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563rd Rescue Group changes command

Posted July 17, 2017 by

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Chris Drzazgowski Col. Jennifer Short, 23rd Wing commander, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., passes the guidon to Col. Jason Pifer, newly appointed 563rd Rescue Group commander, during a change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 14, 2017. Pifer is a combat rescue officer and prior…

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Angel Thunder: Augmenting CSAR Readiness via Evolution

Posted November 8, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore

Exercise Angel Thunder, a personnel recovery exercise focusing on Combat Search and Rescue, began operations out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 4, 2017.

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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

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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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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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour/Released)
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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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Airman participates in EOD immersion

Posted July 14, 2016 by Airman Nathan H. Barbour

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Leaving a career field can be a scary proposition for an Airman who has been performing and learning the ins and outs of their job for the better part of a decade. The new career they choose may or may not be a good fit. Despite that, Staff Sgt. Michael…

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‘I will give you my best. I promise.’

Posted November 22, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Erich Smith

Brig. Gen. Andrew MacDonald took command of the 162nd Wing in a ceremony Nov. 5 at the Tucson International Airport.

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12th Air Force (AFSOUTH) command chief removed

Posted December 2, 2016 by

The Command Chief Master Sergeant of Twelfth Air Force and Air Forces Southern at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., was relieved of his position Nov. 28. Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly, commander of 12th AF (AFSOUTH), removed Chief Master Sgt. Jose Barraza due to a loss of confidence in his abilities to carry out his duties. Barraza…

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