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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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AFAF kicked off March 23

Posted  March 29, 2012

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — The 2012 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicked off March 26 and will run through May 4. Four major charities receive contributions from the AFAF: the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Villages, Air Force Enlisted Villages and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation. These charitable affiliates…

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SM-3 IIA team completes TDACS preliminary design review

Posted  March 29, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. – Raytheon has completed the preliminary design review of the SM-3 Block IIA’s throttleable divert and attitude control system. Essentially a rocket motor with four main divert nozzles and six attitude control nozzles, the TDACS’s precision propulsion will enable the SM-3 Block IIA to intercept incoming ballistic missiles with pinpoint accuracy. “The TDACS…

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Eagles squeak by Chiefs, 15-14, in charity softball game

Posted  March 29, 2012

The Eagles walked away victorious over the Chiefs, 15-14, in the annual charity softball game at Thunderbolt Field here March 23. “The Chiefs want to congratulate the Eagles on their win,” said Chief Master Sgt. Luann Gaylor, the Chiefs’ right fielder. “It was a good game and we appreciate the competition.” Approximately 100 Airmen and…

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D-M preps for Open House

Posted  March 29, 2012

D-M is opening its gates to the public at the 2012 ‘Thunder and Lightning over Arizona’ open house, April 14-15. The open house is usually a bi-annual event. ‘Arizona & Aerospace Days’ air show took place in March 2010. This year, the base is celebrating aviation history, airpower and 100 years of Arizona Statehood. Several…

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Two D-M Airmen accepted as Olmsted Foundation Scholars

Posted  March 29, 2012

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Two members of the 55th Wing were selected to participate in the Olmstead Scholar Program for the class of 2013. Capt. Michael Sullivan, 55th Electronic Combat Group at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and Capt. Scott Wallace, 338th Combat Training Squadron here, were two of only six Air Force members selected…

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Desert Heat 2012 launches hundreds of model rockets in Tucson

Posted  March 29, 2012

Hundreds of model rockets were launched this past weekend during Desert Heat 2012, a two-day event sponsored by the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA). While SARA sponsors monthly launch activities for members and…

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Outdoor flag ceremonies: do you know what to do?

Posted  March 29, 2012

When driving or walking by the flag pole on base while the U.S. flag is being raised or lowered, do you know what to do? I have to admit, this isn’t a question I have considered until today. I, like many here, have been getting it wrong for quite some time. But this morning our…

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First Air Force female four-star general confirmed

Posted  March 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Senate confirmed Air Force Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger for promotion March 26, making her the first female four-star general in Air Force history. Wolfenbarger currently serves as the military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition here and she is one of 4 lieutenant…

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DM-50 Picnic scheduled for March 31

Posted  March 29, 2012

The annual DM- 50 will be held this March 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park on D-M. The picnic is a free event for active duty, families, retirees and any guests sponsored on to the base. At Bama Park there will be a canine demo, fire trucks and police cars static…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  March 29, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Rachel Lemoine, 42 ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. James Goley Duty Title: EC-130H Flight Engineer Student When joined the Air Force: February 2001 Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana Hobbies: Baking, camping, watching movies, reading books, and shooting guns Selection Reasons: Currently as a full-time student, Sergeant Lemoine volunteered to manage squadron recalls for all ORE’s and…

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