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Safeguarding ground troops from above

Posted March 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez 

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Roaring his way down the runway in a 43 thousand pound machine, Maj. Vincent Sherer pilots an A-10 Thunderbolt II into the skies of Afghanistan to provide overwatch and close air support for ground forces operating throughout the country. Sherer, a pilot with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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Get home safe with AADD

Posted January 11, 2016 by Airman Basic Nathan H. Barbour

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.  — It’s been an evening of midwinter merriment at one of the local establishments. The bartender shouts “last call” and everyone clamors to the bar to grab one last drink or pay their tab for the evening. Among the crowd is a group of Airmen who have just realized that their designated…

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COMACC visits D-M

Posted March 8, 2016 by 355th Fighter Wing

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Steve McDonald, Air Combat Command command chief, speaks to Desert Lightning Team Airmen during breakfast at the Desert Inn Dining facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 4, 2016. McDonald is the enlisted advisor to the commander and staff for the enlisted force stationed at 34 wings, 19…

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D-M Airmen face unique threats during Critical Days

Posted June 3, 2016 by Senior Airman Camilla A Griffin

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., — The Air Force designated May 25 through Sept. 4 of every year as the Critical Days of Summer. The Air Force-wide campaign dedicated to ensuring Airmen have an injury-free summer has run annually since the early 1980s, and was developed to counter the traditional increase in Air Force mishaps…

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Key Spouse Program: Supporting the families and Airmen of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern)

Posted September 3, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Heather R. Redman

DAVIS-MONTHAN AFB, Ariz. — It is in the nature of military service that at some point you will be separated from the ones who love you.  Often times a permanent change of station forces spouses and significant others to be geographically separated from their family members and friends.  With limited contacts and a new home what are…

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D-M Airmen freefall into the blue
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D-M Airmen freefall into the blue

Posted April 24, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski

BUCKEYE, Ariz. — You’re standing in an open door of an aircraft soaring 12,000 feet above the ground. You have put your full trust into the person strapped to your back, who you’ve known for less than two hours, to bring you back down to Earth safe and sound. The count begins. “Out…in…out.” The floor of the…

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2015 Desert Lightning News Mission Update

Posted March 6, 2015 by

Welcome to the annual Mission Update Edition of Desert Lightning News! This edition of the newspaper will highlight Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s impacts to the local community, country, and the world. The U.S. Air Force’s core values of “Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do!” will be exemplified throughout this edition…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Basic Nathan H. Barbour/Released)
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Airmen partner with veterans for a retreat ceremony

Posted February 1, 2016 by Airman Basic Nathan H. Barbour 

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The American flag flying outside the 355th Fighter Wing building was lowered ceremoniously and handed off to a veteran’s organization to be retired Jan. 28. An American flag is retired from service when it is badly torn, tattered or is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display….

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Mixed Martial Airman

Posted April 4, 2016 by Airman Nathan H. Barbour

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The silence of a wooded courtyard is broken by the crack of flesh and bone against the base of a tree. It is legend that one who is trained in Muay Thai will be able to chop down a banana tree using their hardened shins. This legend drives a…

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D-M Chapel team furthers success in marriage retreats

Posted October 13, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The D-M Chapel team received positive feedback from Desert Lightning Team members after another successful marriage retreat at the Loews Ventanta Canyon Resort, Tucson, Ariz., August 28-30. The “A Marriage Care Weekend at Loews Ventanta” retreat was originally offered to DLT members who deployed within six months or were scheduled to…

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