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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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D-M wins best RV campground for 2011

Posted  March 29, 2012

When it comes to bringing military families together in a relaxing area, nobody does it better than the Agave Gulch FamCamp at D-M. The FamCamp on D-M has won the 2011 Overall Best Military Campground for the Western USA. “FamCamp is a recreational vehicle park on base where the traveling Air Force family can stay,”…

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Commander-In-Chief’s Special Recognition program honors four D-M Airmen and eight units

Posted  March 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders announced the winners of the 2012 Commander-In-Chief’s Annual Awards for Installation Excellence and Special Recognition program March 26. In addition to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base winning this year’s award for Installation Excellence, four personnel and eight units from D-M were named as “Special Recognition” winners for exemplary achievement in…

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D-M named best installation in the Air Force
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D-M named best installation in the Air Force

Posted  March 29, 2012

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Penetta announced D-M as the winner of the 2012 Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award today. The CINC IE Award is a Department of Defense award given to the best installation in each military service annually along with a $1 million prize for quality of…

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Team Chambliss for Red Bull

Posted  April 12, 2012

Kirby Chambliss is the former Red Bull Air Race World Champion. Named one of the top 15 aerobatic pilots in the country, Chambliss was invited to compete in the first Red Bull Air Race events held in the early 2000s. To date, Chambliss is a five-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion (FAI World Aerobatic Championships, bronze…

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History of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Posted  April 12, 2012

Charles Lindbergh dedicates Davis Monthan Field: September 23, 1927 In 1925, Tucson’s City Council purchased 1,280 acres of land southeast of town to relocate the city’s municipal airport. Unknown at that time this new site would become the nucleus of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Six years earlier Tucson had the proud distinction of opening the…

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Tombstone Riders Wingwalking

Posted  April 12, 2012

The world’s only current all-female wing-walking team will take to the Arizona skies this weekend, infusing a Western narrative with awe-dropping aerobatics and stunts. The Tombstone Riders act is a tale of Wild West desperadoes, complete with costumes and voice-overs starring Carol Pilon and Melissa Pemberton creating the only all-women wingwalking act in the world….

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Dan Buchanan Hang Glider

Posted  April 12, 2012

The daytime version of the Dan Buchanan Hang Glider show has become a comical “screw-up” act. Buchanan’s “unscheduled” tow-launch into another aerobatic performers “act” starts the funny banter on the public address system between Buchanan, the announcer and the other pilot. The police are also chasing his tow winch vehicle on the runway and the…

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USAFA Wings of Blue

Posted  April 12, 2012

Scheduled to descend upon D-M in spectacular fashion, the Air Force Academy’s parachute team, Wings of Blue, will perform at the 2012 D-M “Thunder and Lightning over Arizona” open house this weekend. The “Wings of Blue” has been called one of the most outstanding parachute units in the country for the past two decades. Since…

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Desert Rats

Posted  April 12, 2012

The “Desert Rats” Warbird Demonstration Team makes a high-speed run past each other in their CJ-6A Chinese basic pilot trainer aircraft. The CJ-6 aircraft, designed in 1958, are still flown today by China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force. The CJ-6 is a Chinese version of the Yakovlev Yak-18A. Its predecessor, the Nanchang CJ-5, was a licence-built version…

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Unique U.S. Customs and Border Protection office on display

Posted  April 12, 2012

Staff report 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs One of the many exhibitions at the 2012 Thunder and Lightning over Arizona here this weekend will be the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine. Attendees will be able to check out some of the organization’s fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, talk to OAM agents,…

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