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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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HH-60 Pave Hawks take flight

Posted  July 6, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer Two HH-60 Pave Hawks from the 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron take flight at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 14, 2018. The HH-60 has a wide variety of operational use including combat search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response and humanitarian assistance.   Air Force…

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Settlement of estate for Capt. Nathan S. Olivarez

Posted  July 6, 2018

Capt. Nathan S. Olivarez of the 755th Operations Support Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., passed away June 24. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate should contact the Summary Courts Officer, Maj. Jacob Forst at 520-228-9332 or via e-mail at jacob.forst@us.af.mil.

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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – July 6, 2018

Posted  July 6, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News digital edition! It’s a summer season of change at Davis-Monthan AFB, as Col. Mike Drowley assumes command of the 355th Fighter Wing from Col. Scott Campbell.

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‘I really shouldn’t be here’

Posted  July 6, 2018

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Jan. 31, 2015. FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life. There…

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Shaw AFB Airmen earn DFC for saving 88 lives

Posted  July 6, 2018

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Col. Daniel Lasica, former 20th Fighter Wing commander, presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to Capts. John Nygard and Salvador Cruz, both 79th Fighter Squadron instructor pilots, June 7 at Shaw Air Force Base. The fourth highest medal of recognition is not simply given, it is earned, said Lasica. Doing…

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