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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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Ten special duties become developmental opportunities

Posted  July 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Selection for 10 special duty fields is now a nominative rather than volunteer-based process, Air Force officials announced today. In the past, any qualified Airman who met eligibility criteria defined in the special duty catalog could apply for a special duty opportunity. However, as resources become scarcer, Air Force leaders…

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Cheating Death: A story about second chances

Posted  July 18, 2013

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) – May 27, 2012, is a day that Tech. Sgt. Mark Hopkins will never forget — even though it’s a day he can barely remember. It was the day he made a choice that drastically altered his life forever, and almost ended it in the process. “All I remember is…

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D-M’s BSP under annual review

Posted  July 18, 2013

D-M’s base support plan is now under its annual review. A base support plan lists a base’s resources and capabilities. It’s a chart developed for every base with a permanent presence. The program is Air Force-wide and controlled by each base’s Log Plan office. “Reviews have to be completed before the calendar date of the…

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Local Briefs July 19, 2013

Posted  July 18, 2013

Summary courts officer notice for Gabriel R. Garza It is with deep regret that we announce the unexpected death of Master Sgt. Gabriel R. Garza, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Capt. John R. Ware, 355th CMS, is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal property and…

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Avoiding retreat is cowardly

Posted  July 18, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) – It was one of the first beautiful days in a very long while in and around Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia. Rain was predicted, but I was hoping it would hold out until I completed the walk to my on-base residence. As I was about to walk out…

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Find a reason to quit

Posted  July 18, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – I smoked my first cigarette on a random day during technical training, and I admit to my own dismay, it was completely because of peer pressure. Months later when the ritual became less of a bonding experience with my friends and more of a habit, I was confronted with the reality…

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Combat Air Forces resume flying

Posted  July 18, 2013

Combat Air Forces units from multiple commands, including the 354th Fighter Squadron here, began flying again this week after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration. The restored flying hour program represents Congressional action on the $1.8 billion overseas contingency operations reprogramming action made peacetime dollars available. The Air Force Council…

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Special Victims’ Counsel provides advocacy, support for sexual assault survivors

Posted  July 11, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – In continuing the war against sexual assault, the Air Force recently established the Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC) Program, designed to give sexual assault survivors legal assistance in navigating the criminal justice system with help from lawyers trained to handle their unique needs. The SVCs provide direct legal advice to clients throughout…

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New manual covers mentoring program

Posted  July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – A new Air Force manual that provides detailed information on mentoring within the Air Force, including the definition, program benefits and objectives, has been published. Air Force Manual 36-2643, Air Force Mentoring Program, incorporates information from, and supersedes, AFI 36-3401, Air Force Mentoring Program. “Effective mentoring is an excellent tool to ensure Airmen continue…

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All-day water outage scheduled for July 26

Posted  July 11, 2013

There will be a water outage here July 26, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. due to scheduled maintenance. The following buildings will be affected by the outage: 7101, 7391, 7401, 7199, 7213, 7406, 7431, 7425, 7427, 7438, 7435, 7437, 7408, 7428, 7405, 7506, 7505, 7508, 7420, 7818, 7819, 7823, 7824, 7825, 7815, 7822, 7801,…

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