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“Solicit help; don’t hide”

Over the years, the term “Wingman” has evolved in the Air Force. The traditional military definition of a Wingman refers to the pattern in which fighter jets fly. There is always a lead aircraft and another which flies off the right wing of and behind the lead. This second pilot is called the Wingman because…

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The Loft: a way to connect, serve, grow

Are you looking for a way to connect, serve, and grow? Come visit the DMAFB Airman’s Ministry Center, more commonly known as “The Loft!”  The Loft is a center for DM single airmen located on the second floor of building 3610. It’s run by Airmen for Airmen. As a facility, The Loft includes a full-sized…

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A-10 pilots ‘Hawg’ the range

The 355th Fighter Wing hosted 14 A-10 teams from around the world for Hawgsmoke, July 9-12. Hawgsmoke is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition, which was derived from the discontinued “Gunsmoke” Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition. This competition is an opportunity for camaraderie, fellowship of the world’s premier Close Air Support…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert) Health & Safety

Summer heat brings dangers for man’s best friend

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – As summer continues to funnel its way into the desert southwest, temperatures continue to soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people enjoy a day at the pool and barbeques, but others enjoy time with pets. It is important to remember the proper precautions to take in order to keep pets safe…

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Davis-Monthan hosts Hawgsmoke 2014

The 355th Fighter Wing will host 14 A-10 teams from around the world for the 8th biannual bombing, missile, and tactical gunnery competition known as Hawgsmoke July 9-12. The competition focuses on A-10 tactics such as moving target strafe techniques, GPS-out navigation, and degraded weapons delivery. Both the individual and team portions of the competition…


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Health & Safety

Kids lasso safety lessons at bicycle rodeo

Posted  June 14, 2012

The 355th Fighter Wing Ground Safety office held a Bicycle Rodeo here June 9. The Bicycle Rodeo was for children of all ages and focused on teaching the basics of bike safety. “This event teaches kids the basics…

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Salutes & Awards

Warrior of the Week June 15, 2012

Posted  June 14, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Cole Family: Brons (husband), Ian (son) Hometown: San Diego, CA Unit: 355 MDOS Job title: Aerospace Medical Technician Job description: Plans, provides, and evaluates routine patient care and treatment of beneficiaries…

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Veterans

VA announces effort to hire mental health professionals

Posted  June 14, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed an aggressive national mental health hiring initiative to improve recruitment and hiring, marketing, education and training programs, and retention efforts for mental health professionals. To speed the national hiring process, VA developed the Mental Health Hiring Initiative, a multi-faceted, sustained National marketing and outreach campaign that includes…

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62 civil service to voluntarily retire at 309th AMARG

Posted  June 14, 2012

The U.S. Air Force announced June 8, that 62 civil service employees at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance & Regeneration Group have accepted voluntary retirements. The announcement came during a meeting that included Col. Allan Day, commander of the 309th Maintenance Wing, and Col. Patrick Kumashiro, commander of the 309th AMARG, local government, and community representatives…

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Health & Safety

June is Men’s Health Month

Posted  June 14, 2012

Men’s Health Month emphasizes health issues and raises awareness of preventable problems. The hope is to encourage early detection and treatment of diseases. Part of being aware is looking at lifestyle choices, such as diet habits, exercise, smoking and alcohol use. Men can be safer, stronger, and healthier by taking the following steps: Learn your…

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D-M senior enlisted corps primed to lead

Posted  June 14, 2012

As my time as the 355th Fighter Wing’s command chief draws to a close here, it’s hard not to notice how great it is to be an enlisted leader on the Desert Lightning Team – I am surrounded by powerhouse leaders that make service easier for us all. In the past three months, two of…

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Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Program debuts at D-M

Posted  June 14, 2012

Service to the Armed Forces, an American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter program that provides support to military members, veterans and their families, opened a new satellite office on Davis-Monthan, June 13. In Southern Arizona, the SAF program offers essential human services to about 17,000 active duty personnel and members of all branches of the…

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Events

Former DLT member tours with Tops in Blue

Posted  June 14, 2012

The Air Force’s premiere entertainment group, Tops in Blue, visited Tucson as part of their world-wide tour. The show features about 18 vocalists, one of which is a former member of the Desert Lightning…

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Salutes & Awards

SFS Airman receives commissioning opportunity

Posted  June 14, 2012

For some Airmen, an enlisted military career full of stripes is just the beginning. Some wish to trade them in for bars. An Airman at the 355th Security Forces Squadron had that desire and was recently accepted into the Air Force Academy Preparatory School. “My goal in the Air Force has always been to fly,”…

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Military members receive joint tactical training

Posted  June 14, 2012

Members from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps came out for helicopter pre-deployment training here June 7. Lt. Col. Kjall Gopaul, 355th Mission Support Group deputy commander, led this...

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