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Alaskan NORAD Region keeps Santa safe, on schedule

Posted December 19, 2013 by Master Sgt. Mikal Canfield

OINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Children around the world know the role the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, plays in tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve flight around the world. What many don’t know is the role an organization in Alaska plays in ensuring Santa makes his deliveries. U.S. and Canadian servicemembers of the Alaskan NORAD…

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Team of Airmen to attempt Mount Everest climb

Posted January 24, 2013 by Amber Baillie

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — Four Air Force Academy graduates may be busy preparing to climb the world’s highest peak in May, but they haven’t forgotten where mountaineering first began for them: here, climbing Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks as cadets. A team of six seasoned Air Force mountaineers; currently stationed in Colorado, Alabama, Florida,…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant)
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Guardian Angels from the 563rd RQG in rescue mission

Posted May 8, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO — Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group (RQG) responded to a Rescue Mission after being notified of a Venezuelan fishing boat 1,100 nautical miles off the Pacific coast of Mexico with two critically injured Chinese sailors May 02, 2014. While preparing for the world’s largest Combat Search and Rescue Exercise, ANGEL…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths)
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79th Rescue Squadron deploys to Italy

Posted July 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

Recently the 79th Rescue Squadron left for a deployment to Italy. The squadron is expected to be away for a continuous 18 months. The 79th RQS will be relieving a rescue squadron from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., from their 18 month tour. This will be the first deployment for the 79th RQS with the…

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Arizona, Japanese Airmen team up for post-tsunami fighter capabilities

Posted July 12, 2012 by 1st Lt. Angela Walz

While the island nation of Japan continues to rebuild in the wake of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, its airmen look to reconstitute the country’s air defenses…

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Language diversity is critical to the Air Force

Posted January 9, 2014 by Senior Airman Josh Slavin

Diversity is a key characteristic of today’s Air Force and is what enables Airmen across the world to become well cultured. With Airmen constantly being sent to all stretches of the globe it is now as important as ever that they have the ability to speak multiple languages. Staff Sgt. Ashley House, 755th Operations Support…

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Recovered debris thought to be missing aircraft

Posted January 31, 2013 by 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — Italian search teams have recovered debris in the Adriatic Sea believed to belong to an F-16 Fighting Falcon which went missing during a nighttime training mission Jan. 28. The fighter jet, assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, was performing a training mission when the base lost contact with the…

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Obama: U.S. to keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2015

Posted May 29, 2014 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama today announced the United States plans to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan next year — a level largely in line with what U.S. commanders had requested — and that nearly all U.S. forces will leave the country by the end of 2016, bringing to an end a U.S….

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162nd Fighter Wing graduates first Iraqi pilots

Posted July 18, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

While the Republic of Iraq builds a strong defensive posture in the Middle East as it faces the challenges of securing its new democratic course at home, the 162nd Fighter Wing at the Tucson International Airport graduated two Iraqi air force (IqAF) F-16 pilots June 27. An occasion one would arguably find unimaginable a decade…

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Service members: Let’s talk trash

Posted July 19, 2012 by Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — With no one in sight, a trash truck pulls up to one of the many orange dumpsters throughout the base. As the driver and his crew dismount to empty the dumpster, so does a crew of four Airmen. However, before the dumpster can be emptied, these Airmen jump into it and…

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