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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – December 7, 2018

Desert Lightning News – Digital and print publication serving Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson AZ and surrounding communities Happy Holidays to everyone at D-M AFB, from the staff of Aerotech News! Click on the link below for a digital copy of this week’s Desert Lightning News. Here are some highlights from the Dec. 2018 issue: D-M…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Frankie D. Moore) Air Force

Search, rescue training puts edge on blade

Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Agae, 66th Rescue Squadron special mission aviator, communicates with other pararescuemen during the Tiger Rescue VI exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Frankie D. Moore) U.S. Air Force pararescuemen with the 66th Rescue Squadron approach a simulated isolated person during the Tiger Rescue VI exercise in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 3, 2018….

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36th CRG brings relief, inspiration after devastation

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands — On Oct. 25, Daverrick Camacho, a firefighter from Saipan, woke-up to a nightmare turned reality. Everything he worked toward was wiped off the face of the earth. The place he called home and held family gatherings was nothing more than darkly twisted debris, scattered across the front lawn. Camacho was…

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Airmen test limits at Ranger Assessment Course

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — Imagine signing up to be starved, sleep deprived and trying to fight for survival during a 19-day combat leadership course in the mosquito-, rattlesnake- and wild boar-infested hilly terrain north of San Antonio with 28 other Airmen. This was the scenario for 29 Airmen who took part in the…

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Five missing, two found after F/A-18, tanker crash off Japan

TOKYO — A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after colliding early Dec. 5, and rescuers found two of the seven crew members, one of them in stable condition, officials said. The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter…


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Molding yesterday’s trainees into tomorrow’s Airmen
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Molding yesterday’s trainees into tomorrow’s Airmen

Posted  May 5, 2017

  Editors note: This feature is one in a series on focusing on single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story. MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — In the early hours of darkness, the sound of reveille routinely rings throughout Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Trainees spring out of their beds to begin days filled with…

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Local Briefs

Posted  July 31, 2015

Sunset Horseback Ride  August 8, 4 – 8 p.m. – Outdoor Rec Saddle up and enjoy a 2-hour sunset horseback ride through the Saguaro National Park.. Final deadline for sign-ups is July 31. Minimum age: 18. Cost of $25/person. Call 228-3736 for more information. White water rafting and camping Aug. 20 – 24 – Grand…

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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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162nd hosts Dutch air force commander

Posted  June 23, 2017

Lt. Gen. Dennis Luyt, the commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, spent the day visiting Airmen at the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing located at the Tucson International Airport and the evening attending a graduation for his newest fighter pilots June 16, 2017. 

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Carter takes office as 25th Defense secretary

Posted  February 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Ash Carter became the 25th secretary of Defense Feb. 17, after having served previously as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs. President Barack Obama nominated Carter for the position — calling Carter an innovator and a reformer who knows the Defense Department inside and out…

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