Desert Lightning News Digital Edition – February 21, 2020


Desert Lightning News Nellis-Creech AFB – Digital and Print Publication Serving Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, Las Vegas NV and surrounding communities. An Publication. – February 21, 2020

Desert Lightning News Digital Edition - February 21, 2020

Hello, fans and friends – thanks for checking out the Feb. 21 edition of Nellis-Creech AFB Desert Lightning News! This week, we bring you a look at the storied history of Creech AFB’s 42nd Attack Squadron. The Squadron, whose primary mission was the operation of the MQ-9 Reaper, has ended combat operations and been placed in dormant status. The history of the 42nd ATKS dates back to 1917, when it was originally activated as the 42nd Aero Squadron. “It was not an easy decision to place the squadron in a dormant status,” said Col. Stephen Jones, 432nd WG/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, “however, doing so will help our community better prepare our remotely piloted weapons systems to thrive in the contested environments of the future.” We expect this is just the end of a chapter in the story of this versatile squadron, and its next incarnation will once again serve a vital role in the Air Force mission. Click on the link below to read the full story in your digital copy of Desert Lightning News, viewable on your desktop or mobile device.

Here are some more highlights from this week’s issue:

  • Red Flag trains Aggressors to think, adapt, react: page 3
  • Air Force extends 20E6 promotion testing window for 18 AFSCs: page 6
  • Photo feature – Nellis Airmen, international partners team up for Red Flag 20-1: pages 8 & 9
  • Hometown Heroes: page 10
  • Nellis Living/ Movie Schedule: page 12

All this and much more, in this week’s edition of Desert Lightning News! Pick up a copy of the paper at our usual distribution points on base and in surrounding communities starting February 21st, and “Like” our Facebook page for daily updates on news coming out of Nellis and Creech AFBs, as well as other military and defense installations in the desert southwest. It’s a privilege to serve you – have a great week! #aerotechnews #nellisafbnews #creechafbnews