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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby Salutes & Awards

Davis-Monthan named top base in the Air Force

The Office of the Secretary of Defense named Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona the top base in the Air Force for the second time in six years. The base won the 2018 Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award, which recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of service members

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer Salutes & Awards

Police week honors fallen defenders

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona will participate in National Police Week from May 13-19, 2018, to commemorate fallen law enforcement officers and highlight the security forces mission.

Desert Lightning News - May 4, 2018 News

Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – May 4, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! We have a great issue with news and features prepared for you this month – starting with our cover story, which features 755th Operational Support Squadron Staff Sgt. Shane Berger.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore Salutes & Awards

D-M Airman awarded ACC Company Grade Officer of the Year

The ACC Company Grade Officer of the Year is awarded to an officer that shows extraordinary leadership, expertise and commitment not only in their career field, but in their everyday lives as well.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore Local

Prominent TED Talks speaker visits D-M

Simon Sinek visited to speak with Airmen and base leadership at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 2. Sinek is the author of several books which focus on the way leaders and followers in organizations think act and operate.


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Cold War and war in Korea

Posted  September 1, 2017

In practice, the Army Air Forces became virtually independent of the Army during World War II, but its leaders wanted formal independence. In November 1945, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower became Army Chief of Staff, while Gen. Carl Spaatz began to assume the duties of Commanding General, Army Air Forces, in anticipation of Arnold’s announced retirement….

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Hometown Heroes

Posted  September 1, 2017

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Geoffrey Weber Graduated from the College of Naval Warfare at the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. He is a 1985 graduate of St. Joseph Central High School, Pittsfield, Mass. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.  Weber is the son of Jim Weber of Richmond,…

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Huachuca takes closer look at ‘Dunkirk’

Posted  September 1, 2017

FORT HUACHUCA — Students of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence’s Military Intelligence Captains Career Course used the opening weekend of the movie “Dunkirk” to gain a deeper understanding of the events that led up to, and the execution of, the World War II military operation that inspired the film. MICCC students and cadre…

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Vietnam War

Posted  September 1, 2017

The U.S. Air Force was heavily deployed during the Vietnam War. The first bombing raids against North Vietnam occurred in 1964, following the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. In March 1965, a sustained bombing campaign began, code-named Operation Rolling Thunder. This campaign’s purpose was to destroy the will of the North Vietnamese to fight, destroy industrial…

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Know your heritage, live the mission: 100 years of 48th Squadron lineage

Posted  September 1, 2017

“History makes you smarter, heritage makes you prouder.” – Gen. Robin Rand, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Along with the centennial commemoration of America’s entry into World War I, 2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the 48th Squadron. On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before…

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