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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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355th Medical Support Squadron

Posted  December 14, 2012
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Civilian leaders take honorary command

Posted  December 14, 2012

Did you know the majority of the squadrons on base have an active duty commander and a civilian counterpart known as an honorary commander? The 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office manages, maintains and coordinates the HCC program here, which allows community leaders from around Tucson to take a closer look at Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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Local Briefs December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

Christmas Tree Recycling Recycle your Christmas trees at the Golf Links Sports Park. North West corner of Golf Links and Craycroft Roads from Dec. 26 – Jan. 6. DO NOT TAKE TO BASE RECYCLING CENTER. EFMP Youth Bowling Event Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – D-M Lanes Bowling Center Youth Programs is partnering with EFMP…

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Thrift savings plan contribution limits increase in 2013

Posted  December 14, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has announced the 2013 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions increased from $17,000 to $17,500 for 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The TSP catch-up plan contribution limit will remain at $5,500. TSP is a long-term retirement savings plan…

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D-M volunteers collect canned goods for Airmen in need

Posted  December 7, 2012

Members of D-M lent a helping hand by donating canned goods and turkeys to those families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. For three weekends, the Chapel Gospel Service volunteered their time to collect food items, as well as prepare boxes for U.S. Air Force active duty Airmen and families in need. “We had some…

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Davis-Monthan Theater to dim lights

Posted  December 7, 2012

According to industry trends, by early 2013 movie theaters using 35MM prints will be virtually non-existent as theaters across the country convert to digital picture and sound. As a result, Army & Air Force Exchange Service theaters, which use 35MM prints, have been undergoing extensive reviews to determine the cost-effectiveness of converting its theaters to…

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  December 7, 2012

Airman 1st Class Jonathan J. Bailey Family: Married; no children Hometown: Floodwood, MN Unit: 355 Security Forces Squadron Job title: Response Force Member Job description: Safeguard personnel and property including protection level resources valued over $32 billion dollars—most in the DoD. Provide anti-terrorism and force protection for 18,000 military and civilian personnel. Enforce standards of…

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DeCA scholarship applications now available

Posted  December 7, 2012

FORT LEE, Va. (AFNS) — In 2012, the Scholarships for Military Children Program celebrated a major milestone as it reached more than $10 million in scholarships awarded to 6,742 students from around the globe. Applications for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program will be available starting Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide. You can also…

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CSAF directs Air Force-wide inspection

Posted  December 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Commanders across the Air Force will conduct health and welfare inspections starting Dec. 5 to emphasize an environment of respect, trust and professionalism in the workplace. The health and welfare inspection is a tool routinely used by unit commanders, command chiefs, and first sergeants. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A….

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Base chapels offer religious services for the holidays

Posted  December 7, 2012

Hope and Desert Dove Chapels host several religious services in the month of December. The following Catholic services take place at Desert Dove Chapel: Immaculate Conception/Mary Vigil Mass – December 7 at 5 p.m. Advent Penance Service (Children’s Ministry provided) – December 11 at 6 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass (Children’s Ministry provided) – December 24…

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