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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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Arizona Guard deploys to Czech Republic for Ample Strike 2018

F-16 aircraft assigned to the 195th Fighter Squadron, 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard in Tucson, Ariz., and supporting Airmen, are participating in Exercise Ample Strike 2018, at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic.

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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – September 7, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! The 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base recently welcomed its new commander, Col. Mike Drowley, former Chief of Staff for U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

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Mission feature: AGE generates airpower from the ground up

The 162nd Maintenance Group dedicates more than eight hundred personnel to keeping the wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcons airborne, but for one flight in the 162nd Maintenance Squadron, air superiority starts on the ground.

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Couple provides support for foster animals

Whether they are kept for a few weeks or a lifetime, sheltered animals around the nation rely on dedicated and caring individuals that can help them find a home.


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#BeThere before the call

Posted  October 7, 2016

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.” I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me my dad had died…

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Competitive career opportunities exist via officer crossflow program

Posted  October 7, 2016

One of today’s opportunities for officers to broaden career options comes from the nonrated line officer crossflow program, which currently has openings for officers on active duty in certain career fields to volunteer for retraining into undermanned career fields. The program is designed to optimize the officer inventory and reduce risk in several key mission…

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55th RQS participates in search and rescue exercise

Posted  October 7, 2016

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers) U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jaron Jablonski applies camouflage face faint during a search and rescue exercise at Outlaw/Jackal military operations area in southeastern Ariz., Sept. 15, 2016. During the exercise Jablonski played as the survivor whose goal was to use the tools he acquired…

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Goldfein: Airpower crucial for joint warfighter

Posted  October 7, 2016

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein outlined his top three focus areas — revitalizing squadrons, strengthening joint leaders and teams, and advancing command and control — during his Air Force Update address at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 20. “I’m passionate about the business…

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9/11 tower challenge

Posted  October 7, 2016

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman) Members of the Tucson Police Department and the Davis-Monthan AFB Honor Guard came together to post the colors during the 9/11 Tower Challenge at the University of Arizona Football Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 9, 2016. The 9/11 Tower Challenge is held every year in honor…

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