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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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USMC MV-22 Ospry Demo

Posted  April 12, 2012

The MV-22 Osprey flight demonstration is one of the most sought-after aerial demonstrations offered by the U.S. military. The demonstration is performed by the same aircraft and the Marines who train and deploy in support of real-world contingencies, including ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The MV-22 Osprey is one of the newest aircraft to…

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T-33 “Ace Maker”

Posted  April 12, 2012

A native Californian, Gregory “Wired” Colyer took his first flight at age 7 in a Cessna 172 in Sonoma, Calif. Hooked ever since, Greg has been flying for almost three decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the U.S. Army from 1982-87. Since leaving the service, Colyer has been employed by the…

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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at D-M

Posted  April 12, 2012

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2012 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating...

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12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Leadership

Posted  April 12, 2012

Commander, Lt. Gen. Robin Rand Lt. Gen. Robin Rand is the Commander, 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Twelfth Air Force ensures the readiness of 10 active duty wings and one direct reporting unit for contingency operations, oversees 19 gained Air Reserve…

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History of the Twelfth Air Force

Posted  April 12, 2012

AFSOUTH (Twelfth Air Force) provisional origins are traced back to a series of mid-1942 Allied planners’ meetings to develop a strategy for the North African invasion or “Operation TORCH.” Because this extensive operation required a new organization to provide enough manpower and equipment, Twelfth Air Force activation plans were prepared simultaneously with the invasion strategy….

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Rocketbilly Racing

Posted  April 12, 2012

PYRO is a 1982 International Transtar 4300 powered by a Westinghouse J34-WE-48 Turbojet engine with afterburner from a T-2 Buckeye. The engine has a single spool, 11-stage axial flow compressor and a single stage axial flow turbine. The J34 produces 12,000 HP with 6,000 lbs. of thrust. PYRO is capable of reaching speeds of over 300…

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D-M dependant opens for open house

Posted  April 12, 2012

While other 15-year-olds are getting their learners permit, Heather Knox, daughter of Maj. Kenneth Knox, 79th Rescue Squadron assistant director of operations, is scheduled to perform the National Anthem in front of approximately 250,000 people at this year’s D-M ‘Thunder and Lightning over Arizona’ open house. “Since I am young and this is such a…

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D-M named best installation in the Air Force

Posted  April 12, 2012

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Penetta announced D-M as the winner of the 2012 Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award. 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 life improvements to the winning installations….

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Matt Chapman

Posted  April 12, 2012

Matt Chapman is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who brings thrills to millions of airshow fans each summer. Chapman began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics–the unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, Chapman won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited…

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F-16 Alert Launch

Posted  April 12, 2012

Since September 2001 “Operation Noble Eagle”, part of the 162d Fighter Wing, has been a 24-7 alert rapid reaction force dedicated to preventing an attack on the United States. These Airmen and F-16s scramble at a moment’s notice to ensure aerospace control over more than 225-thousand square miles – including Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado…

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