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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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What If

Posted  April 5, 2013

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — How many of us can truthfully say they don’t have regrets? I’m talking about the times you have asked yourself, what if? What if I had taken those college classes? What if I had worked a little harder toward making rank? What if I had capitalized on an opportunity…

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for civilians

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today. In addition, a senior Defense Department official speaking on background told reporters the start of the furloughs will…

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Giving back to those who served

Posted  April 5, 2013

Courtesy Photo U.S. Air Force retired WWII veteran Mr. Thomas Perrow and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sammie Ervan, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron pose for a photo while being welcomed home at the Tucson International Airport March 28. Both Perrow and Ervan participated in Honor Flight Southern Arizona where they toured national monuments of wars…

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AF reservists, retirees eligible for TRICARE

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees – including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists who retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray area.” This is the waiting…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  April 5, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jessica Nail / 612 AOC (CPD) First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Jennifer Wampler Duty title: ATO Production Technician When joined the AF: Aug. 16, 2011 Hometown: Cambridge, Illinois Hobbies: Soccer, Playing musical instruments, and Auto-mechanics Selection reasons: Airman Nail was nominated for the Diamond Sharp Troop Award because she singlehandedly produced the…

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Hurts one, affects all

Posted  April 5, 2013

Courtesy Photo Vickie Jo Ryder, 355th Fighter Wing sexual assault response coordinator, educates an airman about Sexual Assault Awareness Month at here April 2. The Desert Lightning Team is hosting several events in support of SAAM. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin) The Desert Lightning Team is hosting several events in support…

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Women’s History Month Series: Tech. Sgt. Marie Garcia

Posted  April 5, 2013

Of the more than 300 Airmen in the 355th Security Forces Squadron here, there are only 25 females. Tech. Sgt. Marie Garcia, 355th SFS noncommissioned officer in charge of plans and programs, is one of those females.

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Medic shows courage after rocket attack

Posted  April 5, 2013

Three weeks after arriving to her deployed location in Afghanistan, insurgents showered then-Tech. Sgt. Angela Blue’s base with 80-millimeter mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and machine gun fire.

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Local Briefs April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

Divorce in Arizona & Child Support Fri, Apr. 5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center  Learn how to file for divorce in Arizona plus get up-to-date Child Support info from the AZ Attorney General’s Division of Child Support. Please RSVP at 228-5690. Teach Your Kids about Money Tues, Apr. 9, 9-10 a.m….

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55th ECG excels in Red Flag 13-3

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Senior Airman Tiderro Harmon, Staff Sgt Mark Cochrane, Senior Airman Bridget Rowe, 1st Lt. Daniel Mitchell, Senior Airman Timmon Reed, Airman 1st Class Diana Jiminez, and Senior Airman Joshua Cameron, all from the 55th Electronic Combat Group, stand with their certificates for superior performerance in the Red Flag 13-3 exercise. Along with Capt….

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