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Colonel Blanchard bids farewell

Desert Lightning Warriors, It has been the singular honor of my 23 plus year career to serve you as your commander. Your dedication to excellence, service to the nation, and high standards of integrity never cease to amaze me, and have left an indelible mark on my memories of service to our USAF. Before I…

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Airmen register to donate bone marrow

A D-M Airman hosted a Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive here from July 14-25. After returning from a deployment to Afghanistan, Tech. Sgt. Jessie Huynh-Toor, 55th Electronic Combat Group mission crew supervisor and acquisition operator group evaluator, had the idea to register to donate bone marrow. The idea came to her when she realized she…

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Creation of the Coin Challenge

A challenge coin, also endearingly known as a round medal object, bears an organization’s insignia and is presented by commanders to a member of the unit to recognize special achievement. The Air Force challenge coin tradition is long-standing and is known throughout all specialties, and to all ranks. “While some dispute when the services started…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier) Health & Safety

Family Health and Fitness Fair held at BX

More than 100 Desert Lightning Team members attended a Family Health and Fitness Fair which was held at the Base Exchange July 25. Vendors from 18 programs on base set up booths and provided information about their organization. The fair gave retirees, active duty and dependents the opportunity to ask questions and learn about programs…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau) Events

A pilot’s shadow

A Junior Reserved Officers’ Training Corps student from Cienega High School in Vail, Ariz., came to D-M to shadow pilots for a senior exit project. Kennis Pannell, Navy JROTC Seaman Cadet, undergoing the program offered by her school, was given an assignment by her JROTC commander to shadow the career field of her choice and…


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DOD requires more base closings, official says

Posted  March 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Defense Department possesses more real estate than it needs and is looking to close additional bases and installations in the United States and abroad, a senior DOD official told a House panel March 14. Air Force leaders agree, according to Kathleen I. Ferguson, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics….

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It takes a village

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Senior Master Sgt. Haisshia Havens (left) explains the benefits of a drug free lifestyle during a health fair at her sons’ school March 19. School officials asked Havens, a former Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent, to attend the fair to help educate parents and students about drug and alcohol abuse prevention….

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Gary Sinise, band to visit D-M March 29

Posted  March 29, 2013

Friday, March 29, the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB is scheduled to host Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band for an evening concert event. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. The event will be held inside the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Hangar, which is just off of Yuma…

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UofA Rugby puts mock “boots on the ground” with 55th RQS

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Josh Emerick, 55th Rescue Squadron, assists members of the University of Arizona rugby team with reading a map during a mock deployment hosted by the 55th RQS here March 16. For the mock deployment, the UofA rugby team was bused to a campsite behind the small arms range where they were…

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Tech. Sgt. Shaina Hernandez

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Shaina Hernandez, 355th Maintenance Operation Squadron standardization crewmember (center) and her fellow crew members practice weapons loading with an AIM-9 training missle in a hangar at the 355th Maintenance Operation Squadron, March 19. Sergeant Hernandez is one of Approximately 20 female maintenance members on D-M. It has been almost 65 years…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  March 29, 2013

42nd ECS Diamond Sharp Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Sarah Parsley/ 42nd ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. James Goley Duty Title: EC-130H Flight Engineer When joined the AF: Aug. 26, 2003 Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin Hobbies: Hiking, swimming, going to baseball games, working on cars and running. Selection Reasons: Completed EC130H Flight Engineer trng crs; received 100% on…

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FTAC changes bring new perspectives

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Airman 1st Class Jaime Heathe, 355 Operational Weather Squadron, sweeps as Airman 1st Class Luke Ivazic, 355 Component Maintenance Squadron, holds the dust pan here Aug 25. The center is designed to help first-term Airmen transition from technical school to a first duty station environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christine Halan)…

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Combat-Ready Airmen Delivering Electronic Attack at a Moment’s Notice… Anywhere!

Posted  March 29, 2013

Members of the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron step to a EC-130H Compass Call here March 20. Aircrew will typically step an hour before takeoff, as it takes time to run checklists, start engines and taxi. Maj. Michael Padilla, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron assistant director of operations, warms up on a treadmill before going for a…

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February 2013 Crime and Punishment

Posted  March 29, 2013

Each month, the legal office publishes the results of actions under the Uniform Code of Military Justice completed during the previous month. Specific individuals who received Nonjudicial Punishment are not identified. Article 15 Actions During February 2013, D-M commanders administered seven Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the…

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Not too soon for spouse’s job hunt before moving

Posted  March 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — As service members start to receive their orders for summer moves, it’s time for working spouses to update resumes, start networking for job opportunities and contact career counselors at their new locations, a Pentagon official recommends. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Meg O’Grady, program manager…

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