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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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What’s your story?

Posted  July 19, 2012

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — I remember the phone call three years ago like it happened an hour ago. My sister called to tell me our dad had died unexpectedly in his sleep. Among the many emotions I encountered shortly thereafter, I distinctly remember reflecting on my dad’s Air Force service as I…

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DOD leads drive toward healthier lifestyles

Posted  July 19, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department is taking a leading role in a governmentwide effort to stop the nation’s obesity problem, Barbara Thompson, the director of DOD’s Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth, said. DOD is one of 17 federal departments and agencies working together to identify opportunities for promoting healthy living as part of the…

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DOD officials explain sequestration dangers

Posted  July 19, 2012

WASHINGTON – Pentagon officials continue to work to avoid the looming threat of sequestration, Frank Kendall, the new undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said here yesterday. Kendall spoke to Pentagon reporters in his office about sequestration, and the effect it would have on the department and the defense industrial base. Sequestration comes…

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A-10 & C-130 Propulsion Shops

Posted  July 19, 2012

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Stephen Shope, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, installs a TF-34(A-10) engine fan disk. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dillon Marlink, Senior Airman Thomas Baksa, and Staff Sgt. Christopher Walker, all from the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, install a T-56 (C-130) chinscoop assembly on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force Airman…

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Service members: Let’s talk trash

Posted  July 19, 2012

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — With no one in sight, a trash truck pulls up to one of the many orange dumpsters throughout the base. As the driver and his crew dismount to empty the dumpster, so does a crew of four Airmen. However, before the dumpster can be emptied, these Airmen jump into it and…

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Air Guard medics rehearse crisis response

Posted  July 19, 2012

ALPENA, Mich. — When disaster strikes, Air National Guard medical teams are called upon to save lives. That’s why 47 members of the 162nd Medical Group from Tucson International Airport deployed here…

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Manpower, services agencies consolidate with personnel

Posted  July 19, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — During a formal ceremony held here today, Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services Lt. Gen. Darrell D. Jones inactivated the Air Force Manpower and Air Force Services agencies, designating them as directorates of the Air Force Personnel Center. The ceremony, formal recognition of…

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Notice for claims against Senior Airman Randolph

Posted  July 19, 2012

Senior Airman David J. Randolph of the 355 Security Forces Squadron passed away on 4 July in his dormitory room on base. Any person or persons with a claim against SrA Randolph or who was currently in debt to SrA Randolph should contact the Summary Court Officer Captain Patrick C. Gordon of the 355 Security…

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson

Posted  July 19, 2012

Tucson’s youth need your help! Volunteer as a ‘Big’ to help a ‘Little’ reach their fullest potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson (BBBST) matches adults with youth from ages 6-17 in one-to-one mentoring relationships. ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ hang out twice a month, doing activities that they both like. These outings form a friendship that…

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Local Briefs July 20, 2012

Posted  July 19, 2012

Filing for Divorce in Arizona July 20, 1-2:30 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Divorce may or may not be the right answer for you. Come to this informational briefing and know what resources are available to you including legal, chaplains, civilian marriage counselors, and the Pima County Conciliation Court (free professional marriage counseling)….

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