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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…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie) Events

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…

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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…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie) Events

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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Salutes & Awards

More D-M Technical Sergeants make rank

Posted  May 24, 2012

More than 100 D-M technical sergeants earned a future promotion to master sergeant through the Weighted Airman Promotion System here May 17. Most of the promotees were listed in the May 18 edition of Desert Lightning News, but the following list of future master sergeants were inadvertently left off of that list. Congratulations to the…

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Honoring our heroes

Posted  May 24, 2012

In the National Capital Region, you do not have to look far to find monuments honoring our heroic Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who have paid the ultimate price in defense of our great Nation. This weekend, Americans will visit the memorials and cemeteries in Washington D.C. and throughout the U.S. as well…

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Air Guard helps grant ‘Bucket List’ wish for ailing senior

Posted  May 24, 2012

Dreams of blasting off the tarmac in a fighter jet don’t fade with age as one Arizona senior taught Airmen here May 17. When approached by the Bucket List Foundation, a non-profit much like the Make a Wish...

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Events

Job Fair provides informed decisions for future civilians

Posted  May 24, 2012

The Airman and Family Readiness Center launched the annual job fair for Desert Lightning Team members at the Mirage Club May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “There is everything from local hires to international organizations that are looking for people that might want a contracting job somewhere,” said Master Sgt. April Little, 355th…

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The amazing race for culture

Posted  May 24, 2012

More than 40 Desert Lightning Team members gathered at the golf course track to participate in the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month amazing race May 11. The race was 1.5 miles long and was entered by two-person teams. Each team had to visit the seven stations set up...

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Their legacy lives on at American cemetery in UK

Posted  May 24, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, England (AFNS) — Service members from across the United Kingdom will make their way to the Madingley American Cemetery Memorial Service here May 28 to remember the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who fell during World War II in defense of the…

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Additional civilian employee self-service requests available online

Posted  May 24, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center human resources officials have expanded a self-service initiative allowing civilians to request updates to their personnel records online. Employees can now request updates for résumés, name changes, veterans’ preference for reduction in force, awards, education, training, certification and licensure. The initiative empowers…

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Local Briefs May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

Annual Build-Boat Competition The 2012 Build-a-Boat competition is scheduled for today at the Outdoor Rec pool. Squadrons must be present with their full crew to register nlt 8 a.m. on May 24. Boat building will be from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Wing Safety will inspect all water craft at 9:30 a.m., and the race will…

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Final EA/FONSI available for the D-M 2012-14 Capital Improvement Program

Posted  May 24, 2012

The U.S Air Force has released a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) for its 2012-14 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) at Davis-Monthan. The CIP identifies construction and demolition projects to improve facilities at Davis-Monthan AFB, ensuring that the installation has the upgrades necessary to support is mission to protect and preserve…

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Free National Park entrance for military and family

Posted  May 17, 2012

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Members from all branches of the U.S. military gathered at the Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown, Va. May 15, as the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar presented a unique opportunity for service members and their families.

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