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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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Academy’s soaring program carries long-term benefits

Posted  October 17, 2013

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.  – Ask most pilots how they feel about landing an aircraft with no engine, and you might get some dirty looks, but cadet instructor pilots in the Air Force Academy’s soaring airmanship program take it in stride. Experienced cadets make decisions every day about ensuring student pilots’ safety, meeting training requirements…

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Annual charity donation drive suspended indefinitely

Posted  October 17, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., – The annual Combined Federal Campaign, responsible for raising $258.3 million for charities in 2012, has been suspended across the DOD due to the partial government shutdown. Susan Yarwood, the director of the DOD’s CFC campaign said in a memorandum that a legal review of the charity drive found it to be…

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Be more vigilant: Protect passwords, government systems

Posted  October 10, 2013

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.  – In an era when identities can be easily stolen and networks compromised, Air Force Sustainment Center officials are urging its network users to be more careful. By adhering to two requests, the number of attempted hacker intrusions and virus downloads can be drastically reduced. Officials stress that network users should…

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Furlough raises questions on civilian leave, pay

Posted  October 10, 2013

WASHINGTON – Only those Defense Department civilians recalled from furlough under the Pay Our Military Act may take annual and sick leave, a Pentagon spokesman said here today. “Employees who remain on furlough are in a nonpay, nonduty status, so there is no leave to take,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen explained. So a civilian…

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TSP to continue operations during shutdown

Posted  October 10, 2013

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – As the closure of government offices and activities continues, the Thrift Savings Plan, the retirement savings program for federal employees and members of the uniformed services, will carry on operations. Since neither the TSP nor the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board depend on congressional appropriations, investment activities will continue as…

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FY 2014 Tuition Assistance: Suspended until further notice

Posted  October 10, 2013

LANGLEY AFB, Va. – Fiscal year 2014 has arrived and due to the lack of an approved budget all Military Tuition Assistance for classes starting on or after Oct. 1, 2013 has been suspended until further notice. Effective immediately, Airmen will not have the ability to apply for MilTA on the Air Force Virtual Education Center until a…

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Local Briefs October 11, 2013

Posted  October 10, 2013

Officers’ Spouses’ Club to meet Oct. 17, 11 a.m. – The Mirage Club Join the Officers’ Spouses’ in playing Bunko on October 17 at the “Bookno” Luncheon.  11 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Mirage Club.  Reservations required by October 14.  Go to www.dmosc.org to make a reservation. Society of Military Widows to meet Oct. 19,…

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Work schedules, benefits, back to normal for ACC civilians

Posted  October 10, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., – Civilians across Air Combat Command returned to work with pay and benefits Oct. 7, following implementation of the Pay our Military Act, or POMA. ACC furloughed a total of approximately 7,500 civilians Oct. 1-4 as part of the federal government’s partial shutdown. “POMA allows us to provide pay and allowances for civilians…

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New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

Posted  October 10, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents…

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Remembering Special Agent Wieger

Posted  October 10, 2013

Tech Sgt. Ken Meyers, 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Aircraft personnel group assistant section chief, is coordinating a ruck march in honor of Special Agent David Wieger Nov. 2, 8 a.m. at Tumamoc Hill. Special Agent David Wieger was killed when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device November 1, 2007, in the vicinity…

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