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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/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 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 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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Stress management vital to Airmen

Posted  September 6, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Everyone has experienced stress. At times it can be overwhelming while in other instances it comes in small spurts. “People often talk about stress as if it is some type of emotion, but in reality, stress is nothing more than the body’s signal that something is needed,” said Capt. Neal Kennington,…

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Humanitarian assignments bring Airmen close to home, help them ‘be there’

Posted  September 6, 2013

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — When future Airmen begin their paperwork at a military entrance processing station, they are informed their assignments will largely be determined by “the needs of the Air Force.” This need of an organization to fill job positions across the globe with qualified personnel often means Airmen will be stationed…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eileen Meier)
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Veterans

Airman logs many miles since retirement

Posted  September 6, 2013

Many military members get to travel the world, but one retired Airman estimates he’s traveled at least 100,000 miles ... on foot.

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Benefits of SCRA and MILITARY STAR Card don’t always intersect

Posted  September 6, 2013

DALLAS – The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), introduced in 1940 as the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, was established to protect active duty service members from what might happen to their financial or legal obligations after they start military service. Decades later, the Military Star Card was established in response to military leadership’s…

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Local Briefs September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

355 EMS Munitions Flight to conduct inventory assessment NOTICE TO ALL MUNITIONS FLIGHT CUSTODIANS/CUSTOMERS: The 355 EMS Munitions Flight will be conducting a 100% Munitions Stockpile Inventory Sept. 13. Only Emergency requests submitted in writing and approved by the MXG Commander will be supported. Direct any questions to Munitions Operations at 228-8274. Youth Flag Football…

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U.S. Air Force Photo by Lucas Silva
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Health & Safety

PT changes in 4 categories coming

Posted  September 3, 2013

U.S. Air Force Photo by Lucas Silva Tech. Sgt. Casey J. McKinney, 65th Logistics Readiness Squadron refueling maintenance element, performs push ups during a physical training exercise, Lajes Field, Azores. McKinney scored 100 percent on his Air Force PT test. WAHINGTON – Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force’s Physical Fitness Assessment program, to…

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Citizenship for Airmen

Posted  September 3, 2013

A Desert Lightning Team member will lead the Pima Community Citizenship program here, Sept. 5. Pima Community College offers the course on their campus for all those who would like to obtain their U.S. Citizenship but Master Sgt. Natasha Lindblom, 355th Comptroller Squadron Financial Management Flight flight chief, volunteered to teach the classes to Airmen…

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Two D-M Airmen receive invites for All-Air Force Men’s Softball team

Posted  September 3, 2013

Two Airmen here received invites to try out for the All-Air Force men’s softball team. Technical Sgt. Matthew Lemay, 355th Security Forces Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Steven Lasseson, 355th Maintenance Group, are slated to attend team tryout camp from Aug. 22 through Sept. 13 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. For Lemay, a utility player,…

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99-year old female vet receives VA benefits

Posted  September 3, 2013

Courtesy Photo Dr. Perez-Padilla, Chief of the Primary Care Line at SAVAHCS, and Sophie B. Yazzie On August 17, the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System hosted a Health Fair focused on female military members and veterans, and according to Pepe Mendoza, PA official for SAVAHCS, the most extraordinary thing happened. Sophie B. Yazzie, 99-years…

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Apply before Sept. 30 for tuition assistance

Posted  September 3, 2013

LANGLEY AFB, Va – Airmen across Air Combat Command can now apply for Military Tuition Assistance for classes beginning on or before Sept. 30, 2013. For college courses beginning in October, service members must wait for approvals of the MilTA program, which are under review at the DoD level.  Currently, there is no estimated time on when new MilTA guidance will be available,…

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