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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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Warrior of the Week July 27, 2012

Posted  July 26, 2012

Family: Chet (husband), Vincent (son) Hometown: Air Force Brat, no hometown Unit: 355th Operations Support Squadron

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AF releases mid-year selective re-enlistment bonus list, changes

Posted  July 26, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials today released the fiscal year 2012 mid-year selective re-enlistment bonus list along with some changes to the program. In addition to a rebalance in overall payments, the Air Force identified 53 Air Force specialties, down from 78, to receive bonuses. Based on the semiannual program review that began in…

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New civilian pay system on the way

Posted  July 26, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — All Air Force civilian employees are slated to be using a new, standardized Air Force pay system by June 2013. The Automated Time Attendance and Production System will standardize the pay method across the service and will be implemented first at Air Force Global Strike Command and Air National Guard bases on…

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Civilians contribute to Roth options

Posted  July 26, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Department of Defense civilian employees eligible for the Thrift Savings Plan may begin to contribute to the Roth TSP. This new feature allows members to contribute on an after-tax basis and receive tax-free earnings when they withdraw funds from their TSP accounts. Air Force serviced civilians may make elections…

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Who sets the first impression for your unit?

Posted  July 26, 2012

Recently, I was at the Tucson International Airport returning home from a TDY when I noticed a very young airman basic; who from all appearances was arriving at his first-duty location. We were both at the luggage claim area at the same time and I took note that he was lugging around basically everything he…

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HAWC cooks up food for health and fitness

Posted  July 26, 2012

Many people probably know the Health and Wellness Center for the physical training leaders class, the bod pod, or classes on how to get more out of PT sessions. However, the HAWC is cooking up some new ways to remain fit to fight. At least once a month, the HAWC holds a healthy cooking class….

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Turn up the volume… for trophies

Posted  July 26, 2012

After a long hard day of work, Airmen need to take time for themselves. Some have hobbies like biking, hiking or volunteering.

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Air Guard recruit becomes U.S. citizen, heads to basic training

Posted  July 26, 2012

At the U.S. District Court here 53 new American citizens took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States July 20; each one eager for the...

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A fond farewell from your Chief

Posted  July 26, 2012

On Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Base Theater, I will retire from the United States Air Force after 30 years and 2 months of active duty service.…

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Protect yourself this summer

Posted  July 26, 2012

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – — “Everybody, hydrate!” This is a saying that is drilled into the minds of Airmen from the day they arrive at Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. However, dehydration and other heat related injuries continue to be major issues during the summer months….

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