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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base News

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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Navy Knighthawks conduct joint training with Air Force Thunderbolts

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September 23, 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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The 358th fights to support life

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


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“These things we do that others may live”… in Bagram

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

Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron will be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal with Valor, September 20 at the 55th RQS at 2:00 p.m.

The Distinguished Flying Cross Medal with Valor will be presented to Capt John Larson and Senior Airman Joshua Brown for their actions during a contingency operation while deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

"I was the aircraft commander for Pedro 84, SrA Josh Brown was the gunner in 83, both HH-60Gs," said Capt. John Larson, 55th Rescue Squadron HH-60 pilot. "We received a medevac request for two New Zealand Soldiers with gunshot wounds; we would barely have enough fuel to complete the mission so an HC-130 was launched out of Camp Bastion to refuel us."
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“These things we do that others may live”… in Kandahar

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

Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron will be awarded medals on September 20 at the 55th RQS at 2:00 p.m.

The Distinguished Flying Cross Medal with Valor and the Air Medal with Valor will be presented to eight Airmen for their actions during a contingency operation.

While deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, the 55th RQS members distinguished themselves by heroism when called out to a high risk mission to rescue a four critically wounded Coalition Soldiers on 10 December 2012.
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Davis-Monthan migrates

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

The 355th Fighter Wing, base higher headquarters, and tenants will soon migrate computer users into a central Air Force Network (AFNet).

Over a period of 47 days beginning Nov 4, technicians will begin migrating Davis-Monthan NIPRNet workstations, network users and e-mail into the AFNet.

The goal of this project is to collapse all individual or stand-alone Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard networks into the AFNet.

To the majority of DM's computer users, the changes will be transparent and should not cause any interruption to network access or normal day-to-day operations, but for the Air Force, this migration represents a major change to how computer networks are managed.
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IDC puts Airmen in control

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

The Installation Dormitory Council, here, is giving Airmen the opportunity to take control of the quality of life on the dormitory campus.

The IDC is an organization designed to allow several Airmen representatives the opportunity to present ideas and concerns that affect the living standards of dorm residents directly to the base leadership.

"This is an opportunity for Airmen to not only expand their leadership abilities but also to get things rolling on something they want to put into place or action for the dorm campus," said Chief Master Sgt. Dawna Cnota, 355th Fighter Wing command chief.
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Presenting the medallions

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

Members of the Desert Lightning Team participated in a medallion ceremony honoring World War II veterans held Sept. 7 at Silver Springs Senior Living Community in Green Valley.

The ceremony was a joint endeavor between local branches of all four services and Silver Springs. Silver Springs is an independent and assisted senior living community located near the Santa Rita Mountains in Green Valley, Ariz.

The idea for the medallion ceremony was sparked through involvement with Honor Flight.
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TCH celebrates 20 years with D-M

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

The Centers for Habilitation is a non-profit organization dedicated to recruiting and helping create employment opportunities for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.

In celebration of its 20 years in partnership with D-M, TCH held a ceremony at the Desert Dining Inn here, Aug. 19.

In attendance were local civilian and base leadership, including Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, and Congressman Ron Barber as the guest speaker.

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Airmen use hardships to help others

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

Two D-M Airmen hosted a Go Gold event, August 16, 2013, to give back to something that has changed their lives.

Airman 1st Class Lorenzo Kates, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron knowledge operations manager, and A1C Rocio Pattarroyo, 355th Communications Squadron knowledge operations manager, set up a booth to help raise funds for those affected by cancer.

The two Airmen raised over $1000 for the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

When the Airmen decided they wanted to help a cause, they did some research and found something they could both relate to, kids and cancer.
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355th Civil Engineer Squadron

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


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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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