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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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355th Component Maintenance Squadron

Posted  August 22, 2013

The 355th Component Maintenance Squadron is made up of several shops on base that work together to fix many mechanisms of the A-10 Thunderbolt II and C-130H model aircraft. Airman David Rivera, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, works on a propeller. The 355th CMS fixes many components on aircraft stationed at D-M, mostly…

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Freedom of Religion; Two cultures, same house

Posted  August 22, 2013

Staff Sgt. Asad Abdul Muhammad, 355th Fighter Wing protocol specialist, has just finished partaking in Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours abstaining from food, drink and other physical needs during the daylight hours, it is a time…

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D-M men’s varsity basketball to hold tryouts

Posted  August 22, 2013

The D-M men’s varsity basketball team is slated to hold tryouts Aug. 29-30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Aug. 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benko Fitness Center here. Active duty Airmen, civilian workers, and military dependents 18 years and older are welcomed to try out. Because the team rebuilds…

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AF announces PT test enhancements to start Oct. 1

Posted  August 22, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force’s Physical Fitness Assessment program, to be implemented Oct. 1. In a letter to Airmen Aug. 20, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III explained the results of the comprehensive review, highlighting the strength of the program and the need…

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Compass Call Airmen to receive world-class training facility

Posted  August 22, 2013

Construction began here on the new 55th Electronic Combat Group academic facility Aug. 15 launching the next chapter in formal flight training for EC-130H Compass Call. The new $78 million complex will be the home of the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron, which is charged as the Air Forces sole formal training unit for the Compass…

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Airmen asked to participate in DOD anti-tobacco video competition

Posted  August 22, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFMS) — The Department of Defense, Health Affairs, has recently announced a new countermarketing video competition that aims to target tobacco as an enemy of the military that degrades service members’ health, fitness, mission readiness and work productivity. The competition entitled, “Fight the Enemy,” will run until Oct. 15 and is open to all uniformed DOD personnel, families and…

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Davis-Monthan Air Force Ball 2013

Posted  August 22, 2013

he 2013 D-M Air Force Ball is scheduled to be held at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. The ball is held in celebration of the birthday of the U.S. Air Force, and this year’s theme at D-M is “Built on Tradition, Growth Through Innovation.” “We are working on historical…

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New vice commander “humbled” with new role

Posted  August 22, 2013

The largest Air National Guard fighter wing in the United States welcomed its new vice commander on June 1st. In a military career filled with such titles as weapons officer and project/test manager, Lt. Col. Kenneth R. Rosson can now list vice commander as his new position at the 162nd Fighter Wing. “I appreciate the…

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Getting a little awkward

Posted  August 22, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — Out of the more than 20,000 people in the Joint Base San Antonio community, where do I fit in? It’s a question I’ve asked myself several times since I arrived here, and while I know my primary job, I like to think I serve another purpose. It causes me discomfort on…

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DOD facilities gear up to issue ID cards to same-sex couples

Posted  August 22, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — DOD facilities are gearing up to issue identification cards to same-sex spouses beginning Sept. 3, Pentagon officials said today. “All spousal and family benefits, including ID cards, will be made available no later than September 3, 2013,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen. The Supreme Court decision to overturn portions of the…

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