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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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923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Posted  December 2, 2016

Mission: Ensure rapid mobilization of HH-60G and HC-130J aircraft, and maintenance forces supporting combat/peacetime combat search and rescue operations. Vision: We aggressively maintain two elements of the rescue triad; we generate both vertical lift and fixed wing sorties … that others may live. Description: Maintains, services and inspects seven HC-130J, and nine HH-60G aircraft. Plans,…

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305th Rescue Squadron

Posted  December 2, 2016

Mission: Trained and equipped to conduct combat search and rescue missions worldwide utilizing the HH-60G “Pavehawk” helicopter. Our primary mission is to penetrate enemy territory, to recover downed aircrew and return them to friendly forces. Additionally, we fly life-and-death search and rescue missions to help locate and recover injured people within the land and coastal…

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612th Air Communications Squadron

Posted  December 2, 2016

Mission: To provide premier Air & Space Operations Center weapon systems communications support and versatile deployable communications capability to the U.S. Southern Command. Vision: Deliver cutting-edge cyberspace capability enabling decisive combat power and responsive humanitarian assistance. Slogan: “On line on time”

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12th Air Force

Posted  December 2, 2016

Mission: Enable combat-ready forces for rapid global employment; and receive, command and control, and employ joint air component assets to meet U.S. strategic objectives in the USSOUTHCOM area of responsibility, across the full spectrum of operations. Description: Responsible for the combat readiness of seven active-duty wings and one direct reporting unit. These subordinate commands operate…

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D-M Exchange expands layaway to include laptops, computers

Posted  December 2, 2016

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making it easier for military shoppers to keep in-demand gifts hidden away until the big day by extending fee-free layaway to computers, notebooks and laptops for a limited time. From now through Dec. 14, Davis-Monthan Exchange shoppers can use layaway to hold computers, notebooks, tablets and iPads…

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