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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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Well-Baby doctor visits: why they’re so important

Posted  January 24, 2013

You’ve missed your baby’s scheduled well-baby doctor exam; should you be concerned? Your baby isn’t sick, so it’s not that important … is it? Because babies grow so quickly, regular well-baby doctor visits help keep them happy and healthy. Wellness visits start two days after discharge from the hospital and should continue on the following…

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Team of Airmen to attempt Mount Everest climb

Posted  January 24, 2013

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — Four Air Force Academy graduates may be busy preparing to climb the world’s highest peak in May, but they haven’t forgotten where mountaineering first began for them: here, climbing Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks as cadets. A team of six seasoned Air Force mountaineers; currently stationed in Colorado, Alabama, Florida,…

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D-M offers respite care to families

Posted  January 24, 2013

The U.S. Air Force Exceptional Family Program has established a quality respite care program for families with children having special need and who are enrolled in the EFMP. The EFMP Respite Care is specially designed for Air Force families who have children diagnosed with moderate or severe special needs. This care is free to eligible…

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Warfighters discuss mission at WEPTAC

Posted  January 24, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Approximately 670 warfighters from across the combat Air Force gathered during the Weapons and Tactics conference hosted by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center to discuss…

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Air Force officials aim to eliminate sexual assault

Posted  January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Following a nine-month investigation into sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, the Air Force has implemented a comprehensive program aimed at eliminating sexual assault, senior Air Force leaders told Congress today. Air Force Chief Of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Air Force Gen. Edward A. Rice…

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Military, civilian blood donors provide ‘gift of life’

Posted  January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON – January is National Blood Donor Month and Defense Department employees are encouraged to “roll up their sleeves and give the gift of life,” said Air Force Col. Richard McBride, Armed Services Blood Program director. The military blood program also celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, with “60 Years of Donors — We Thank…

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Sports

Go for a ride with Outdoor Recreation

Posted  January 24, 2013

Looking for a new way to enjoy Tucson? Mountain biking is a great way to explore the local area as well as a good workout. Outdoor Recreation offers bikes to rent and occasionally teaches a mountain bike & maintenance course. “The course teaches Airmen how to take care of a bike, change a tire, shift…

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Physical fitness: Struggle between mind, body, pain

Posted  January 24, 2013

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) — Losing weight isn’t easy. It took almost five months to accomplish my goal of losing 40 pounds.

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Air Force releases results of health and welfare inspection

Posted  January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force released the results of the service-wide health and welfare inspections that were completed in an effort to emphasize an environment of respect, trust and professionalism in the workplace. “Every Airman deserves to be treated with respect. They also deserve to work in a professional environment,” said Gen. Mark A….

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AF anticipates pay delays for March promotions

Posted  January 24, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Officers and enlisted Airmen getting promoted in March will experience pay delays because of the Military Personnel Data System upgrade occurring that month. “Individuals to promote from Mar. 4 to 26 will not get their promotions updated in MilPDS because of the upgrade,” said Lt. Col. Shelley Strong,…

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