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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.

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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.

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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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(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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Air Force

New commander takes reins of 12th AF, AFSOUTH

Posted  January 9, 2015

Lieutenant Gen. Chris Nowland took the reins of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) in a ceremony Dec. 19 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “I am very humbled to have an opportunity to affect the 12th Air Force community in helping to produce the ready warriors needed to fight the threats faced by our nation,”…

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Women in Service Review Rollout due in 2016

Posted  January 16, 2015

WASHINGTON – Following the 2013 repeal of the Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the secretary of defense will announce final decisions to integrate remaining closed occupations and any approved exceptions to policy on or about Jan. 1, 2016, a Pentagon official reported. Juliet Beyler, the Defense Department’s director of officer and enlisted personnel…

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Airmen get a refresher on water survival training

Posted  January 16, 2015

Tech. Sgt. Brent Reynertson, 55th Electronic Combat Group evaluator and mission crew supervisor, prepares to drag another Airman through the water during a water survival training refresher course here Jan. 5. The drag simulates the moments an aircrew member experiences after landing in the water with a deployed parachute. Staff Sgt. Whitni Levering, 42nd Electronic…

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