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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…

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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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Maximize your money

Posted  January 18, 2013

Its that time of year again: tax season! As people begin to prepare their tax refunds and make plans for their reimbursements, the D-M Airman and Family Readiness Center is preparing to help base personnel with taxes and money management. Throughout the month of January, the A&FRC will be hosting several classes concerning finances to…

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  January 18, 2013

Capt. John Cotman Family: Wife Anna and Daughter Liana Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI Unit: 357th Fighter Squadron Job title: A flight commander, A-10 Instructor Pilot Job description: Monitor new student training and instruct new A-10 pilots going through the A-10 Initial Qualification Course. Most rewarding job aspect: Seeing new pilots develop into Attack pilots Goals:…

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Air Force Tuition Assistance Program changes policy

Posted  January 18, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Air Force tuition assistance program changed its policies Jan.3 to emphasize the importance of Airmen maintaining a 2.0 grade point average and a 3.0 for graduate level degrees. The new policies are set in place to ensure Airmen are focusing on school and are dedicated to further their…

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GI Bill education transfer incurs 4 years for all Airmen

Posted  January 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — When initially implemented, the Post-9/11 GI Bill education transfer program was phased in to enable Airmen nearing retirement to accept a 1-, 2-, or 3-year active-duty service commitment. That phase-in period expired July 31, 2012 and all active-duty Airmen now incur a 4-year ADSC, said Bruce Houseman, Air…

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A family legacy flying the EC-130

Posted  January 18, 2013

Courtesy Photo U.S. Air Force Captain Alexander Cuevas, pilot 43 Electronic Combat Squadron, and his father Lee Cuevas pose for a photo in the cockpit of an EC-130 Jan. 3. Alexander and Lee Cuevas have both flown the EC-130 throughout their careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin) Capt. Alexander Cuevas,…

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Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band to visit D-M

Posted  January 18, 2013

On 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…

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Officials announce TRICARE Prime service area changes

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Active-duty service members and their families will be unaffected when long-delayed reductions to areas where the TRICARE Prime option is offered take place Oct. 1, TRICARE officials said Jan. 9. But as TRICARE seeks to synchronize service area shifts once staggered by contract delays, some military retirees and their dependents will be…

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Volunteer or not, BMT needs the best

Posted  January 18, 2013

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Kenneth Dancer, a military training instructor with the 321st Training Squadron, leads a group of Air Force basic military trainees carrying state flags during the Basic Military Training graduation ceremony at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, on Jan. 7, 2013. MTIs mold recruits through an eight-and-a-half week BMT program focusing on…

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162nd Memorial – Keeping the legacy of friends and co-workers alive

Posted  January 18, 2013

Courtesy Photo The 162d Fighter Wing memorial as it is today. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve) In 1988, Master Sgt. John Salazar, a former aircraft crew chief now retired, realized there were retired and current members who had passed on, but there was no place on base where current unit members could honor…

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