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October 17, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

The Arts & Crafts Center here offers many services, classes and products for base members.

When the government began reducing our footprint and the amount of money spent at base levels, the center picked up activities and services that were removed when certain organizations closed.

"The library use to run the Reading & Crafting program, but we have taken it up," said Tracy Dusablon, 355th Force Support Squadron, Arts & Crafts Center manager. "With the government slimming things down, we try to relocate some of the things here so they are still available on base."
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D-M soars to higher heights

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October 17, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

More than 600 residents at Davis-Monthan enjoyed the 7th Annual Soaring Heights National Night Out, Oct. 1, 2013.

National Night Out, which has been a part of the D-M community for 30 years, is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and also helps generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts.

"Our residents live in environments that (are) uniquely safe," said Carolyn Decker, Director of Property Management. "However this event gives our residents the opportunity to become more familiar and comfortable with safety providers in their community."
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Last cargo mission out of FOB Sharana

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October 17, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine

Originally posted 10/6/2013 - The aircrew of "Growler 51" set out a few hours before sunrise Sept. 28 to fly the last of the U.S. cargo out of Forward Operating Base Sharana before the base was officially transferred to the Afghan government.

Twelve hours and three round-trip flights later, the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Airmen completed the mission.

Maj. Devin Cummings and 1st Lt. Brent Stevens, 774th EAS pilots, took turns maneuvering the aircraft around deep cloud banks and over the Hindu Kush mountain peaks during the 40-minute flights, alternating their route for weather concerns.
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Members from the 55th ECG return home

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

Members from the 55th Electronic Combat Group welcomed home deployed squadron members, Oct. 7, 2013.

The 11 ECG Airmen returned from a combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While deployed, members of the 55th operated an EC-130H Compass Call aircraft.

The Airmen were deployed for 3 months, but to family and friends it seemed like a lifetime.

"While our squadron has been continuously deployed for over 10 years, it's always a pleasure to welcome home our deployed Airmen and participate in their reunions with family, friends and loved ones," said Lt. Col. Arvid E. Opry, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron commander.
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The 355th MSG renders the proper salute

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October 2, 2013 in Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base by clevine


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Due to the government shutdown, base services are limited.

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



Due to the current furlough of civilian employees, the following facilities will be closed until further notice:

Chiropractic Services
Chapel- Catholic Mass is suspended during weekdays
Health and Wellness Center

PDC testing:

All CLEPS and DANTES-funded testing will be temporarily suspended for all active-duty service, Guard, Reserves and Coast Guard until further notice.
The PDC is working to resolve this issue soon.
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Breast Cancer Awareness

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

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of screening and early detection of breast cancer. Davis-Monthan Radiology clinic is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. Also, 2,240 men in the U.S. are expected to get breast cancer this year. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.
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“Prevent Kitchen Fires”

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

Your home should be a safe haven, but do you regularly check for fire hazards?

The 2013 Fire Prevention Week campaign will run from 6-12 October and the theme is "Prevent Kitchen Fires". It is all about keeping you, your family, and the Desert Lightning community safe from a fire.

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments, both military and civilian across the country. For over 91 years, fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record. It commemorates the great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 residents, left 100,000 more homeless, and destroyed more than 17,400 buildings.
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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

There are many awareness's recognized in the month of October, one of which is Domestic Violence.

The Family Advocacy office, here, is showing their support for the cause base wide.

The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed October 1987 after it was spearheaded by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and given the approval by President George W. Bush signing the proclamation.

The goal for the Family Advocacy office is to educate and prevent domestic abuse as well as remind the Desert Lightning Team that there is a zero tolerance for such behavior.
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Team D-M journeys through the jungle

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

Approximately 450 military members, spouses and children attended a community outreach and information fair hosted by the Airman and Family Services flight at the Mirage Club, Sept. 19, 2013.
The event, Jungle Journey, was held to provide families vital information about community services including early intervention programs, mentorship programs, counseling services, special education, school supports and more.

Tiffany Hornbeek, Exceptional Family Member Program family support specialist, organized the Air Force Personnel Center-funded event with the Youth Center staff.
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Food for thought

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

The 355th Force Support Squadron will be having a food forum at the Desert Inn Dining Facility for all Airmen, Department of Defense civilians, and contractors, Oct. 3.

The purpose of the forum is to receive feedback from the diners in order to help the dining facility staff get a better understanding of what they are utilizing the facility for and to review upcoming food service topics.

Topics such as dress code, recent renovations, the Go for Green program, specialty meals and food transformation initiatives and possibly modifying the hours of operation.
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POW speaks at ceremony

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

A Prisoner Of War/Missing In Action remembrance ceremony was held here Sept. 20, 2013.

Approximately 200 Airmen, civilians and retirees were in attendance during the ceremony that featured a motorcycle formation, a POW/MIA Table and a World War II prisoner of war guest speaker.

The formation of about 50 volunteer motorcyclists kicked off the ceremony, lining the center aisle with their bikes decorated with American and POW/MIA flags.
A small, round table, set for one, was displayed center stage, reminding those in the room there are loved ones who could not be there. During the presentation of the table, an honor guard member pointed to each item as the meaning behind it was announced.
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Desert Lightning Team Attacks Fitness

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

The 355th Force Support Squadron will be holding the Attack Fitness Competition at 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Haeffner Gym, Sept. 27.

This event is open to anyone with gym access, whether military or dependents, but is limited to 15 men and 15 women.

There will be four required workouts that each competitor must complete.

The first workout will consist of 500m row, 20 back squats at body weight and 30 pull-ups.

The second work out will consist of a box jumps, and overhead weight.
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Navy Knighthawks conduct joint training with Air Force Thunderbolts

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

Three U.S. Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters participated in joint training with A-10 Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here September 12-20.

The MH-60S, similar to the Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk, traveled from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. along with 20 flight crew members and nearly 30 maintainers.

The training, which took place in southern Arizona's military training ranges, gave the units a chance to test their skills and strengthen joint operations between the military services.
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Home away from home

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

The Community and Airman Partnership Program is one way that Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the Tucson community welcome Airmen to the community.

More than 500 new Airmen come to D-M every year as their first duty station. Those Airmen have a lot of "firsts": first base, first job, first time away from their family and the CAMP program provides for their first opportunity to be part of the community.

"The Air Force family is a great network, but D-M has something in addition to that," said Captain Tabatha Zellhart, the CAMP Program Officer in Charge. "CAMP is an extension of that family into the Tucson community."
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