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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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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted  April 12, 2013

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) – “Hey sexy… you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 foot 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had an eye…

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Voluntary separation programs continue through August

Posted  April 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Eligible officers and enlisted members have until Aug. 1 to submit their application for separation under the fiscal 2013 voluntary force management programs, Air Force officials reminded Airmen today. Announced in February, FY13 force management programs support the Air Force effort to reduce manning to the authorized end-strength by Sept. 30….

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Hagel seeks to limit convening authority powers under UCMJ

Posted  April 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will ask Congress to change military law so that commanders cannot overturn major convictions, the secretary announced in a written statement issued April 8. Article 60 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice currently gives power to “convening authorities,” or commanders, to set aside a conviction or decrease punishment following a…

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MilPDS upgrade complete: Review emergency contact information

Posted  April 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  – If you married, have a new address or experienced significant life changes in March, you should review your emergency contact information to ensure it is accurate, Air Force Personnel Center officials advised. The Military Personnel Data System manages such military personnel and pay information as accessions, separations, retirements, promotions,…

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“Paradise” for D-M personnel and families

Posted  April 12, 2013

An estimated 3,000 Davis-Monthan Air Force Base personnel and their families spent Saturday afternoon at DM enjoying free food, games, live music and a car show at a picnic in the park hosted by the DM 50. “This is one of the most popular events of the year for thousands of folks who sacrifice their…

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USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden
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AFSOUTH Airman presented with the Purple Heart

Posted  April 12, 2013

USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden Col. James Bortree, 612th Air and Space Operations Center commander, stands at attention with Staff Sgt. Staff Sgt. Darren C. Fackler, 612th AOC Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, during Fackler’s Purple Heart recognition ceremony here April 4. An Airman assigned to the 612th Air and Space Operations…

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U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Christine Halan
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Softball season set to kickoff

Posted  April 12, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Christine Halan Kristopher Henson, second baseman for the Desert Lightning 1st Six Council softball team, swings his bat at a pitch during the Company Grade Officer Council and 1st Six softball game here Aug. 25. The CGOC defeated the 1st Six, 18-16. The softball season is scheduled to…

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354th FS and 355th MXG return home from deployment

Posted  April 12, 2013

Air Force members wait in a hangar with “Welcome Home” signs for the return of deployed Desert Lightning Team members on the flightline. The deployment included members of the 354th Fighter Squadron and 355th Maintenance Group, who were deployed for six months to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force members of the 354th Fighter Squadron…

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Local Briefs April 19, 2013

Posted  April 18, 2013

Retired Officers’ Spouses Club The Tucson Retired Officers’ Spouses Club will hold its last monthly luncheon meeting of the season on Thursday, May 2 at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Dr., located off Swan Rd., one mile north of Sunrise Dr.  Special guest speaker is Matt Welch, Tucson Botanical Gardens Volunteer Docent. Social…

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May 2013 is Career Month at Davis-Monthan AFB

Posted  April 18, 2013

The DMAFB Annual Career Fair will be held on Tues, May 21, from 10am to 2pm at the Mirage Club. Representatives from numerous local and national companies, including state and federal government agencies, will be on hand to provide information on career opportunities with their respective organizations.  The Airman & Family Readiness Center will be…

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