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HPO program increases readiness and lethality

Pararescuemen risk life and limb in order to save the lives of others. Over time, these great efforts cause strain to the body, and, if not treated proactively, can lead to potential permanent damage.

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AZ Air Guard trains with 48th Fighter Wing in United Kingdom

Several Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix, Ariz., conducted an overseas training mission with the 48thFighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 21 to June 8.   

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Motivated, dedicated, a step above the rest

They may be dramatically visible – a missing limb or facial scar. They may also dwell beneath the skin’s surface as mental trauma that persists long after its elicited events. For many veterans, their wounds are obstacles, but for one there is nothing that can hinder his strive for excellence.

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Desert Lightning News – Davis Monthan Digital Edition June 1, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! Click on the link above and check out our front-page story this month: for the second time in six years, Davis-Monthan AFB has been named the top base in the Air Force by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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Air Force family’s blind son awarded service dog

A Luke family was recently awarded a service dog from a local nonprofit organization for their 4-year-old son, Hunter, who was born with optic nerve hypoplasia. The condition results in blindness due to the underdevelopment of the optic nerves. Hunter is able see colors, but much of the world around him remains a mystery, according…

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D-M, local community attend Air Force Partnership meeting

Posted  June 2, 2017

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base leadership and local Tucson community leaders attended an Air Force Community Partnership annual update meeting at the Pima County Abrams Public Health Center in Tucson, Ariz., May 25, 2017.

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My brat makes me proud

Posted  June 2, 2017

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. ­— Parents worry; it’s just what we do. We worry our child will get hurt. We worry we aren’t making the right decisions for them. We worry they’ve become irrevocably addicted to their iPad and that they really shouldn’t spend so much time watching videos of a 5-year-old millionaire open…

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The Air Force issued me my ‘kids’

Posted  June 2, 2017

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — While I’ve decided to live a childfree lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force — and one is still too young to accept an adult…

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309th AMARG applauded for valuable AFSOC support

Posted  June 2, 2017

Maj. Gen. Gregory Ferguson, the Air National Guard assistant to the commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, along with an MC-130H Talon II aircraft and its crew, recently visited the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group to recognize and pay tribute to the group’s contribution to the AFSOC mission. The command’s MC-130H and AC-130 Gunship…

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SSgt STEP above the rest

Posted  June 2, 2017

Staff Sgt. Rachel Merriman, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection craftsman, was recently promoted to the rank of technical sergeant, but she didn’t receive her stripe in the usual fashion. Merriman was hand-selected by her leadership to be promoted through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program. She promoted on April 18, just two days after…

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