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Motivated, dedicated, a step above the rest

They may be dramatically visible – a missing limb or facial scar. They may also dwell beneath the skin’s surface as mental trauma that persists long after its elicited events. For many veterans, their wounds are obstacles, but for one there is nothing that can hinder his strive for excellence.

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Desert Lightning News – Davis Monthan Digital Edition June 1, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! Click on the link above and check out our front-page story this month: for the second time in six years, Davis-Monthan AFB has been named the top base in the Air Force by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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Air Force family’s blind son awarded service dog

A Luke family was recently awarded a service dog from a local nonprofit organization for their 4-year-old son, Hunter, who was born with optic nerve hypoplasia. The condition results in blindness due to the underdevelopment of the optic nerves. Hunter is able see colors, but much of the world around him remains a mystery, according…

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AF honors Maj. Ian Holt, Capt. Abby Hall as athletes of year

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — Maj. Ian Holt and Capt. Abby Hall were recently named 2017 Air Force Athletes of the Year. Holt, combat operations division space control branch chief for the 614th Air Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, is a cyclist and past member of the World Class Athlete Program….

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Service members must be physically ready for deployment, CSM Troxell says

The U.S. military's mission is to fight and win the nation's wars, and service members must be physically, mentally and emotionally ready to fight when needed, Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell said in an interview May 10, 2018.


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(U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Smith and Airman Connor J. Marth)
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More than meets the eye

Posted  April 17, 2015

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — The word abuse often conjures images of bruises, swollen lips and harsh markings, but abuse is more than meets the eye. It can be much more than physical suffering and can have lasting effects on a person’s well-being. There are four types of abuse, explained Kristina Holubar, 366th Medical Group…

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Dreamliner lands, defuels at D-M en route to Pima Air & Space Museum

Posted  April 17, 2015

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released) A Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is towed on a newly widened road to Pima Air & Space Museum as an EC-130H Compass Call flies overhead at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 26, 2015. The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron used this opportunity to conduct training on…

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Challenge coins: A tradition of excellence

Posted  April 17, 2015

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — Throughout the time we spend in the military, we collect many things. Whether they are mementos, awards or habits, such items are kept to remember those special moments we never wish to forget. Challenge coins are an example of these memories, as they are a form of recognition of…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  April 17, 2015

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Daniel Nelson / 42 ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Amanda Hass Duty Title: NCOIC Security When joined the AF: Dec. 7, 2007 Hometown: Escondido, CA Hobbies: Hiking, painting, woodworking, and Automotive repair Selection Reasons: Sergeant Nelson was hand selected to stand up the 42 ECS security shop. He completed 22 hours of…

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New DoD cyber strategy nears release, official says

Posted  April 17, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department will release a new cyber strategy next week to guide the way ahead for cyber in the foreseeable future, a senior Pentagon official told Congress today. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, Eric Rosenbach explained how DoD plans to continue improvement to America’s cybersecurity…

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