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563rd RQG realigns to the 355th FW

The 563rd Rescue Group, a geographically-separated unit out of Moody Air Force Base, Ga., was realigned from the 23rd Wing to Davis-Monthan AFB’s 355th Fighter Wing Oct. 1, 2018. The realignment brought all rescue squadrons and maintenance units that fall under the 563rd RQG, to include other geographically-separated assets located at Nellis AFB, Nevada, under the supervision of the 355th FW.

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Astronaut, cosmonaut safe after abort during launch to ISS

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin resting comfortably in the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, after an anomaly shortly after their launch. The Soyuz-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m., EDT, Oct. 10 carrying Hague and Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an…

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After crash, Pentagon says temporary pause in F-35 flights

The Pentagon on Oct. 11 ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina. The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to…

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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – October 5, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! We start off this month’s issue of DLN with kudos and congrats to Lt. Col. Robin Sandifer, 47th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II instructor pilot, who recently achieved the milestone of 5,000 flight hours in an A-10.

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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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Raytheon accelerates DeepStrike missile development

Posted  October 10, 2018

Raytheon photograph Raytheon’s DeepStrike missile is the U.S. Army’s affordable solution that offers double the firepower, greater range and precision accuracy. TUCSON, Ariz.–Raytheon Company has completed a significant milestone in the development of its long-range DeepStrike™ missile to meet the U.S. Army’s Precision Strike Missile, or PrSM, requirement. The company has integrated its new launch…

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Raytheon, U.S. Army upgrade Excalibur projectile

Posted  October 10, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz.–Raytheon and the U.S. Army completed development of a revolutionary capability for cannon artillery by upgrading the combat-proven Excalibur® precision-guided projectile. The Excalibur Shaped Trajectory, or EST, variant will enable soldiers to eliminate targets in hard-to-reach locations by selecting the projectile’s terminal or final phase attack angle. With the Excalibur EST munition, soldiers can…

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Inside the mission: food service’s unique purpose

Posted  October 10, 2018

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Giovanni Sims Airmen stop by the salad bar for a more healthy option at the Desert Inn dining facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct 1, 2018. The dining facility provides food service excellence in support of Air Force readiness and peacetime missions. The 355th Force Support Squadron…

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U.S. Army completes qualification testing for new Stinger missile proximity fuze

Posted  October 10, 2018

Army photograph The new proximity fuze enables the Stinger missile to destroy a wider array of battlefield threats such as enemy unmanned aircraft systems. TUCSON, Ariz.–The U.S. Army has completed qualification testing for a new proximity fuze that significantly enhances the combat-proven Stinger® missile produced by Raytheon. During recent testing at Eglin Air Force Base…

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Raytheon, US Army improve TOW missile

Posted  October 8, 2018

Army photograph Raytheon systems like the TOW missile enable ground forces to achieve overmatch against adversary armored and wheeled systems, regardless of the environment or conditions. TUCSON, Ariz.–The U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon Company a $21 million contract to develop a new propulsion system for the venerable TOW® missile. The contract funds a three-year effort…

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