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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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D-M recognizes workforce equality

Posted  October 24, 2013

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to provide information on disability employment issues, as well as celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The history of NDEAM traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring…

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Officials announce deadlines for holiday mail delivery

Posted  October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Military Postal Service Agency officials recommend that parcel post packages for service members overseas be mailed by Nov. 12 for delivery by the holidays. Officials at MPSA, an extension of the U.S. Postal Service, have published a chart at http://hqdainet.army.mil/mpsa/xmas.htm that shows deadlines for various mailing options, broken down by the APO/FPO/DPO…

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162nd FW holds fun run alongside F-16s

Posted  October 31, 2013

At the first ever 5k and Family Fun Run held here Sept. 28, runners sped by F-16s on their way to the finish line. More than 45 participants turned out for the event sponsored by the Top 3 and Family Appreciation Day Committee. After 6 months of planning, $200 was raised to support the FAD….

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Article 137: What is it and how does it apply to me?

Posted  October 31, 2013

The Article 137 briefing originates from the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It outlines specific articles within the UCMJ that must be explained to enlisted members at certain times during their career. If you are an enlisted member of the Armed Forces then this briefing will apply to you. Article 137 states these articles must…

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Students hold drive to save lives

Posted  October 31, 2013

The American Red Cross held a blood drive in the Sonoran Science Academy gym Oct. 24, 2013. The blood drive was hosted by the school’s National Honor Society in coordination with the ARC. The NHS members were contacted after they submitted a blood drive request to the ARC for a volunteer service project. “This was…

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A special thanks from Pima Air and Space Museum

Posted  October 31, 2013

The Pima Air & Space Museum would like to thank all of the personnel from Davis-Monthan AFB who volunteered at our recent family events, Night Wings and Night of Fright.   Together, these events served more than 4,000 people in our community.  It’s a great feeling for us to be able to host these community events…

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AWACS unit makes history fielding nearly all-female flight crew

Posted  October 31, 2013

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Members of the 552nd Air Control Wing and 513th Air Control Group made history recently by fielding a nearly all-female flight crew. The crew, comprised of 19 women from every operational flying squadron within the wing and four men, took to the air on Aug. 23, in what is believed to…

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Diamond Sharp November 1, 2013

Posted  October 31, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Erin Litchfield / 41 ECS First Sergeant:  Senior Master Sgt. Richard Davis Duty Title: EC-130H Acquisition Operator When joined the AF: Jan. 17, 2012 Hometown: Marana, AZ Hobbies: Camping, hiking, paintball, basketball, and collecting swords & chess sets Selection Reasons:   Airman 1st Class Litchfield completed her CDC’s and all 5-level…

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Cruisin’ without bruisin’

Posted  October 31, 2013

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – When people think of stupid and reckless decisions, buying a motorcycle is usually on the top of their list. However, while knowing this, I personally canceled a plane ticket and bought a motorcycle in North Carolina and drove it to Columbus AFB; to say the least, my leadership was a little…

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Attention all Airmen: Sexual assault convictions are now published on-line

Posted  October 31, 2013

As members of the Desert Lightning Team it is important that you are aware of the “back to basics” approach the Air Force has taken with regards to strategic communications and the on-going battle to combat sexual assault.  Beginning immediately, sexual assault convictions, and the perpetrators of these crimes will be published on-line.  You will…

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