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  • Combat Plans Chief Bids a "Scary" Farewell

    Strike up a random conversation with anyone who knows Col. Norbert "Chico" Madera, retiring Chief of Combat Plans for the 601st Air and Space Operations Center here, and one thing quickly becomes apparent - he loves Halloween. It's a fact just as quickly confirmed by the colonel himself. "I'm a big Halloween fan, so most folks who know me will
  • First Air Force completes hiring transformation

    After weeks of close coordination, months of detailed paperwork and more than a year since concept inception, First Air Force (Air Forces Northern) completed its hiring transformation from contractor positions to civil service employees. The personnel hiring process normally takes a minimum of six months, but was accomplished in just over four
  • AOC Commander bids farewell to his beloved "Eagle"

    On a picture perfect Florida panhandle day, a veteran Air Force aviator strapped on his g-suit for the last time as he prepared for his final flight in an F-15C Eagle. Col. David "Digger" Kriner, the commander of the 601st Air and Space Operations Center, flew his 2,827th hour in the fighter jet May 8, with his five children and scores of fellow
  • Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors to conduct air defense exercise

    A northwest Oregon National Guard base will host nearly 200 Soldiers and Airmen, and a U.S. Navy destroyer will patrol coastal waters while participating in a major U.S. Northern Command air defense exercise in mid-June. Exercise Amalgam Dart '09 will take place at Camp Rilea and nearby Warrenton, Ore June 18-20. It is one of several exercises
  • AFNORTH launches 101 Critical Days of Summer with Safety Day

    A Coast Guard rescue demonstration, firearms safety classes and motorcycle safety training set the scene for Air Forces Northern's Safety Day May 21. Memorial Day weekend officially begins the "101 Critical Days of Summer" - a campaign held annually since the late 1960s. This year, the campaign will run from May 22 to Sept. 8. AFNORTH's Safety Day
  • CONR Earns Partridge-Slemon Award for 2008

    The Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region is NORAD's most outstanding unit for its support of the common defense and partnership in protecting the U.S. and Canadian homelands in 2008. NORAD Commander Gen. Gene Renuart presented the unit's commander, Maj. Gen. Hank Morrow, with the Partridge-Slemon Award for "exceptional
  • North Dakota flood tests Air Force EPLOs

    When Col. Stacy Collins became an Air Force Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer in November 2008, she couldn't have predicted that in less than five months, she'd be assisting in one of the worst natural disasters to hit North Dakota in years―the flooding of several rivers including the Red and Missouri rivers. But, having lived in the
  • CONR supports successful Space Shuttle Atlantis launch

    The Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Air Forces Northern provided airspace control and manning support to the successful launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis Monday afternoon. Using F-15 fighters from the 1st Fighter Wing, Langley Air Force Base, Va., CONR ensured airspace sovereignty by enforcing the Federal
  • MAFFS certification readies aircrews to fight wildfires

    With the official wildfire season scheduled to start June 1, approximately 200 Air National Guard and Reserve personnel are beginning an annual certification program this week that will ensure Air Forces Northern, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, is ready to combat major fires that are certain to erupt in the coming months. The
  • AOC vice commander takes final flight

    Col. Randy Spear, vice commander of the 601st Air and Space Operations Center, took his final flight in an F-15 Eagle with the 95th Fighter Squadron May 1. This final sortie, referred to as a 'fini flight,' marks the end of a pilot's flying career at his unit or in his military career. In keeping with custom, after landing, Colonel Spear was hosed
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