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Air Force revamping rescue exercise staged from Arizona base

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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55th RQS: The maintainers that keep HH-60Gs flying

The 55th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., conducts training missions on a regular basis, but when the HH-60G Pave Hawk is grounded, a completely different crew handles the aircraft.

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D-M Airman wins MAJCOM-level award

From the moment an individual raises their right hand and repeats the Oath of Enlistment, they become an ambassador for the U.S. armed forces.

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Air Force’s first HC-130 takes its final flight to retirement

After more than 50 years of faithful service and rescue missions spanning the globe, King 52, the first HC-130 configured for Air Force rescue in 1964, retired March 6. King 52 was one of a few HC-130s converted to conduct rescue operations in the 1960s and tested at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Disbrow delivers State of the AF

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Lisa S. Disbrow addressed current and future issues, and talked about some of the occasions the Air Force has to look forward to in 2017 during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium here March 3., 2017.


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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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2015 Desert Lightning News Mission Update

Posted  March 6, 2015

Welcome to the annual Mission Update Edition of Desert Lightning News! This edition of the newspaper will highlight Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s impacts to the local community, country, and the world. The U.S. Air Force’s core values of “Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do!” will be exemplified throughout this edition…

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