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Gold Star Families to receive unique acknowledgement

Posted March 27, 2015 by David Poe

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Some memorials aren’t inlaid with platinum, or ten feet tall, or carved out of Italian Marble. According to reports, for Capt. Nathan Nylander, an Air Force meteorologist, April 27, 2011, was just another day on deployment. The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Airman was deployed and at a meeting…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Trevor T. McBride)
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D-M A-10’s train at RAF Lakenheath

Posted March 27, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — A Theater Security Package comprised of A-10C Thunderbolts and Airmen from the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., arrived at the Liberty Wing March 13 to train with NATO allies in new environments and cultures. “Working with our NATO allies helps strengthen the bonds between us, and demonstrates the…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)
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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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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)
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COMACC visits D-M

Posted March 20, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, Commander of Air Combat Command, visited here, Feb. 27, -Mar. 1. During Carlisle’s visit he had two goals, to certify a Viper Demonstration Team pilot, and to speak with the Airmen. After clearing the pilot to fly in future airshows Carlisle held an all-call where he spoke about what…

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Community comes out to play at annual DM-50 Picnic

Posted March 20, 2015 by

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz) A thank-you sign from the DM50 hangs on a fence during the DM50 picnic sign at Davis-Monthan, March 14. The picnic was free for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Massey)…

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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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Davis-Monthan AFB economic impact analysis

Posted March 6, 2015 by

Davis-Monthan AFB is home of the 355 FW and its nine major tenant units, to include 12th Air Force Headquarters (AFSOUTH). At any given time, Davis-Monthan AFB has anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Airmen deployed around the world engaged in combat operations. Although these Airmen come from every state in the nation, they call Tucson…

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D-M deploys 1,100 Airmen around the globe

Posted March 6, 2015 by

Approximately 1,100 Airmen have been tasked to deploy from D-M during the first three months of 2015, more than twice the normal amount. Typically, the base would have around 500 Airmen deployed at any given time which makes this deployment a significant increase. This deployment includes Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group, 55th Electronic Combat…

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D-M, military retirees have $1.47 billion impact on local community

Posted March 6, 2015 by

D-M and military retirees circulated approximately $1.47 billion and helped create more than 4,400 jobs in the local area. The EIA, an annual publication, is designed to inform the community of personnel assigned or employed at the base; annual payroll of all assigned and employed personnel; construction expenditures; and an estimated number and dollar value…

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(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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Navy unit trains with D-M

Posted March 6, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

Sailors from Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. conducted joint training with A-10C Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here Nov. 3-15, 2014. Five MH-60S Knighthawks from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 Black Knights flew with the 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons, as well as the 354th Fighter Squadron….

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