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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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Retention Board Q&A

Posted  January 16, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Airmen across Air Combat Command are starting the New Year with many questions pertaining to retention and quality review boards announced by Air Force leadership to reduce the enlisted force by thousands. Chief Michael J. Helfer, chief enlisted manager (CEM) Manpower, Personnel and Services Directorate, clarifies some of those questions and rumors…

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AF finalizing details for officer force management

Posted  January 16, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Details for implementation of two fiscal 2014 officer force management programs announced in December are being finalized to allow Air Force officials to release eligibility criteria, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. Details regarding the reduction in force board, coupled with voluntary separation pay, and the force shaping…

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34 ICBM launch officers implicated in cheating probe

Posted  January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Thirty-four intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., have been implicated in cheating on the ICBM launch officer proficiency test, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Jan. 15. The revelations emerged during an investigation into alleged illegal drug possession, James said. The officers range in rank from…

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D-M hosting F-16 units

Posted  January 16, 2014

Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons from New Jersey and South Dakota will operate here for intermittent periods in January and February as part of the Arizona Air National Guard’s Operation Snowbird. * Twelve F-16s from the South Dakota Air National Guard are scheduled to operate at Snowbird 11-25 January. * Ten F-16s from the…

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DOD raises awareness of human trafficking

Posted  January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department officials have a zero-tolerance level for human trafficking and have stepped up awareness and education efforts to curb the crime overseas. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Brian Chin — a program manager for the department’s effort to combat human trafficking, said DOD is…

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Air Guardians visit 162nd

Posted  January 16, 2014

Members and guests of the 162nd Air Guardians, an organization consisting of Southern Arizona community and business leaders, participated in a base tour of the 162nd Fighter Wing Jan. 11. The Air Guardians mission in Southern Arizona is to educate the community about the Air Guard and to support members of the 162nd and their…

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Local Briefs January 17, 2014

Posted  January 16, 2014

Scheduled Power/Water Outages -There will be an 8 hour Electrical Service outage scheduled for Jan. 20(MLK Day) from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Buildings affected are – Portions of Kachina Housing (Soaring Heights management will notify residents), Sonoran Science Academy and TLF (2352,2353, 2354, 2355, 2356 & 2357)(Lodging Management has been notified). POC – Antonio…

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Chapel hosts Mothers of Preschoolers

Posted  January 16, 2014

Being a military dependent is no easy task especially when there are small children involved. With all of the changes it can be difficult to stay on track. To assist with the hardship the D-M Hope Chapel took on a Mothers of Preschoolers program. This program is designed for mothers of children from the ages…

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VA, City of Tucson to hold Four Chaplains Memorial

Posted  January 16, 2014

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is pleased to announce that they will again be participating in the City of Tucson, Veterans’ Affairs Committee (VAC) annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service, Scheduled for Sunday – February 2 at 1 p.m., at the Kino Veterans Memorial Park, 2805 E. Ajo Way.  This park is located…

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Military OneSource offers free tax services

Posted  January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — If it hasn’t arrived yet, your 2013 W-2 wage and tax statement likely is on its way, and with it the countdown toward the April 15 tax filing deadline. As preparations begin for the upcoming tax season, military families are being offered a free service to ensure they can meet that deadline…

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