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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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Fuel’s main responsibility is to keep aircraft filled, ready for the mission

Posted  July 13, 2012

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Justin Spycher, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron, refuels an A-10C on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in June. Sergeant Twiss examines gasoline filter paper samples…

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It’s National what month?

Posted  July 13, 2012

Certain months have certain holidays, like Christmas in December and St. Patrick’s Day in March. But what you may not know is that each month has several observances that may be a little outside…

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Notice for claims against claim against Senior Airman Randolph

Posted  July 13, 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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Local Briefs – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

Small Business Planning Workshop July 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Thinking about starting your own business? Come learn about small business support programs available through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Mr. Jim Pipper, SBA Veterans Business Development Officer and Mr. Tom Shambo, Small Business Development, will present the 2-hour workshop….

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Arizona, Japanese Airmen team up for post-tsunami fighter capabilities

Posted  July 12, 2012

While the island nation of Japan continues to rebuild in the wake of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, its airmen look to reconstitute the country’s air defenses…

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From paralegal to war fighter

Posted  July 12, 2012

Imagine, as a paralegal, one day you are helping someone with a power of attorney and the next day you are helping protect unarmed colleagues from enemy fire in a war zone…

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Warrior of the Week July 13, 2012

Posted  July 12, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class Samuel Richard Barthelemy Family: Tasha Marie Barthelemy (Wife) Hometown: Yuma, AZ Unit: 612 ACOMS Job title: CAOC C2 System Administrator…

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D-M Airman receives Aviator Valor Award

Posted  July 12, 2012

An Airman with the 55th Rescue Squadron recently received the Aviator Valor Award for his actions while deployed overseas. The award, which is sponsored by the American Legion’s Aviators’ Post #743, is presented to a rated Air Force officer for an act of valor or courage performed during aerial flight. Capt. Jeffrey Donaldson, 55th RQS…

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D-M exceeds Air Force Assistance Fund goal

Posted  July 12, 2012

The Air Force Personnel Center recently released the results of the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign, and Davis-Monthan met and exceeded its goal for 2011. More than 1,200 personnel from D-M donated money to the AFAF, raising a total of $140,992.79 exceeding the goal by $18,716.79. The amount set a new base record and placed…

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AFSA adopts a street

Posted  July 12, 2012

The City of Tucson recognized the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base chapter of the Air Force Sergeants Association on June 22 with a ceremony unveiling a sign dedicated to the group for its work with the Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas Program. “As a member of the Air Force, I think supporting your local community is very…

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