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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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Veterans

Retired, separated wounded warriors can still pursue CCAF degree

Posted  September 27, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force combat-related wounded warriors wishing to continue their Community College of the Air Force education can now do so after separating or retiring thanks to provisions in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. This legislative change supports the Secretary of the Air Force’s priority to ensure combat-related wounded…

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Events

D-M to have Wingman Day Warrior Challenge

Posted  September 27, 2012

The life of a military member can often be filled with stress. Whether it’s because of a job, a deployment or being away from their support system, Airmen need ways to relax, have fun and build morale within their unit. In an effort to strengthen the morale and welfare of D-M Airmen, the base is…

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Health & Safety

Exchange now accepting Medagate worldwide

Posted  September 27, 2012

DALLAS – As of Sept. 8, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is officially the first retailer to accept the Medagate Over the Counter (OTC) benefits card on a worldwide basis. Medagate is a card-based program provided by Medicare and Medicaid Services that enables merchants to accept payment at the register for medicine and…

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U.S.

TSP Roth option now available

Posted  September 27, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Federal civilian employees and members of the uniform services now have the option of being taxed up front rather than during their retirement years-at a possible higher rate, with a Roth Thrift Savings Plan program, starting Oct. 1, 2012. TSP is a retirement savings plan, based on member contribution-meaning…

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Commentary

Innovate, Airmen innovate!

Posted  September 27, 2012

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The Air Force must innovate its way into the future, today! It’s been nearly two decades since Joel A. Barker wrote his book Paradigms in which he describes a state where business and organizational cultures become stagnant and fail to adapt to rapidly changing environments, essentially getting stuck in…

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Herschel Walker talks to Airmen about resiliency

Posted  September 27, 2012

Herschel Walker, the former professional football player and 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, came to D-M to talk to Airmen about resiliency at the base theater Sept. 21.

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Health & Safety

D-M chapels increase spiritual health of Airmen, families

Posted  September 27, 2012

Spiritual health is one of the four pillars in Comprehensive Airman Fitness. One of the Air Force’s major resources in strengthening this component is the chapel systems. Be it a religious service or some morale-boosting down time, the services provided by D-M’s chapel are designed with Airmen and their families in mind. Davis-Monthan has two…

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Events

Crime and Punishment: June – August 2012

Posted  September 27, 2012

Article 15 Actions – August During August 2012, D-M commanders administered 11 Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record. A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in…

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Local

D-M Thrift Store holds Grand Re-Opening

Posted  September 27, 2012

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Moore) U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, and Wilma English, D-M Thrift Store manager, cut the ribbon at the grand re-opening of the D-M Thrift Store on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 8. The store is now located on Flora St….

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Soldiers secure virtual battlefield during Coalition Virtual Flag exercise

Posted  September 27, 2012

Airmen, Soldiers and members of the Australian, Canadian and British air services took part in a Coalition Virtual Flag exercise at the 612th Air and Space Operations Center here, Sept. 17-20. Coalition Virtual Flag’s purpose was to train on command and control in a simulated real-time environment. Allied AOC facilities from all around the world…

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