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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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Gate 29B open during Wilmot gate closure

Posted  May 3, 2012

As a result of the Wilmot gate closure from April 23 until July 9, afternoon commuters are experiencing heavy traffic outbound at the Craycroft gate, but little to no wait time at the Swan gate. Drivers are encouraged to consider using the Swan gate to ease congestion for the afternoon commute. Additionally, gate 29B will…

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Parent of autistic child asks ‘why not?’

Posted  May 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — I was truly speechless the moment after his delivery. It was within those first 60 seconds when he was placed on my chest that my world completely changed. Children define the phrase “life altering.” They bring love, panic, laughter, tears, distraction, frustration and every stray animal in the neighborhood,…

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Health & Safety

D-M rescue group sits down with civilian search and rescue

Posted  May 3, 2012

Members from the 563rd Rescue Group met with civilian search and rescue factions in Silver City, N.M. April 20. The meeting was a means to inform local groups of D-M’s search and rescue capabilities and how to request assistance if needed. “This meeting is about opening up a...

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DOD to open new assignments for women in May

Posted  May 3, 2012

WASHINGTON – Policy changes announced in February opening more than 14,000 new assignments to women in uniform will take effect May 14, Defense Department officials said today. Officials issued a Pentagon press release confirming that two changes to the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule can now move forward since the Congressionally-mandated notification…

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Aero Camp takes off at Double Eagle Aviation the first week of June

Posted  May 3, 2012

A number of young people in and around Tucson will have their heads in the clouds, literally, this summer as a part of the Aero Camp at Double Eagle Aviation at the Tucson International Airport (TIA). The summer...

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Air Force

Programs exist to minimize RIF impact on employees

Posted  May 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — As demonstrated by the announcement of a third round of Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay and Voluntary Early Retirement Authority beginning 1 May, the Air Force is committed to maximizing voluntary separation measures to the greatest extent possible. Despite this, some bases may find the need to rebalance skills…

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Air Force takes 2nd, 3rd in men’s cycling

Posted  May 3, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFNS) — Wounded warriors from around the U.S. and British armed forces battled it out May 1 in the cycling portion of the 2012 Wounded Warrior Games here. In the first event of the week, the Air Force started off strong snagging the silver and...

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Local Briefs May 4, 2012

Posted  May 3, 2012

AFA to hold 28th annual golf tournament The Tucson Chapter of the Air Force Association is scheduled to have their 28th annual “scramble golf tournament” at the D-M golf course May 4 at 12:30 p.m. Entry forms are available at the D-M Pro Shop. Profits from this event are used to annually support a wide…

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Leadership in today’s dynamic battlespace

Posted  May 3, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Leadership is complex in today’s dynamic battlespace. Leaders need to consistently examine their actions and decision making. In addition, a leader needs to be disciplined and efficient in their approach to accomplishing the mission and developing Airmen. Leaders can either create a positive or a negative environment. Throughout my…

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Salutes & Awards

Medical Group Tech. Sgt. awarded Purple Heart

Posted  April 26, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Angela Blue, 355th Medical Group non-commissioned officer in charge of education and training, was awarded the Purple Heart here, April 13. Sergeant Blue was deployed to Forward Operating Base Sweeney in Shinkai District, Afghanistan in June of 2011 as a medic...

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