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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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Team of Airmen to attempt Mount Everest climb

Posted  January 24, 2013

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — Four Air Force Academy graduates may be busy preparing to climb the world’s highest peak in May, but they haven’t forgotten where mountaineering first began for them: here, climbing Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks as cadets. A team of six seasoned Air Force mountaineers; currently stationed in Colorado, Alabama, Florida,…

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Health & Safety

Well-Baby doctor visits: why they’re so important

Posted  January 24, 2013

You’ve missed your baby’s scheduled well-baby doctor exam; should you be concerned? Your baby isn’t sick, so it’s not that important … is it? Because babies grow so quickly, regular well-baby doctor visits help keep them happy and healthy. Wellness visits start two days after discharge from the hospital and should continue on the following…

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Pentagon to lift rule excluding women from combat

Posted  January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to announce the lifting of the direct combat exclusion rule for women in the military, a senior defense official said today. The policy change will begin a process in which the services…

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Hitting the dusty trail

Posted  January 24, 2013

Capt. Collin O’Bryant, the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130 pilot trains and runs ultra-marathons that range from 40 to 55 miles each week.

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Military kids website helps parents, educators

Posted  January 24, 2013

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD – The Defense Department website for military children has added new features to help parents and educators explain difficult topics of the military lifestyle to children. Since its launch in January 2012, MilitaryKidsConnect.org has served more than 125,000 visitors and won five industry excellence awards. To mark the one-year anniversary, the website…

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Local Briefs January 25, 2013

Posted  January 24, 2013

Basketball Coaches Needed The D-M Youth Center is in need of basketball coaches for ages 5/6 and 7/8 years.  Season runs Jan. 22 to Mar. 16. Training will be provided. If you are interested please call 228-8844/8390 or e-mail Kathy.sands@dm.af.mil. Focus on Fathering Learn about child development, connecting with your child, parenting when you are…

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U.S. Southern Command commander visits D-M

Posted  January 18, 2013

Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, U.S. Southern Command commander, discusses the mission of the 612th Air and Space Operations Center with Col. James Bortree, 612th AOC commander here, Jan. 14. The 612th AOC provides command and control of air and space power in USSOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility, to include 31 countries covering a sixth of…

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New resource helps troops, families plan deployments

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department launched a new resource to help troops and their families plan for the “before, during and after” of deploying. Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office for family policy, explained “Plan My Deployment” during an interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service. “This is a new, interactive, online…

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Local Briefs – January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

Divorce in Arizona & Child Support Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 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. Society of Military Widows to meet The Society of Military Widows…

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Veterans

VA deployment of paperless claims processing system underway

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today the nationwide transition to paperless processing of Veterans’ disability claims at its regional benefits processing offices is underway. VA is aggressively building a strong foundation for its new electronic claims processing system, called Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS) – a lasting solution that will transform how…

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