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Perusing education without tuition assistance Airmen sit through the first Tuition Assistance Suspension briefing held at the Professional Development Center here March 13. Representatives from local colleges, the PDC and the Veterans Affairs Office sat in on the briefing to answer questions and provide Airmen with additional information.
Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Effective March 11, the Secretary of the Air Force has approved the suspension of the Tuition Assistance Program. The Air Force has had to make difficult choices to preserve readiness: suspension of flying operations at community outreach events, flying hour cuts and suspension of Air Force training and education programs. “The combined effects of continuing resolution and sequestration are forcing some very tough decisions,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody. “Given this environment, we’ve had to make the decision to suspend military tuition assistance for the remainder of this fiscal year.” Airmen currently enrolled in courses ap-
proved for military TA are not affected and are allowed to complete current course enrollment. However, Airmen are no longer permitted to submit new requests for TA. The Air Force continues to value education as a force multiplier, and Airmen should take advantage of educational opportunities to make themselves more proficient in their profession, setting them up for success. “We understand suspension of TA benefits make things tougher,” Cody said. “There are other ways for Airmen to complete the Community College of the Air Force degree.” Some alternate sources for funding education are College Level Examination Program exams, federal or private loans, grants, scholarships and the GI Bill. “Tuition assistance was only one way to work on education,” said Mr. Carl Rhea, 355th Force
Support Squadron education services officer. “There are endless opportunities that still exist for members to reach their goals.” The education center at D-M has already begun the process of helping Airmen continue their pursuit of higher education. “We stand by to work through this to the end,” Rhea said. “The education center will immediately transition to assist members in this new direction.” In fiscal year 2012, more than 104,000 Airmen used TA, which provided $194 million to the pursuit of educational goals in more than 277,000 classes. Tuition assistance aided Airmen in receiving over 26,000 associate degrees, 2,000 baccalaureate degrees and 3,000 graduate degrees. For more information, contact the Education Center at 228-4815.
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D-M to host first Desert Boneyard 5K Fun Run/Walk The fitness center will host the first Desert Boneyard 5K Fun Run/Walk on April 27. The course will travel through hundreds of historic military aircraft stored and maintained by the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group here.
The Davis-Monthan AFB Fitness Center will host the first Desert Boneyard 5K Fun Run/Walk April 27 at 8 a.m. The course navigates through hundreds of historic military aircraft stored and maintained by the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group here. The 309th AMARG provides depot-level maintenance, aircraft regeneration, storage and preservation, aircraft parts reclamation and disposal in support of the U.S. Department of Defense, allied war-fighters and other government agencies. AMARG encompasses more
than 2,600 acres and provides storage for nearly 4,000 aircraft. In this unprecedented event, individuals will be able to run or walk through lanes of aviation history. All participants must remain on the designated track throughout the race, and will need to complete the run/walk no later than 9:30 a.m. Only registered and pre-paid participants will be granted admission through the AMARG gate which is located off of Kolb and Irvington Rd. The gate will open at 6:30 a.m. for participants.
Children participating under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a legal guardian throughout the entire run/walk. Children age 7 and under are FREE! Register online at: http://dmforcesupport. com/Fitness/Fitness.html The cost is $25 and the deadline to register is April 14. Only registered/paying participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. For additional information please contact the base gym at 228-0022.
Five AADD volunteers reach milestone Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Many Airmen stationed here and the bases around the Air Force spend their time volunteering for Airmen Against Drunk Driving. This program is designed to support military members and their dependents by providing safe and reliable transportation when they have had too much to drink. However, this option should be a last resort or “plan C” if “A” and “B” failed. In 2012, Senior Airman Christopher Farris, 355th Logistic Readiness Squadron AADD president, Staff Sgt. Bruce Liu, 355th Security Forces Squadron, Senior Airman Sunny Mlinko, 25th Operational Weather Squadron, Senior Airman Stephen Dodge 55th Electronic Combat Group and Airman
1st Class Aaron Tocco, 355th base command chief ’s coin. drivers pay out of pocket for all Operations Support Squadron, These are given to the first ser- expenses including gas, the gas reached the 75 hour volunteer geants and then presented to the cards would help ease the financial responsibility of being an AADD volunteer. “Not only are you helping military members make a safe choice so they don’t ruin their careers or hurt anybody, you are also helping your community,” Farris said “by utilizing AADD, you are taking drunk drivers off the road.” The program is available Friday and Saturday nights 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. with exceptions for holiday weekends. On average, AADD has eight drivers a night as well as a call coordinator. Airmen at a commanders call milestone. For any Airman interested Some of the things AADD is As a result of hitting the third tier of the rewards program, the looking into getting is T-shirts in becoming a volunteer, conAirmen will receive a gold cer- and gas cards for those who tact Farris in advance. For those tificate, their name on a plaque volunteer 75 or 100 hours to whose “plan A” and “plan B” the in the education center and the the program. Considering the phone number is 850-2233.
