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D-M pilot wins top strafer award at Hawgsmoke 2018

Capt. Sky Lesh, 354th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, won the top strafer award at Hawgsmoke 2018 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Oct. 17-20, 2018.

Air Force photograph by Capt. Mary Hook Local

Citizen-Warrior: Military, police work go hand-in-hand for Guard member

Air Force Staff Sgt. Rodrigo Acosta, a security forces specialist with the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing in Tucson, said he felt fortunate to belong to an Arizona-based unit when he deployed to Kuwait last summer.

Air Force photograph by Airman Frankie D. Moore Local

Chief master sergeant of Air Force visits D-M

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited several units at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., to speak with Airmen Oct. 22-24, 2018. During his visit, Chief Wright held discussions with members of the Desert Lighting Team about professional development as well as his priorities and vision for the future of our Air Force.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer News

Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – November 2, 2018

Desert Lightning News – Digital and print publication serving Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson AZ and surrounding communities – Digital Edition November 2, 2018 Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! We wish all our readers an enjoyable Veterans Day weekend – and to set the tone, we’ve devoted some space in our pages this…

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Violin player sailed on to career in Navy

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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Defense

U.S. Military begins training Iraqi Forces to take on ISIL

Posted  January 9, 2015

WASHINGTON – The United States has begun training Iraqi army recruits, a central part of the strategy by the U.S.-led coalition that is working with the Iraqi government to retake territory and ultimately defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in the country. Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today that…

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Air Force

AF government travel cards receive tech upgrade

Posted  January 9, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Beginning this month, Citibank is issuing chip and PIN-enabled government travel cards (GTC) to new card applicants, individuals whose cards will expire in 2015 and individuals who have reported lost or stolen cards. This is the first phase in a multi-phased rollout, which will enhance the security and convenience of government travel…

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Defense

DOD releases 2015 military pay, compensation rates

Posted  January 9, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members Dec. 22, with most service members receiving a 1 percent increase in basic pay. The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing (BAH), basic allowance for subsistence (BAS), and the cost of living allowance (COLA) rates…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)
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D-M Airman receives early gift before the holidays

Posted  January 9, 2015

What seemed to be a normal visit from base leadership to the Civil Engineer Squadron’s Emergency Management building, quickly unveiled itself to be a career-changing day for a young staff sergeant. The 355th Fighter Wing commander and command chief stopped by under the cover of discussing the success of a recent exercise. “I was under…

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AZ Congressional Delegation visits D-M

Posted  January 9, 2015

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lorin Schlecht, 48th Rescue Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, shakes hands with Sen. John McCain here Dec. 18, 2014. Sens. McCain and Jeff Flake, as well as Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, were visiting several military installations across…

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