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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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Air Force officials announce civilian Reduction in Force

Posted  April 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  – In a continuing effort to meet the Department of Defense funding targets in the FY12 President’s Budget and re-balance the civilian workforce, approximately 60 Air Force installations will implement civilian Reduction in Force authorities effective through about Aug. 23, to assist in the placement of employees not assigned against funded positions (termed “surplus employees”)….

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Hagel eliminates Distinguished Warfare Medal

Posted  April 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has eliminated the Distinguished Warfare Medal, DOD officials announced today. Instead, the military will recognize service members who directly affect combat operations without being present through distinguishing devices that will be affixed to already existing awards. Soon after being sworn in as defense secretary Feb. 27, 2013, Hagel asked…

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‘Compass Call’ing: Are you listening?

Posted  April 18, 2013

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS – Even high in the air, they have their ears close to the ground. Linguists from the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, are trained in the art of employing electronic attack for the purpose of…

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2013 DLT Holocaust Remembrance

Posted  April 18, 2013

Every year, the nation sets aside time in the spring to reflect and remember the Holocaust, and to honor the more than six million victims of Nazi genocide. For this year’s theme, the United States Holocaust Museum has selected “Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs.” The Desert Lightning Team Holocaust Remembrance program will begin at…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon)
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Military and local agencies work together in joint exercise

Posted  April 18, 2013

Spending Saturday as victims in a simulated disaster scene at the Grand Canyon National Park was all in a day’s work for 50 U.S. Air Force personnel as part of the two-week pararescue exercise Angel Thunder 2013.

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Holocaust survivor visits 162nd FW

Posted  April 26, 2013

She spoke softly, her English fragmented by a crisp Polish accent as she told of her torn youth. Sorrow blanketed the audience, the impact of her words bringing shock, anger and a few tears. She spoke with purpose, her words calm but filled with horrific visions of cruel injustices. Her message – remember the atrocities…

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May 2013 is Career Month at Davis-Monthan AFB

Posted  April 26, 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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Airman 1st Class Devante Williams
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Archaeologists tour Luke’s 5,000 year old site

Posted  April 26, 2013

U.S. Air Force photoAirman 1st Class Devante Williams Archaeology field technicians search for artifacts at Archaeological Site 419. The site was discovered when Native American artifacts were found during a site survey done in preparation for construction of a solar array. LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Thirty professional archaeologists and students toured the Luke Air Force…

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The difficult discussion

Posted  April 26, 2013

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) – Death is a subject that all too often no one wants to talk about until there is no option. Usually we only discuss it when confronted with death due to the loss of a family member, friend or co-worker. We are a unique group of people here. We face death…

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VA launches hotline for health care, women veteran questions 

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new hotline — 1-855-VA-WOMEN — to receive and respond to questions from veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women veterans. The service began accepting calls March 27. “Some women veterans may not know about high-quality VA care and services…

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