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TSP officials warn against unsanctioned app
SecDef directs review of Distinguished Warfare Medal
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- A free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk, program officials warned. A notice on the Thrift Savings Plan website says the “TSP Funds” app, which asks participants for their account login information, is not sanctioned. “This app is not being offered through the TSP, and the TSP does not recommend using this application to access your TSP account,” the notice
says. “Providing this information could result in a security risk to your account.” The Thrift Savings Plan is a retirement savings and investment plan for federal employees and members of the uniformed services, including the Ready Reserve. It was established by Congress in the Federal Employees’ Retirement System Act of 1986 and offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans.
“Providing this information could result in a security risk to your account.”
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WASHINGTON (AFPS) -In light of recent discussions concerning the new Distinguished Warfare Medal and its order of precedence relative to other military decorations, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the award, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today. Little said Hagel directed Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to conduct the review and expects to make a decision about the medal’s fate after assessing the findings. “Secretary Hagel consulted with the chairman, the Joint Chiefs and the service secretaries and knows that the decision to establish the medal was carefully and thoroughly analyzed within the Department of Defense,” Little said.
Opponents of the medal question the hierarchy of technology-driven warfare such as unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, missile defense and cyber capabilities, as the operators may not be anywhere near a combat zone. “Production of the medal has stopped,” Little said, adding that there are so far no nominations for it, allowing time to make a final decision. Little noted that the secretary has a long history of involvement and membership with veteran service organizations, including a stint as head of the USO. “He’s heard their concerns, he’s heard the concerns of others, and he believes that it’s prudent to take into account those concerns and conduct this review,” Little said. “His style as a leader is to be [decisive] and also to be a ready listener.”
Hagel orders review of sex assault case, convening authority Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed two separate reviews to ensure that the U.S. military justice system is appropriately protecting victims of sexual assault as well as dispensing justice to the accused, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today. The orders are an outgrowth of a case against Air Force Lt. Col. James Wilkerson. Last year, a panel of military officers at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, found the colonel guilty of a sexual assault. The judge sentenced him to a year in prison and dismissal from the service. Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, the
3rd Air Force commander, was the convening authority for the court-martial and reviewed the finished case and sentence. The general reviewed the case over a threeweek period and used his authority under Article 60 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice to dismiss the charges against Wilkerson. “He concluded that the entire body of evidence was insufficient to meet the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” Hagel wrote in a letter about the case to California Sen. Barbara Boxer. Dismissing charges like this is rare, officials said, but not unheard-of. A commander is not required to give a reason for the decision, and the commander’s decision is final.
Hagel ordered the Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley and Robert Taylor, the Defense Department’s acting general counsel, to review the case against Wilkerson. He asked them “to assess whether all aspects of the UCMJ were correctly applied and to make recommendations on how the convening authority’s decision in this case could be more transparent,” Little said. Their report is due back to Hagel on March 20. Hagel also ordered the acting general counsel to conduct a review of Article 60 of the UCMJ -- the article covering the actions of the convening authority. Hagel is asking Taylor to provide an assessment of whether changes should be made in Article
60, and this assessment is due March 27. Hagel has made it clear to military and civilian leaders that “eliminating sexual assault in the military is one of his top priorities,” Little said. “Sexual assault is a serious crime that has no place in the department and he will not tolerate it,” he added. “Any member of the military that is convicted of sexual assault -no matter his rank or position -- must be held appropriately accountable.” U.S. service members must know that “they are protected from criminal assault by a system of laws that function promptly, fairly and justly,” Little said.
