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Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – December 7, 2018

Desert Lightning News – Digital and print publication serving Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson AZ and surrounding communities Happy Holidays to everyone at D-M AFB, from the staff of Aerotech News! Click on the link below for a digital copy of this week’s Desert Lightning News. Here are some highlights from the Dec. 2018 issue: D-M…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Frankie D. Moore) Air Force

Search, rescue training puts edge on blade

Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Agae, 66th Rescue Squadron special mission aviator, communicates with other pararescuemen during the Tiger Rescue VI exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Frankie D. Moore) U.S. Air Force pararescuemen with the 66th Rescue Squadron approach a simulated isolated person during the Tiger Rescue VI exercise in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 3, 2018….

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36th CRG brings relief, inspiration after devastation

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands — On Oct. 25, Daverrick Camacho, a firefighter from Saipan, woke-up to a nightmare turned reality. Everything he worked toward was wiped off the face of the earth. The place he called home and held family gatherings was nothing more than darkly twisted debris, scattered across the front lawn. Camacho was…

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Airmen test limits at Ranger Assessment Course

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — Imagine signing up to be starved, sleep deprived and trying to fight for survival during a 19-day combat leadership course in the mosquito-, rattlesnake- and wild boar-infested hilly terrain north of San Antonio with 28 other Airmen. This was the scenario for 29 Airmen who took part in the…

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Five missing, two found after F/A-18, tanker crash off Japan

TOKYO — A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after colliding early Dec. 5, and rescuers found two of the seven crew members, one of them in stable condition, officials said. The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter…


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Eligible Airmen may choose retirement plan at 14 1/2-year mark

Posted  April 3, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Personnel Center has developed an automatic notification process that sends a message directly to active-duty Air Force and headquarters Active Guard Reserve members when they reach 14 1/2 years of active service. The new process will help ensure eligible military members are aware of their…

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Air Force Chief of Staff visits D-M

Posted  April 3, 2015

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III visited Davis-Monthan Air Force Base March 25. Welsh made stops at several organizations including the 355th Fighter Wing, the 354th Fighter Squadron, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group and also held an all-call at the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hangar. During the all-call, Welsh…

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Suicide prevention training goes face-to-face

Posted  April 3, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The World Health Organization reports that every year, more than 800,000 people die from suicide or roughly one death every 40 seconds. It’s a hard subject to speak on and some people don’t know where to go to for assistance. The Air Force is making sure that we give people who…

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Motorcycle safety rally held at D-M

Posted  April 3, 2015

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released) An Airman motorcyclist prepares to take off during a motorcycle safety rally at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 27, 2015. Approximately 115 Airmen from D-M participated in the rally. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released) An Airman motorcyclist maneuvers his…

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Financial readiness equals mission readiness

Posted  April 3, 2015

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS)  As a long-time military spouse, I have held various jobs – and I know many of you can relate. I served as a military and family life counselor at an Airman and Family Readiness Center and had the privilege of working with fellow military families to create budgets, develop…

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