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NORAD prepares to track Santa’s flight

Posted December 18, 2014 by Staff

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa website, http://www.noradsanta.org, launched Dec. 1, featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Official NORAD Tracks Santa…

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Response team in action

Posted October 9, 2014 by (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)

Darren Felish, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services station chief, briefs hazardous material responders on safety and incident objectives prior to entering a simulated contaminated area at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Sept. 29. The purpose of this training is to exercise the cohesiveness among emergency responders. Responders were affiliated with several agencies to…

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Air Forces Southern hosts first Aeromedical Symposium

Posted September 11, 2014 by

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather R. Redman) Pararescuemen from the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., demonstrate casualty care to dozens of military medical professionals from Latin American nations Aug. 28. Air Forces Southern hosted the Aerospace Medicine Symposium as a multinational key leader engagement designed to strengthen aerospace…

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162nd Wing Airmen refine warrior skills in the high country

Posted September 11, 2014 by 2nd Lt Lacey Roberts

BELLEMONT, Ariz. — Enhancement of deployment and domestic response skills were the assignments given to 73 members of the 162nd Wing during an exercise Aug. 11-15 at Camp Navajo Collective Training Center. “What would you do if you were deployed?” asked Lt. Col. Gregory Bliss, deputy commander of the 162nd Wing Mission Support Group and…

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355th Fighter Wing changes command, welcomes new leader

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Air Force Col. James P. Meger receives the 355th Fighter Wing guidon from Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, during a change of command ceremony here Aug. 1. Meger replaced Col. Kevin. E. Blanchard and is now responsible for one of the largest installations and flying operations in the…

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AF focuses fourth round of VERA/VSIP on headquarters reductions

Posted July 24, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In an effort to lead its force management actions with voluntary programs, the Air Force announced a fourth round of civilian workforce shaping measures beginning July 21. This follows the recent Air Force announcement on headquarters organization and staffing reductions. Those changes are designed to eliminate redundant activities and improve efficiencies while also satisfying…

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355th LRS plays key role in hosting rare aircraft

Posted May 29, 2014 by Master Sgt. Richard Stone

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base had the rare opportunity to host two of the world’s largest cargo aircraft May 5-6. The Antonov An-124 and the C-5 Galaxy were present in support of two Air Force exercises. In a total team effort, the 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron deployment and distribution flight stood ready for the challenge. The…

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Joint and Coalition forces train at the firing range

Posted May 22, 2014 by U.S. Air Force photos by Tech. Sgt. Heather R. Redman

German Air Force Rangers practice various firing tactics during Exercise ANGEL THUNDER at Three Points Firing Range in Tucson on May 12. ANGEL THUNDER is the only exercise in the Department of Defense covering personnel recovery training across the full spectrum of irregular and conventional warfare and has become the world’s largest and most complex…

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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

Posted March 20, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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DOD raises awareness of human trafficking

Posted January 16, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department officials have a zero-tolerance level for human trafficking and have stepped up awareness and education efforts to curb the crime overseas. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Brian Chin — a program manager for the department’s effort to combat human trafficking, said DOD is…

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