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Air Force awards Long Range Strike Bomber contract

Posted October 27, 2015 by Stuart Ibberson

The Air Force announced Oct. 27 that it has awarded the Long Range Strike Bomber contract to Northrop Grumman. The announcement was made jointly by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Mark A. Welsh III. The other competitor for the…

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Exchange Gives Shoppers Chance to Win Kawasaki KX™250F Motorcycle

Posted May 5, 2017 by

DALLAS — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving away $16,750 worth of motocross gear this spring during the Monster Kawasaki Motorcycle Sweepstakes. Through May 31, authorized shoppers worldwide can enter for a chance to win one of two Kawasaki KX™250F motorcycles, each valued at $7,500, or one of five Monster Motorcycle helmets,…

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AD Airmen to have direct access to PT clinics

Posted May 8, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The Air Force Medical Operations Agency has recently directed all Air Force military treatment facilities (MTF) to establish direct access physical therapy clinics for active-duty members. The policy shift will now allow an active-duty member with an acute musculoskeletal injury to make an appointment directly with a physical therapist. For…

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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – May 4, 2018

Posted May 10, 2018 by

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! We have a great issue with news and features prepared for you this month – starting with our cover story, which features 755th Operational Support Squadron Staff Sgt. Shane Berger.

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Officials describe plans to integrate women into combat roles

Posted February 5, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Senior Army, Navy and Marine Corps officials outlined plans to integrate women into combat roles before the Senate Armed Forces Committee today, and agreed incorporating women into combat ranks is the right path for the future. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Army Undersecretary Patrick J. Murphy, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st class Cheyenne Morigeau)
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Certified to save lives

Posted August 7, 2015 by Airman First Class Cheyenne Morigeau 

Twenty-one U.S. Air Force Airmen graduated from a paramedic training course at the Pima Community College Public Safety and Emergency Services Institute July 31. The course is a four-month accelerated paramedic certification that is usually 10 months to complete and consists of classroom and field experience training created specifically for Airmen. This was the third…

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Legal Corner: Avoiding ‘bird-dogging’

Posted September 3, 2015 by Commentary by 2nd Lt. Cynthia McGrath

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Scams aimed at taking advantage of U.S. military members are nothing new; however, one such scam, “bird-dogging,” has re-emerged as a threat to Service members’ financial security. Bird-dogging refers to the act of soliciting sales for a third party and is illegal both on and off base. One example occurs when a…

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A year in Photos — August 2016

Posted January 6, 2017 by

Courtesy photo U.S. Airmen from the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron perform pre-flight checks in an EC-130H Compass Call before executing its first training mission with an upgraded cockpit acquired via an avionic viability program at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 11, 2016. The 42nd ECS’s Compass Calls were the first to be upgraded in…

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Commissaries support Military Saves Week

Posted February 20, 2015 by

FORT LEE, Va. – Maybe there are times when you envy friends or colleagues for the buying power they apparently command. After all, how do they spring for that popular but expensive specialty coffee, that premier movie everyone wants to see or that e-book on the bestseller list? Seems like your budget can’t handle such splurges,…

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Airmen and Marines fuel the fight

Posted April 13, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Erich B. Smith

TUCSON, Ariz. — The 162nd Wing’s F-16 schoolhouse at the Tucson International Airport often serves as a model for security cooperation with America’s global allies. It’s not common, however, that the international training center hosts Marine Corps reservists to augment Guard Airmen here. Beginning in late March and ending in early June, bulk fuel specialists from Bulk…

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