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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…

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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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Health & Safety

Being aware of traumatic brain injuries

Posted  March 22, 2013

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and the 355th Medical Group is doing its part to draw attention to this medical issue. The 355th MDG is providing information about traumatic brain injuries: what they are, how they are caused and how the risk of sustaining a TBI can be avoided. A TBI is a blow…

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Diamond Sharp March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Crystal Martinez, 355 Security Forces Squadron First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Ragnone Duty Title: Response Force Leader When Joined the AF:  May 2011 Hometown: Tucson, AZ Hobbies: Running, Playing Softball, Reading Books, and Watching Movies Selection Reasons: Airman Martinez deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan where she secured 31K Coalition Forces, $50 billion…

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Women’s History Month Series: Master Sgt. Karen Rogers

Posted  March 22, 2013

It has been almost 65 years since Staff Sgt. Esther Blake became the “first woman in the Air Force”, and paved the way for countless women to come after her. Women have joined the U.S. Air Force under various career fields, and many hold jobs that are genuinely considered male-only fields. This series will recognize…

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Lessons from a pro: Invest for retirement now

Posted  March 22, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A member of the Air Force Civic Leader program and financial expert recently addressed several ways Airmen can prepare better for retirement. John O’Connor, the chairman of J.H. Whitney Investment Management, spoke about what Airmen can do now, in order to take away a substantial pension by the time they retire. Currently,…

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Plan early for household moves

Posted  March 22, 2013

For many military and federal government workers, spring signifies not only flowers in bloom and warmer weather, but also a good time to get the jump on peak moving season, which typically runs from May to August. Mitch Chandran, an Army Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command spokesman, said he encourages military members to request…

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January Justice Files

Posted  March 22, 2013

355th Fighter Wing Judge Advocate 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 January 2013, D-M commanders administered three Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ….

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Local Briefs March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Fri, Mar. 22 & 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Mark Gungor talks about how to improve your marriage by understanding your spouse with four fun workshops. Humorous and serious way to improve couples communication. Please RVSP at 228-5690. Reintegration & Welcome Home Banner…

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Perusing education without tuition assistance

Posted  March 14, 2013

Effective March 11, the Secretary of the Air Force has approved the suspension of the Tuition Assistance Program. The Air Force has had to make difficult choices to preserve readiness: suspension of flying operations at community outreach events, flying hour cuts and suspension of Air Force training and education programs. “The combined effects of continuing…

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D-M to host first Desert Boneyard 5K Fun Run/Walk

Posted  March 14, 2013

The Davis-Monthan AFB Fitness Center will host the first Desert Boneyard 5K Fun Run/Walk April 27 at 8 a.m. The course navigates through hundreds of historic military aircraft stored and maintained by the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group here. The 309th AMARG provides depot-level maintenance, aircraft regeneration, storage and preservation, aircraft parts reclamation and…

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Five AADD volunteers reach milestone

Posted  March 14, 2013

Many Airmen stationed here and the bases around the Air Force spend their time volunteering for Airmen Against Drunk Driving. This program is designed to support military members and their dependents by providing safe and reliable transportation when they have had too much to drink. However, this option should be a last resort or “plan…

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