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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – December 7, 2018

Desert Lightning News – Digital and print publication serving Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson AZ and surrounding communities Happy Holidays to everyone at D-M AFB, from the staff of Aerotech News! Click on the link below for a digital copy of this week’s Desert Lightning News. Here are some highlights from the Dec. 2018 issue: D-M…

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Search, rescue training puts edge on blade

Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Agae, 66th Rescue Squadron special mission aviator, communicates with other pararescuemen during the Tiger Rescue VI exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Frankie D. Moore) U.S. Air Force pararescuemen with the 66th Rescue Squadron approach a simulated isolated person during the Tiger Rescue VI exercise in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 3, 2018….

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36th CRG brings relief, inspiration after devastation

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands — On Oct. 25, Daverrick Camacho, a firefighter from Saipan, woke-up to a nightmare turned reality. Everything he worked toward was wiped off the face of the earth. The place he called home and held family gatherings was nothing more than darkly twisted debris, scattered across the front lawn. Camacho was…

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Airmen test limits at Ranger Assessment Course

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — Imagine signing up to be starved, sleep deprived and trying to fight for survival during a 19-day combat leadership course in the mosquito-, rattlesnake- and wild boar-infested hilly terrain north of San Antonio with 28 other Airmen. This was the scenario for 29 Airmen who took part in the…

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Five missing, two found after F/A-18, tanker crash off Japan

TOKYO — A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after colliding early Dec. 5, and rescuers found two of the seven crew members, one of them in stable condition, officials said. The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter…


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Fly, Fight, Win — war to end all wars

Posted  November 2, 2018

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — It was 95 years ago at precisely 11 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918, the “war to end all wars” came to a termination of hostilities after the death and wounding of millions of veterans. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as Armistice Day with this statement:…

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Celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month

Posted  November 2, 2018

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — During November, Americans celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month. On Nov. 11, Americans also celebrate Veterans Day. Through these two observances, Americans can celebrate not only the significant contributions of American Indians and Alaska natives to our heritage and culture but also their contribution to this country’s defense. The…

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Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, survey the wreckage on the marina of Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 14, 2018, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. Air Combat Command has mobilized multiple squadrons across the major command to aid in the restoration of base functions following massive damages from high winds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)
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Air Force responds to ‘Michael’ …

Posted  November 2, 2018

Senior Airman Keifer Bowes Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane Oct. 10, with Tyndall Air Force Base directly in its path. While active-duty and National Guard service members were pre-positioned to provide assistance during the storm, within hours after it ended additional Airmen began arriving from across the country to…

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Violin player sailed on to career in Navy

Posted  November 2, 2018

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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Young soldier’s adventure gives chance of lifetime

Posted  November 2, 2018

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure hit movie screens in 1989. This motion picture highlighted two high school seniors’ history project and how it turned into an excellent adventure. Meet Brittney Weber, whose young life, highlighted by her six years and one month in the Army can be called Brittney Weber’s excellent adventure. Her adventure began…

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