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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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STOMP is coming to D-M, March 14-15

Posted  January 10, 2013

Did you know that 1 in 10 military children have special educational or healthcare needs? Many of these children may need an Individualized Education Program, commonly referred to as an IEP, or if younger, and in birth to three programs, and Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)?  Others may need a 504 or Accommodation Plan. The…

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Parents honor son’s memory through Camp Hope

Posted  January 10, 2013

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – With a simple idea and their fallen Marine son’s Servicemembers Group Life Insurance check, a retired soldier and his wife are honoring his memory…

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Special hiring program helps AF wounded warriors

Posted  January 10, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force’s Wounded Warrior Civil Service Employment Program assists combat-related ill and injured Airmen secure Air Force civil service jobs, and since the program’s inception in 2006 nearly 120 wounded warriors have joined the Air Force’s civilian work force. This employment program assists wounded warriors with a…

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Thrift Savings Plan: Bottom line is saving when it matters most

Posted  January 10, 2013

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — With the current military retirement system, Airmen must serve in the military for 20 years before reaping retirement benefits, unless they are medically retired before hitting that mark But what about Airmen who serve fewer than 20 years? What can they take away from their Air Force service beyond a…

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D-M performs first Phase II exercise in four years

Posted  January 10, 2013

In preparation for the Operational Readiness Inspection slated for March 2014, D-M Airmen did their part to practice wartime missions during the Phase I, Phase II Operational Readiness Exercise Dec. 11-14. This exercise was the first of its kind in almost four years. The last time D-M had a Phase II ORE was in January…

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National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted  January 10, 2013

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. The staff of D-M’s 355th Medical Group Women’s Health Clinic would like to highlight some of the new changes in the guidelines for cervical cancer screening. Pap smears now begin at age 21. Many women will be glad to know that they no longer need a pap smear…

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Laying the floor work

Posted  January 10, 2013

Though Christmas has come and gone, some Airmen are still giving back to the base. Led by U.S. Air Force Maj. Gregory Stack, 355th Fighter Wing executive officer, approximately 30 individuals laid down mats in the newly renovated…

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Be the leader you deserve

Posted  January 10, 2013

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS) — We all know that the New Year brings resolutions that typically revolve around better health and fitness, paying off debt or competing educational goals. What about making a resolution to be a better leader? Vince Lombardi said, “Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity –…

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Warrior of the Week December 31, 2012

Posted  January 11, 2013

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Staff Sgt. Lueras Family: Jessica Lueras (wife) Sophia Lueras (daughter 7) Jayden Lueras (son 4) Aramis Lueras (son 2)

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Fiscal cliff legislation affects military, civilian paychecks

Posted  January 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — The legislation President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2 postponed the fiscal cliff and means changes to military and civilian paychecks, Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials said today. The legislation increases Social Security withholding taxes to 6.2 percent. For the past two years during the “tax holiday” the rate was 4.2 percent. The…

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