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HPO program increases readiness and lethality

Pararescuemen risk life and limb in order to save the lives of others. Over time, these great efforts cause strain to the body, and, if not treated proactively, can lead to potential permanent damage.

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AZ Air Guard trains with 48th Fighter Wing in United Kingdom

Several Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix, Ariz., conducted an overseas training mission with the 48thFighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 21 to June 8.   

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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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JBLE Airman overcomes defeat, pays it forward

Posted  April 6, 2018

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — As he drove home on an overcast winter’s day, a flood of critical thoughts fueled feelings of defeat that consumed every moment since the blow horn was pressed to signal, “I quit.” Staff Sgt. Michael Svoleantopoulos, 497th Operations Support Squadron weapons tactician, returned from the Air Force Pararescue Indoctrination Course…

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Technology helps overcome deployment challenges

Posted  April 6, 2018

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. ­­— Military life is not easy. The men and women who serve in our armed forces protect our freedoms and way of life. They make tremendous sacrifices along with their families in service to our country. Service members often have to endure times of separation from their loved ones, from…

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Hearts of strength

Posted  April 6, 2018

She heard the dull and tiresome beep from a heart monitor as she lay in a dark hospital room March 12, 2014, in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama. Light cut into the room as the door opened and a doctor walked in, waking her and her husband, Kyle Kramer. The doctor informed…

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Air Force, NATO work to address pilot shortage

Posted  April 6, 2018

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The shortage of pilots in the Air Force has been well documented, but the United States isn’t the only member of NATO looking for more people to fill seats. That was one of several topics discussed during the 75th meeting of the Euro-NATO joint jet pilot training program steering…

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Airman rescues double amputee from flood receives medal

Posted  April 6, 2018

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — In total darkness, with temperatures in the high 30s and in the midst of a monstrous rainstorm, Tech. Sgt. Phillip Dyer waded into rapidly moving, chest-deep-and-rising waters to save a trapped flood victim on the verge of hypothermia and drowning. That is how the explosive ordnance disposal instructor spent…

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