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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.

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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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Maintainers compete in annual load crew competition

Posted  February 2, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer Tech. Sgt. Timothy Skeldon, 924th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew chief connects the umbilical cable from the AIM-9 Sidewinder missile to the launcher of an A-10C Thunderbolt II during the 2017 load crew of the year competition at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 26,…

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Obama sends resolution for use of force against ISIL to Congress

Posted  February 13, 2015

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has sent a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The president spoke about the draft authorization during a White House announcement this afternoon. Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry…

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All in night’s work: MQ-9s maximize airpower downrange

Posted  June 2, 2017

Editor’s note: Last names and squadron title withheld for operational security. CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As many Americans sleep soundly in their beds, Airmen in attack squadrons across the 432nd Wing flying the MQ-1B Predator and MQ-9 Reaper from cockpits in the continental U.S. are having decisive effects in the fight against violent…

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AF photos around the world

Posted  February 3, 2017

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. David Owsianka) Tech. Sgt. Michael Wright, a 459th Airlift Squadron special mission aviator evaluator, holds onto the cable as Master Sgt. Antonio Gueits, a 374th Operation Group resource adviser, is hoisted into a UH-1N Huey at a drop zone near Mount Fuji, Japan, Jan. 13, 2017. During the scenario, aircrew…

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Air Force revamping rescue exercise staged from Arizona base

Posted  March 15, 2017

The Air Force is doing a reset on a large training exercise during which helicopter crews and other personnel use parts of Arizona and neighboring states to practice rescues and extractions of downed aviators and other service members.

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