March 21, 2019


Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Enhancement Seminar Civic Leader Engagement Opportunity, Thursday, 26 Aug, 0730 – 0845

DM is building a 4 day professional development opportunity for our newest Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCO) the week of 23 Aug. These Airmen will be moving into management level positions, advising Commanders and leading small teams. DM has added a civic leader block to the instruction on 26 August, 0730 – 0845, Community Center. DMs’ intent is to have breakfast with some of our civic leaders and allow you the opportunity to talk with our newest SNCO’s about your role in the base and community and a chance for you to meet some of these new leaders.

Desert Thunder Squadron participates in DM Excellence in Arms Competition

The range is hot! DM hosted civic leaders, Desert Thunder Squadron and Honorary Commanders in the First Excellence in Arms Competition as Airmen continue to focus on building relationships between the base and local community.

Desert Thunder Squadron becomes primary support lead organization for the new Spouse Resilience Program (SRP) for DM

At the recommendation of Colonel Turnham, 355th Wing Commander, and 355th Wing Command Chief Lyda we have committed to becoming the primary support organization for the new Spouse Resilience Program at D-M. This program is designed to assist spouses dealing with base relocation, deployments and other issues that may create stress in their lives. We will be asking for your help with venue locations, speakers and some financial assistance for a series of conferences addressing this program. Stay tuned for more details.

Air Force considers clean-sheet F-16 successor

The US Air Force is studying the potential for a clean-sheet design to replace the F-16, a successor aircraft described by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown as “something new and different, that’s not the F-16 — that has some of those capabilities, but gets there faster and uses some of our digital approach.” The aircraft could be included in the 2023 budget. Full Story: Breaking Defense

US basing of F-35 goes international The US Air Force has established the first overseas unit to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the 495th “Valkyries” Squadron based in the UK. So far the Air Force has received 284 F-35s from Lockheed Martin and is expanding basing locations of the fighter jet. Full Story: Jane’s Information Group

AT-6E Wolverine joins Air Force fleet Beechcraft has completed delivery of the first AT-6E Wolverine to the US Air Force, a plane configured for light attack and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. A trio of AT-6E Wolverines could be enlisted to support the Airborne Extensible Relay Over-Horizon Network. Full Story: The Drive


Paul Dias, Honorary Commander with the 355th Wing

Read this months Honorary Commander Spotlight in the pdf below.


Nancy Cole, Director Pima County Project Management Office,
with the 355th Contracting Squadron

Read this months Honorary Commander Spotlight in the pdf below.


Photos by Bruce A. Wright

Quarterly Reception at Green Feet Brewing

563d RQG Airmen rescue injured Mexican fishermen

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine Legate)

354th Bulldogs Deployment

Shirts for sale

At the Annual Meeting we will be taking orders for Desert Thunder Squadron embroidered T-shirts at $37 each