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Arizona Air National Guard’s first deployment in 31 years

Airmen from the 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, have wrapped up Exercise Ample Strike 2018 at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, after a 31-year hiatus since their last deployment overseas.

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Arizona Guard deploys to Czech Republic for Ample Strike 2018

F-16 aircraft assigned to the 195th Fighter Squadron, 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard in Tucson, Ariz., and supporting Airmen, are participating in Exercise Ample Strike 2018, at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic.

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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – September 7, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! The 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base recently welcomed its new commander, Col. Mike Drowley, former Chief of Staff for U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

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Mission feature: AGE generates airpower from the ground up

The 162nd Maintenance Group dedicates more than eight hundred personnel to keeping the wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcons airborne, but for one flight in the 162nd Maintenance Squadron, air superiority starts on the ground.

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Couple provides support for foster animals

Whether they are kept for a few weeks or a lifetime, sheltered animals around the nation rely on dedicated and caring individuals that can help them find a home.


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Air Force

Around the Air Force: Nov. 8

Posted  November 10, 2016

On this look around the Air Force enlisted pilots take their first solo flight and a World War II bomber pilot is awarded the Silver Star.

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I was abused, why I ignored it

Posted  November 4, 2016

“I swear I would never have hit anyone, but her …” As I sat in a couple’s therapist’s office, my husband spoke the words that would one day become his mantra. Statements were often preceded with, “I’ve never hit anyone,” or “This wouldn’t have happened if you had just …” This was my life for…

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Point of finger pointing moot — everyone’s doing it

Posted  November 4, 2016

Ironically, one of our smallest, weakest body parts — the finger — often wields the most power. That one diminutive digit can instill fear, anxiety, surprise, guilt or joy. Fingers identify winners, fingers pull triggers, and fingers place blame. If I only had a dollar for every time my father pointed a calloused finger in…

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Health & Safety

Spit tobacco smokeless: Can still cause cancer

Posted  November 4, 2016

Although smokeless tobacco does not come with the danger of breathing hot smoke full of chemicals into the lungs, which is known to cause cancer, emphysema and other chronic, progressive diseases, it can cause cancer in the mouth, pancreas and esophagus, and be just as deadly. Smokeless tobacco is tobacco that is not burned. It…

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(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jesus Sepulveda Torres)
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From classroom to field ops: Marines train to be squad leaders

Posted  November 4, 2016

KAHUKU TRAINING FACILITY – Lance Cpl. Anthony Acedo, a rifleman with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and a Tuscon native, provides security Sept. 20 during a patrol as part of a training exercise aboard the Kahuku Training Facility. The exercise is part of a seven-week-long training event known as the Advance Infantry Course….

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