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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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Local

PACE enhances D-M Airmen leadership skills

Posted  October 29, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman Frankie D. Moore Lt. Col. Trevor Rosenberg, Profession of Arms Center of Excellence senior instructor, listens to an Airman’s questions during an “Enhancing Human Capital” seminar at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 23, 2018. During this class, attendees are taught how to strengthen their leadership skills by developing a…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer
Health & Safety

Fire prevention week teaches important skills

Posted  October 17, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1s Class Michael X. Beyer Joseph Nix, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector, demonstrates fire extinguisher techniques to children during Fire Prevention Week at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Oct. 11, 2018. This year’s fire prevention campaign was “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” which hopes to educate…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Kristine Legate
Sports

D-M host first annual DLT Cup Competition

Posted  October 15, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Kristine Legate Desert Lightning Team members participate in a volleyball tournament during the first annual DLT Competition Cup at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 12, 2018. This competition is open to all base personnel and their families. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona held its first annual…

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Local

563rd RQG realigns to the 355th FW

Posted  October 12, 2018

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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Space

Astronaut, cosmonaut safe after abort during launch to ISS

Posted  October 11, 2018

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…

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