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Summer burnout

Langley Air Force Base, Va. — Some of the very things we enjoy during the summer can also wear us down. Juggling work, family schedules, vacation times, and outdoor squadron activities can take a toll. The chronic engagement of these activities can cause stress, fatigue and eventually summer burnout. According to the American Psychological Association,…

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Proper flag display honors nation’s history, ultimate sacrifices

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — From front yards to the top of the White House, people have flown U.S. flags as emblems for sacrifice and independence. But to honor Old Glory, they must display it with proper etiquette year-round. According to Title 4 of the U.S. Code, it is “universal custom to display the…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier) Health & Safety

Davis-Monthan gets mentally fit to fight

The 355th Fighter Wing participated in the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day, Aug. 11. CAF is a lifestyle taught to strengthen an Airman with four domains: mental, physical, social and spiritual. This quarter’s CAF Day focuses on the mental aspect. The Airmen were educated on approaching life’s challenges in a positive way by demonstrating self-control, stamina…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie) Salutes & Awards

Airman lifts Arizona record to new elevations

An Airman stepped onto the platform, hands at his side, ready. He closes his eyes, blocked out all distractions and focused on the task at hand. Once he’s chalked up and squats down, the gun goes off. Staff Sgt. David Labrie, 612th Support Squadron lead meteorologist, participated in the 2014 National Powerlifting Competition, which was…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Raughton) Health & Safety

HPV vaccine provides important safeguards

BETHESDA, Md. – Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. It can lead to cervical and anal cancer — which, combined, account for more than 250,000 deaths worldwide each year. Furthermore, HPV also causes genital warts, which affects 360,000 people annually in the United States alone. Fortunately, said Air…


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Health & Safety

‘Pink slime’ products to be permanently removed from commissary shelves

Posted  May 24, 2012

In recent weeks, “pink slime” oozed from the headlines. While commissary officials assure customers that the lean finely textured beef antibacterial process has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration for decades, the officials made the decision recently to phase out these products in response to customer concerns….

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Fallen Airman remembered on anniversary of death

Posted  May 24, 2012

Four years ago, following an honorable career as an Air Force Master Sergeant, the Davis-Monthan AFB and Air Force Communities lost one of its retired defenders. On June 1, 2008 in Tucson, Ariz., an armed man fired a rifle into the homes of two of his neighbors and fled as the first responding Pima County…

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Salutes & Awards

More D-M Technical Sergeants make rank

Posted  May 24, 2012

More than 100 D-M technical sergeants earned a future promotion to master sergeant through the Weighted Airman Promotion System here May 17. Most of the promotees were listed in the May 18 edition of Desert Lightning News, but the following list of future master sergeants were inadvertently left off of that list. Congratulations to the…

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Honoring our heroes

Posted  May 24, 2012

In the National Capital Region, you do not have to look far to find monuments honoring our heroic Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who have paid the ultimate price in defense of our great Nation. This weekend, Americans will visit the memorials and cemeteries in Washington D.C. and throughout the U.S. as well…

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Air Guard helps grant ‘Bucket List’ wish for ailing senior

Posted  May 24, 2012

Dreams of blasting off the tarmac in a fighter jet don’t fade with age as one Arizona senior taught Airmen here May 17. When approached by the Bucket List Foundation, a non-profit much like the Make a Wish...

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Job Fair provides informed decisions for future civilians

Posted  May 24, 2012

The Airman and Family Readiness Center launched the annual job fair for Desert Lightning Team members at the Mirage Club May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “There is everything from local hires to international organizations that are looking for people that might want a contracting job somewhere,” said Master Sgt. April Little, 355th…

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The amazing race for culture

Posted  May 24, 2012

More than 40 Desert Lightning Team members gathered at the golf course track to participate in the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month amazing race May 11. The race was 1.5 miles long and was entered by two-person teams. Each team had to visit the seven stations set up...

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Their legacy lives on at American cemetery in UK

Posted  May 24, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, England (AFNS) — Service members from across the United Kingdom will make their way to the Madingley American Cemetery Memorial Service here May 28 to remember the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who fell during World War II in defense of the…

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Additional civilian employee self-service requests available online

Posted  May 24, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center human resources officials have expanded a self-service initiative allowing civilians to request updates to their personnel records online. Employees can now request updates for résumés, name changes, veterans’ preference for reduction in force, awards, education, training, certification and licensure. The initiative empowers…

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Local Briefs May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

Annual Build-Boat Competition The 2012 Build-a-Boat competition is scheduled for today at the Outdoor Rec pool. Squadrons must be present with their full crew to register nlt 8 a.m. on May 24. Boat building will be from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Wing Safety will inspect all water craft at 9:30 a.m., and the race will…

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