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Police week honors fallen defenders

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona will participate in National Police Week from May 13-19, 2018, to commemorate fallen law enforcement officers and highlight the security forces mission.

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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – May 4, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! We have a great issue with news and features prepared for you this month – starting with our cover story, which features 755th Operational Support Squadron Staff Sgt. Shane Berger.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore Salutes & Awards

D-M Airman awarded ACC Company Grade Officer of the Year

The ACC Company Grade Officer of the Year is awarded to an officer that shows extraordinary leadership, expertise and commitment not only in their career field, but in their everyday lives as well.

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Prominent TED Talks speaker visits D-M

Simon Sinek visited to speak with Airmen and base leadership at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 2. Sinek is the author of several books which focus on the way leaders and followers in organizations think act and operate.

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943rd RQG finance office wins 2017 AFRC award

The 943rd Rescue Group finance office was recently awarded the 2017 Air Force Reserve Command’s Financial Analysis Office of the Year for their support of the group’s personnel recovery mission. The finance office efficiently handled more than $30 million in funding for the unit to support various deployments and other costs associated to ensure the…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Michael S. Murphy)

Hearts of strength

Posted  April 6, 2018

She heard the dull and tiresome beep from a heart monitor as she lay in a dark hospital room March 12, 2014, in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama. Light cut into the room as the door opened and a doctor walked in, waking her and her husband, Kyle Kramer. The doctor informed…

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Air Force, NATO work to address pilot shortage

Posted  April 6, 2018

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The shortage of pilots in the Air Force has been well documented, but the United States isn’t the only member of NATO looking for more people to fill seats. That was one of several topics discussed during the 75th meeting of the Euro-NATO joint jet pilot training program steering…

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Airman rescues double amputee from flood receives medal

Posted  April 6, 2018

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — In total darkness, with temperatures in the high 30s and in the midst of a monstrous rainstorm, Tech. Sgt. Phillip Dyer waded into rapidly moving, chest-deep-and-rising waters to save a trapped flood victim on the verge of hypothermia and drowning. That is how the explosive ordnance disposal instructor spent…

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People and Places

Desert Destinations: Grand Canyon National Park

Posted  April 6, 2018

Visitors interact with various maps and documentation in the Yavapai Point Geology Museum in Grand Canyon National Park. The park offers a multitude of educational and historical opportunities for visitors to learn about Southwest heritage and culture. Visitors view Grand Canyon from Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park. The park is a little more…

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The PURPLE Period

Posted  April 6, 2018

Having a baby can be an extremely exciting time. The addition of a new member to the family can also be a bit stressful to adjust to. Do you ever have times when your newborn has long bouts of crying? Do you feel like you have exhausted all measures to try and calm your baby…

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