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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 Equipment Maintenance Squadron

Posted  November 7, 2014

Staff Sgt. Erwin Viray, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron alternate mission equipment section supervisor, replaces a stepper switch. The stepper switch controls the order of munition release on an A-10. Staff Sgt. Brandon Coppock, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron alternate mission equipment section supervisor, installs a LAU-105 launcher on a Dual Rail Adapter. The DRA holds two…

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Health & Safety

Airman smoke free for two years

Posted  November 7, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There’s a killer on the loose — tobacco. It entices many each day. More than 3,200 people smoke their first cigarette under the age of 18 each day, and about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers, according to BeTobaccoFree.gov. Tobacco also prematurely kills more than 10 times as many U.S….

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AF women try out for basketball team

Posted  November 7, 2014

Senior Airman William J. Blankenship 42nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Airmen stationed around the world gathered at Maxwell Air Force Base Oct. 19 to try out for the All Air Force women’s basketball team, with hopes of representing the service in the Armed Forces Basketball Championship tournament at…

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Key Spouse program supports military families

Posted  November 7, 2014

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Keeping deployed members’ spouses involved and in the loop can be difficult for commanders and first sergeants to keep up. The key spouse program exists to make sure families are taken care of. “The key spouse program mission is based on readiness, retention and resiliency,” said Carmine Muscarella, Airman and Family…

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Local Briefs

Posted  November 7, 2014

Claims Notice for Senior Airman Chase C. Corrao Senior Airman Chase C. Corrao of the 355th Communications Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ passed away on September 28, 2014. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Capt. Sondra Williams, at 520-228-4110, 228-365-7256, or by email…

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Gen. “Hawk” Carlisle to assume ACC reins Nov. 4

Posted  October 30, 2014

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Gen. “Hawk” Carlisle will assume command of Air Combat Command from Gen. Mike Hostage in a change of command ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 4, at JBLE.  The ceremony will be officiated by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, III. Hostage will retire from the United States Air Force…

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Health & Safety

Trick-or-treat safely this Halloween

Posted  October 30, 2014

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Accidents and mishaps increase during this event. To prevent them use common sense, be aware of potential hazards, and take precautions. Halloween Costume Safety: · Wear flame retardant costumes. · Hem your costumes so you don’t…

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355th CES spread the “I am energy” campaign

Posted  October 30, 2014

October is Energy Action Month throughout the federal government and in the U.S. Air Force. Airmen, here, educated themselves and future generations on base and in the local community about the importance of saving energy. This year’s campaign “I am Air Force Energy”, is focused on educating Airmen and inspiring the total force to be…

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Exchange service to extend return policy for holiday purchases

Posted  October 30, 2014

To make gift giving easier, the Army & Air Force Exchange service is extending its return policy for items purchased from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24, 2014. The Edwards Air Force Base Exchange’s standard policy allows returns anywhere from up to 15 to 90 days of purchase with a sales receipt. The holiday return/exchange policy…

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