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Air Force ICTs make a comeback

While A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fly high above the desert mountains, U.S. Air Force maintainers and crew chiefs from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona await the airframe’s arrival on the flight line below, anticipating the workload to come.

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F-35 demos new bag of tricks at D-M air show

As one of the premier acts at the Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona air show, March 23 and 24 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team has something new in its bag of tricks. Capt. Andrew Olson, demonstration team commander and pilot, has spent much of the last three months designing,…

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Digital guardians ward off cyber attacks

Due to technology’s exponential growth, access to powerful computers and dynamic software has become increasingly easier for a wide margin of people to obtain. As a result of sensitive information being distributed digitally, cyber-attacks have become more prevalent as technology progresses. These attacks can wreak havoc on mediums ranging from personal cell phones to complex…

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‘Alcatraz Gang’ POW leaves legacy of hope

In May of 1966, 21 days after his F-4 Phantom II was shot down over North Vietnam, Sam Johnson arrived at the Hỏa Lò Prison. Within hours, he was beaten unconscious by his brutal captors. The unspeakable pain Johnson endured when his broken arm and dislocated shoulders were wrenched backwards was only the beginning. Johnson…

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Pilot who flew last WWII combat mission passes

ARLINGTON, Va. — Capt. Jerry Yellin, World War II fighter pilot, who flew the last combat mission in August 1945, was laid to rest with full military honors Jan. 15, at Arlington Cemetery, Virginia. Yellin enlisted two months after Pearl Harbor on his 18th birthday. After graduating from Luke Air Field, as a fighter pilot…


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New DoD cyber strategy nears release, official says

Posted  April 17, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department will release a new cyber strategy next week to guide the way ahead for cyber in the foreseeable future, a senior Pentagon official told Congress today. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, Eric Rosenbach explained how DoD plans to continue improvement to America’s cybersecurity…

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Arizona Air National Guard member fulfills life’s dream of becoming an attorney

Posted  June 29, 2016

PHOENIX – For Senior Master Sgt. Alex Brown, a 20-year Air Force veteran and Arizona Air National Guard member, a life-long calling to practice law set him upon an arduous journey to fulfill a dream. The dream became reality when he passed the Arizona bar exam recently. The newly minted lawyer is the material management…

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2015 Desert Lightning News Mission Update

Posted  March 6, 2015

Welcome to the annual Mission Update Edition of Desert Lightning News! This edition of the newspaper will highlight Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s impacts to the local community, country, and the world. The U.S. Air Force’s core values of “Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do!” will be exemplified throughout this edition…

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New AF development planning effort key to third offset

Posted  April 21, 2016

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — In 2030 and beyond, the Air Force will achieve air superiority with a networked family of capabilities that may include legacy systems like the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, new concepts such as manned/unmanned teaming, and advanced weapons including lasers, hypersonic munitions, or cyber capabilities. To help…

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Innovating fitness

Posted  February 10, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The 355th Fighter Wing commander invited U.S. Airmen to showcase their original ideas during the Innovate DLT event. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Camille Galang, 355th Fighter Wing Command Post emergency action controller, was one of the nine innovators presenting their ideas to the panel; which included the 355 FW commander…

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