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Arizona Air National Guard’s first deployment in 31 years

Airmen from the 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, have wrapped up Exercise Ample Strike 2018 at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, after a 31-year hiatus since their last deployment overseas.

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Arizona Guard deploys to Czech Republic for Ample Strike 2018

F-16 aircraft assigned to the 195th Fighter Squadron, 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard in Tucson, Ariz., and supporting Airmen, are participating in Exercise Ample Strike 2018, at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic.

News

Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – September 7, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! The 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base recently welcomed its new commander, Col. Mike Drowley, former Chief of Staff for U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

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Mission feature: AGE generates airpower from the ground up

The 162nd Maintenance Group dedicates more than eight hundred personnel to keeping the wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcons airborne, but for one flight in the 162nd Maintenance Squadron, air superiority starts on the ground.

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Couple provides support for foster animals

Whether they are kept for a few weeks or a lifetime, sheltered animals around the nation rely on dedicated and caring individuals that can help them find a home.


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AF officials announce NCO retraining program

Posted  July 27, 2018

The Air Force has announced the Noncommissioned Officer Retraining Program for fiscal year 2019 and will update the number of available slots on the retraining advisory on or about Aug. 1.  The retraining program allows Airmen on their second or subsequent enlistments in adequately manned Air Force career fields to retrain into selected specialties to…

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Around the Air Force: July 26

Posted  July 27, 2018

On this look Around the Air Force, F-22 pilots practice firing live missiles during exercise Combat Archer. Air Mobility Command is accepting applications for active-duty mobility pilots to pioneer a new aviator technical track program, and the Joint Space Operations Center transitioned to a Combined Space Operations Center.

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Local

Honorary commander program inspires outreach

Posted  July 23, 2018

The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Honorary Commander Program gives local civic and business leaders to gain a better understanding and greater insight of the various missions and units on base by providing tours and activities.

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Colombian Kfirs fighters train with the A-10, F-16

Posted  July 23, 2018

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz Airmen from the Colombian Air Force and U.S. Air Force pose for a group photo in front of a Colombian Air Force 767 Multi-Mission Tanker Transport Jupiter aircraft, a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, a Colombian Air Force Kfir fighter jet and an U.S. Air Force…

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Health & Safety

355th MDG offers unique physical therapy experiences

Posted  July 16, 2018

Though the safety of Airmen is of utmost importance, injuries, both in and out of work, are inevitable.

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