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Resiliency combats challenges Commentary by Retired Chief Master Sergeant Vincent L. Howard 355 Fighter Wing Community Support Coordinator
The challenges faced by Airmen are many. Beyond the immediate physical threats generated by deployments, our Airmen must deal with the mental and social effects of being in a high-intensity, stressful and dangerous environment, sometimes for months at a time. These same deployments often force spouses to become “single parents,” due to the myriad of challenges deployments produce. For our Airmen and civilians alike, service to our nation can often result in homesickness, loneliness, culture shock, undesirable assignments, long hours, the stress of learning a new job, the departure and rotation of close friends and a myriad of other stressors. All of these factors stress the need for resiliency. But with every new program, there are questions that must be answered. Why have we initiated another Air Force “program” that will take time away from our critical mission priorities? The Air Force is not instituting a program. Rather, our great service is acknowledging a culture that will inspire Airmen to view difficulties as challenges, not paralyzing events or a negative reflection on their self-worth. A culture of resiliency is not PowerPoint slides and canned training, but an environment that results in increased commitment to yourself, your personal and professional relationships, your friendships and the great nation you serve. Resilient behavior means that you feel more empowered, powerful, and increasingly confident. Resiliency is not an Air Force program; it is a significant, positive quality that makes for better Airmen, better wingmen and better citizens.
cannot afford to let any of us forget it, regardless of the challenges we face or the failures we seem to encounter. Embracing resiliency teaches us to always “get up” and keeps us on the lookout for our fellow Airmen. Michael Jordan locked himself in his bedroom and cried when he was cut from his high school basketball team, but he got up. Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for lacking imagination and having no original ideas, but he got up. The Beatles were rejected by Decca Recording Studio, because executives didn’t like their sound and proclaimed. “They have no future in show business.” They got up. We invest our time, attention, and energy to this endeavor to give our Airmen and civilians, the opportunity to realize personal greatness. Our Airmen and our Air Force benefit when that happens. Why are our efforts being directed to something that does not affect how we conduct our primary mission? Embracing resiliency absolutely impacts our mission accomplishment in a positive way. Just like you don’t wait until you get sick to start eating right and exercising; just like you don’t take the car in after its already broken down; we do not and cannot afford to wait until challenges, failures, and tragedies occur to begin discussing resilient behavior strategies.
Why are we investing our precious time, attention, and energy to such a seemingly common sense endeavor?
Members of the Desert Lightning Team cheer on a fellow Airman during the Wingman Warrior Day 5K at here last year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths)
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We’ve always faced challenges. The Air Force has long embraced enhancing community and individual resilience as a leadership principle, but now it is actively and aggressively emphasizing its importance. Every new first term Airman receives 10 hours of training focused on acknowledging successful resiliency strategies and behaviors. We’ve identified dozens of master resiliency trainers and resiliency training assistants to assist our commanders, Chief Master Sergeants, first sergeants, and supervisors in bringing our community atmosphere to a high level of resiliency and keeping it high. Winston Churchill said “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” The intent is to bring resiliency strategies to D-M by incorporating it into focused leadership sessions and ensuring our entire community embraces this philosophy, including spouses and family members. We plan to discuss resiliency strategies during our quarterly Comprehensive Airman Fitness days and professional development seminars, at lunch and learning seminars, and within our units at every opportunity. The base’s leadership, including our trained resiliency experts, are committed to resiliency not being seen as a program, but as an essential part of how we lead, how we follow and, for those who are already strongly resilient to both life and military challenges, how we take care of each other as wingmen.
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Troop financial readiness important to force, official says Nick Simeone Amercian Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- “It’s never too early to start saving for retirement no matter how young you are,” said a top Pentagon official, reminding those in uniform of how important it is to act now to ensure long-term financial readiness. The message from Barbara Thompson, director of the Pentagon’s office of Family Policy/Children and Youth, is part of the year-long “Military Saves Campaign,” a nationwide effort to encourage service members to build wealth and avoid debt. The financial health of members of the military is of top concern to the Defense Department because officials say service members who have financial problems may be distracted from mission readiness. DOD offers a range of tools that provide financial advice to service personnel including the website saveandinvest.org. Thompson told AFPS and the Pen-
tagon Channel that members of the military, perhaps more than those in other professions, face greater financial stress because of the nature of their jobs. “The complexity of today’s financial environment combined with the realities of the military life, including frequent moves and deployment, present special financial challenges,” Thompson said. But they are challenges, she said, that can be easily managed. “Financial stability means you can pay your bills on time, and have a little bit in reserve to take care of those unexpected emergencies,” Thompson said. She suggests starting by examining monthly expenses. “Look at your credit card, look at your APR [annual percentage rate],” Thompson said. “Reduce the number of credit cards you have, making sure you pay off as much as you can every month because that interest is causing a huge drain on your financial well being.”
