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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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Why enforce the standards?

Posted  June 13, 2013

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) — In the military we constantly refer to “the standard.” Most standards are developed within Air Force instructions or technical orders. They are what sets us apart from our civilian counterparts. Webster’s dictionary defines a standard as “something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, or example.” We weigh…

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355th Operations Support Squadron

Posted  June 13, 2013

The 355th Operations Support Squadron directs operational support functions such as base operations, air traffic control and intelligence. They also develop flying schedules for roughly 14,000 sorties a year. Staff Sgt. Amanda Villarreal, 355th Operations Support Squadron noncommissioned-officer-in-charge of wing scheduling, reserves air space for installation aircraft at Davis-Monthan on June 4. The map sitting…

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Financial aid available to Airmen

Posted  June 13, 2013

The Air Force Aid Society is helping Desert Lightning Team members meet needs in times of emergencies through the Airman & Family Readiness Center here. The AFAS offers many different programs to aid members, from loans and grants to child care for active duty, retired Air Force personnel and Air Guard or Reserve members. However,…

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Col. Maxwell: Goodbye to wing but not Arizona

Posted  June 13, 2013

Col. Edward Maxwell has spent much of his career serving the state of Arizona as well as his country. Although his service with the 162nd Fighter Wing has come to an end, his service to the state continues on. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer selected Maxwell to be the Assistant Adjutant General, Air Commander of the…

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Take Control of Your Air Force Career

Posted  June 13, 2013

The fiscal year 2014 retraining advisory is out. The purpose of the Noncommissioned Officer retraining program is to optimize the enlisted force structure to best meet the current and future Air Force requirements. The program consists of two phases. Phase one retraining gives Airmen identified from over manned Air Force Specialty Codes a chance to…

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Outbound Assignments office busy year round

Posted  June 13, 2013

D-M’s Outbound Assignments office deals with 650 to 900 assignments during the busiest permanent change of station periods. Though there are many steps, the process does not have to be very troublesome. “We only have six people working in assignments, and the number of assignments at any given time can get very difficult,” Cardnell said….

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Airman gets unusual gift along with dental cleaning

Posted  June 13, 2013

BETHESDA, Md. (Army News Service) — When Air Force 2nd Lt. Jennifer Szatkowski came to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a dental exam, she discovered an unusual coincidence that made her visit not-so-routine. While having her teeth cleaned May 3, she noticed two brown paper bags hanging on a bulletin board in the exam room….

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Local Briefs June 14, 2013

Posted  June 13, 2013

Focus on Fathering Friday, June 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center This is a new group for dads. Learn about child development, connecting with your child, parenting when you are apart, discipline and more.  Please RSVP at 228-5690. Hearts Apart Luau  Sat, June 15, 5-8 p.m. – Outdoor Pool Come out…

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Rescue Group Airmen pull hiker from Arizona mountain range

Posted  May 30, 2013

Airmen from the 943rd Rescue Group here set out in a HH-60G Pave Hawk for a training mission May 22, when they were notified that a hiker was unconscious from a fall and needed help. The aircrew flew back to base, offloaded their weapons, fueled up, and picked up a Guardian Angel team, special operators…

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D-M receives last A-10s out of Europe

Posted  May 30, 2013

Five A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft arrived here from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 23. The A-10s were part of the 81st Fighter Squadron, which will be inactivated in June. The event marks the removal of all A-10s stationed in Europe. D-M has received multiple A-10 aircraft from Spangdahlem during the last few months. These aircraft…

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