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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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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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AF tests 24/7 fitness centers

Posted  December 21, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Six installations will implement 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week fitness center access this and next month as part of an Air Force Services Transformation Initiative test concept, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Military Communities and Family Policy director and Assistant Secretary of…

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New process improves household goods shipments

Posted  December 21, 2012

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., (AFNS) — A system being implemented at U.S. Transportation Command is making permanent-change-of-station moves more convenient, while reducing lost and damaged shipments and saving the government money. The Defense Personal Property System, introduced in 2009 as a pilot program at 17 installations, now supports 90 percent of all military moves,…

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Local Briefs – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

Christmas Tree Recycling Recycle your Christmas trees at the Golf Links Sports Park. North West corner of Golf Links and Craycroft Roads from Dec. 26 – Jan. 6. DO NOT TAKE TO BASE RECYCLING CENTER. Southern Arizona to host annual train show Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 – SAVAHCS The Southern Arizona VA Health Care…

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Rescue Group participates in Air-Sea Battle exercise

Posted  December 14, 2012

NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND (or Naval Base Coronado), Calif. — The 563d Rescue Group deployed 153 personnel and five HH-60G Pavehawk helicopters to Naval Air Station North Island Nov. 1-15, to participate in Commander, U.S. Third Fleet’s Joint Task Force Exercise, the final pre-deployment certification for the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group….

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Airmen reminded to get TDAP

Posted  December 14, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Nov. 17, 2012, more than 36,000 cases of pertussis and 16 pertussis-related deaths were reported this year. The Department of the Air Force mandated all personnel to receive the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis, or…

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D-M Exchange explains holiday return policy

Posted  December 14, 2012

Nearly 20 percent of Americans will return at least one holiday gift item this holiday season, according to Lavi Industries, a provider of public guidance. To take the stress and confusion out of the return process, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has extended the terms of its hassle-free return policy for the holidays….

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  December 14, 2012

Staff Sgt. Ian Porter Family: Father, Carter Porter; Mother, Paula Porter; two sisters and a brother Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana Unit: 355 Security Forces Squadron Job title: Military Working Dog Handler Job description: Explosive/Narcotic Detection—Deter, detect, search for and eliminate threats Most rewarding job aspect: Getting to train dogs on a daily basis Goals: Become…

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Lighting up Tucson for a noble cause

Posted  December 14, 2012

U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 1st Lt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron, likes to give back to his community in his own way. He has programmed approximately 50,000 Christmas lights to sync up with the music played by a local radio station to encourage donations to Toys for Tots.

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A Dignified Deployment

Posted  December 14, 2012

“These quilts are for anyone who’s been touched by war, and outside of a direct combat unit in Afghanistan–you have been touched by war more than anyone in the United States military.” Those were words I had heard a few times during my deployment to Dover Air Force Base, Del. Only this time, they were…

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Diamond Sharp: December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

Name/Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Allen Spoon First Sergeant: Master Sgt. George Poppe Duty Title: NCOIC, Network Infrastructure When joined the AF: May 1998 Hometown: Fort Worth, TX Hobbies: Exercise, spending time with family Selection Reasons: Tech. Sgt. Spoon performs at a level far beyond that of most of our DLT Technical Sergeants. He has assumed a…

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