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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…

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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…

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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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Concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot: ‘Freedom a beautiful thing’

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey White Retired Lt. Col. Harry Pawlik, a World War II concentration camp survivor, recalled several obstacles from the time he was captured by Nazi forces at the age of 10, to the day he graduated from the Naval War College during a recent interview. SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE…

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D-M Airmen arrive on scene to support tornado victims

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bradley C. Church The path of a recent tornado in Moore, Okla., May 22. A tornado categorized as an EF5, the strongest category possible, with winds ranging from 200 to 210 mph struck Moore May 20. The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports 24 fatalities related to the…

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Diamond Sharp July 5, 2013

Posted  July 5, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jose A. Chavez/755 OSS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Maberry Duty Title: Mission Support Network Operator When joined the Air Force: Sept. 28, 2010 Hometown: San Dimas, CA Hobbies: Playing golf and spending time with family Selection Reasons: Airman Chavez acquired Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency certification by attending a…

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355 MDOS

Posted  July 5, 2013

The 355th Medical Operations Squadron ensures combatant commanders that their warfighters are medically fit-to-fight and provides combat-ready medical personnel to execute medical support of missions worldwide. The squadron provides medical care to maximize the health and welfare of our current and retired warriors and their family members both in theater and at home. Tech. Sgt….

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421st FS pilots respond, work together in ‘amazing’ ‘non-incident’

Posted  July 5, 2013

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah  – On June 11, a 421st Fighter Squadron pilot used all his previous flight safety training and then some, as he leaned on his wingman and his experience to respond to an in-flight emergency. During a four ship G-Awareness Exercise, at 9:35 a.m., Capt. Justin Ankenbruck discovered his control stick had…

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Desert medic chosen for commissioning program

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths Tech. Sgt. Pamela Jirsa, 355th Medical Operations Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the orthopedic clinic, applies a cast to a patients arm at the 355th Medical Group. Jirsa was accepted into the Nursing Enlisted Commissioning Program for the year of 2013. Not everyone gets to…

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Local Briefs July 5, 2013

Posted  July 5, 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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New facilities for new capabilities

Posted  June 27, 2013

You may have noticed some construction happening right off the intersection of Tempe Street and Phoenix Street. The sign outside proclaims it the HC-130J Aerial Delivery Facility, a project that has been ongoing since mid-2012.

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Air Force changes military funeral honors requirements

Posted  June 27, 2013

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Due to the impact of sequestration, the funerals of retirees will fall under an adjusted requirements policy for military funeral honors similar to that which is already used for veterans, an Air Force news release said. The adjustment was effective as of June 4. The seven member services for retirees when…

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D-M shows off its talent

Posted  June 27, 2013

Recently Airmen and members of the D-M community competed in a base talent show. Eight contestants performed before a crowd of about 110 people at the Mirage Club.

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