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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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Events

MWR summer recreation activities open to troops, families

Posted  June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — With summer just beginning, Defense Department officials want to remind service members and their families that low- to no-cost fitness and recreation opportunities exist to maintain military family readiness, a morale, welfare and recreation official said today. Chris Wright, MWR program analyst with DOD’s military community and family policy office, emphasized how feeling…

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Pilots, combat systems officers may be eligible for retention incentives

Posted  June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Eligible active-duty pilots and combat systems officers have until Sept. 30 to apply for the fiscal year 2014 Aviator Retention Pay Program, Air Force officials said June 25. “As we resize our force with the right balance of skills to meet Air Force mission requirements and continue to focus on retaining high-performing…

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AFROTC instructor duty applications due June 30

Posted  June 26, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  — Eligible lieutenants, captains and majors interested in Summer 2015 and remaining 2014 Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor opportunities must submit their application, via the Airman Development Plan, to the Air Force Personnel Center by June 30, AFPC officials said June 20. Instructor positions will be available at dozens…

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Veterans

VA provides guidance to same-sex married couples seeking benefits

Posted  June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — After close consultation with the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing guidance to same-sex married couples on the benefits and services to which they are entitled under current laws and regulations. “VA worked closely with DOJ to develop guidance to process cases involving same-sex marriages and to…

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Health & Safety

NCO uses humor during life-threatening battle with cancer

Posted  June 26, 2014

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — Master Sgt. Sean Arnold takes most things in stride, even being diagnosed with testicular cancer. The 60th Operations Group resource manager said he’s “not even remotely shy about this,” cracking jokes and making puns about the life-threatening battle he’s faced during the past 19 months in the most…

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Exchange, Dickies to award $25,000 to American Hero of the Year

Posted  June 26, 2014

DALLAS – America’s heroes come in all forms, from the troops fighting on the frontlines to families holding down the home front. To honor these men and women, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is teaming up with Dickies to salute the American Hero of the Year with $25,000. All active-duty and retired U.S….

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Airman excels on two wheels, continues to pedal forward

Posted  June 26, 2014

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) — It was summer 2007 in Wausau, Wisconsin. David Flaten had completed his first mountain bike race through the nine-mile forest course with no prior racing experience and a simple knowledge of cycling. After regaining the feeling in his legs, Flaten said he knew he had fallen in love. In…

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Local Briefs

Posted  June 26, 2014

Stay and Play Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. – Youth Center instruction room This is a new program for parents and children ages birth to five years. Features open play-time, parent-child activities, circle time, parenting support and education. Registration is not required. For more information, call 321-1500. Money on the Road Program Money on the Road is…

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Obama: Investment in veterans produces tomorrow’s leaders

Posted  June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — The promise of a better tomorrow made to U.S. military veterans of World War II seven decades ago with the signing of the original GI Bill is the same promise the nation is keeping with its newest veterans and their families through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, President Barack Obama said in an opinion…

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Air Force Core Values: In times of transition

Posted  June 26, 2014

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Throughout the years plenty has been written about the Air Force Core Values. The values of Integrity, Service and Excellence are the cornerstones of who we are as Airmen on and off duty. Living up to these values when times are good is easy, but it’s when we’re going…

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