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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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People and Places

WWII pilot reunited with P-47

Posted  March 6, 2015

Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corps hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course here Feb. 28. After being wheeled out to the…

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Air Force places 18 A-10 aircraft into ‘Backup Status’

Posted  March 6, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force, with congressional authorization, will convert 18 primary combat-coded A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from active units and place them into Backup-Aircraft Inventory (BAI) status with the possibility to convert another 18 at a later date in fiscal year 2015. The Secretary of Defense has authorized the Air Force to place up to…

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D-M, military retirees have $1.47 billion impact on local community

Posted  March 6, 2015

D-M and military retirees circulated approximately $1.47 billion and helped create more than 4,400 jobs in the local area. The EIA, an annual publication, is designed to inform the community of personnel assigned or employed at the base; annual payroll of all assigned and employed personnel; construction expenditures; and an estimated number and dollar value…

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D-M deploys 1,100 Airmen around the globe

Posted  March 6, 2015

Approximately 1,100 Airmen have been tasked to deploy from D-M during the first three months of 2015, more than twice the normal amount. Typically, the base would have around 500 Airmen deployed at any given time which makes this deployment a significant increase. This deployment includes Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group, 55th Electronic Combat…

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Davis-Monthan AFB economic impact analysis

Posted  March 6, 2015

Davis-Monthan AFB is home of the 355 FW and its nine major tenant units, to include 12th Air Force Headquarters (AFSOUTH). At any given time, Davis-Monthan AFB has anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Airmen deployed around the world engaged in combat operations. Although these Airmen come from every state in the nation, they call Tucson…

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