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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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Predator progress for the Arizona Air National Guard

Posted  November 20, 2014

Fort Huachuca, ARIZ. — The sounds of cheers, applause and an occasional “woohoo” filled the air as an MQ-1 Predator from the 162nd Wing lifted off and flew a set flight pattern at Libby Army Airfield, Nov. 5, marking the Arizona Air National Guard’s first Predator flight on U.S. soil. The 214th Reconnaissance Group, aligned under the…

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DeCA partners to offer scholarships for military children

Posted  November 20, 2014

FORT LEE, Va. – As the Scholarships for Military Children Program enters its 15th year, more than 8,000 students have shared nearly $13 million in scholarships. Applications for the 2015-2016 school-year awards become available starting Dec. 15 at commissaries worldwide or on the Scholarships for Military Children website. As one of last year’s recipients said,…

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Air Force members get new app to solve their own computer problems

Posted  November 20, 2014

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — As the Air Force Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) goes virtual, Air Force members will see a new application on their computer that allows them to immediately tackle and fix their minor IT issues. The Virtual Enterprise Service Desk (vESD) is a client-based application that allows the user to solve common issues…

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From deployment to the delivery room

Posted  November 20, 2014

A Desert Lightning Team member returning home from a six-month deployment to Bagram, Afghanistan, made it back just in time to welcome his first born son. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Julius Stokes, 355th Security Forces Squadron member, walked down the stairs at Tucson International Airport expecting to see his wife welcoming him home from…

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Navy unit trains with D-M

Posted  November 20, 2014

Sailors from Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. conducted joint training with A-10C Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here Nov. 3-1. Five MH-60S Knighthawks from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 Black Knights flew with the 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons, as well as the 354th Fighter Squadron. “The…

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Local Briefs November 21, 2014

Posted  November 20, 2014

Retired Officers’ Spouses Club  Dec. 4, 11 a.m. – Skyline Country Club The Tucson Retired Officers’ Spouses Club will hold its Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 4 at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Dr., located off Swan Rd., one mile north of Sunrise Dr.  Special guest speaker will be Shannon Rossomando, Education Director…

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Benefits claim process for voluntary separates

Posted  November 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Records for all Airmen separated or retired under the fiscal year 2014 Voluntary Separation Pay program were updated Nov. 5 to reflect eligibility for transitional medical benefits. Those separating under the fiscal year 2014/15 VSP program are authorized transition benefits, including 180 days of premium-free TRICARE coverage for the separatee and any…

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Working around the clock: 612th SPTS

Posted  November 13, 2014

On a day-to-day basis, members of Davis-Monthan AFB drive by what appears to be a normal building on the outside. Those who work in this building understand that the work conducted there is crucial in supporting of one the world’s largest ongoing tasks. The 612th Support Squadron’s primary mission is to support the United States…

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Health Benefits Program open season dates set

Posted  November 13, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program will run Nov. 10 through Dec. 8, officials announced recently. During open season employees and retirees will have the chance to review their current plans and make any changes they desire for…

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Diamond Sharp November 14, 2104

Posted  November 13, 2014

Name/Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Alisha Welch / 923 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Ron Smith Duty Title: C-130J NCOIC When joined the AF: Jul 23, 2003 Hometown: Turbotville, PA Hobbies: HITT/Weight Training, Education, Canning/Food Preservation, spending time with her 4 children Selection Reasons: – Revitalized workcenter equipment account through tracking/maintaining more than $100K in assets.  Her…

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