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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….

(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III) Air Force

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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Yesterday’s Air Force: Gen. Henry ‘Hap’ Arnold

Posted  December 5, 2016

This episode of Yesterday’s Air Force looks at the career of Gen.Henry H. “Hap” Arnold, the only man to ever hold both grades of general of the Army and general of the Air Force.

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Local

A-10 CTF conducts ops testing

Posted  December 2, 2016

The Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center, A-10 Combined Test Force conducted operational testing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 28, 2016.   

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Local

12th Air Force (AFSOUTH) command chief removed

Posted  December 2, 2016

The Command Chief Master Sergeant of Twelfth Air Force and Air Forces Southern at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., was relieved of his position Nov. 28. Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly, commander of 12th AF (AFSOUTH), removed Chief Master Sgt. Jose Barraza due to a loss of confidence in his abilities to carry out his duties. Barraza…

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2016 Federal Benefits Open Season runs through Dec. 12

Posted  December 2, 2016

The Office of Personnel Management has set the dates for the 2016 Federal Benefits Open Season from Nov. 14 through Dec 12, which includes the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance program and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts program. Open season gives federal employees and retirees the opportunity to…

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Local

357th Fighter Squadron

Posted  December 2, 2016

Mission: Train pilots to plan, coordinate, execute and control day and night close-air support, battlefield surveillance, and reconnaissance in support of friendly ground forces. Vision: Through disciplined and efficient instruction, build aggressive, quick thinking, combat-ready attack pilots with solid foundational mindsets and a technically accurate understanding of the A-10 and its tactical employment. Description: The…

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