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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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Salutes & Awards

Dedication to the fallen

Posted  May 30, 2013

When U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Moon was a young child, he dreamed of becoming a U.S. soldier and always wanted to be a sniper. He did not have anyone in his immediate family who served, but knew distant family members who served in the armed forces. Marsha Moon, Christopher Moon’s mother, said he was a…

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Health & Safety

D-M completes Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week

Posted  May 30, 2013

D-M concluded its quarterly Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week on May 23. The week’s activities were focused on highlighting safety, resiliency and the social pillar of CAF and started with a wing run, followed by a wingman scavenger hunt where teams of four had to work together to find information and objects related to CAF’s social…

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(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin)
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Events

355 SFS battle for top shot

Posted  May 30, 2013

Approximately 40 Airmen competed in a shooting competition, here May 17. It provided Airmen the chance to display their skill and accuracy with the M9, the standard sidearm of the U.S. Air Force since 1985. The competition is part of this year’s Police Week and is traditionally held between Airmen from the 355th Security Forces…

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World

Seven Summits team reaches peak of Mount Everest

Posted  May 30, 2013

On May 19, the U. S. Air Force Seven Summits team reached Mount Everest, the highest point of the world, 29,035 feet. This success marks the first time a team of military members from any nation has reached all seven summits: Mount Elbrus in Russia, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, Mount McKinley…

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Health & Safety

Live to ride, ride to live another day

Posted  May 30, 2013

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) –  Some memories are Kodak moments – the kind you want to recall again and again. Others are more sinister, hanging around unwanted, as a reminder of life’s darker side. One such ominous memory combines one of my greatest joys and my greatest fear into a valuable life lesson. On a beautiful,…

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Air Force

Beware financial consequences: manage your money wisely

Posted  May 30, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – Starting in basic military training, through technical school, to their first duty station and beyond, Airmen are advised to stay in control of their finances. According to Air Force Instruction 36-2906, Personal Financial Responsibility, military members, “will pay their just financial obligations in a proper and timely manner.” Becoming financially…

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Commentary

His kind is that good

Posted  May 30, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – The national news has been quite captivating lately. I’m referring to that astounding discovery of three young women – missing 10 years — in an otherwise ordinary Cleveland suburb. Because abductions don’t often result in such a positive outcome, this particular story was pretty wonderful. I just can’t help pointing out…

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Events

Exchange sweepstakes to give Ironman Hawaiian vacation

Posted  May 30, 2013

Foster Grant is partnering with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to offer military shoppers in the Continental United States an opportunity to win a trip for two to the Ironman Triathlon World Championship Oct. 12-13 in Hawaii. The winner will receive airfare, transportation and expenses for the trip. The approximate retail value of…

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Local

DISH now available at Exchange

Posted  May 30, 2013

Military shoppers looking for the most popular TV shows, movies, sports, news and other video entertainment can now subscribe to DISH Network through the Davis-Monthan AFB Exchange. Subscribers can benefit from Exchange-exclusive specials including a $10 per month discount for the first 12 months of services on a TV package and a $100 Exchange Gift…

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U.S.

Warrior Web prototype takes first steps

Posted  May 30, 2013

A soldier carries a 61-pound load while walking in a prototype DARPA Warrior Web system during an independent evaluation by the U.S. Army. Warrior Web seeks to create a soft, lightweight under-suit that would help reduce injuries and fatigue common for Soldiers, who often carry 100-pound loads for extended periods over rough terrain. DARPA envisions…

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