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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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Local Briefs November 14, 2014

Posted  November 13, 2014

Society of Military Widows to meet Nov. 15, noon – Mirage Club The ladies of the Society of Military Widows will celebrate Thanksgiving at their meeting and luncheon, at noon, Nov. 15 at the Mirage club at D-M. Air Force Base. For your reservations and information, please call Kay Spargur 574-6628 at least 10 days…

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355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron: Armament Flight

Posted  November 13, 2014

Airmen 1st Class Nicholas Danley and Mason Roberts, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron weapons armament technicians, inspect a GAU-8/A Gatling gun to ensure the roll-pin is installed and the muzzle clamp bolt safety wire is intact at Davis-Monthan. The muzzle clamp retains all seven barrels of the gun to keep them secure and in place while…

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NDMS exercise brings mass of emergency responders to D-M

Posted  November 13, 2014

D-M partnered with multiple emergency response agencies from the surrounding community for a National Disaster Medical System exercise that took place here Nov. 5. The exercise allowed key stakeholders to improve readiness in the event of a real-world natural disaster. The conditions of the exercise required D-M to be the primary reception site for victims…

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Air Force updates AF Instruction 1-1

Posted  November 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials approved Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards, Nov. 7, to clarify guidance on Airmen’s religious rights and commanders’ authority and responsibility to protect those rights. The changes come as a result of a Religious Freedom “Focus Day” earlier this year when leaders in the Air Force’s chaplain corps…

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AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: English and education open the doors of opportunity

Posted  November 13, 2014

Leaving family and country to represent your nation’s air force abroad can be a daunting task for any service member, but for the Peruvian air force liaison officer at Air Forces Southern this experience is a humbling opportunity to improve personally and professionally. Colonel Jaime Aleman, who has served eight months of his two year…

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Happy 72nd Birthday to the 355th Fighter Wing

Posted  November 13, 2014

The legacy and heritage of the 355th Fighter Wing began on Nov. 12, 1942 when it was activated as the 355th Fighter Group in Orlando Army Air Base, Florida. The 355 FG became fully operational on September 9, 1943 at Steeple Morden, England. By war’s end the 355 FG logged more than 17,000 sorties in…

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How did we lose this young Airman?

Posted  November 13, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — She was an Airman Leadership School distinguished graduate, earned staff sergeant her first time testing, received all 5s on her enlisted performance reports and took part in two deployments. Clearly she was a high-performing Airman. But, in her words, the Air Force had made it clear it didn’t…

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Native Americans in uniform; a legacy of honor, dedication

Posted  November 13, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — During November, the nation pays homage to the contributions of Native Americans throughout history. What began at the turn of the century as an effort to gain recognition for the contributions made by the first Americans, has resulted in a…

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Arizona Guard invites D-M Airmen, families to historic Muster, Expo

Posted  November 13, 2014

PHOENIX – The Arizona National Guard, as part of its first-ever community open house, is scheduled to muster in a mass military formation on the field at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Sunday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. – and all Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Airmen, employees and their families are invited. The Arizona National…

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Air Combat Command receives new leadership

Posted  November 7, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — The men and women of Air Combat Command welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony here Nov. 4. Gen. Hawk Carlisle assumed command of ACC from Gen. Mike Hostage before a standing room only audience in the 27th Fighter Squadron hangar. Guests included Airmen, community leaders, and civilian…

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