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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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12th Air Force prepares for Blue Flag Exercise

Posted  January 31, 2013

The 612th Air and Space Operations Center is currently preparing for a blue flag exercise. The expected dates of the exercise are February 5 – 15. The blue flag exercise is used to certify the 612th AOC as a combined air and space operations center and to certify Lt. Gen. Robin Rand as the combined…

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Local Briefs February 7, 2013

Posted  February 7, 2013

Focus on Fathering Workshops Airman & Family Readiness Center In partnership with United Way of Tucson and First Things First, the Easter Seals Blake Foundation introduces Focus on Fathering – a group for dads about being a dad. Workshops will be held on Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn about the importance of…

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Integrating force protection

Posted  February 7, 2013

Everyone has heard it, “Force Protection is everyone’s business and every Airman is a sensor”. That statement is indeed fact; it is imperative that all personnel are aware and participate in the Antiterrorism/Force Protection Program (AT/FP) that helps safeguard the personnel and resources at the 162FW. When the phrase “Force Protection” is refer too, what…

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AFSOUTH hosts conference, builds relationships with partner nations

Posted  February 7, 2013

Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH) hosted 65 total force members from Air Force International Affairs, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Special Operations Command-South, Army South, Joint-Interagency Task Force South, Air National Guard Bureau, Air Education and Training Command, Air Mobility Command, the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, 571st and 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadrons (MSAS) and State Partnership…

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D-M Exchange employee devotes lifetime to serving troops

Posted  February 7, 2013

When Emma Adam began working for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Jimmy Carter was the President and a gallon of gas cost $.89. Adam, a Shift Manager at the Express/Class VI for the Davis-Monthan Exchange, started her career in 1979 and has spent the last 34 years serving generations of Soldiers/Airmen. “Serving those…

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Airmen eligible to retrain in March must submit packages now

Posted  February 7, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials are encouraging active duty Airmen who are eligible to retrain in March to submit their completed retraining packages through the myPers website by Feb. 15 to avoid processing delays. First term Airmen interested in retraining before their windows close in March need to…

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VA issues new report on suicide data

Posted  February 7, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Veterans Affairs Department today released a comprehensive report on veterans who die by suicide. In the past, data on veterans who died by suicide was only available for those who had sought VA health care services. Today’s report also includes state data for veterans who had not received health care services…

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Broken Equipment? AFREP can fix it!

Posted  February 7, 2013

In most offices, there’s a closet, probably known as “the back”, where electronics go to die. This keyboard won’t read common access cards anymore? Put it in the back. The printer keeps jamming? Put it in the back. Pretty soon “the back” is filled with malfunctioning electronics that will soon be taken to Defense Reutilization…

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Digital threats detected by digital warriors

Posted  February 7, 2013

As Senior Airman Ryan Brock, 355th Communications Squadron information assurance technician, sits at his desk, the glow of the computer screen illuminates on his face. He’s looking for perpetrators of the digital kind. Those who unknowingly put D-M’s computer network systems at risk. Most Airmen clearly know the Air Force Instruction not to plug in…

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A chief’s recollection

Posted  February 7, 2013

Chief Master Sgt. Dawna Cnota, 355th Fighter Wing command chief master sergeant, joined the Air Force 27 years ago as security police law enforcement, now known as security forces.

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