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D-M pilot wins top strafer award at Hawgsmoke 2018

Capt. Sky Lesh, 354th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, won the top strafer award at Hawgsmoke 2018 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Oct. 17-20, 2018.

Air Force photograph by Capt. Mary Hook Local

Citizen-Warrior: Military, police work go hand-in-hand for Guard member

Air Force Staff Sgt. Rodrigo Acosta, a security forces specialist with the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing in Tucson, said he felt fortunate to belong to an Arizona-based unit when he deployed to Kuwait last summer.

Air Force photograph by Airman Frankie D. Moore Local

Chief master sergeant of Air Force visits D-M

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited several units at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., to speak with Airmen Oct. 22-24, 2018. During his visit, Chief Wright held discussions with members of the Desert Lighting Team about professional development as well as his priorities and vision for the future of our Air Force.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer News

Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – November 2, 2018

Desert Lightning News – Digital and print publication serving Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson AZ and surrounding communities – Digital Edition November 2, 2018 Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! We wish all our readers an enjoyable Veterans Day weekend – and to set the tone, we’ve devoted some space in our pages this…

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Violin player sailed on to career in Navy

There used to be an ad commonly seen in the 1960s that stated, “Join the Navy and see the world.” An accomplished violin player in middle and high school who played in the school orchestra took these words to heart. Richard States spent 20 years in the active Navy and eight years in the Naval…

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Air Force

Protect power, enhance readiness

Posted  October 5, 2018

The Air Force’s theme of “Protect the Power” serves as a call to action for members of our Air Force community to practice energy efficient habits in their daily lives. Resiliency of our energy supply and distribution systems is now our number one goal. D-M is out in the forefront in this area, working with…

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Air Force

When can I get my OCPs?

Posted  October 5, 2018

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  —  The official wear date for the operational camouflage pattern uniform is Oct. 1. Some Airmen preparing to deploy, or who have deployed previously and those who have been assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command or Air Force Global Strike Command may already have these uniforms. Others have already…

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2nd Lt. Robert Guest
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D-M PJs take first at ‘Rodeo’

Posted  October 5, 2018

Staff Sgts. Brock Thomas and Romen Ramirez, 68th Rescue Squadron pararescuemen, won the title of “Best PJ” at the 10th biennial PJ Rodeo held Sept. 17 through 21 in San Antonio. More than 400 current and former pararescuemen, or PJs, and spectators gathered for active-duty, Reserve and retired PJs to compete in two-man teams for…

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Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz

Not forgotten: High school assignment leads pilot on journey of discovery

Posted  October 5, 2018

SOUTHWEST ASIA — My first understanding of the POW/MIA mission, like most people my age, came from ‘Missing in Action’ and ‘Rambo’ movies. I never thought much more of it than that until I was 17 years old and a senior in high school. As part of a history class senior project, we were given…

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Chamber partners to aid veteran job seekers

Posted  October 5, 2018

The Tucson Metro Chamber has rolled out a new partnership aimed at helping to link military veterans with aerospace and defense jobs. The chamber is teaming with Futures, Inc. to launch the Southern Arizona Veterans Workforce Initiative, a website and job portal that helps veterans, Reserve members and their families connect with meaningful employment by…

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