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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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372nd Training Squadron, Det. 11 (AETC)

Posted  December 2, 2016

The 372 Training Squadron, Detachment 11 has 40 personnel teaching 68 courses that provide mission-essential maintenance training across 12 career fields, supporting six major commands. Det. 11 provides training for the A-10/OA-10, EC-130, HH-60, F-16 and aerospace ground equipment at units locally and throughout the CONUS. They manage the U.S. Air Forces A-10 Mission Ready…

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162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard

Posted  December 2, 2016

“Operation Snowbird” is a National Guard Bureau program located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and supported through the 162nd FW. It was established in 1975 as a winter deployment site for northern tier ANG flying units enabling 16 squadrons to deploy for two weeks of training between October and May each year. Each deployment package…

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563rd Rescue Group

Posted  December 2, 2016

Mission: To organize, train and equip Air Force rescue to rapidly deploy and execute personnel recovery missions worldwide in support of national security objectives. Description: Directs flying operations for one of only two active-duty Air Force rescue groups dedicated to personnel recovery. The group is responsible for training, readiness and maintenance of one HC-130 squadron…

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41st Electronic Combat Squadron

Posted  December 2, 2016

Mission: Conducts operations designed to degrade the transfer of information essential to command and control of enemy weapons systems and other resources. The squadron also conducts mission qualification training for EC-130H flight crews, mission crews and support personnel. Vision: Provides war-fighting commanders with combat-ready EC-130H Compass Call aircraft and aircrews trained to execute electronic attack…

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43rd ECS

Posted  December 2, 2016

Mission: Provides warfighting commanders with combat-ready EC-130H COMPASS CALL aircraft and aircrews trained to execute combat information warfare operations in order to degrade the transfer of information essential to enemy weapon systems and battlefield resource command and control. Vision: Combat-ready Airmen delivering electronic attack at a moment’s notice … anywhere! Description: Also known as the…

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