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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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D-M Judge Advocates teach the importance of voting

Posted  May 15, 2014

More than 280 students from local schools in Tucson learned about the importance of law and why U.S. Government leadership is voted upon during Law Day, May 1. Law Day is meant to emphasize the important role law plays in the foundation of the country. Law Day was originally the idea of Charles S. Rhyne,…

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D-M A-10 pilot reaches 3000 hours

Posted  May 15, 2014

The 357th Fighter Squadron commander surpassed the milestone of flying 3,000 hours in an A-10 Thunderbolt II, May 5. Lt. Col. Michael Curley grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He joined the U.S. Air Force when he was 18. Curley’s passion for flying was ignited when he was a little boy. “I went to a state…

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A fini flight for the history books

Posted  May 15, 2014

Capt Kelly Nettleblad, Capt Rachael Winiecki, and 1st Lt Jessica Wyble, 354th Fighter Squadron A-10 pilots, along with 1st Lt Katherine Conrad, 107th FS Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan A-10 pilot, participated in Capt Nettleblad’s “Fini flight” from D-M on May 5. This flight, not only gave Nettleblad a final chance to fly alongside…

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Diamond Sharp May 9, 2014

Posted  May 8, 2014

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Libertyann Kehr / 355 FW Staff First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Cole Jacob Duty Title: NCOIC Military Justice When joined the AF: Aug. 31, 2005 Hometown: Anchorage, AK Hobbies: Reading, playing with children Selection Reasons: Staff Sgt. Libertyann Kehr, is the NCOIC of Military Justice at the base legal office. She is a…

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Members from 12th AF Participate in Joint Combat Search and Rescue Exercise

Posted  May 8, 2014

Air Force Active Duty members assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base along with members from the Air and Army National Guard, put their search and rescue skills to the test during a Combat Search and Rescue exercise in the rocky terrain of Arizona’s west desert April 29. Military personnel from 12th Air Force (Air Forces…

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(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith)
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An Airman’s Airman says goodbye: Chief Master Sgt. Clark departs the 162nd Wing

Posted  May 8, 2014

It wasn’t his ear-to-ear grin, the strong grip when he shakes your hand, the sleeves that are always rolled up on his ABUs or the memorable way he belted out the national anthem at unit functions that set Chief Master Sgt. Shane Clark apart at the 162nd Wing here for 31 years. Instead, it was…

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Sting of AZ car registration softened

Posted  May 8, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Registering a motor vehicle usually happens once a year. In Arizona this process comes at a greater cost than in other states. However, the legal office has information that may help in the process. Arizona has extended a boon to military members, both Arizona residents and nonresidents. In order…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier)
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PJs meet Open House heart attack patient

Posted  May 8, 2014

Six pararescuemen from the 48th Rescue Squadron were able to meet the man whose life they saved during the Thunder and Lightning over Arizona event, May 1. Russell Korne, a Phoenix resident, suffered a heart attack on April 12 while he and his wife were walking past the 48th RQS display. Six PJs and two…

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Survival by Luck

Posted  May 8, 2014

It started on Sept. 1, 1939, more than 2,000 tanks and over 1,000 planes, broke through Polish defenses along the border and advanced on Warsaw. Within weeks the Polish army was defeated. Pawel Lichter, a survivor of the German invasion of Poland, shared his life story with the members of 12th Air Force (Air Forces…

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