DOD studies have found that junior enlisted service members are at an increased risk of experiencing financial problems. Pentagon data obtained through surveys and supplied to AFPS by Thompson’s office suggests an increase last year in those who experienced one or more problems in paying bills. Having an overall financial strategy with achievable, identifiable goals, she said, is a key to successful money management. “I think what’s important is that we know what our goals are and how comfortable we feel (about) the risk involved with not having savings and not having money in the bank,” Thompson said. And that leads to knowing the difference between short- and long-term financial goals. Thompson identified near-term goals as those that include everything from having enough cash to cover living expenses, building an emergency fund, paying down debt, saving for a vacation or buying a car
-- generally expenses anticipated to occur within five years. “Long term is really thinking about your future, thinking about your children’s future, thinking about college education for your children, thinking about buying a home, thinking about retirement,” she said. And no matter how far-off retirement might seem, Thompson stressed the importance of developing spending habits that will ensure financial stability into later life, especially at a time when the nation is going through a period of budget and economic uncertainty. “Even though it seems so far away and so out of the picture, it’s important in today’s world that you start saving,” she said, “because we’re not really sure what the picture is going to be in the next 50 years, or what our social security is and what our benefits are going to be.”
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D-M Airman saves time earning a degree Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
in business.” For easier subjects he studies for one to two days before testing on
tests,” Proctor said. “When it comes to guessing on tests, I’m a pretty horrible test taker. As long as you’re
A local Airman doesn’t attend college, but rather spends his time earning college credit through the College Level Examination Program, or CLEP, as well as the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program. Airman 1st Class Connor Proctor, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron A-10 avionics technician, spends Airman 1st Class Connor Proctor, 355th Aircraft Maintenance most of his off-duty time studying Squadron A-10 avionics technician, spends his free time studying for CLEPs and DANTES. He’s comhere Feb. 26. Airman Procotor plans to get a bachelor’s degree in pleted about a dozen classes and business. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths) plans to keep at it. “My goal is to get as much school done as possible without going to the materials. For harder subjects, he somewhat prepared for these tests, the answers are pretty clear cut. They school,” said Proctor. “Ultimately, I studies from one to two weeks. would like to get a bachelor’s degree “I’m actually not too good at aren’t tricky. They are pretty passable
Exchange offers pricing parity Whether servicemembers are here at Davis-Monthan, on exercise or deployed, they can expect to find the same or very similar prices at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide. The practice is known as pricing parity and the prices for products available around the world are established centrally. “While price differentiations can occur with items purchased locally overseas, per Department of Defense policy, the Exchange doesn’t increase prices in order to cover shipping or other higher operational costs,” said the Davis-Monthan Exchange General Manager Cathy
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if you just put some time into studying.” Proctor recommends anyone thinking about taking the CLEP or DANTES should go to www.freeclep-prep.com for more information. It provides a list of resources to study from for each test. A few college-level credits Proctor has earned through these tests are, Fundamentals of Counseling, Introduction to Psychology, Public Speaking, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Supervision, Principles of Management, and College Mathematics. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment to take a CLEP or DANTES exam, contact Pima Community College’s DavisMonthan Education Center in Building 2441, Suite 100 or call 206-4866.
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An AGE old family tradition to work with his mother, and his current flight chief used to work with his father. “I try to stay away from the flight chief as much as possible,” Stewart said jokingly, when asked
was in the AGE career field for 10 years before crosstraining into finance. Mathew’s mother, Staff Sgt. Dawn StewartSchmidt, was in the AGE career field for six years before crosstraining into intelligence. “Mandatory crosstraining came down and he got ahead of the curve and crosstrained before the Air Force limited the list of jobs available,” said Stewart. “My mother crosstrained into intelligence. At this point in time I do not intend to crosstrain,” said Stewart. “My favorite aspect of being an AGE mechanic is doing something I am truly interested in and truly love.” Mathew’s brother Airman Basic Eric Stewart, entered the Air Force in the open mechanical career field and was given a slot in the AGE career field during Basic Military Training. Staff Sgt. Mathew Stewart, 355th Equipment AGE provides crew chiefs with equipment to Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment service and fix aircraft. For every hour a plane craftsman, troubleshoots a generator here March 8. spends in the air, it spends dozens of hours on the Sergeant Stewart has been an AGE mechanic for more than seven years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman ground being maintained and prepped. Those in Camilla Griffin) the AGE career field are responsible for maintaining the equipment that supplies electricity, as well as hydraulic pressure and air pressure, if his flight chief gives him grief about working as planes receive maintenance and prepare for with his father in the past. flight. Without AGE, our planes would be nothMathew’s father, Tech Sgt. Michael Stewart, ing more than paperweights said Stewart.
