights in their gloved hands, as they prepare to walk to a destination here they had never been to.

These 120 volunteers contribute to decreasing the amount of contraband on the base by participating in an ongoing force-protection program known as Task Force Colonist. The program began with Provost Marshall in early 2012 and was later taken over by the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Office.
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Rescue group Airmen pick up injured paraglider

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June 3, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Southern Arizona Citizen Airmen from the 943rd Rescue Group chalked up another rescue within the week late Friday night, May 31. The rescue team was taking part in a night vision goggle parachuting training exercise when the helicopter flight mission commander overheard a possible downed aircraft with injured people onboard.

"As the pararesucemen were jumping with NVGs out of the helicopter, I heard communications about a downed aircraft with an injured person onboard and another individual walking around the crash site," said Capt. Brent Watts, 305th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter pilot.
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Corporals Course opens for other military branches

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

The U.S. Marine Corps Corporals Leadership Course opened its door to service members from both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy here May 11-25.

The two-week course is designed to equip new, or soon-to-be, noncommissioned officers with the tools and knowledge to effectively lead their troops, no matter the service.

"By being able to do joint operations like this, because they are going to be doing it later on in their careers, is a great and perfect way to get those preconceived notions out of the way," said U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Timothy Taylor, Corporals Leadership Course instructor from Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group at Luke AFB, Ariz. "It makes them realize that they are on the same team, fighting the same fight. We are all brothers."
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Critical Days of Summer

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

The Air Force designated May 25 through Sept. 4 of every year as the Critical Days of Summer.

The Air Force-wide campaign dedicated to ensuring Airmen have an injury-free summer has run annually since the early 1980s, and was developed to counter the traditional increase in Air Force mishaps and fatalities that occur during the summer months.

This is the time of the year when the number of mishaps rises considerably because people are partaking in more outdoor activities. Personnel on-duty tend to be in a hurry to get off work to enjoy activities.
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Student win Law Day competition

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

Law Day is celebrated every year May 1, a day first declared by Congress in 1961 as a day to celebrate the rule of law.

This year, the 355th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advocate office supported the Law Day celebration by asking children from kindergarten through grade 12 to think about their favorite freedom and submit either artwork (grades K-4) or an essay (grades 5-12) depicting his or her favorite freedom.

The legal office staff voted to determine this year's winners.
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Photos: Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week 2013

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May 29, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine


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D-M receives last A-10s out of Europe

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May 28, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Five A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft arrived here from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 23.

The A-10s were part of the 81st Fighter Squadron, which will be inactivated in June. The event marks the removal of all A-10s stationed in Europe.

D-M has received multiple A-10 aircraft from Spangdahlem during the last few weeks.

These aircraft have been transferred to D-M due to budget cuts. This is a historic event as some of these aircraft have never operationally flown in the states.
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CAF Week 2013

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May 28, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

D-M concluded its quarterly Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week on May 23.

The week's activities were focused on highlighting safety, resiliency and the social pillar of CAF and started with a wing run, followed by a wingman scavenger hunt where teams of four had to work together to find information and objects related to CAF's social pillar and resiliency.

A "Baker's Rules" bowling tournament followed on May 2. Under the format, teams of four had to roll one ball each in tandem, picking up each other's spares when necessary, further emphasizing teamwork and the social aspect of CAF.
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Rescue Group Airmen pull hiker from Arizona mountain range

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May 28, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Airmen from the 943rd Rescue Group here set out in a HH-60G Pave Hawk for a training mission May 22, when they were notified that a hiker was unconscious from a fall and needed help .

The aircrew flew back to base, offloaded their weapons, fueled up, and picked up a Guardian Angel team, special operators trained in trauma medicine and high-angle rescue -- and then went to the hiker's aid.

Earlier in the evening, operators with the Arizona Department of Safety attempted to do a long-line rescue with their helicopter, but could not make it up the canyon as darkness was setting in. Wearing night vision goggles, the Airmen of the 943rd RQG hoisted the 17-year-old hiker to safety around 11 p.m.
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DLT Airmen selected for promotion

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

Fifty-three Desert Lightning Team Airmen here were notified May 23 that they have been selected for promotion to the rank of master sergeant.

Air Force-wide there were 20,528 Airmen eligible for promotion to the senior noncommissioned officer tier. The selection rate was 18.71 percent resulting in 3,841 eligible technical sergeants being promoted.

The promotes are:

355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Jack Behar, Daniel Connolly, Jodi King, Jason Larsen, Michael Mahaffey, Jonathan McGuire, Michael Nelson, Adam Schlingman, Joshua Weneck, John Williams
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Desert Lightning Team members help kids reach new heights

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May 22, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Wright Flight took its last participant of the year up for their graduation flight May 18, at Tucson International Airport.

Wright Flight is a non-profit corporation dedicated to "helping kids reach new heights." The purpose of the program is to educate and motivate grade school students to pursue a future in aviation.

Robin Stoddard started the Wright Flight program in Tucson in 1986. At the time, Robin was a captain in the Air Force stationed at D-M where he was a pilot with the 354th Fighter Squadron.
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D-M houses Oklahoma aircraft during tornado

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May 21, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Six U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry and two U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury aircraft arrived here from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. during the weekend of May 17 due to severe weather in Oklahoma.

The inclement weather that caused the aircraft to divert included a tornado that touched down, destroying Moore, Okla., a small town located about three miles south of Tinker AFB.

The E-6Bs and one E-3 arrived May 17 while the other five E-3s arrived May 20th with less than eight hours notice.
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Where’s the money coming from?

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May 21, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

When sequestration hit, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force, Air Combat Command and the Desert Lightning Team here felt its repercussions.

Whilst flying squadrons stand down, civilian furloughs take place, and other belt-tightening measures are being taken degrading readiness throughout the Air Force, Airmen around the installation may have a few questions as to where the money is coming from to fund different endeavors. The answer is different pots of money.

Sequestration took effect March 1 following failed attempts by Congress to agree upon a budget framework to reduce the U.S. deficit by $4 trillion within the next 12 years. Since Congress was unable to accomplish their goal, sequestration took place mandating immediate $1 trillion automatic and across-the-board budget cuts.
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