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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…

F35B News

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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2nd Lt. Robert Guest
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D-M PJs take first at ‘Rodeo’

Posted  October 5, 2018

Staff Sgts. Brock Thomas and Romen Ramirez, 68th Rescue Squadron pararescuemen, won the title of “Best PJ” at the 10th biennial PJ Rodeo held Sept. 17 through 21 in San Antonio. More than 400 current and former pararescuemen, or PJs, and spectators gathered for active-duty, Reserve and retired PJs to compete in two-man teams for…

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Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz

Not forgotten: High school assignment leads pilot on journey of discovery

Posted  October 5, 2018

SOUTHWEST ASIA — My first understanding of the POW/MIA mission, like most people my age, came from ‘Missing in Action’ and ‘Rambo’ movies. I never thought much more of it than that until I was 17 years old and a senior in high school. As part of a history class senior project, we were given…

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Chamber partners to aid veteran job seekers

Posted  October 5, 2018

The Tucson Metro Chamber has rolled out a new partnership aimed at helping to link military veterans with aerospace and defense jobs. The chamber is teaming with Futures, Inc. to launch the Southern Arizona Veterans Workforce Initiative, a website and job portal that helps veterans, Reserve members and their families connect with meaningful employment by…

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Health & Safety

Nothing funny about flu

Posted  October 5, 2018

As the influenza season quickly approaches, it’s important that you stay informed and readily prepared to protect yourself and your loved ones. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the flu virus. Symptoms include fever, cough, aches, sore throat, stuffy nose, headache and fatigue. If you…

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Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly Gives Air Force Personnel Update
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The ‘Airmen We Need’: Air Force personnel update

Posted  October 5, 2018

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, outlined the Air Force’s strategy for the “Airmen We Need” campaign at the Air, Space, Cyber Conference Sept. 17 in National Harbor. To further their development, Kelly said total force Airmen must have proper manning, be trained to…

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