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Desert Lightning News Nellis-Creech AFB Digital Edition – April 6, 2018

Desert Lightning News Nellis-Creech AFB – Serving Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, Las Vegas NV and surrounding communities Desert Lightning News Nellis-Creech AFB Our community suffered a major blow this week with the loss of USAF Thunderbird pilot, Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, during a routine training flight at the Nevada Test and Training Range on April…

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Krystal Wright Salutes & Awards

Soaring high: Red Tail WSO, mentor reaches 4,000 flying hours

Members of 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron along with 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing leadership surprised a weapons system officer, or WSO, when he landed March 21, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Haley Stevens Salutes & Awards

Creech Airmen receive Las Vegas Citizen of the Month award

The men and women who execute the Remotely Piloted Aircraft mission at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., were presented with the April Las Vegas Citizen of the Month award April 4, 2018 at the Las Vegas City Hall.

A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed at the Nevada Test and Training Range at approximately 10:30 a.m., April 4.

The Air Force has identified the pilot as Maj. Stephen Del Bagno the No. 4 jet. Del Bagn hailed from Valencia, Calif. News

Thunderbird pilot dies in F-16 crash

A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed at the Nevada Test and Training Range at approximately 10:30 a.m., April 4. The Air Force has identified the pilot as Maj. Stephen Del Bagno the No. 4 jet. Del Bagno hailed from Valencia, Calif. Del Bagno was a 2005 graduate…

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AMMOS celebrates 15th anniversary

The U.S. Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Operations School (AMMOS) celebrated its 15th anniversary recently with the graduation of Class 18-A. This was also the first class to combine officers and senior noncommissioned officers into one course.


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Stories behind the names

Posted  December 11, 2015

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — One night I was driving to my residence in base housing when my kids started asking questions. If you have kids or have been around kids for more than two minutes, you know they ask a lot of questions — which I am used to fielding and happily answering….

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Childhood adversity tests Airman’s resilience

Posted  December 11, 2015

The alarm rings. Yelling is heard from the nearby hallway. As footsteps get closer, Vickie Tippitt knows she is in a world of trouble.

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Draken International provides adversary support to USAFWS

Posted  December 11, 2015

Draken International, a commercial fleet of ex-military aircraft, recently won a bid for a short-term contract to provide adversary support here.

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Events

Happenings and Things to Do….

Posted  December 18, 2015

Gate Closures: • From Nov. 30 to Dec. 26, the Area II Gate will be closed for a construction project. Commercial Vehicle Entry Operations will be conducted at the Hollywood Gate (which is open from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) located on North Hollywood Blvd. • From Dec. 20, 2015, to Jan. 4, 2016, the…

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Cookie Drive spreads holiday cheer

Posted  December 18, 2015

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika A donator to the Airman Cookie Drive hands over a bag of homemade cookies during the cookie drive’s drop off at the chapel on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 14. After cookies were collected, volunteers packaged them up and delivered them to Airmen living…

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