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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

Family care plans ease stress, boost readiness

Posted  February 13, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – An up-to-date family care plan can help to ease stress and boost family resilience and readiness during a service member’s absence. Family care plans are instructions developed by service members to identify caregivers who have agreed to take care of family members during the sponsor’s absence. “One of the…

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Health & Safety

Join the Super Smile Team

Posted  February 13, 2014

The month of February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.  This year’s slogan is “Join the Super Smile Team!” Every year thousands of dedicated dental professionals promote good oral health and healthy eating habits to our children.  The 355th Dental Squadron is no exception. Each year, we reach out to our community to educate children on…

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Cast your vote

Posted  February 13, 2014

If you want to vote in a Federal Primary or Special Election in March, April or May 2014, you should visit FVAP.gov for information on registering to vote and requesting your absentee ballot according to State deadlines and requirements. States must provide requested ballots 45 days before an election. If you do not receive your…

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Angel Thunder planners convene

Posted  February 13, 2014

More than 200 exercise planners from across the globe met at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base this week, in preparation for the upcoming annual Angel Thunder exercise May 4 – 17. The Angel Thunder Professional Control Force, under Headquarters Air Combat Command Exercises Division, conducted a three-day planning conference in which unit representatives developed the size…

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Salutes & Awards

Staff Sergeant promotion test rescheduled

Posted  February 13, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — To ensure senior airmen selected for promotion to staff sergeant do not meet the enlisted retention board, the Air Force will move the testing window up from May 1-June 15 to April 1-May 16, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. “We have assured Airmen selected for promotion…

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Events

Local Briefs February 14, 2014

Posted  February 13, 2014

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Dr. The February meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 17. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. The…

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Experienced Airmen wanted: Continue your career in the Reserve

Posted  February 13, 2014

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.  – Force management programs will push thousands of active-duty Airmen out of their jobs, but opportunities exist in the Air Force Reserve for Airmen who don’t want to hang-up their uniforms for good. “Force management will cost many Airmen their jobs, but not necessarily their careers,” said Col. Steve Fulaytar, the Air…

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Commentary

Are you a complete Airman?

Posted  February 13, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – There are many types of Airmen in today’s Air Force, but what type of Airman are you? Are you the type that comes in, does your job and goes home? Or, the one that does good work but isn’t interested in going above and beyond the minimum requirements? Or, are you…

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D-M to host 2nd Annual Desert Boneyard Fun Run/Walk

Posted  February 13, 2014

The Davis-Monthan AFB Fitness Center will host the Annual Desert Boneyard 5K Fun Run/Walk 10K run March 1 at 9 a.m. The course navigates through hundreds of historic military aircraft stored and maintained by the 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group here. The 309th AMARG provides depot-level maintenance, aircraft regeneration, storage and preservation, aircraft parts…

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President to nominate several to key DOD positions

Posted  February 13, 2014

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate four people to key Defense Department positions, all of which require Senate confirmation. They are: Miranda A. A. Ballentine, to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment, and logistics; Michael McCord, to be undersecretary of Defense (comptroller); Brian P. McKeon, to be principal…

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