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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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DOD to begin review of family, military community programs

Posted  January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A new task force will start work next month on a 120-day review of all family and military community programs across the Defense Department to determine their effectiveness and identify gaps and potential efficiencies, a senior defense official said. Charles E. Milam, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and…

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AMARG brings the F-4 back to life

Posted  January 31, 2013

The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group is on track to finish the F-4 Phantom phase of Air Combat Command’s full-scale aerial drone program. The regenerated planes will be converted into drones to be used by several bases for target practice. The regenerated planes will be used at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., for U.S. Army…

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A new area for workout warriors

Posted  January 31, 2013

The Haeffner gym officially opened a new workout area for Department of Defense ID card members to use Jan. 28. The new equipment includes medicine balls, various free weights, rowing machines, pull-up bars, two ropes that hang from the gym’s ceiling, kettlebells and even an oversized tire. All the equipment for the new workout area…

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Pay yourself first

Posted  January 31, 2013

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland (AFNS) — My grandparents used to say to me, “Pay yourself first.” Being only 10 years old at the time, I’d shrug my shoulders, give them my best thanks-for-the-advice look and say “OK.” But deep down inside, I didn’t really know what they meant. After all, I was just a kid…

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Promotion cycle study reference CDCs available online

Posted  January 31, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The 2013 promotion cycle study reference CDCs, in addition to those published for 2012, are now available on the e-WAPS Online Reference Library Database (e-WORLD). “For Airmen testing out-of-cycle, having access to past versions of the CDCs ensures they have appropriate study material for the cycle they’re competing in,”…

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Defense Department expands women’s combat role

Posted  January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — Following a unanimous recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today announced the end of the direct ground combat exclusion rule for female service members.

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New TRICARE copays take effect

Posted  January 31, 2013

TRICARE prescription copayments increased Feb. 1. The prescription costs are now based on the type of prescription and where it’s filled. According to www.tricare.mil, Congress signed the increases into law under the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which requires TRICARE to increase copays on brand name medications not filled at military pharmacies. Copays…

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Recovered debris thought to be missing aircraft

Posted  January 31, 2013

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — Italian search teams have recovered debris in the Adriatic Sea believed to belong to an F-16 Fighting Falcon which went missing during a nighttime training mission Jan. 28. The fighter jet, assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, was performing a training mission when the base lost contact with the…

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VITA office opens its doors

Posted  January 31, 2013

The end of January marks the beginning of tax season and the opening of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax center on D-M. “The VITA office is free and open to anyone with an ID card,” said Capt. Jenny Liabenow, 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office. “This includes active duty, dependents and retired individuals.” Although the…

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Improve your roll with bowling clinics at Davis-Monthan Lanes

Posted  January 31, 2013

Bowlers can take their game to the next level with bowling clinics at Davis-Monthan Lanes. The sessions will be coached by Del Delgado, pro shop operator, and James Kraykovich, 355 Force Support Squadron bowling center manager. The next session is scheduled for February 8th, and registration starts the Thursday prior. “The reactions from the people…

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