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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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AF MiCare now fully implemented

Posted  March 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has recently completed implementation of its secure healthcare-messaging system, MiCare, to all 76 of its medical treatment facilities worldwide. As of March 1, more than 360,000 Air Force healthcare beneficiaries and 2,300 providers have signed up for this service, which allows the patient and provider to communicate on a secure network regarding non-urgent…

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Airmen must revalidate dependents

Posted  March 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide their servicing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts. This one-time, Air Force-wide recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen’s basic allowance for housing entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the…

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The German Bulldog

Posted  March 27, 2014

A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officer was given the opportunity to foster a bilateral relationship through the Exchange Officer Program which ends today. German Air Force Maj. Andreas Jeschek, attached to the 354th Fighter Squadron as an A-10 Thunderbolt pilot, has been part of the program since 2011 and his tour here ends today….

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Civilian workforce shaping parallel with military programs

Posted  March 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced additional civilian workforce shaping initiatives March 26 in compliance with mandatory funding targets and continuing civilian workforce rebalance to meet skill demands for fiscal 2014 and beyond. The programs will run in parallel with military programs, said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for…

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BAH recertification

Posted  March 27, 2014

The call to have all members recertify their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) “with dependent” rate is a Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) mandate in order to establish a method of complying with the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization for document retention. Members who receive “with dependent” rate include those who are married to…

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Local Briefs March 28, 2014

Posted  March 27, 2014

Retired Officers’ Spouses Club to meet April 3, 11 a.m. – Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar The Tucson Retired Officers’ Spouses Club will hold its next monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 3 at Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar, 4660 East Camp Lowell Dr., on the southwest corner of Swan Rd. and Camp Lowell Dr. Special guest…

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TRICARE service center walk-in service ending

Posted  March 27, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va., — Walk-in service at TRICARE Service Centers in the U.S. will no longer be available as of April 1. TRICARE Service Centers are customer service outlets that are operated by our regional contractors. They are usually located in military hospitals and clinics. Because our overseas areas are unique, we will continue walk-in service at TRICARE…

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D-M Airman to be honored as a Tucson Father of the Year

Posted  March 20, 2014

The Father’s Day Council Tucson has chosen a Desert Lightning Team member as a 2014 Tucson Father of the Year. Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron senior mission crew commander, is one of six Tucson fathers who will be honored during an awards gala June 13. Each honoree will be recognized for mastering the…

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D-M rescue squad mentors U of A rugby team

Posted  March 20, 2014

Members from the University of Arizona Rugby team visited the 55th Rescue Squadron here, March 7 – 8. The two-day visit was a part of the third annual Combat Wildcat event, where the players toured the 55th RQS and participated in team building exercises. Similar to basic military training, the main goal of Combat Wildcat is…

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AF requests BRAC from House Appropriations Committee

Posted  March 20, 2014

The Air Force presented to the House Appropriations Committee panel its fiscal 2015 budget request March 12, showing it will take more risk with military construction and military housing and is requesting another round of base realignments and closures. “In the (fiscal year) 15 President’s budget request, the Air Force attempted to strike the delicate…

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