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NORAD prepares to track Santa’s flight

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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New commander to take reins of 12th AF, AFSOUTH

Twelfth Air Force and Air Forces Southern will welcome a new commander during a change of command ceremony Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Major Gen. Chris Nowland will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and will take the reins of the 12th Air Force (AFSOUTH) from Lt. Gen….

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Diamond Sharp December 19, 2014

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Ricardo Alonso First Sergeant: Master Sgt. James Morgan Duty Title: NCOIC, Armory When joined the AF: September 27, 2005 Hometown: Tucson, AZ Hobbies: Outdoors, shooting, soccer Selection Reasons: Staff Sgt. Alonso attended a 32 hour Additional Duty Weapon Safety Representative Course at Randolph AFB. He used the knowledge he gained at this…

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Diamond Sharp December 19, 2014

Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Jemima Santiago / 355 MDSS First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Richard Davis Duty Title: Biomedical Equipment Apprentice When joined the Air Force: Dec. 4, 2012 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Hobbies: Volunteering, school, cooking, outdoor activities, church Selection Reasons: Airman Santiago oversaw the 56th FW defibrillator program worth $950K. She completed 63% of…

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Guard Muster brings Arizona together

TEMPE, Ariz. — They mustered for overseas contingencies and domestic emergencies and recently the men and women of the Arizona National Guard mustered to honor the service and sacrifice of all Arizona veterans at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium here, Dec. 7. Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire, the adjutant general for Arizona, assembled Guard members from…


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Air Force Aid Society grants, scholarships available

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force Aid Society is accepting applications for education grants and scholarships. The single online application opens the door to three education programs. General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant – the centerpiece and gateway to all of the AFAS education programs. It offers need-based grants of at least $2,000 to dependent…

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The voice of the warfighter

Posted  November 7, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz — The Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC) hosted the 2014 Weapons and Tactics (WEPTAC) conference here, Oct. 20-24. In its 33rd year, WEPTAC surrounds the 162nd Wing’s direct support of the Air Reserve Component (ARC) convening on base. This year’s WEPTAC is of vital importance as Guardsmen and Reservists continue…

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DoD proposes more lending, credit protections for Service Members

Posted  November 7, 2014

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — On Sept. 29, the Department of Defense proposed broader protections for service members from predatory lenders. The proposed rules aim to close loopholes in current regulations allowing predatory lenders to take advantage of service members. The proposal is primarily aimed at supplementing DoD’s current regulation implementing the Military Lending Act…

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AF authorizes medical benefits for some separatees

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force senior leaders announced adjustments to benefits for Airmen separated under the fiscal year 2014 Voluntary Separation Pay (VSP) program Oct. 31. Based on inconsistent issuance and confusion with transitional medical benefits for Airmen separating under the VSP program, the Air Force requested clarification from the Office of the Secretary of…

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AF completes historic fuel conversion

Posted  November 7, 2014

The Air Force officials took an important step in fiscal responsibility and supply chain efficiency with the conversion of the final stateside installation from Jet Propellant 8 (JP-8) fuel to the more common and commercially available Jet A fuel, Oct. 29 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The transition to Jet A completed a…

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STEM: Necessary but not sufficient

Posted  November 7, 2014

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — I was an active-duty Airman for 15 years before realizing my gut was as valuable as my mind; my intuition as useful as scientific analyses; and my agility, creativity and innovation honed the decision-making necessary to function in complex environments. A scientist by nature and education, I failed…

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DoD celebrates Military Family Month in November

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON – November in America traditionally is a month of thankfulness, and the Defense Department chose this month to recognize those who support the nation’s armed forces but who don’t wear the uniform: military families. Barbara Thompson directs the department’s Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, and Special Needs. She recently spoke with DoD…

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VA expands Fry Scholarship to surviving spouses

Posted  November 7, 2014

Washington, DC – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will begin accepting applications by mail on Monday, November 3, 2014, for the Fry Scholarship under newly expanded eligibility criteria to include surviving spouses. The expanded criteria for the Fry Scholarship is the latest in a series of VA actions to implement provisions of…

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Back to basics with open ranks

Posted  November 7, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — Logistics is the business of being precise, as Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Ramirez can attest. So it only seemed appropriate that on Nov. 2, the 162nd Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) held the one event that reflects that kind of precision: an open ranks inspection. “As the new LRS superintendent, it’s my duty to always…

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Local Civil Air Patrol opportunities available

Posted  November 7, 2014

There is a unique organization available for those who are interested in serving the U.S. without contractual obligation. The Civil Air Patrol was created in 1941, giving thousands of volunteer members the chance to answer America’s call to national service by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Today the CAP supports America’s communities with emergency…

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