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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 engages in testimonials for Women’s History Month

Posted  March 20, 2014

D-M hosted a Women’s History Month panel enabling Airmen to come together and listen to women’s stories of overcoming obstacles in their lives and workplace, March 12. Women’s History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in…

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AF improves its personnel reliability program

Posted  March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Changes are coming to the Air Force’s program used to ensure personnel who perform nuclear-related duties are of sound mind and body on the job. The decades-old Personnel Reliability Program, or PRP, is used by all branches of service with duties tied to nuclear weapons to ensure personnel are reliable to perform nuclear-related responsibilities,…

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Air Force continues force management programs

Posted  March 20, 2014

Washington (AFNS) — Air Force leaders announced a resumption of all force management programs March 15 following a recently discussed strategic pause. “After providing senior leadership a chance to evaluate the programs and assess our early progress, we are ready to resume immediate processing of voluntary applications in most categories and begin notifying Airmen of their…

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Desert Lightning Team’s 2013 Annual Award Winners

Posted  March 20, 2014

Cathleen Harrison, 355th Comptroller Squadron senior accountant. Harrison won the 355th Fighter Wing Senior Civilian of the Year award for 2013. Tech. Sgt. Adam Boubede, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron electrical systems craftsmen, reviews a design drawing. Boubede won the 355th Fighter Wing Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year award for 2013.  Marie Guinee, 355th Comptroller Squadron…

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Transportation official urges planning before PCS moves

Posted  March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON – With warmer weather comes peak moving season, so when orders are in hand, people should plan ahead to ensure the most hassle-free relocation, a senior official who oversees personal property moves for military families said in a recent interview. Navy Capt. Aaron Stanley, personal property program director for U.S. Transportation Command’s Military Surface…

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Local Briefs March 21, 2104

Posted  March 20, 2014

Pat’s Run Troop Run registration ends March 31 April 26, Benko Fitness Center The ruck/walk/run will begin at the Benko Fitness Center is scheduled for April 26 and will be approximately 4.2 miles long. This event can be enjoyed by all family members! Cost of adults is $20 and children under 12 is $5. Deadline…

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New nutrition: MCAHC tips on health

Posted  March 20, 2014

FORT EUSTIS, Va.  — In the Department of Defense Total Force Fitness diagram, nutrition represents one of the eight main concepts of fitness. National Nutrition Month takes place during March, and Service members looking to improve their nutritional fitness have options to change their habits in healthy, easy-to-manage ways, said Mary Rewinski, McDonald Army Health Center dietician….

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Changes coming to deployed Airman pay

Posted  March 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Starting June 1, Airmen deployed to several locations will see significant changes to pay programs. The biggest change includes the discontinuation of imminent danger pay, or IDP, in multiple countries. The DOD-wide announcement impacts Airmen deployed to 15 countries. “The IDP recertification process is an assessment that includes input from combatant commands, the joint…

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PLAYpass program draws to an end

Posted  March 20, 2014

During a time of increased deployments the Air Force wanted to find a way to help families stay connected. In 2011, the PLAYpass program was launched and due to the increased usage in the last year, funding has run out. The PLAYpass program, funded by Office of Secretary of Defense, provided support to family members…

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The last bite

Posted  March 20, 2014

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Shake, take, salute and pose for a photo–Tyndall’s 2014 March Enlisted Promotion Ceremony was carrying on as usual. I raised my camera, waited for the grip and grin moment and then took the photo of family members tacking on the member’s stripes. As I raised my camera, getting ready for the…

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