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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base News

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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DLT Airmen selected for promotion

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

The Air Force notified 268 Airmen here August 1 that they had been selected for promotion to the rank of staff sergeant.

There were a total of 34,078 Airmen eligible to for promotion. With a selection rate of 32.9 percent, 11,212 of those Airmen will join the noncommissioned officer tier.

The Desert Lightning Team promotees are:

12th Air Force
Aelante Bean, Alicia Ekstrom, Benjamin Riley

25th Weather Operations Squadron
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25th OWS building dedicated to fallen Airman

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

The 25th Operational Weather Squadron building was dedicated in a ceremony here to Capt. Nathan Nylander August 1. Nylander was killed while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.

The 25th OWS building is now called the Nylander Building after the unveiling of the memorial sign at the building dedication ceremony.

During the ceremony Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, gave a speech to the more than 300 Airmen in attendance.

"I will never take for granted the sacrifices that Nate Nylander made on my behalf and on our country's behalf," Rand said.
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D-M softball team headed to Panama City for world championships

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

The base softball team, Overrated, is slated to compete in the United States Specialty Sports Association Military World Tournament in Panama City, Fla. Aug. 16-18.

The team is comprised of Airmen and Department of Defense contractors and civilian workers here. Not all of the team will be going due to various responsibilities and lack of funds. The following team members were able to make arrangements to travel:

· Master Sgt. Manolito Carrabis, team coach, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron
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D-M Airmen downrange: Bagram Airfield’s flightline undergoing repairs

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

The first phase of a major runway project on the Department of Defense's busiest runway is scheduled to be completed here Aug. 10.

"The Bagram Airfield runway project is a repair project to fix the primary landing surface of runway 03/21, or the main runway," said Capt. Richard Hallon, 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron and Air Force CE center representative.

Phase I included the repair and resurfacing of the old Russian runway, built in 1959, to allow it to become a temporary runway while the primary runway is repaired. Soon after, the contractor will start phase II work on the primary runway, which will last four months.
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D-M Airman defuses situation downrange

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

One of the biggest defense mechanisms of any expeditionary air base is the ability to launch aircraft to neutralize threats. Several 380th Air Expeditionary Wing agencies are charged with getting air operations back up and running as soon as possible should the flightline or runway be attacked. The 380th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight is the first to arrive in this scenario.

Working with engineer's assistants and the bomb removal team from the heavy vehicle operators shop, EOD is tasked with clearing any munitions, rendering safe a large area for base recovery after an attack and enabling base operations to resume. They are required to clear the airfield and create an airstrip to get aircraft back up in the air to provide defense.
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355th AMXS photos

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

The 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron generates all combat and training sorties in the 355th Wing and manages the efforts of more than 500 personnel in 13 different specialties maintaining A-10 attack aircraft.
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Kids become paint technicians for a day

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

On Base Auto Body here held a "Kidz Kar Show" event July 17 at the School Age Program across from the Youth Center.

The annual event gives members of the auto body shop a chance to connect with customers on a different level by interacting with their children.

The auto body shop's first event was held August 2011 at Bama Park with activities for both adults and kids.

"We had such a great turnout we decided that we would probably want to do this once a year for the kids," said Sandra Pogue, On Base Auto Body human resources director.
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Mirage Club offers “drive thru” dinner

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


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Gate 29B to have a limited opening July 29

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

Gate 29B here will be opening July 29.

However, it will only be a limited opening. This means the gate will only be open for certain time periods of the duty day.

29B will be open for inbound traffic only from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., and for outbound traffic only from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will be closed on weekends, federal holidays and down days.

The gate, located on the southwest side of the base just off Valencia Road, will allow a quicker commute for those living south of D-M. Those living near the Rita Ranch area can expect an approximate 20-minute difference in their daily commutes one way.
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Squadron commander receives German air force award

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

The German air force awarded an American Airman an Air Force Service Cross for his service as a translator for the German Air Force Command.

Before he assumed command of the 563rd Operations Support Squadron, Lt. Col. Lorne Eshelman served as a personnel exchange program liaison with the German air force. On July, 18, he was rewarded for his efforts.

Eshelman was presented the Service Cross by Oberst Heinz-Josef Ferkinghoff, GAF, during a ceremony held at the Mirage Club here. Oberst is the German rank equivalent to a colonel in the United States.
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354th FS and other CAF units resumes flying

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

The 354th Fighter Squadron here resumed flying operations July 16 after being put in a stand down for approximately three months due to sequestration.

The 354th FS was one of several units under Air Combat Command that had to stop, or curtail, its flying operations after returning from a deployment. This was done to ensure that remaining units supporting worldwide operations could maintain sufficient readiness through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013.

However, Congressional action on the $1.8 billion overseas contingency operations reprogramming action made peacetime dollars available. The Air Force Council has approved the use of $423 million of those dollars to restore flying hours for affected units.
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355th MDG holds health, fitness fair

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

The 355th Medical Group, Patient Education Function here held a Family Health and Fitness Fair July 19 at the base exchange.

The PEF holds the fair every summer to give the 355th MDG and other base agencies a chance to connect with people outside of the work environment. Many base agencies were at the fair to provide information to families and answer questions.

"The medical community becomes more relatable at this event," said Lana Fred, 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron health educator. "Most patients just go into the clinic for their appointment and then leave. The fair gives people a chance to see what the Med Group has to offer that many people miss."
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All-day water outage scheduled for July 26

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

There will be a water outage here July 26, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. due to scheduled maintenance.

The following buildings will be affected by the outage:

7101, 7391, 7401, 7199, 7213, 7406, 7431, 7425, 7427, 7438, 7435, 7437, 7408, 7428, 7405, 7506, 7505, 7508, 7420, 7818, 7819, 7823, 7824, 7825, 7815, 7822, 7801, 7436, 7454, 7440, 7439, 7441, 7443, 7442, 7410, 7411, 7412, 7413, 7416, 7448, 117, 104, 94, 96, 81, 220, 253, 269, 136, 127, 131, 130, 125, 129, 110, 113, 128, 189, 191, 257, 250, 100, 105 (Fire Training), 7448, 7445, 7011 and 1232.
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