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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…

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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…

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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 leaders issue Independence Day message

Posted  July 3, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy...

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Be proud of your role this Independence Day

Posted  June 28, 2012

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, starting the colonies on the path to freedom.

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Wilmot gate slated to re-open

Posted  June 28, 2012

Wilmot gate is slated to be re-opening on July 9. In addition, the last day that Gate 29B will be open is July 6. Gate hours for the Wilmot gate are the same as the Swan gate (5:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).

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Military spouses residency relief act information

Posted  June 28, 2012

Pursuant to Arizona law (A.R.S. 28-2533), it is illegal for non-Arizona residents living in the state to drive without an Arizona-issued driver license and registration. However, Arizona does not require military members and non-resident military spouses to obtain an Arizona driver license or registration. In the event you are subject to a traffic stop, it…

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Visitor pass procedures recap

Posted  June 28, 2012

Authorized personnel may sponsor non-military affiliated personnel onto D-M by stopping at the Visitor Center, located on Craycroft Road next to the main gate. Authorized sponsors include active-duty military, guard, reserve, retirees, eligible family members, Department of Defense civilian employees with a Common Access Card and eligible contractor personnel with a CAC. Please ensure that…

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Warrior of the Week June 29, 2012

Posted  June 28, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Senior Airman Meghan Pearson Family: Shane Beauchem (fiancée), Honey Pearson (daughter) Hometown: Louisiana, Missouri…

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4th of July Celebration Information

Posted  June 28, 2012

For the Fourth of July, D-M is scheduled to hold a few events to celebrate the holiday. The base pool is slated to be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Regular admission prices will apply.

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Does the EPR need a bailout?

Posted  June 28, 2012

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — What do enlisted performance reports, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have in common? They suffer from bad brand name recognition. So, what should we do? Bailout our EPR system? We could rename the EPR. How about Yearly Evaluation Report or YER? A name change has worked for some,…

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PCMH strides toward more efficient care

Posted  June 28, 2012

The 355th Medical Group is continuing to achieve accessible quality health care through the phone appointment line and TriCare Online, both initiatives of Patient Centered Medical Home. “We are working very hard with the Air Force Medical Operations Agency to get initiatives online to give our patients better accessibility to the medical team,” said Tech….

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D-M staff sergeants selected for promotion

Posted  June 28, 2012

More than 180 staff sergeants earned a future promotion to technical sergeant through the Weighted Airman Promotion System here June 20. Congratulations to the following Desert Lightning Team members:   372nd Training Squadron Staff Sgt. Amber Cox Staff Sgt. Earlray Haag Staff Sgt. Beau Hudson Staff Sgt. Jason Ikeda Staff Sgt. Justin Tilley   48th…

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