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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

Women’s Equality Day and Rosie the Riveter History

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

In 1971 at the request of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), the U.S. Congress designated Aug. 26 as "Women's Equality Day." The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1884 at the world's first women's rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.
Due to high unemployment during the Great Depression, most Americans were against women working. Society saw it as women taking jobs from unemployed men. However, in the face of acute wartime labor shortages during WWII, women were needed in the defense industry, the civilian service and the armed forces.
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Two D-M Airmen receive invites for All-Air Force Men’s Softball team

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

Two Airmen here received invites to try out for the All-Air Force men's softball team.

Technical Sgt. Matthew Lemay, 355th Security Forces Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Steven Lasseson, 355th Maintenance Group, are slated to attend team tryout camp from Aug. 22 through Sept. 13 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

For Lemay, a utility player, this is his third invite. Although his last two weren't successful, he has high hopes for this year's tryout.

"It's an honor to be invited because you are selected from such a large number of Air Force players," said Lemay. "It's also great that I get the support and approval from my leadership to be able to go."
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Citizenship for Airmen

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

A Desert Lightning Team member will lead the Pima Community Citizenship program here, Sept. 5.

Pima Community College offers the course on their campus for all those who would like to obtain their U.S. Citizenship but Master Sgt. Natasha Lindblom, 355th Comptroller Squadron Financial Management Flight flight chief, volunteered to teach the classes to Airmen and their dependents on base.

"The course is free to anyone interested in getting their citizenship," Lindblom said.
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Davis-Monthan Air Force Ball 2013

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

The 2013 D-M Air Force Ball is scheduled to be held at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 21, at 6 p.m.

The ball is held in celebration of the birthday of the U.S. Air Force, and this year's theme at D-M is "Built on Tradition, Growth Through Innovation."

"We are working on historical displays," said Capt. Michelle Mahar, D-M Air Force Ball Committee co-chair. "Our decoration committee has been working with the historian to get some really awesome pictures of D-M, the planes that have been flown here and what D-M looked like."
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LearningExpress offers continued education opportunities

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

A notification on the Air Force Portal announced Aug. 1 that the LearningExpress Library went Air Force-wide.

LearningExpress is an online educational resource available to U.S. Air Force Airmen, retirees and dependents. Made available through Air Force Libraries, LearningExpress offers self-paced courses and tutorials ranging from elementary school to adult education.

With the closure of the D-M Library for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013, LearningExpress provides another avenue for members of the Desert Lightning Team community to pursue further professional and educational goals.
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New online resource available to current, future leaders

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

A new training resource is available for Airmen and civilians that offers supervisory and leadership development tools.

The Supervisor Resource Center is an online clearinghouse developed to put Air Force tools and no-cost resources at the fingertips of Airmen any time of day.

"I'm always looking for new ways to provide training for civilian employees," said Maria Lankford, 355th Force Support Squadron, force development flight chief. "It also gives me a place that I can get professional development to enhance what I already know and learn new things about myself and what I need to improve on my inner management."
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Compass Call Airmen to receive world-class training facility

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

Construction began here on the new 55th Electronic Combat Group academic facility Aug. 15 launching the next chapter in formal flight training for EC-130H Compass Call.

This new $78 million complex will be the home of the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron, which is charged as the Air Forces sole formal training unit for the Compass Call mission. The facility will house the first flight deck simulator, two different mission crew simulators, Squadron Operations Center, office space for both Air Force and contract instructors, as well as multiple training classrooms.
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Freedom of Religion; Two cultures, same house

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

Staff Sgt. Asad Abdul Muhammad, 355th Fighter Wing protocol specialist, has just finished partaking in Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours abstaining from food, drink and other physical needs during the daylight hours, it is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God and practice self-sacrifice.

"Ramadan is a test of discipline," Abdul Muhammad said. "When I participate in Ramadan, I am humbled by the fact that at the end of the day I get a meal where there are people who don't have that option. They don't have a choice of when their next meal will come, if it comes at all."
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Child & Adult Care Food Program Public Release FY 2014

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

The Family Child Care office here announces the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Any person that believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write immediately to USDA, Directory, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or for voice or telecommunications device for the deaf call 202-720-5964.
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Logistician of the Year

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

Senior Airman Sammie Ervan, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron base support plan manager, was awarded the Air Force-level Logistics Readiness Airman of the Year award here Aug. 6.

Ervan was nominated for the award in 2012. His supervisor at the time, Staff Sgt. Mariko McClain, prepared the package without his knowledge.

"The first I heard about it was through email from someone I know at the Pentagon," Ervan said. "I used to coach his children on the basketball and baseball teams here, and he recently moved to Washington, D.C. to take a special-duty job at the Pentagon."
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D-M men’s varsity basketball to hold tryouts

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

The D-M men's varsity basketball team is slated to hold tryouts Aug. 29-30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Aug. 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Benko Fitness Center here.

Active duty Airmen, civilian workers, and military dependents 18 years and older are welcomed to try out. Because the team rebuilds every year, all 12 slots are open for tryout.

Along with returning head coach, Master Sgt. Luis Colon, the team has a new co-head coach, Mario Ramirez.

The team will play in tournaments and has 25 games scheduled for the season.
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Scheduled electrical outage set for Aug. 17

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

There will be an electrical outage here Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to scheduled maintenance.

The following buildings will be affected by the outage:

5303, 5301, 5309, 5314, 5315, 5305, 5318, 5329 and 5320.

Please plan accordingly.
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D-M holds 6th Annual Knoche-Hahn Memorial Aquathon and 5k

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

Outdoor Recreation here held the 6th Annual Knoche-Hahn Memorial Aquathon and 5k Aug. 3, at the outdoor pool.

The event is held in remembrance of Angela Knoche, a former civilian lifeguard on D-M, and Staff Sgt. Timothy Hahn, formerly assigned to the 563rd Maintenance Squadron.

Knoche and Hahn were part of a group hiking through Sabino Canyon Aug. 7, 2007, when a flash flood hit and swept Knoche into the torrent. Hahn rushed in to aide Knoche as she clung to a large boulder and attempted to extract her from the water. Unfortunately, the force of the water and debris swept both of them away.
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SecDef announces furlough change

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

Unites States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Aug. 6 that furlough days for Department of Defense appropriated fund civilian employees have been cut down from 11 to 6.

The furlough began July 8, and civilian employees were mandated to take one, unpaid, day off from work each week for up to 11 weeks. For those who normally work 40 hours a week, this meant almost a 20 percent reduction in pay throughout the furlough period.

Hagel said when sequestration took effect March 1, leadership was faced with the possibility of instating 22 furlough days. Eventually, it was decided that cutting that deep into training and maintenance would jeopardize core readiness and national security, so the furlough was set at 11 days.
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New swim program offers effective way to increase aerobic activity

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

A new class being offered to base members here gives people the chance to improve their fitness through a different kind of workout.

High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is an effective way to increase aerobic capacity. The new class uses swimming to help improve fitness dexterity.

"It's a non-impact, no load bearing activity," said David Friederich, health fitness specialist. "This class is very beneficial to anyone with shin splints, an ankle or knee issue, or anyone that has problems with their running."
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