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Staff Sgt. Mathew Stewart, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment craftsman, has a unique family history with the Air Force. Every member in his immediate family has been an enlisted Airman in our great Air Force. What makes his family history even more interesting is the fact that every one of them has served in the Aerospace Ground Equipment career field. Sergeant Stewart has been in the Air Force for about seven and a half years. He joined knowing exactly what he was going to do. Mathew’s parents and little brother have been and are AGE craftsmen. Stewart’s parents met on the job at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., their first duty station. “My parents met at their first duty station, which was Eglin Air Force Base, back in the 80’s,” said Stewart. “My mom joined in 1988 and my dad joined in 1987.” Mathew can’t seem to escape his family’s AGE ties, not that he wants to. But every assignment he has had, he has met or worked with someone who worked with one or both his parents. One of Mathew’s tech school instructors used
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Excellence In All They Do: AZANG Recognizes Outstanding Airmen Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith 162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
There may have been no stream of paparazzi lining a red carpet at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa, but the Arizona Air National Guard’s own stars showed up in their service and mess dress uniforms at the 2013 Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet (OAY) award ceremonies here March 9. All the Arizona Air Guard’s units - from the 107th Air Control Squadron to the 162nd Fighter Wing - were present to honor Airmen who in 2012, exemplified the highest professional standards of the guard’s most valued asset its people. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Richard A. Smith, formerly the ninth Command Chief Master Sergeant to the Director, National Guard Bureau, served as the keynote speaker for the occasion. “They fulfill and define the greatest military organization in the world,” said Smith, referring to the 23 nominees of the evening. “These Airmen went above and beyond their AFSC or job title.” Though the event was ultimately geared toward the nominees, OAY was an opportune moment for all attending Arizona Airmen to express their gratitude toward each other, reinforcing the “buddy” concept of being a good wingman inside and outside the confines of their respective units. “It’s not a 9-5 thing we do at work, and we have to get each other’s backs,” said Capt. David Fitzmaurice, Assistant Director of Operations from the 107th Air Control Squadron. But the evening, according to Fitzmaurice, was about “bringing us all together in a casual setting while honoring those who are nominated.”
Juergens, the aircraft fuel systems repair shop NCOIC who won in the Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year category, credits his victory to the dedicated Airmen who surround him whenever he puts on his ABUs and reports for duty. “As a shop supervisor, my success is a direct reflection of their success,” he said. “They’re (his crew) the engine that makes it happen.” But in achieving excellence, Juergens points to military life-lessons that require focus and dedication. “Set goals, learn your job well, enjoy where you’re at, and never take it for granted,” he said. Grounded in protocol and rooted in honor, formal award ceremonies are time-honored, military traditions connecting a modern-day fighting air power in the desert to warriors dating back to B.C times. Thus, the extravagant nature of the banquet was not lost on the attending Airmen. During one of the many introductions of the evening, Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Irving, Arizona State Command Chief, said not all 54 states and territories were able to hold such an award ceremony, and he thanked the Phoenix Air National Guard (PANG) Patriots - a military support organization - in particular for making the function a reality. Along with other monetary prizes from various organizations such as GEICO and AAFES, PANG presented each of the OAY winners with a $250 check. Additionally, Arizona Air Guard winners will eventually compete against other states’ Airmen, ending in final competition against the winners of other Air Force components.
Congratulations to the 2012 winners! Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Russell Shirley, assigned to the 214th Air Reconnaissance Group. Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Staff Sgt. William Reid, assigned to the 107th Air Control Squadron. Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Senior Master Sgt. David Juergens, assigned to the 162nd Fighter Wing. First Sergeant of the Year: Senior Master Sgt. Marclen Polanco, assigned to the 162nd Fighter Wing. Honor Guard Member: Staff Sgt. Ty Alan Goeken, assigned to the 162nd Fighter Wing. Command Chief Master Sergeant Award: Tech. Sgt. Susan Koncz, assigned to the 161st Air Refueling Wing. Major General Donald L. Owens Junior Officer of the Year: Capt. Matthew S. Hodges, assigned to the 162nd Fighter Wing.
