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563rd RQG realigns to the 355th FW

The 563rd Rescue Group, a geographically-separated unit out of Moody Air Force Base, Ga., was realigned from the 23rd Wing to Davis-Monthan AFB’s 355th Fighter Wing Oct. 1, 2018. The realignment brought all rescue squadrons and maintenance units that fall under the 563rd RQG, to include other geographically-separated assets located at Nellis AFB, Nevada, under the supervision of the 355th FW.

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Astronaut, cosmonaut safe after abort during launch to ISS

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin resting comfortably in the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, after an anomaly shortly after their launch. The Soyuz-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m., EDT, Oct. 10 carrying Hague and Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an…

F35B News

After crash, Pentagon says temporary pause in F-35 flights

The Pentagon on Oct. 11 ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina. The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to…

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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – October 5, 2018

Welcome to the Desert Lightning News Digital Edition! We start off this month’s issue of DLN with kudos and congrats to Lt. Col. Robin Sandifer, 47th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II instructor pilot, who recently achieved the milestone of 5,000 flight hours in an A-10.

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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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People and Places

Airman experiences culture first-hand

Posted  June 2, 2017

Growing up I was never exposed to other cultures. I came from a small town in rural Pennsylvania, where everyone was the same. Everyone looked the same, acted the same, talked the same and had the same life experiences as I did. It wasn’t until I met and married my wife, Darling, that I learned…

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Airmen ensured PCS privileges

Posted  June 2, 2017

It’s the season for permanent changes of station and every Airman should know the basic PCS entitlements. PCS entitlements (current 2017 rates) Per diem for driving A combined flat rate calculation cost (includes lodging plus meals and incidental expenses) Member: $142 Dependents per diem when traveling with the military member: -Age 12 or older will…

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Dragon Lady makes historic appearance at Northern Edge 17

Posted  June 2, 2017

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Looking across the flightline at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska during previous Northern Edge exercises one would have seen a mass of gray and white aircraft, but this year the distinctly black U-2 Dragon Lady from Beale Air Force Base, Calif., made its presence known for the first time at Northern…

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America’s Armed Forces Kids fun run 2017

Posted  June 2, 2017

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. ­— The Youth and Teen Center hosted the Art Blast color run 5k and the America’s Armed Forces Kids fun run on May 20 at Holloman Air Force Base. “The turnout was amazing,” said Harry Miller, the 49th Force Support Squadron Youth sports director. “In addition to the large number…

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924th FG creates tight-knit family at Bama Park

Posted  June 2, 2017

The 924th Fighter Group hosted a family day during drill weekend at Bama Park. Airmen assigned to the unit were released early to meet up with their families and spend time with other members of the unit. “We may go six-months before we get to see anyone’s spouse or children, so it’s important for us…

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