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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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R&R program affected by loss of IDP

Posted  May 15, 2014

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AFNS)  — Defense officials are urging service members to fully understand the Rest and Recuperation Leave Program, also known as R&R, when deploying to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. Starting June 1, nine countries in the theater of operations including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab…

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Sallie Mae ordered to pay $96.6M for violating troops’ rights

Posted  May 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Justice Department officials announced an enforcement action yesterday against the nation’s largest servicer of federal and private student loans, which was found to be systematically violating the legal rights of U.S. service members. Sallie Mae, also known as Sallie Mae Bank and Navient Solutions, is ordered to pay $96.6 million in restitution…

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Local Briefs May 16, 2014

Posted  May 15, 2014

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet May 19, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Restaurant Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Dr.  The May meeting will be on Monday, May 19. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m….

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Comprehensive Airman Fitness gains official AFI

Posted  May 15, 2014

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS)  — Comprehensive Airman Fitness is not a new term; however, Air Force Instruction 90-506 was released April 2 and further defines requirements for CAF in an effort to enhance the resilience of individuals, families, and communities. CAF is described as a holistic approach to develop over-arching Airman fitness and fortitude….

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354th FS provides close air support for Red Flag exercise

Posted  May 15, 2014

Personnel from the 354th Fighter Squadron will be participating in the Red Flag exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, until May 23. The Red Flag exercise is intended to accustom new pilots to combat tactics in simulated high threat environments. “The objective of Red Flag Alaska is to give the young pilots in the…

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Anti-terrorism/Force Protection travel safety tips

Posted  May 15, 2014

1. The Back Glance Get in the habit of looking back when you get up to leave somewhere. Travel is very distracting and you are probably carrying more things than what you are accustomed to at home. You’re more likely to leave a jacket or journal at that local bus top, coffee place table where…

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Writing skills key to good EPRs

Posted  May 15, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Are you capturing what your Airmen are really doing for the Air Force when giving feedback and writing performance reports? Communicating well what Airmen do for the Air Force is the goal of military strategic writing. “Good communication has always been vital to the efficiency of our military mission,”…

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AF implements DOS rollback phase II

Posted  May 15, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force has implemented the 2014 enlisted date of separation rollback program phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 1. The program accelerates the date of separation for Airmen who declined to acquire retainability for an assignment, training, retraining or professional military education, and who…

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Man of honor

Posted  May 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — “Anyone can carry his burden, however hard until nightfall; anyone can do his work however hard for one day.” These words were penned by Robert Louis Stevenson about one hundred years before retired Air Force fighter pilot Col. Jim Kasler used them to describe the challenge of daily life as a prisoner…

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Attack Fitness Competition

Posted  May 15, 2014

Competitors tag the fence as they complete a one-mile timed run during the Attack Fitness Competition here May 3. The competition consisted of four different workouts that combined both cardio and strength movements, with the top competitors completing two final workouts to determine the winner. The event was hosted by CrossFit Desert Lightning, the CrossFit…

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