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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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Air Force Tuition Assistance Program changes policy

Posted  January 10, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Air Force tuition assistance program changed its policies on Jan.3 to emphasize the importance of Airmen maintaining a 2.0 grade point average and a 3.0 for graduate level degrees. “The tuition assistance program is set up to assist our Airmen in getting their degrees,” said Alice Patton, chief…

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Local Briefs

Posted  January 10, 2013

Focus on Fathering Jan 11 to Mar. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn about child development, connecting with your child, parenting when you are apart, discipline and more. Eight different workshops will be offered. Please RSVP at 228-5690. Maximize Your Tax Refund  Jan 15, 10-11 a.m. and noon – 1…

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NORAD provides website, apps to track Santa

Posted  December 21, 2012

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students…

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Van Pooling, a less expensive way to get to work

Posted  December 21, 2012

Did you know that you could commute to work for FREE? Yes, your employer, the federal government, will provide up to $1,500.00 per year to cover your commute costs if you vanpool or ride the bus. Not only will you commute for free, but you’ll save on maintenance costs and wear and tear on your…

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Don’t break the bank this holiday season

Posted  December 21, 2012

The holiday season can often be an expensive time for Airmen. Buying gifts for family or friends can sometimes cause Airmen to find themselves in financial turmoil. Michael Starkey, Airman and Family Readiness Center financial counselor, shares some tips to help keep Airmen out of the red. “Holiday spending is sometimes wrapped around emotions,” Starkey…

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  December 21, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Benny Crawford Family: Tashema: Wife; SaNya: 9 year old daughter; Nadya: 6 year old Daughter Hometown: El Paso, TX Unit: 355 Medical Support Squadron Job title: NCOIC BX Pharmacy Job description: Pharmacy Tech Most rewarding job aspect: Serving the 53K beneficiaries of our community Goals: Getting a bachelor degree Hobbies: Playing or watching…

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Department of Defense releases 2013 BAH rates

Posted  December 21, 2012

Washington (AFNS) — The Department of Defense released today the 2013 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, which take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Overall rates will increase an average of 3.8 percent this year. For members with dependents, average increases in BAH are approximately $60 per month. A typical E-6 with dependents, for example, will…

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Air Force leaders issue holiday message

Posted  December 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following holiday message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: The holiday season is a perfect time to celebrate the many blessings…

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‘Bust through blues’ with positive attitude

Posted  December 21, 2012

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — At the end of each day, I ask myself: Is the universe a happier and better place because of my existence? I’m sure we’ve all had an experience like the one I had last week. I was waiting in line at the grocery store behind someone who was…

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Panetta orders review of child care hiring practices

Posted  December 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered a review of hiring practices at Defense Department child development centers. Army officials announced yesterday an immediate investigation into hiring procedures at its child development centers nationwide after identifying potential problems with security background investigations for some CDC employees at Fort Myer, Va. “Secretary Panetta…

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