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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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D-M recognizes top volunteers during “National Volunteer Week”

Posted  April 26, 2013

D-M recognized its top volunteers by presenting the “Volunteer of the Year” award here, April 23. Desert Lightning Team members were recognized during the 355th Fighter Wing standup as part of National Volunteer Week. Military Volunteer of the Year Senior Airman Zachary Hurst, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron, was the 2012 Air Combat Command Scouting Salutes…

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New AF pregnancy website offers support

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force Medical Service’s Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia, or CEMM, recently unveiled an educational and state-of-the-art website on pregnancy for Airmen and their families. The Pregnancy A to Z website, www.pregnancyatoz.org, is the CEMM’s 12th educational website. The site features videos, 3-D animations, downloadable fact sheets, a section for future fathers,…

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Posted  April 26, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths 355 FW/PA First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Michael Kaczmarek Duty title: Photojournalist When joined the AF: Dec. 14, 2010 Hometown: Springhill, Florida Hobbies: Learning graphic arts, soccer, playing with her puppies, exploring Tucson, hiking Selection reasons: Airman 1st Class Christy Griffiths has been on a tear the last few months….

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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the Every Dollar Counts campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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We are still united

Posted  April 26, 2013

Members of the Desert Lightning Team and their families participated in the Team Red, White and Blue-Tucson’s Boston Marathon Attack Response Run at Reid Park in Tucson, Ariz., April 17.

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General, wife die in private plane crash

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV and his wife, Sue S. Brown, were killed April 19, when the Cessna 210 he was piloting crashed in Williamsburg, Va. General Brown has been the commandant of The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington D.C. since October 2010. “We are deeply…

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Recognize and respond: steps to notice and prevent child abuse

Posted  April 26, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  — Take a piece of paper. Crush it in your fist. Throw it to the ground. Scream at it. Release all your stresses of the day into that scrap of parchment. Now straighten it out. Obviously, you will still be able to see the wrinkles and the tears left from your…

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VA expedites decisions for long-standing claims

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Veterans Affairs Department is expediting compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer, VA officials announced today. Effective today, VA claims raters will make provisional decisions on the oldest claims on hand, officials said, which will allow veterans to begin collecting compensation benefits more quickly, if eligible. Veterans will…

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Civilian pay transitions into ATAAPS

Posted  April 26, 2013

D-M went live with the Automated Time Attendance and Production System for civilians Sunday here, April 21. The ATAAPS program is an Air Force wide program designed to prepare audit readiness, as well as financial readiness, across the Air Force. Kimberly Hervey, 355th Comptroller Squadron ATAAPS project manager, stated the manual system provided little audit…

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Exchange offers employment opportunities

Posted  April 26, 2013

DALLAS – While some advertise efforts to hire veterans, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service simply does what it has for more than 117 years – extend career opportunities to veterans and their families. In fact, 10 percent of the Exchange’s workforce is comprised of veterans with military spouses and family members accounting for…

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