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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…

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

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…

(U.S. Air Force Photo/Melinda Mueller) Air Force

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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Everyone needs a hobby

Posted  February 21, 2013

Most people have a hobby: painting, stamp collecting and sewing. It’s a way to blow off steam after a long day at work. For Master Sgt. Kevin Wilske, 355th Fighter Wing Plans and Programs superintendent, he enjoys building works of art out of wood. Wilske’s wood working foundation began about two years ago. His hobby…

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48th RQS Airmen read to local Tucson children

Posted  February 21, 2013

Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron participated in reading to children from Irene Erickson Elementary School Feb. 13, 2013. “During our morning roll-call, Chief Atkins told us that there was going to be a volunteer opportunity to read to elementary school children,” said Airman Emanuel Brave, 48th Rescue Squadron aircrew equipment apprentice. “So I thought…

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Realistic financial goals set path for success

Posted  February 21, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Whether its money needed for a college fund, car, future home or credit card debt, it is essential to plan ahead and create financial goals. “Financial goals enable us to properly plan where our money should be saved and spent,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and…

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Local Briefs February 22, 2013

Posted  February 21, 2013

Claims for/against estate of Master Sgt. John P Nehl Appointment of Summary Court Officer: It is with deep regret that we announce the unexpected death of Master Sgt. John P Nehl, 923 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. First Lieutenant Alexander E. Barnett, 923 AMXS is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make…

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D-M demonstrates its combat rescue capabilities

Posted  February 14, 2013

Davis-Monthan held a combat search and rescue demonstration for members of the media, DM-50, military affairs committee and base populous here Feb. 8. The demonstration included pararescuemen parachuting out of a HC-130J, performing a mock security sweep through the A-10 sun shades on the flightline, and securing and extracting a simulated downed pilot by way…

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Salutes & Awards

55th RQS honors Desert Lightning sailors who aided Airman

Posted  February 14, 2013

Lt. Col. Robert Remey, 55th Rescue Squadron commander, congratulated four sailors from the Desert Lightning Team who assisted an Airman following his motorcycle accident Dec. 12. Senior Master Sgt. Kirk Sather, 55th RQS, was riding his motorcycle toward D-M’s Wilmot Gate when a civilian driver travelling at excessive speed rear-ended his bike. When the accident…

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Portion of Granite Street to permanently close

Posted  February 14, 2013

Beginning Feb. 18, Granite Street will permanently close between Fifth and Sixth streets. Also, Sixth Street will close permanently on the east side of the 355th Fighter Wing Headquarters building on D-M. A walking plaza will be constructed in this area between the facilities. Please note: -The intersection of Sixth Street and Granite will remain…

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Health & Safety

Keep fitness resolution with “Commit to be Fit”

Posted  February 14, 2013

February marked the start of the Commit to be Fit incentive program here at the Benko Fitness Center. The cardio centered program is based on points and the goal is to get the required number of points for the months of February, March and April. The individual gets these points by performing exercises like swimming,…

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Air Force tuition assistance implements change

Posted  February 14, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -  — The U.S. Air Force Tuition Assistance program altered its guidelines Jan. 3 to emphasize the new requirement of maintaining a grade point average of at least 2.0, on a 4-point scale. “By adopting these changes, the Air Force is falling in line with the federal government and the…

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Deadline for 2013 Scholarships for Military Children fast approaching

Posted  February 14, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. – In today’s economy, it’s hard to find the money for what many could consider the luxury of a higher education. Getting a scholarship to help pay for your investment can really help. That’s why the Defense Commissary Agency wants to remind you that the Feb. 22 deadline for students to apply…

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