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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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U.S. Air Force celebrates 70th anniversary

U.S. military aviation has changed over the years — from bi-planes during World War I to the modern jet fighter aircraft — but one thing remains constant, the motivation and resiliency of U.S. Airmen to protect and defend their home. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Nellis to support Hurricane Irma rescue operations in Florida

Midafternoon Sept. 8, the 66th Rescue Squadron and 823rd Maintenance Squadron assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., received a call from the U.S. Northern Command to ready teams to support FEMA search and rescue efforts in the Florida Keys following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which later made landfall Sept. 10.

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48th RQS provides Hurricane Harvey rescue support

Courtesy photograph Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Airmen deployed Aug. 29, 2017, to southeast Texas, for Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts. Approximately 20 members of the 48th Rescue Squadron are providing their special skills of swiftwater and technical rescue to Hurricane Harvey victims. Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., responded to…

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Compass call reshapes OIR battlefield with electronic warfare domination

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly An EC-130H Compass Call travels along the taxiway at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 27, 2017. Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system that uses noise jamming to disrupt enemy command and control communications and deny time-critical adversary coordination essential for enemy force management….


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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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Increase your sphere of influence

Posted  March 20, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — In his November 2013 Roll Call, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody said that a nomination to a developmental special duty is an honor and expresses the faith and confidence leadership has in an Airman to purposefully shape our future. Earlier in 2013, 10 special…

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Community comes out to play at annual DM-50 Picnic

Posted  March 20, 2015

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz) A thank-you sign from the DM50 hangs on a fence during the DM50 picnic sign at Davis-Monthan, March 14. The picnic was free for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Massey)…

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