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HPO program increases readiness and lethality

Pararescuemen risk life and limb in order to save the lives of others. Over time, these great efforts cause strain to the body, and, if not treated proactively, can lead to potential permanent damage.

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AZ Air Guard trains with 48th Fighter Wing in United Kingdom

Several Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix, Ariz., conducted an overseas training mission with the 48thFighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 21 to June 8.   

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Motivated, dedicated, a step above the rest

They may be dramatically visible – a missing limb or facial scar. They may also dwell beneath the skin’s surface as mental trauma that persists long after its elicited events. For many veterans, their wounds are obstacles, but for one there is nothing that can hinder his strive for excellence.

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Desert Lightning News – Davis Monthan Digital Edition June 1, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! Click on the link above and check out our front-page story this month: for the second time in six years, Davis-Monthan AFB has been named the top base in the Air Force by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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Air Force family’s blind son awarded service dog

A Luke family was recently awarded a service dog from a local nonprofit organization for their 4-year-old son, Hunter, who was born with optic nerve hypoplasia. The condition results in blindness due to the underdevelopment of the optic nerves. Hunter is able see colors, but much of the world around him remains a mystery, according…

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Remembering F-117 Nighthawk’s last mission

Posted  May 4, 2018

WASHINGTON — It’s been 10 years since the F-117 Nighthawk retired, an aircraft so secret Nevada folklore labeled it a UFO. The Nighthawk pilots were known by the call sign “Bandit,” each earning their number with their first solo flight. Some of the maintainers were also given a call sign, said Wayne Paddock, a former…

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Darryl Strawberry shares his story, inspires Team Travis
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Regaining ground …

Posted  May 4, 2018

Louis Briscese Maj. Kemuel Bellows, chaplain; former major league baseball player, Darryl Strawberry; and Col. Kenneth Reyes, 60th Air Mobility Wing chaplain; pray April 11 after Strawberry’s presentation at Travis Air Force Base. The former Rookie of the Year and four-time World Series champion spent 17 years in the majors. Strawberry’s addiction to drugs and…

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Nine killed in final flight of 60-year-old C-130

Posted  May 3, 2018

A crew of nine Puerto Ricans were flying an Air National Guard C-130 into retirement in Arizona when it crashed onto a highway in Georgia May 2, and authorities said there are no survivors. “Nine crew members died in the accident, but until their families and relatives are notified, we cannot give their names,” said…

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Maintainers honored at annual awards

Posted  May 2, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s annual load crew competition winners receive an award at the Maintenance Professional of the Year banquet at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., April 23, 2018. The awards ceremony was held to honor maintainers and highlight their achievements in their prospective career fields. Davis-Monthan…

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Five dead as C-130 cargo plane crashes in Georgia

Posted  May 2, 2018

An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed May 2 onto a busy highway after taking off from a Georgia airport, killing at least five National Guard members from Puerto Rico, authorities said. Black smoke rose into the sky from a section of the plane that appeared to have crashed into a median on the…

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