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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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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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WEAR versus RAP: Similar but different

Posted  August 22, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Should you WEAR it or RAP it? Well, that all depends. The We Are All Recruiters (WEAR) and the Recruiter Assistance Program (RAP) are two similar but different programs available to Airmen. Both programs are managed by Air Force Recruiting Service. WEAR WEAR is a permissive TDY program open to active…

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New ASVAB pretest available for applicants

Posted  August 22, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Applicants who hope to join the Air Force can now take the Armed Services Aptitude Battery pretest from any computer with internet access thanks to a new program. The Pre-screening Internet delivered Computer Adaptive Test (PiCAT) is an unproctored version of the full ASVAB that currently provides recruiters with the ability…

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LearningExpress offers continued education opportunities

Posted  August 22, 2013

A notification on the Air Force Portal announced Aug. 1 that the LearningExpress Library went Air Force-wide. LearningExpress is an online educational resource available to U.S. Air Force Airmen, retirees and dependents. Made available through Air Force Libraries, LearningExpress offers self-paced courses and tutorials ranging from elementary school to adult education. With the closure of…

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Local Briefs August 23, 2013

Posted  August 22, 2013

Claims Notice for Senior Airman Kier C. Kablitz Senior Airman Kier C. Kablitz of the 2nd Combat Weather Systems Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. passed away Aug. 9, 2013 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Maj. James Krischke, at…

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Critically Manned: military working dog handler

Posted  August 22, 2013

Military working dog handlers make up a small niche in the security forces career field. The handlers strictly work with K9s to provide security to military installations. Some of the main duties for the MWDs, as well as the handlers are detection and patrol. “We try to be out and as visible as possible,” said…

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Diamond Sharp August 23, 2013

Posted  August 22, 2013

Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Michelle Renner 55 RQS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. David Argabright Duty Title: Intelligence Analyst When joined the AF: Feb. 22, 2011 Hometown: Georgetown, California Hobbies: Horses, Exercise, Cooking, Reading, Astronomy and Physics Selection Reasons:   Senior Airman Renner’s duty performance has been outstanding from day one. This has been reflected throughout her…

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Local Briefs August 30, 2013

Posted  September 3, 2013

Jungle Journey Thursday, Sept. 19, 5-7 p.m. – Mirage Club at Ironwood & Craycroft St. An event you don’t want to miss! The Airman and Family Services Flight is hosting a FREE event for families, featuring bouncy castles, carnival games, arts and crafts, and entertainment. There will also be information tables with free resources on…

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D-M men’s varsity basketball to hold tryouts

Posted  September 3, 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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Back-to-school time for Arizona kids

Posted  September 3, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Every August, thousands of children ages 5 to 18 begin once again using the streets early morning and afternoon. School is back in session, which means those morning and afternoon hours will be filled with school busses, teenage drivers and a lot of safety concerns. “This time can be exciting for…

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