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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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History is not for me

Posted  February 21, 2013

Whenever I fill out a form that asks me about my race, I take pride in marking the box labeled African American/Black. I am proud of my skin tone; my ethnicity; and to the extent that my knowledge of it allows me, my heritage; but I am not that fond of African American/Black History month….

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It’s ORI “go time”

Posted  March 8, 2012

After nearly 18 months of preparation and a sustained deployment tempo, Desert Lightning Team units face off in their 2012 Air Combat Command Operational Readiness Inspection. The ACC Inspector General team will assess D-M’s ability to generate aircraft, cargo and personnel for deployment through a Phase I ORI here March 11 to 16. “It’s go…

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Davis-Monthan Movie Schedule

Posted  March 22, 2012

Adults – $3.25 Children – $2 FRIDAY Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 7 p.m. (PG), starring Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson SATURDAY Safe House, 7 p.m. (R), starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds SUNDAY Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 2 p.m. (PG), starring Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson

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Happenings around Tucson

Posted  March 22, 2012

Spring Training Game: Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers  March 23 Game start: 1:05 p.m., gates open at 11:30 a.m. Major League Spring Training is returning to Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, March 23 at 1:05 p.m. when the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers play a charity game to benefit the…

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Local Briefs March 23, 2012

Posted  March 22, 2012

2012 Air Force Assistance Fund kick-off breakfast Davis-Monthan AFB will kick off our AFAF season with a breakfast March 26 at the Mirage Club, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Come join us for a traditional breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, biscuits and all the fixings. Share in camaraderie with base leadership and fellow personnel assigned to…

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D-M Exchange to hold semi-annual wireless sale

Posted  March 22, 2012

The proliferation and popularity of apps on mobile phones continue to grow at an incredible rate. And, according to a recent Exchange poll, military members, with their mobile lifestyle, have a higher propensity to use these tools. As a result, their need for the latest in mobile technology is even greater. To meet military consumers’…

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Official offers tips to beat summer moving rush

Posted  March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON – With military moving season about to kick into high gear, officials are urging service members to book their moving dates early and to remain as flexible as possible when doing so. Careful planning is vital to ensuring a smooth move, especially during the busiest season, John Johnson, branch chief for the personal property…

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Air Force changes name of MC-130J

Posted  March 22, 2012

Ashley M. Wright Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) ““ Officials announced a popular name change for the MC130J here March 9 that honors the Air Commando legacy and capitalizes on the versatility of the aircraft. “Air Force Special Operation…

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Health & Safety

Air Force changes fitness statements in performance reports policy

Posted  March 22, 2012

Revisions to the Air Force fitness program took effect July 1, 2010. These modifications, improvements and upgrades brought about some of the most significant changes to fitness standards in the last five years and shift a greater level of responsibility for maintaining year-round physical fitness to all Airmen.  The Air Force Fitness Program goal is…

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F-35 reaches critical juncture after strong year, official says

Posted  March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program — the centerpiece of future tactical aviation and a key to implementing new military strategic guidance — made strong progress in its development last year, a defense official said today. Frank Kendall, the acting undersecretary of defense…

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