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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.

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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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Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm

Posted  September 1, 2017

Following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in late 1990, President George H.W. Bush assembled a coalition to force the Iraqis out of Kuwait. The U.S. Air Force provided the bulk of the Allied air power during the Gulf War in 1991, flying alongside aircraft of the U.S. Navy and the Royal Air Force. The F-117 Nighthawk…

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Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys
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Global War on Terror

Posted  September 1, 2017

On Sept. 11, 2001, the world changed. Following the attacks, in 2001, the U.S. Air Force was deployed against the Taliban forces in Afghanistan. Operating from Diego Garcia,  Chagos Archipelago, in the Indian Ocean, B-52 Stratofortress and B-1 Lancer bombers attacked Taliban positions. The Air Force deployed daisy cutter bombs, dropped from C-130 Hercules cargo…

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Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro
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Modern Day Air Force

Posted  September 1, 2017

Today, the U.S. Air Force is the largest, most capable and most technologically advanced air force in the world, with about 5,778 manned aircraft in service, approximately 156 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles, 2,130 Air-Launched Cruise Missiles, and 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The U.S. Air Force has approximately 328,439 personnel on active duty, 74,000 in the…

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Laughter strengthens Guard relationships

Posted  August 23, 2017

Chaplains from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing led their first ever Strong Bonds retreat for more than 30 couples at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa, Aug. 18-20, 2017.

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Rescue squadrons collaborate, conduct CSAR exercise

Posted  August 23, 2017

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore A U.S. Air Force pararescueman from the 48th Rescue Squadron walks in a tactical formation during a personnel recovery exercise at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Aug. 15, 2017. The intent of the exercise was to help combat search and rescue personnel prepare for deployments.   Air…

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