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HPO program increases readiness and lethality

Pararescuemen risk life and limb in order to save the lives of others. Over time, these great efforts cause strain to the body, and, if not treated proactively, can lead to potential permanent damage.

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AZ Air Guard trains with 48th Fighter Wing in United Kingdom

Several Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix, Ariz., conducted an overseas training mission with the 48thFighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 21 to June 8.   

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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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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

Posted  June 26, 2015

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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Around the Air Force: Feb. 7

Posted  February 8, 2017

On this look around the Air Force theU-2 surpasses the 30,000 flight-hour barrier, this month’s edition of Airman magazine covers the Joint Communications Support Element, and the USO is looking for service member of the year nominees.

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Documenting a tragedy: Global Strike historian recalls Khobar Towers

Posted  June 29, 2016

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) — “Our Nomads have Ceased Their Wandering.” The epitaph, etched into a monument at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, refers to the 33rd Fighter Wing Airmen who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia. Yancy Mailes, the Air Force Global Strike Command historian, was a 27-year-old…

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Desert Destinations: Grand Canyon National Park

Posted  April 6, 2018

Visitors interact with various maps and documentation in the Yavapai Point Geology Museum in Grand Canyon National Park. The park offers a multitude of educational and historical opportunities for visitors to learn about Southwest heritage and culture. Visitors view Grand Canyon from Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park. The park is a little more…

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214th RG bolts toward future with new commander

Posted  July 19, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. — A former vice commander for the 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force in Afghanistan assumed command of the 214th Reconnaissance Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base July 9. Col. James Thompson, an Arizona native who returns home after 22 years of active duty service, took over from Lt. Col. Brian Grasky, who served as the interim commander…

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