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Local Vet is presented with last Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Medal

Posted April 12, 2013 by Personnel Specialist Third Class Francisco Ople

Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th FW Commander, and Commander Ross Orvik, DMAFB Navy Squadron Commander, honor Clarence Ellquist, a World War II Veteran and DMAFB employee of 14 years, as he is presented the very last Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Medal during a presentation Apr. 8. The award was presented by U.S. Congressman Ron Barber. Ellquist was…

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Presenting The Medallions

Posted September 19, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Members of the Desert Lightning Team participated in a medallion ceremony honoring World War II veterans held Sept. 7 at Silver Springs Senior Living Community in Green Valley. The ceremony was a joint endeavor between local branches of all four services and Silver Springs. Silver Springs is an independent and assisted senior living community located…

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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

Posted April 10, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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D-M Fit Warriors: April 2012

Posted May 10, 2012 by Staff

The Airmen pictured below achieved a 100% for their Physical Training Score in April. Congratulations! From left to right: Capt. Michael McKenzie, 12th Air Force, Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, Senior Airman Christia Morrissey, 355th Medical Support Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Steven McKnew, 943rd Rescue Group

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Warrior of the Week September 14, 2012

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Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Senior Airman Jennifer L. Dane Hometown: Lubbock, Texas Unit: 612th AOC/ISRD Job title: Operational Intelligence Analyst

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Warrior of the Week January 25, 2013

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Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Tech. Sgt. Travis Keale Family: Pastora Keale (Wife) Hometown: Anahola, Hawaii Unit: 355 Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire Emergency Services Flight

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Dedication to the fallen

Posted May 30, 2013 by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin

When U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Moon was a young child, he dreamed of becoming a U.S. soldier and always wanted to be a sniper. He did not have anyone in his immediate family who served, but knew distant family members who served in the armed forces. Marsha Moon, Christopher Moon’s mother, said he was a…

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ACOMS First Six Association lauded by Tucson Community

Posted November 14, 2013 by 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Public Affairs

A ceremony honoring the 612th Air Communication Squadron’s First Six Association was held in the Tucson community, Nov. 7. The group was officially recognized by several community leaders at Erikson Elementary School for adopting one of Tucson’s local parks, Vista del Prado Park. The Vista del Prado Park project was taken on by Tech. Sgt….

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Wright Flight more than about flying; student organization visits 162nd Wing

Posted May 29, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made world history by putting together a wooden frame with some metal fittings and heavy cotton fabric, and giving it power to gain altitude for a controlled flight. It was an amazing feat, made possible with a can-do attitude and a drive to truly conquer new heights. It’s…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted June 21, 2012 by

Tech. Sgt. James Parker, 355 SFS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Ron Heilman Duty Title: Assistant First Sergeant / Flight Sergeant When joined the Air Force: May 17, 1995 Hometown: Durham, North Carolina…

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