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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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Air Force

Exchange’s online mall expands

Posted  December 12, 2013

DALLAS – The addition of several new stores in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Online Mall is adding up to greater selection and savings for military shoppers. Hat Club, World of Powersports and Candy Crush candy boxes have all recently joined more than 40 third party sites offering exclusive discounts and promotions to…

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Diamond Sharp December 13, 2013

Posted  December 12, 2013

Airman 1st Class Jonathan Kelly / 355th Communications Squadron Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jonathan Kelly / 355th Communications Squadron First Sergeant: Master Sgt. DeAndre Blagburn Duty Title: Knowledge Operations Manager When joined the AF: November 2012 Hometown: Wilkes Barre, PA Hobbies: Playing Basketball and Fantasy Football Selection Reasons:   Airman 1st Class Jonathan Kelly overhauled…

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VA: New rates for compensation and pension benefits in 2014

Posted  December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014. “We’re pleased there will be another cost-of-living increase for Veterans, their families and their survivors,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric…

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DOD officials order disability board results review

Posted  December 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Some Airmen who met a medical or physical disability evaluation board between Sept. 11, 2001 and April 30, 2012 prior to separating from the Air Force may be eligible for re-evaluation, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. When defense officials learned some diagnoses had been changed during board processing…

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SA: Identifying threats before they become a danger

Posted  December 12, 2013

Situational awareness is not a skill only practiced by government officials, private security subject matter experts or highly trained Office of Special Investigation agents. Situational awareness is a MINDSET that should be and can be practiced by any individual in order to quickly recognize an emerging threat. It does not have to be a TERRORISM…

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Creative visual team showcases munitions at the 162nd Fighter Wing

Posted  December 12, 2013

When trying to reach that segment of young people who might be ready and willing to commit to their community, state and country, the Air National Guard does not rely on posters of Uncle Sam nor the “Fuel Your Future” or “Guarding America, Defending Freedom” slogans of yesterday. Instead, America’s premier air power turns to…

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New year is a perfect time to update contact information, records

Posted  December 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – With the new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time for Airmen to double check and, if necessary, update their contact information, secure web account access and emergency records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The traditional move season is over, so some Airmen may have…

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Call signs represent more than name

Posted  December 12, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Maybe the most familiar call signs known to the movie-going public are “Maverick,” “Iceman” and “Goose,” call signs for pilots in the movie “Top Gun.” And just like in the movies, fighter pilots in real life have call signs, too. The origin of pilot call signs is mysterious, but how pilots…

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Health & Safety

TRICARE makes online customer service easier

Posted  December 12, 2013

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – TRICARE implemented an easier way to access customer service features under the “I want to” section of the www.tricare.mil homepage, which began Dec. 1. TRICARE brings together the healthcare resources of each of the military services and supplements them with networks of civilian health care professionals to provide better access and high…

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AF announces force management programs to reduce size

Posted  December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders announced force management programs Dec. 11 designed to reduce the force by thousands of Airmen over the next five years as a result of sequestration. Fiscal 2014 force management initiatives are in addition to the announcement made in July, stating the Air Force will implement several force management programs…

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