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Details still in works for deploying troops to Iraq

Posted December 18, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – While some 1,500 U.S. service members will advise, assist and train Iraqis in the coming months, deployment orders have not been issued yet, Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today. Sourcing details for the troops are still being worked out, Kirby told reporters. The 1,500 personnel are a part of the…

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Face of Defense: Army officer competes for Mars Arctic 365 Program

Posted December 11, 2014 by Walter T. Ham IV

MARS DESERT RESEARCH STATION – An Army officer is competing to spend a year on a Canadian island with the Mars Arctic 365 program. First Lt. Heidi Beemer is taking part in a Mars simulation here this month. Beemer is a decontamination platoon leader from the 63rd Chemical Company, 83rd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade,…

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NORAD prepares to track Santa’s flight

Posted December 4, 2014 by

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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AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: Embarking on a journey toward a promising future

Posted November 26, 2014 by Jessica Casserly

Colonel Alex Voigt has only been serving as the Air Forces Southern Chilean Liaison Officer at Davis-Monthan for a couple of months, but with a history of Chilean LNOs reaching the rank of general and one even going on to serve as the top ranking officer in their country’s air force, Voigt is on track…

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AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: A blending of cultures

Posted November 26, 2014 by Jessica Casserly

Colonel Alexandre Alves was surprised when he received a call informing him that he had been selected to serve as the next Air Forces Southern Brazilian Liaison Officer at Davis-Monthan. Representing his country to the AFSOUTH Commander was not something Alves could have fathomed when he started his Brazilian air force career at the age…

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DeCA partners to offer scholarships for military children

Posted November 20, 2014 by

FORT LEE, Va. – As the Scholarships for Military Children Program enters its 15th year, more than 8,000 students have shared nearly $13 million in scholarships. Applications for the 2015-2016 school-year awards become available starting Dec. 15 at commissaries worldwide or on the Scholarships for Military Children website. As one of last year’s recipients said,…

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AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: English and education open the doors of opportunity

Posted November 13, 2014 by Jessica Casserly

Leaving family and country to represent your nation’s air force abroad can be a daunting task for any service member, but for the Peruvian air force liaison officer at Air Forces Southern this experience is a humbling opportunity to improve personally and professionally. Colonel Jaime Aleman, who has served eight months of his two year…

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Safeguarding ground troops from above

Posted October 9, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez 

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Roaring his way down the runway in a 43 thousand pound machine, Maj. Vincent Sherer pilots an A-10 Thunderbolt II into the skies of Afghanistan to provide overwatch and close air support for ground forces operating throughout the country. Sherer, a pilot with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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41 EECS Scorpions execute theater electronic warfare

Posted September 25, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — With more than 6,600 sorties and 38,000 flying hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron provides premier counter-communications electronic attack capabilities here. The unit flies the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft which is configured to execute worldwide information warfare tactics.  It conducts electronic attack operations in…

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Military response begins as troops, equipment reach Liberia

Posted September 25, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON – The increased U.S. assistance President Barack Obama announced this week has begun to arrive in Liberia, one of the West African countries hardest-hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said here today. Army Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the U.S. Army Africa commander who…

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