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PASM and AMARG set new record

The Pima Air and Space Museum and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group set a new record for tours administered in the month of July. The non-profit museum and D-M’s “Boneyard” brought in 2,060 visitors, surpassing the previous record of 1,740 set in July 2008. The PASM, run by the Arizona Aerospace Foundation, operates…

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Air Force earns majority of federal energy awards

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — It’s a banner year for the Air Force with the Department of Energy recently announcing that service won a lion’s share of 2014 Federal Energy Management Program awards. The Air Force won its most ever: eight of the 25 projects or programs selected as deserving of this year’s…

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Preventative healthcare: Key to overall wellness

Preventing an illness before it even arises is one of the surest ways Airmen can maintain their health. These preventative measures range from receiving vaccinations, physicals and cancer screenings, to maintaining healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. One of the best ways to prevent the contraction of a disease or illness is to get…

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Office of Air and Marine

D-M is home to the largest air operations program within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine. The Tucson Air Branch is one of 83 locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is responsible for approximately 17 percent of the OAM’s total flight hours. The OAM is the world’s largest…

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Flooding still underway this year, avoid water runoff problems

While rain in a desert climate is usually welcome, too much of a good thing can a problem for travelers, especially newcomers who may not be familiar with how quickly driving and other travel conditions can change. “There have been flood advisories nearly every night [during] the last week or so due to the unseasonably…


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Quality of rituals determines quality of life

Posted  July 31, 2014

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. (AFNS) — Over the last year I’ve been on a quest to identify and highlight simple success strategies that, if followed, will increase career success. Where does one start on the path to becoming successful? Some would say, “habits,” but it goes farther than that. Habits are repeatable actions that…

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Salutes & Awards

Colonel Blanchard bids farewell

Posted  July 31, 2014

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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Motivated to save lives

Posted  July 31, 2014

Airmen assigned to the 162nd Wing showcased their medical deployment skills during a decontamination exercise July 15 at the medical facility here. The decontamination, DECON, exercise lasted two days and consisted of three scenarios that evaluated Airmen’s abilities to perform in-place patient decontamination, IPPD. “We do the exercise to show we are capable of working…

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AF Marathon sells out, race transfer program announced

Posted  July 31, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — The Air Force Marathon has officially sold out all races and organizers have announced details for the transfer program. “The transfer program is the only official way for runners to give their bib to another runner,” said Rob Aguiar, the race director. The transfer program opened on July…

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Creation of the Coin Challenge

Posted  July 31, 2014

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…

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Airmen register to donate bone marrow

Posted  July 31, 2014

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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Health & Safety

Out of the darkness walk

Posted  July 31, 2014

Suicide claims more than 38,000 lives per year in the United States. That is equivalent to one suicide every 14 minutes. A suicide attempt is made every minute of every day, resulting in nearly one million attempts annually. However, when you walk in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk (www.afsp.org),…

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Family Health and Fitness Fair held at BX

Posted  July 31, 2014

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…

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AF Assistance Fund may not hit 2014 goal

Posted  July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In spite of persistent economic difficulties, active-duty and retired Airmen have contributed more than $6 million to the Air Force Assistance Fund, or AFAF, during this year’s fund drive. Although the annual AFAF drive has yet to garner this year’s $6.4 million goal, contributions continue to roll in from the 79 assistance…

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AF implements career intermission pilot program

Posted  July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Up to 40 active-duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard officers and enlisted members who meet eligibility requirements will be offered between one and three years of partially-paid time out of uniform to focus on personal and professional pursuits under the Career Intermission Pilot Program, or CIPP, Air Force officials announced…

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