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563rd RQG realigns to the 355th FW

The 563rd Rescue Group, a geographically-separated unit out of Moody Air Force Base, Ga., was realigned from the 23rd Wing to Davis-Monthan AFB’s 355th Fighter Wing Oct. 1, 2018. The realignment brought all rescue squadrons and maintenance units that fall under the 563rd RQG, to include other geographically-separated assets located at Nellis AFB, Nevada, under the supervision of the 355th FW.

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Astronaut, cosmonaut safe after abort during launch to ISS

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin resting comfortably in the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, after an anomaly shortly after their launch. The Soyuz-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m., EDT, Oct. 10 carrying Hague and Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an…

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After crash, Pentagon says temporary pause in F-35 flights

The Pentagon on Oct. 11 ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina. The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to…

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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – October 5, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! We start off this month’s issue of DLN with kudos and congrats to Lt. Col. Robin Sandifer, 47th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II instructor pilot, who recently achieved the milestone of 5,000 flight hours in an A-10.

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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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BMGR celebrates 75 years

Posted  December 2, 2016

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Barry M. Goldwater Range acquisition. Established in 1941, the BMGR lies along the U.S. and Mexico border in Southwest Arizona and spans more than 1 million acres. Additionally, it makes up 7,000 miles of airspace and sees 54,000 sorties a year. Luke Air Force Base, Davis-Monthan AFB,…

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Heavy drinking: Highway to disaster , path of no return

Posted  December 2, 2016

Heavy drinking is defined as consuming five or more standard drinks in one sitting. It is also considered “high risk” drinking due to the health concerns associated with drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Many stories about heavy drinking are glamorized, not publicized, or forgotten altogether, so behaviors don’t change. Here’s a story that illustrates the…

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U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Campbell, 355th Fighter Wing commander, and his wife Col. Kim Campbell, 612th Theater Operations Group commander, arrive at the Tucson Veterans Day Parade in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 11, 2016. Scott Campbell is responsible for one of the largest installations and flying operations in the Air Force with more than 100 aircraft, 7,500 Airmen and 3,200 civilians at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour)
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Veterans Day parade …

Posted  December 2, 2016

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Campbell, 355th Fighter Wing commander, and his wife Col. Kim Campbell, 612th Theater Operations Group commander, arrive at the Tucson Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11, 2016, in Tucson. Scott Campbell is responsible for one of the largest installations and flying operations…

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Retirement cause of serious separation anxiety

Posted  December 2, 2016

Of all places, I was in the veterinarian’s office with our dog, Moby, when I started feeling differently about veterans. It wasn’t the smell of disinfectant, the hiss of the cat Moby was sniffing, or the yapping of a dog in the treatment room that got my wheels spinning. It was the sight of my…

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B-52H, 61-007, 'Ghost Rider' departs Tinker AFB, Okla.
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Rider in the sky …

Posted  December 2, 2016

U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Hybers A B-52H Stratofortress, this one nicknamed “Ghost Rider,” heads home Sept. 27 to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, where it will rejoin the B-52H fleet. After undergoing a nine-month overhaul and upgrade by the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, the B-52H left Tinker AFB. The historic aircraft…

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