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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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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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Guardian Angels receive Bronze Star with Valor and a personal “Thank You”

Posted  June 12, 2014

It’s not every day you get to thank your Guardian Angels for saving your life, but on Monday, retired Marine Staff Sgt. Michael Stringer was able to do just that. In a ceremony Monday, two 48th Rescue Squadron Guardian Angels were presented the Bronze Star with Valor for their rescue of Stringer in February 2012,…

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Gay Airman paved path for future service

Posted  June 12, 2014

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — With his father, a 30 year Air Force veteran by his side, Leonard Matlovich was just another scared but excited 19 year old taking the oath of enlistment in 1962. He couldn’t predict then that his presence in the Air Force would ignite a national debate. Shortly after his…

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Local Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted  June 12, 2014

Comedy Show at the Mirage Club On June 13 the Mirage Club will host “Wingman Comedy Show” for DM Airmen, the comedian will be Damon Williams. This event will be adults only ages 18 and up, Airmen E-1 to E-4 $8 and E-5 and up $15. This will include Horsd’oevurs and autograph signing. Social hour…

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Tops In Blue performs at D-M

Posted  June 12, 2014

The U.S. Air Force expeditionary unit Tops In Blue performed at the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hangar here June 3. Tops In Blue is an all-active duty Air Force special unit which provides entertainment for the Air Force family, primarily focusing on Air Force personnel stationed worldwide. The unit consists of vocalists, musicians, dancers and…

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Integrity first: Having courage to speak up

Posted  June 12, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As a kid my dad always asked me questions he already knew the answers to, testing my integrity throughout my childhood. As a strict military father, he taught me at an early age that a man’s word is everything, and as I grew older, it developed into having integrity…

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Diamond Sharp June 13, 2014

Posted  June 12, 2014

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Joel Schuman / 755 OSM First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Amanda Hass Duty Title: Cyber Surety Specialist When joined the Air Force: February 20, 2013 Hometown: Memphis, TN Hobbies: Running, Church Basketball, Weightlifting, Intramurals Selection Reasons:  Airman 1st Class Schuman was hand-selected as the 55 ECG Advanced Programs Information Assurance Officer. He immediately…

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Corrective eye surgery wait times reduced

Posted  June 12, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Air Force currently offers active duty members two types of corneal refractive surgery to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. Refractive surgery eliminates the need for glasses, contacts, prescription inserts for night vision goggles and ballistic eyewear thereby enhancing mission and deployment readiness. CRS is now offered at six…

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D-M welcomes new rescue flight

Posted  June 12, 2014

Col. Sean Choquette, 563rd Rescue Group commander, gives Capt. Michael Ellingsen, newly appointed 68th Rescue Flight commander, the guidon during an assumption of command ceremony here June 4. The 68th Rescue Flight’s mission is to instruct and train U.S. Air Force combat rescue officers and pararescuemen in advanced skill upgrades and proficiency training.

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Key spouse program key to family readiness

Posted  June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force spouses are key to maintaining stability on the home front as Airmen maintain focus on the war front, according to the wife of the Air Force’s top officer. The key spouse program is an official unit/family program overseen by commanders designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of unity…

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Keeping workplace relations appropriate is crucial to overall Airman wellness, readiness

Posted  June 12, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Today’s Airmen face many challenges in both their personal lives and the workplace. Having to worry about feeling safe from unwanted advances or sexual assault should not be one of those challenges. In addition to being essential for effectively completing the mission, being free from unwanted advances or sexual…

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