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HPO program increases readiness and lethality

Pararescuemen risk life and limb in order to save the lives of others. Over time, these great efforts cause strain to the body, and, if not treated proactively, can lead to potential permanent damage.

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AZ Air Guard trains with 48th Fighter Wing in United Kingdom

Several Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix, Ariz., conducted an overseas training mission with the 48thFighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 21 to June 8.   

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Motivated, dedicated, a step above the rest

They may be dramatically visible – a missing limb or facial scar. They may also dwell beneath the skin’s surface as mental trauma that persists long after its elicited events. For many veterans, their wounds are obstacles, but for one there is nothing that can hinder his strive for excellence.

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Desert Lightning News – Davis Monthan Digital Edition June 1, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! Click on the link above and check out our front-page story this month: for the second time in six years, Davis-Monthan AFB has been named the top base in the Air Force by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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Air Force family’s blind son awarded service dog

A Luke family was recently awarded a service dog from a local nonprofit organization for their 4-year-old son, Hunter, who was born with optic nerve hypoplasia. The condition results in blindness due to the underdevelopment of the optic nerves. Hunter is able see colors, but much of the world around him remains a mystery, according…


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Dragon Lady makes historic appearance at Northern Edge 17

Posted  June 2, 2017

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Looking across the flightline at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska during previous Northern Edge exercises one would have seen a mass of gray and white aircraft, but this year the distinctly black U-2 Dragon Lady from Beale Air Force Base, Calif., made its presence known for the first time at Northern…

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America’s Armed Forces Kids fun run 2017

Posted  June 2, 2017

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. ­— The Youth and Teen Center hosted the Art Blast color run 5k and the America’s Armed Forces Kids fun run on May 20 at Holloman Air Force Base. “The turnout was amazing,” said Harry Miller, the 49th Force Support Squadron Youth sports director. “In addition to the large number…

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924th FG creates tight-knit family at Bama Park

Posted  June 2, 2017

The 924th Fighter Group hosted a family day during drill weekend at Bama Park. Airmen assigned to the unit were released early to meet up with their families and spend time with other members of the unit. “We may go six-months before we get to see anyone’s spouse or children, so it’s important for us…

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Overcoming adversity, Airman finds home in Air Natl Guard

Posted  June 2, 2017

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — He slowed the car to a stop and pulled into the parking lot. Shutting the engine down, he looked around the vehicle. Everything he owned was crammed into the small space that had become his home for the past few months. He glanced at the brick building: Air Force…

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‘Taps,’ somber, yet poetic

Posted  June 2, 2017

One evening in 1981 while I was at summer camp, I took a deep breath and blew a little too hard on the bugle’s mouthpiece. The counselor who played Taps each night to signal “lights out” to the campers had agreed to let me be the substitute bugler that evening. Using only one semester of…

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