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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer Salutes & Awards

Police week honors fallen defenders

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona will participate in National Police Week from May 13-19, 2018, to commemorate fallen law enforcement officers and highlight the security forces mission.

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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – May 4, 2018

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.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore Salutes & Awards

D-M Airman awarded ACC Company Grade Officer of the Year

The ACC Company Grade Officer of the Year is awarded to an officer that shows extraordinary leadership, expertise and commitment not only in their career field, but in their everyday lives as well.

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Prominent TED Talks speaker visits D-M

Simon Sinek visited to speak with Airmen and base leadership at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 2. Sinek is the author of several books which focus on the way leaders and followers in organizations think act and operate.

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943rd RQG finance office wins 2017 AFRC award

The 943rd Rescue Group finance office was recently awarded the 2017 Air Force Reserve Command’s Financial Analysis Office of the Year for their support of the group’s personnel recovery mission. The finance office efficiently handled more than $30 million in funding for the unit to support various deployments and other costs associated to ensure the…

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Heritage flight training, certification course 2018

Posted  March 5, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore Spectators watch as aircraft from the annual Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course perform aerial maneuvers at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 1, 2018. The HFTCC provides civilian and military pilots the opportunity to practice flying formations together in preparation for future air shows….

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Air National Guard photograph by Senior Airman David English

New command chief takes reins

Posted  March 2, 2018

The 162 Wing, based in Tucson, Ariz., celebrated as Joint Headquarters Command Chief Master Sgt. of the National Guard Armando A. Gonzalez relinquished responsibility as the 162nd Wing Command Chief to Chief Master Sgt. Charles H. Neal during the Assumption of Authority ceremony held at the Desert Rose Dining Facility Feb. 11, 2018.

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Giovanni Sims

D-M hosts 2018 Heritage Flight

Posted  March 2, 2018

The A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team along with the F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor and the F-16 Fighting Falcon demo teams will be flying in this year’s Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course, March 1-4, 2018.

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D-M executes Bushwhacker exercise

Posted  March 2, 2018

Airman 1st Class Frankie Moore An A-10C Thunderbolt II takes off Feb. 12 during the Bushwhacker 18-02 Cactus Flag exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The Cactus Flag exercise is designed to test Davis-Monthan AFB’s ability to deliver attack aircraft anywhere in the world. The exercise also tests readiness in response to a deployment.

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Move or die: Why speed matters, how troops can get faster

Posted  March 2, 2018

Editor’s note: The following is an opinion piece. The writer’s views expressed here do not represent those of the Defense Department. An enemy soldier scans the horizon. He notices a flash of movement in front of him. He quickly aims at his target and sends 120 grains of lead flying toward it at more than…

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