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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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Davis-Monthan Exchange offers fee-free holiday layaway

Posted  November 2, 2012

A good program just got better as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s Holiday Layaway program is now fee-free. Shoppers simply select their gifts for layaway and stop by customer service to complete the layaway process. “Fee-free” means that while the Davis-Monthan Exchange collects an initial $3 processing fee for new layaways, that amount…

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Local Briefs – November 2, 2012

Posted  November 2, 2012

Private Sector Resume Workshop Nov. 7, 10-11:30 a.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Prepare for your next career! Topics include writing a resume for the private sector and successful interviewing skills. Please RSVP at 228-5690. Federal Resume/Interview Tips Information Nov. 7, 1-4 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Class covers basic federal resume…

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SFS Airman receives Hero of the Year award

Posted  October 25, 2012

Staff Sgt. Aaron Escalante, 355th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, was one of four to receive the Hero of the Year award at the fifth annual Tucson observance of Heroes Day, Oct. 18.

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The Loft to reopen in November

Posted  October 25, 2012

Since early September, The Loft has been under renovation, but it is now scheduled to re-open for dormitory Airmen in early November. Construction on The Loft began a few months after receiving the base received the Commander in Chief Annual Award for Installation Excellence (CINC award) money. “We received money from the CINC award so…

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Veterans honored with send-off to WWII Memorial

Posted  October 25, 2012

Members of the 162nd Fighter Wing gave a heroes’ send-off Oct. 16 to World War II Veterans as they embarked on a journey from Tucson to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington…

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D-M – It’s time for your flu vaccine

Posted  October 25, 2012

It’s that time of year again – flu season. Right now, the 355th Medical Group is administering the flu vaccination to Active Duty and high risk beneficiaries who will be identified by a phone call or letter. Our Immunizations clinic will be open for all beneficiaries to receive the flu vaccine on Nov. 1. The…

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AF releases RFP for new helicopter

Posted  October 25, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition announced today the posting of the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) Request for Proposal (RFP) to the Federal Business Opportunities website, signaling the official launch of this high priority Air Force acquisition program. The RFP defines an integrated, capability-based, best-value approach….

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Halloween on-base trick-or-treating hours announced

Posted  October 25, 2012

Trick-or-treating hours are set for Halloween, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. More than 10 two-man teams from the 355th Security Forces Squadron will be out on the streets in the Soaring Heights community ensuring the safety and well-being of all children participating in Halloween festivities. The Soaring Heights Welcome Center staff will…

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Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters:

Posted  October 25, 2012

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass on Oct. 31 from 5 – 8 p.m.  Accidents and mishaps increase normally during this event, so to prevent many of these accidents, use common sense and be aware of potential hazards and take precautions to mitigate them. Halloween…

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Courage without hesitation

Posted  October 25, 2012

You are driving east on I-10 towards D-M. The sun is setting, and you are running late. You had to run back home to let your dog back in your house, and you are still competing with the fast moving traffic to get to base. Six cars ahead of your vehicle you see a Ford…

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