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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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The art of work, life balance

Posted  October 6, 2017

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As we progress through the enlisted and officer ranks, we start to gain additional tasks, duties and personnel concerns. Your career is no longer just about you, but includes the Airmen you lead on a daily basis. Sometimes we get so consumed with making sure the mission and the…

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Airman navigates crucible of anxiety

Posted  October 6, 2017

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — As first impressions go, I am an extrovert. I love to connect with people and have been described as personable. My mother says I’ve never known a stranger. What many don’t know, including friends and family, is that I struggle with social anxiety. With less than a week of notice,…

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My Air Force: A flip of a coin

Posted  October 6, 2017

After considering a college he couldn’t quite afford and a job he didn’t see escalating to a career, it came to a flip of the coin for Robert Parati to make the decision to enlist into the Air Force or Marine Corps. As the first member of his Filipino family to be born in the…

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Medical Airman saves newborn minutes from death

Posted  October 6, 2017

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. ­— After severe weather left many with property damage, and even more without power, a patient missing an appointment might have been easily overlooked. For Senior Airman Taylor Scherff, 55th Medical Group Pediatric Clinic medical technician, something didn’t sit right. She knew she couldn’t wait for the normal call-back to…

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Davis-Monthan, Spangdahlem earn Innkeeper Awards

Posted  October 6, 2017

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas —Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, were named the 2017 Air Force Innkeeper Award winners. Davis-Monthan and Spangdahlem were among eight finalists in two categories. Davis-Monthan won the large category (286 rooms or more) while Spangdahlem won the small category (285 rooms or fewer). “The hard…

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