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NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- Retired Marine Corps KC-130R aircraft will live to fly another day as part of a foreign military sales case between the U.S. Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. Six KC-130R excess aircraft are on a journey to restoration and active-duty status with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, or JMSDF. “This FMS sale supports a global strategic initiative for preserving the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region,” said Capt. Michelle Guidry, program manager, Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Aircraft program, which manages Navy and Marine Corps C-130s. “We look forward to a continued partnership with the JMSDF through the sustainment of their KC-130Rs.” The JMSDF will receive KC-130Rs capable of roll-on, roll-off cargo compartment configurations to support the movement of troops, goods and services; humanitarian efforts; transport of senior leaders; and medical evacuation. Currently, four aircraft have been recovered from section five of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and inducted into the depot at Hill Air Force Base, Utah for phased maintenance interval regeneration. Using historical data from previous U.S. Navy depot maintenance, the PMA207 FMS team determined what maintenance is required to ensure flight safety achieved. The first aircraft inducted into the Hill AFB depot began regeneration in Novem-
ber 2012 and is expected to complete regeneration by fall of 2013. “Depending on the condition of the aircraft when recovered from AMARG, maintainers are performing varying levels of structural modifications before completing JMSDF specified modifications,”
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Davis-Monthan Exchange diners save green on St. Patrick’s Day Diners using their MILITARY STAR® Card at Davis-Monthan Exchange restaurants on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) will find a pot of savings as 20 percent will be taken off their bill. “The Irish won’t be the only lucky ones this St. Patrick’s Day,” said the Davis-Monthan Exchange General Manager Cathy J.Ely. “Anyone using a MILITARY STAR® Card at an Exchange direct operated restaurant always receives 10 percent off of their entire purchase but, for this one day, those savings will be doubled.” In addition to getting more for less at the food court, MILITARY STAR® Card holders receive exclusive savings at the pump with a five cents a gallon discount every time they fuel up at the Express. In addition to the everyday savings, steeper discounts are offered periodically throughout the year.
Wednesdays are now something to look forward to as Army & Air Force Exchange Service restaurants are offering $2 off any salad priced $4 or more on what is becoming known as “Salad Wednesdays.” Now, when picking up a salad at Burger King, Taco John’s,
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Hard-working students deserve recognition, so the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is rewarding military students in grades 1-12 who maintain a “B” or better average with the “You Made the Grade” program. “We love it when military students excel,” said the DavisMonthan Exchange General Manager Cathy J. Ely, “so it’s natural to encourage and reward great grades.”
For the past thirteen years, this program has rewarded schoolchildren around the world with a “You Made the Grade” coupon booklet listing a multitude of free products and discounted offers. The 2013 version includes a free Burger King Hamburger kid’s meal, Subway 6-inch combo, $2 off any new release CD or DVD at Power Zone and a complimentary haircut, among other great prizes. In
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MO LEASE FOR 36 MONTHS
5 available at this offer. $89 mo lease for 36 months with $4,000 due at lease signing which does not include the first months payment. Not all lessees will qualify for lowest payment through Hyundai Motor Finance. Lessee responsible for excess wear and mileage over 12,000 miles per year at $0.20/mile. Sale price does not include $995 Desert Protection Package and $399 Tint. All prices plus tax, title, license and $399 doc fee. Offer ends 03/18/13.
FOR 36 MONTHS
5 available at this offer. $99 mo lease for 36 months with $4,000 due at lease signing which does not include the first months payment. Not all lessees will qualify for lowest payment through Hyundai Motor Finance. Lessee responsible for excess wear and mileage over 12,000 miles per year at $0.20/mile. Sale price does not include $995 Desert Protection Package and $399 Tint. All prices plus tax, title, license and $399 doc fee. Offer ends 03/18/13.
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5 at this offer. $3,000 off MSRP is all dealer discount. $1,000 HMF Bonus Cash requires financing through Hyundai Motor Finance. MSRP’s may vary. 0% APR only for well qualified buyers when purchased through Hyundai Motor Finance. 60 months at $16.67 per $1,000 financed. Subject to lender approval. Not all buyers will qualify. Sale price does not include $995 Desert Protection Package and $399 Tint. All prices plus tax, title, license and $399 doc fee. Offer ends 03/18/13. Oracle Rd.
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