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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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Health & Safety

Thanksgiving safety tips for adults, children, pets

Posted  November 26, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Thanksgiving is a day during which families may come together, enjoy a turkey and other various dishes and talk about all the things they are thankful for. It can also turn into a day of disaster if the proper safety precautions aren’t taken. “On Thanksgiving we get three times more fires…

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Former MTI’s road to recovery transformed tragedy into inspiration

Posted  November 26, 2013

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — In the pitch blackness and pre-dawn stillness, his booming voice alone was enough to send several dozen new trainees into a frenzied scramble from the comfort of their bunks. His scowl was enough to keep those trainees frozen into a formation of stone figures. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Zien was…

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World

Thankfulness leads one airman to serve

Posted  November 26, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Serbian paramilitary forces surrounded Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during the Bosnian conflict, bombarding the city with heavy artillery in 1992. U.S Air Force Capt. Merima White, 99th Medical Operations Squadron Family Medicine Residency resident physician, then 9 years-old, survived the conflict as a young child and attributes her experiences to who she is…

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SBP officials offer same-sex coverage guidance

Posted  November 26, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Survivor Benefit Plan program enrollment is now available for eligible retirees in same-sex marriages. The program provides a monthly income to survivors of retired Airmen upon the retiree’s death when retired pay stops. Survivors of Airmen recalled to active duty from retirement who die while on active duty, may…

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For the love of the game

Posted  November 26, 2013

“At one point in my life, the act of dribbling a ball meant everything to me,” said the 32 year old. James Barnes, mechanic, was born in 1981 in a small town just outside of Oklahoma City. His parents, retired Master Sgt. Mike and Judy Barnes had three kids; two girls and a boy. Growing…

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Air Force leadership: Service must get handle on pay, benefits

Posted  November 26, 2013

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — The Air Force must control the growth of pay and benefits or the service will be hard pressed to perform its primary mission to fight and win America’s wars, the service’s top officer said here Nov. 25. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III…

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Local

Pilot for a day

Posted  November 26, 2013

Fifteen-year-old Austin Thacker sits in the cockpit of an HC-130J Combat King II. Austin is recovering from cancer. The “Pilot for a Day” program allows children who have serious or chronic conditions to go behind the scenes with a flying squadron here. Austin smiles while controlling an HC-130J Combat King II Simulator. Thacker and both…

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AF launches new doctrine website

Posted  November 26, 2013

Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. –  — The Air Force’s center for doctrine development has made it easier to access the service’s fundamental documents and has the potential to cut the time it takes to publish updates to the documents from years to months or even weeks. Officials at the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development…

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D-M Exchange’s return policy eases concerns

Posted  December 5, 2013

According to ABC News, recipients of gifts returned as many as 37 percent of holiday purchases last year. But shoppers can rest easy knowing the Davis-Monthan Exchange makes holiday returns as easy as possible. “We know it’s hard to please everyone on your list,” said Davis-Monthan Exchange’s General Manager Cathy J. Ely. “There’s enough stress…

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A 10 year decision

Posted  December 5, 2013

When most people decide to join the military, it’s usually right after high school. They don’t seriously consider joining active duty military at 27 years of age. As someone who arrived at basic military training 26 days before his 28th birthday, I know all too well that there are reasons for joining ten years later…

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