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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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Health & Safety

OSI introduces new smartphone anonymous tip line

Posted  October 4, 2012

QUANTICO, Va. (AFNS) — The Air Force Office of Special Investigations has opened its first anonymous tip line that allows submissions from the Internet, via SMS (texting) or using a smartphone application. The application was created in order to capitalize on cyberspace and engage the Air Force community more effectively, officials said. “This tool will…

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F-22 mission takes Tyndall AFB to Air Combat Command

Posted  October 4, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Tyndall Air Force Base transitioned from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command Oct. 1 to reflect the new operational mission of the 325th Fighter Wing. As part of the F-22 fleet management program announced by the Air Force in July 2010, Tyndall Air Force Base, which…

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Data Center improves self-service for ID cards

Posted  October 4, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Defense Manpower Data Center is making it easier for service members and their families to get and maintain identification cards. The center has launched its RAPIDS — Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System — self-service portal to allow service members and reservists with the Defense Department’s common access card, or CAC, to apply…

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Operation COPE to be held in October

Posted  October 4, 2012

Deployments can be an adjustment for Airmen and their families so to assist with the transition, D-M is scheduled to hold Operation COPE here Oct. 26-28. COPE stands for connect, organize, provide and educate. The event is a retreat to honor deploying Airmen and their families. It helps to foster both healthy separation and reintegration…

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How we look in uniform can make a difference

Posted  October 4, 2012

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — It’s said that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words,” but what is said when a military member is wearing his uniform wrong or looks unprofessional…

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Lodging rates increase Oct. 1

Posted  October 4, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — After four years without a rate increase, Air Force lodging rates will go up beginning Oct. 1, said Air Force Personnel Center officials Sept. 27. The increase is necessary to ensure Air Force Lodging rates cover current operating and capital improvement costs, said Maj. Gen. A.J. Stewart, AFPC commander….

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Health & Safety

More airports offer streamlined security screening

Posted  October 4, 2012

WASHINGTON – Active duty service members and other eligible travelers now have more opportunity to take advantage of streamlined security check-in, as Transportation Security Administration officials have added two more airports to the program. Eligible passengers can enter a separate security lane at participating airports without removing their shoes, light outerwear and belts, and they…

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Airmen able to vote by absentee ballots

Posted  October 4, 2012

No one has to miss out on getting their vote in for the upcoming general election. With FVAP.gov voting for military members, it is simpler than ever. The 2012 general election will be held Nov. 6 and deadlines to register absentee ballots are state-dependent and can be found at the FVAP.gov website. An absentee ballot…

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Warrior of the Week October 5, 2012

Posted  October 4, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class Lisbeth Aquino Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class Lisbeth Aquino Family: Lucila Guerrero (mom), Julio and Eduardo Aquino( brothers) Hometown: Palmdale, CA Unit: 355 Component Maintenance Squadron Job title: Electronic Warfare Team Member Job description: Inspect and Maintain Electronic Warfare Pods Most rewarding job aspect:…

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Changing of the guards

Posted  October 4, 2012

Security officers of Chenega Corporation, formerly Tanya Walker and Company, are no longer guarding the front gates due to their contract ending Sept. 30. The 355th Security Forces Squadron will take over as permanent gate guards. The company had been in contract with the base for roughly six and a half years. The transition from…

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