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D-M pilot wins top strafer award at Hawgsmoke 2018

Capt. Sky Lesh, 354th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, won the top strafer award at Hawgsmoke 2018 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Oct. 17-20, 2018.

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Citizen-Warrior: Military, police work go hand-in-hand for Guard member

Air Force Staff Sgt. Rodrigo Acosta, a security forces specialist with the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing in Tucson, said he felt fortunate to belong to an Arizona-based unit when he deployed to Kuwait last summer.

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Chief master sergeant of Air Force visits D-M

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited several units at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., to speak with Airmen Oct. 22-24, 2018. During his visit, Chief Wright held discussions with members of the Desert Lighting Team about professional development as well as his priorities and vision for the future of our Air Force.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer News

Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – November 2, 2018

Desert Lightning News – Digital and print publication serving Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson AZ and surrounding communities – Digital Edition November 2, 2018 Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! We wish all our readers an enjoyable Veterans Day weekend – and to set the tone, we’ve devoted some space in our pages this…

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Violin player sailed on to career in Navy

There used to be an ad commonly seen in the 1960s that stated, “Join the Navy and see the world.” An accomplished violin player in middle and high school who played in the school orchestra took these words to heart. Richard States spent 20 years in the active Navy and eight years in the Naval…


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People and Places

Airman finds relative’s WWII crash site in Belgium

Posted  January 27, 2016

ATLANTIC CITY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.J. — The date is Dec. 24, 1944, in the midst of World War II, and while most Americans are at home preparing for a Christmas with their families, 1st Lt. Cuno Vernal Becker, an armament officer with the Army Air Force’s 836th Bomb Squadron is boarding his B-17 Flying…

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Operation Homefront seeks Military Child of the Year nominations

Posted  October 16, 2015

SAN ANTONIO (AFNS) — Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit organization, is accepting nominations for the 2016 Military Child of the Year awards. Operation Homefront leads more than 2,500 volunteers nationwide who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. The eighth annual awards will recognize six outstanding young…

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Air Force

IMA’s forward momentum lands her two major awards

Posted  July 6, 2018

An Air Force Reserve individual mobilization augmentee at Davis Monthan Air Force Base was recently recognized at Air Combat Command and Air Force Reserve-levels for work she performed in 2017. Master Sgt. Jessica Pierce, attached to the 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office as the IMA to the law office superintendent, is the ACC senior NCO…

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Commentary

Lupus: An invisible autoimmune disease

Posted  June 1, 2018

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — “You don’t look sick.” If I had a penny for every time I heard that statement, I would be a millionaire! But, I am sick. I have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, an autoimmune disease, which mistakenly attacks healthy tissues. It can affect the skin, joints, brain and other organs. In…

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Around the Air Force: April 5

Posted  April 5, 2017

On this look around the Air Force, the CMSAF addresses sexual assault awareness, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot reaches 1,000 combat flight hours, and a 380th Air Expeditionary Wing EQ-4 Global Hawk completes 1,000 continuous sorties without maintenance cancellations

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