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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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Airmen hone warfighter skills during Blue Flag exercise

Posted  February 14, 2013

Airmen at 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) and the 612th Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) are currently participating in a Blue Flag exercise. The exercise, which officially kicked-off Feb. 8, trains the warfighter at the operational level in a realistic synthetic environment. These missions simulate everything from successful air strikes to downed aircraft…

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Magnetic levitation track reaches new world record in speed

Posted  February 14, 2013

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — The 846th Test Squadron successfully performed its most ambitious test to date on the magnetic levitation track at Holloman Air Force Base, Feb. 7. Members of the 846th were able to use the Maglev track in conjunction with a new propulsion system to reach an astounding speed of more…

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Local Briefs February 15, 2013

Posted  February 14, 2013

Claims for/against estate of Master Sgt. John P Nehl Appointment of Summary Court Officer: It is with deep regret that we announce the unexpected death of Master Sgt. John P Nehl, 923 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. First Lieutenant Alexander E. Barnett, 923 AMXS is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make…

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DOD leaders: budget deadlock could spark readiness crisis

Posted  February 7, 2013

Issuing perhaps their strongest warnings yet, Pentagon leaders yesterday said the budget impasse threatens to create a military readiness crisis.

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D-M spouse in military spouse of the year contest

Posted  February 7, 2013

D-M’s very own Marcelina Chambers has won military spouse of the year for the base. She is currently in the running for the Air Force wide distinction. Chambers has been a military spouse for more than eleven years, as well as a mother of two daughters, Renatta Raquel, 7, and Sariah Martina, 3. During the…

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Free pre-screening of “Inside Combat Rescue” Feb. 8

Posted  February 7, 2013

The Air Force has only about 600 combat rescue personnel. D-M hosts two elite combat rescue groups, the active duty 563rd Rescue Group and the Air Force Reserve’s 943rd Rescue Group. They are both comprised of operational, support, and maintenance Airmen and “Guardian Angels” formally known as pararescuemen. They are trained to extract isolated personnel…

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MilPDS to shut down for upgrades

Posted  February 7, 2013

The Military Personnel Data System will be shut down for upgrades and migration to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center March 4-27. Airmen who are PCSing, retiring, separating, re-enlisting or extending in the month of March must complete all related actions before the scheduled upgrades. “Members are asked to be proactive and…

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Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted  February 7, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” instead of an expiration date. Since December, retiree cards issued have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will take effect based on…

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AF implements voluntary FY13 force management programs

Posted  February 7, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal year 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. Announced in the January release of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013, the authorized active duty Air Force end-strength is 329,460; a reduction…

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New surcharge on Visa purchases

Posted  February 7, 2013

Armed Forces News Service   WASHINGTON — As of January 27, merchants in the United States and U.S. Territories are permitted to impose a surcharge on any credit card transaction that uses a MasterCard or Visa branded card, which includes the Government Travel Charge Card, both Individually Billed Accounts (IBAs) and Centrally Billed Accounts (CBAs)….

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