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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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25th OWS keeps heads in the clouds

Posted  May 3, 2012

The 25th Operational Weather Squadrons is one of three weather squadrons who forecast weather in the United States. After completing a seven-month technical training course at Keesler AFB, Miss., Airmen come to the 25th OWS for two years of on-the-job training before going...

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Counselor discusses SBP and former spouse coverage

Posted  May 3, 2012

If you are getting ready to retire and were previously married, it is a smart idea to review your divorce paperwork prior to making a decision concerning the Survivor Benefit Plan. Some former spouses will ask and receive SBP as a former spouse through official court orders. Please keep in mind that the language in…

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Load crews compete for quarterly victory

Posted  May 3, 2012

Three load crews from different squadrons competed against one another to see who the best crew was at the load crew of the quarter competition here April 20. The winners for this quarter were Staff Sgt. Brian McConnell, Senior Airman Justin Fuller and Senior Airman Oscar Medina, all from the 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. “Each…

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Air Force officials to launch myPers

Posted  May 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials are launching a new name for online personnel services and human resources knowledge: myPers. Rebranding the Air Force Personnel Services website, previously known as AFPERS, requires more than just a flip of the switch. Members of the Air Force Personnel Center are in the process…

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Air Force Specialty Code changes take effect in May

Posted  May 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Various officer and enlisted Air Force Specialty Code changes will take effect in May, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Updated Air Force officer and enlisted classification directories have been posted on the Air Force Personnel Services website (see link below). These updates include AFSC change…

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Airmen who exceed deployed time get added time off

Posted  May 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Airmen who serve in excess of the Secretary of Defense’s established rotation goals are now eligible for additional time off, as written in the newly updated Post Deployment or Mobilization Respite Absence policy, officials said here April 25. Contained in Guidance Memorandum 4 to Air Force Instruction 36-3003, Military Leave Program, PDMRA…

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More than recruiter’s assistance

Posted  May 3, 2012

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Within the military, we are expected to put the needs of the service before our own. Often this means spending significant time not only away from loved ones, but the places we call home as well. The Air Force however, offers a program which enables us to have…

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2012 Air Force Climate Survey coming soon

Posted  May 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force active duty, Reserve, Guard, appropriated fund and non-appropriated fund civilians have an opportunity to voice their concerns to leadership during the 2012 Air Force Climate Survey, which kicks off May 14 and runs through June 22. The chief of staff of the Air Force-directed survey enables…

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Help is here

Posted  May 3, 2012

AFRC Psychological Health Advocacy Outreach Specialist- Western Region — Mental health plays an essential role in shaping one’s life. In short, a person free of excessive anxiety, stress and worry is more capable to live life at its fullest. A mentally fit person maintains a...

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AADD in the driver’s seat for Airmen wingmanship

Posted  May 3, 2012

If an Airman is out drinking with some friends on a Friday night, and they turn around to find that their designated driver has succumb to the temptation and festivities around and started knocking back a drink or two, and then they realized they had spent all their money in the spirit of the evening,…

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