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  • Zara Strong: Father gives daughter second chance at life

    “They said I was her best option of survival, but in fact I was the only option.” Overcome by emotions, reality hit Tech Sgt. Jean “Jay” Fleurantin like a ton of bricks when even his own bone marrow would only give his 13-year-old daughter, Zara, a 40 percent chance to beat Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
  • Heritage Flight: making a connection

    DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., -- The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course demonstrates the evolution of the USAF's airpower by flying today’s fighter aircraft in formation with World War II, Korean and Vietnam War - era aircraft. The training includes a performance of formations by current USAF fighters such as F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor and A-10 Thunderbolt II along with historical warbirds like the P-51 Mustang, P-38 Lightning, P-40 Warhawk and F-86 Sabre.
  • Heritage Flight Training Course dazzles DM community

    Davis-Monthan Air Force base hosts the annual Heritage Flight Training course prior to the air show season as a familiarization opportunity for active duty pilots to fly in formation with WWII and Korean-era planes. Each morning prior to the day’s training sorties, the ramp is open to service members, veterans, and their families.
  • RAF trainer instructs CQB tactics

    The 820th BDG teamed with British Royal Air Force Sgt. Glenn Risebrow,15th Squadron senior noncommissioned officer in charge of training, in multiple training scenarios to help strengthen combined operations between U.S. and British forces.
  • 93d AGOW weathermen forecast desert success

    While many have attained the glory of leaving the battlefield as champions by outmaneuvering and overpowering their foes, some of the most historic battles have been decided by those who outwit their adversaries by exploiting weather and environmental conditions. Using their specialized meteorology skills, Air Force weather forecasters from the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing helped Army assets utilize Mother Nature during a month-long, rotation at the National Training Center in Ft. Irwin, Calif.
  • 48th RQS PJs primed for deployment after extensive training cycle

    For the past few months, pararescuemen from the 48th Rescue Squadron out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., have been gearing up for a deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. They began with a five day tactical medical course in the pine-wooded environment of Perry, Florida, and then moved on to the culmination of their training at Razor’s Edge, a 2-week-long isolated personnel recovery exercise.
  • Prime BEEF: 23d CES builds up to deploy

    Airmen from the 23d Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) participated in a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (BEEF) training day, Feb. 15, here. The Prime BEEF day was geared toward preparing Airmen for wartime tasks that they could be called to perform while in a deployed environment.
  • HH-60s train over the NTTR

    The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter conducts day or night personnel recovery operations in hostile environments to recover isolated personnel during war.
  • Sun setting the MQ-1 Predator: MQ-9 Reaper meets demand

    With the retirement of the MQ-1 Predator on the horizon, MQ-9 Reapers were successfully transferred via flight from one combat operation to another within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility for the first time. In January, Airmen facilitated the flight of MQ-9s from Operation Inherent Resolve to Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. This innovative approach took less than 10 percent of the normal time it takes to disassemble, box and ship Remotely Piloted Aircraft via airlift from one theater to another, which allowed warfighters to stay ahead of the pace of modern warfare. As aircrews seamlessly continue to provide dominant, persistent attack and reconnaissance capabilities to meet war front demands from the MQ-9, MQ-1s enter the transition phase out of active inventory.
  • Continuing the legacy: father, son stationed together

    DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., -- Since the U.S. Air Force’s establishment in 1947, sons and daughters have followed in their parents’ footsteps to serve their country. Rarely, though, do they get the opportunity to serve alongside each other. Following in his father’s footsteps, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob Formantes, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, was fortunate to receive his first assignment down the street from his father, Master Sgt. Robert Formantes, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron aircraft fuels system section chief.
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