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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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DOD anti-tobacco video contest now open for public voting

Posted  February 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force community is encouraged to kick off 2014 by voting online for the best anti-tobacco video in the Department of Defense-sponsored Fight the Enemy until March 14. Five finalists have been selected for public voting, including two Air Force entrants. The contest videos capture the theme of tobacco use as the “enemy”…

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Local Briefs February 28, 2014

Posted  February 27, 2014

355th EMS munitions flight to hold inventory The 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight will be conducting their semi-annual 100% munitions inventory March 1- 3. Munitions support will be limited to emergency requests only. Direct any questions or concerns to Munitions Accountability at 228-8009 or email FV4877@us.af.mil. Retired Officers’ Spouses Club Mar. 6, 11 a.m….

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55 ECG welcomes next generation electronic attack capability

Posted  February 27, 2014

The 55th Electronic Combat Group successfully received their first Baseline-2 modified EC-130H Compass Call aircraft here, Feb. 20. This latest modification marks a significant milestone in the aircraft’s thirty-one year history and expands the Department of Defense electronic warfare capability portfolio. Since its first combat mission in 1989, as part of Operation Just Cause, to…

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Health & Safety

Giving blood on the flightline

Posted  February 27, 2014

According to the American Red Cross website, more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day. The 355th Maintenance Group had the chance to help fill these donation needs while working on the flightline, Feb. 14. Master Sgt. Wayne Gibbs, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft section chief, and Senior Master Sgt. Jackie Pryor-Walters, 355th Dental…

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Mayor of Tucson visits the 162nd Fighter Wing

Posted  February 27, 2014

Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson, visited the Tucson Air National Guard Feb. 7, to tour the 162nd Fighter Wing and learn more about the wing’s missions. Col. Phil Purcell, the 162nd Fighter Wing Commander, met the mayor and presented a wing mission brief. Although he has visited before, the mayor never had the opportunity to…

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San Diego Charger trains with D-M Airmen

Posted  February 27, 2014

A National Football League defensive back will visit here on March 3. Jarret Johnson is a San Diego Chargers linebacker and will be a star guest for the D-M Comprehensive Airmen Fitness Day. The day will focus on safety, resiliency skills, and the Physical domain of Comprehensive Airman Fitness model, which emphasizes performing and excelling…

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Health & Safety

Simple tips Airmen should ‘take to heart’

Posted  February 27, 2014

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — February is designated American Heart Month with the mission to increase awareness about heart health, a growing problem within the Air Force, according to a cardiology consultant to the Air Force surgeon general. Lt. Col. Samuel O. Jones said that in the medical community, heart issues are no…

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Are you carrying the FLAG?

Posted  February 27, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — With so many challenges and distractions hitting us every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep focused and maintain a healthy perspective. Many things can affect your outlook – the daily grind (“Ground Hog Day”), changes in processes and procedures, a different work environment or just knowing it’s your turn…

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A new sheriff in town

Posted  February 27, 2014

Former high school teacher and current Air Guard member Master Sgt. Wendell Jones, a Weapons Safety NCO, recently graduated from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Academy Jan. 24. As one of the newer deputies in Pima County, Jones has dedicated himself to serve the people in the community of Tucson. After teaching Interactive Digital Media…

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School is out, 358th FS Inactivates

Posted  February 27, 2014

The 358th Fighter Squadron officially switched to inactive status Friday, Feb. 21, here. The squadron is inactivating due to Total Force Integration, an Air Force wide active duty, guard and reserve-initiative designed to maintain the combat effectiveness of our forces, while reducing the operational burden in some areas. The 358th FS was first activated as…

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