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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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Self-cleaning clothing: wear without wear

Posted  February 28, 2013

NATICK, Mass. — Imagine a world without dirty clothes. Quoc Truong, physical scientist at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, wants to make that a reality. “As a single father of four, I fully understand the rationale for self-cleaning clothing, especially when I look back to the time when my children were younger,” Truong…

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AF releases criteria for new combat medal

Posted  February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Distinguished Warfare Medal Feb. 15, following defense officials’ announcement of the new decoration days prior. The DWM will be awarded to honor individuals for single acts of extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, that directly impact combat or other military operations approved…

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Start home-based business by providing family child care

Posted  February 28, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Changing diapers, creating meal plans, conducting learning sessions and making playtime fun are just some of the many tasks family child care providers take on. The FCC program exists to help military spouses create their own businesses at a very minimal cost to them. Requirements for becoming a child…

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From combat boots to cowboy boots

Posted  February 28, 2013

Few individuals readily exchange their combat boots for cowboy boots, and even fewer have donned a cowboy hat encircled with a crown, but Tech. Sgt. Lacey Johnson, a member of the 162nd Fighter Wing host aviation resource management office here, wears them all with pride, enthusiasm and love. A princess from the 2001 Tucson rodeo…

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Sitting down with World War II veterans

Posted  February 28, 2013

Throughout my career, I have volunteered several times. Most have been your standard bullet-worthy events; however, a recent opportunity caused me to look at volunteering in a whole new light. The event was an Honor Flight ceremony for World War II veterans held at the Pima Air and Space Museum. My job was to assist…

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Local Briefs March 1, 2013

Posted  February 28, 2013

Arizona Police & Fire Games registration open Arizona Police & Fire Games annual athletic competitions will run from April 10 – 13. The Games are open for all active duty and retired Law Enforcement, Fire, Military, and their immediate families. Registration is ongoing through the week prior to the event. The goal of the Games…

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Furnishing the fight to end veteran homelessness

Posted  February 21, 2013

Nearly 63,000 veterans were homeless on any given night in the U.S. last January. Members of the 355th Contracting Squadron and other base personnel volunteered their time late last month to help shrink the daunting number of homeless veterans in Tucson, Ariz. With one of the dorms on D-M set to be renovated, project managers…

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Wing leadership visits local veterans

Posted  February 21, 2013

The National Salute to Veteran’s Patient Program was held Feb. 10-16 this year. Several dignitaries including Davis-Monthan Air Force Base wing leadership visited The Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Feb. 12, giving thanks and respect to those who served in the United States military. The National Salute to Veteran’s is held during the week of Valentine’s…

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SecDef announces Distinguished Warfare Medal

Posted  February 21, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS)  — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has approved a new medal designed to recognize service members directly affecting combat operations who may not even be on the same continent as the action. The Distinguished Warfare Medal recognizes the changing face of warfare. In the past, few, if any, service members not actually in…

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2012 climate survey shows overall satisfaction with jobs, leaders

Posted  February 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — More than 163,000 Airmen voiced their opinions in the online Air Force Climate Survey conducted May 11 – June 22, with results indicating Airmen are satisfied with unit performance and trust their leaders, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. Conducted every two years, the climate survey is…

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