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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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Airman finds a hobby in movies

Posted  February 6, 2014

Movies are very popular in today’s society, from date nights to keeping deployed Airmen in touch with American entertainment. Sometimes the downfall about movies is not having enough information. One Airman decided to take that challenge in hopes of benefiting others. Lt. Col. Patrick King, 755th Operations Support Squadron assistant director of operations, grades and…

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Treasures in the Attic

Posted  February 6, 2014

The Airman’s Attic, a little warehouse located behind the Airman and Family Readiness Center, is a place where donated items are offered free of charge to Airmen around the base. Items include clothing, toys, furniture, kitchen and other household items, electronics, uniforms and many other things that Airmen may need, but are unable to afford….

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Airmen race cars on millionaire’s track

Posted  February 6, 2014

Five Desert Lightning Team members received the opportunity to drive cars at a private motorsports club’s race track in Willcox, Ariz., Jan. 17. Graham Dorland, Inde Motorsports Ranch owner, opened up the club for a day to D-M Airmen after talking to Chief Master Sgt. Dawna Cnota, 355th Fighter Wing command chief. IMR is a…

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Local Briefs February 7, 2014

Posted  February 6, 2014

D-M Gate hours changed The Davis Monthan Gate hours changed Jan. 20 as a result of a recent traffic survey. The schedule is as follows: Craycroft – no change (24/7, 365 days) Swan – 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. (M-F), closed on weekends and federal holidays (This includes the search area as well) Wilmot –…

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D-M Airman is recognized for his work overseas

Posted  February 6, 2014

Master Sgt. Bruce Archer, 355th Security Forces Squadron defender, was presented the bronze star for his work in Afghanistan, Jan. 10. Archer spent a year in Afghanistan working as the sole advisor for the Afghan Security Forces Company Commander, six Afghan Technical school instructors and over 100 security forces personnel. Having been a prior instructor…

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It always seems impossible until it’s done: Capt. Spring Clegg

Posted  February 6, 2014

Capt. Spring Clegg, from the 612th Theater Operations Group, has been selected as a member of the U.S. Military Endurance Sports Elite Cycling team to represent the Armed Forces during the Team Tucson Camp here March 9-16. The U.S. Military Endurance Sports Program is a privately funded 501(c) 3 non-profit organization supporting recreational and competitive…

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Biomedical Sciences Corps wraps up appreciation week

Posted  February 6, 2014

Staff from the Biomedical Sciences Corps ended their appreciation week with a luncheon here Jan. 31. The purpose of the BSC appreciation week is to promote awareness of the many functions and capabilities between the different corps at the 355th Medical Group. There are 15 biomedical science career fields practiced among the U.S. Air Force….

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VA launches online tool to calculate GI Bill benefits

Posted  February 6, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Veterans Affairs Department today launched a new online tool to make it easier for veterans, service members and family members to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. “We are pleased that Post-9/11 veterans are taking…

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Budgeting tips to get back on track

Posted  January 30, 2014

It’s January! The holiday spending splurge is over and here comes the “morning after” hangover. The beginning of the year is a great time to take a minute and think about money. Money is always an issue for most of us. Either we’re spending it, saving it, talking about it, fighting over it or worrying…

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Transition program revamped to TAP you out

Posted  January 30, 2014

Langley Air Force Base, Va. — The Air Force is providing separating and retiring Airmen with the revamped Transition Assistance Program (TAP), which is more comprehensive and standardized across the DoD. The goal of TAP is to reduce veteran unemployment, which is at a rate of 12.5 percent; however, the unemployment rate for veterans under 24 years…

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