Author Markeshia Ricks

Since 1958, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, has been helping children keep tabs on Santa Claus, but this year tracking Mr. C will go 21st century. NORAD has all kinds of holiday fun on its Santa tracking website, http://www.noradsanta.org,  this year. The site went live Dec. 1 and features a countdown calendar, a kid’s countdown village complete with holiday games and activities that change daily, and video messages from students and troops from around the world, according to a press release from the 21st Space Wing Public Affairs. But who needs a website when you’ve got a…

The Ambassadors in Blue are looking for a few good airmen to join their team, according to Air Force Personnel Center officials. The 138-member unit is looking for some new blood among officers and enlisted members willing to make multi-year commitments to the team that performs up to 75 demonstrations a year in the U.S. and abroad, according to AFPC. Officers selected to the team serve a two-year assignment and enlisted members serve three or four. The team is looking for a demonstration pilot, operations officer, executive officer, maintenance officer and public affairs officer, according to AFPC. Known officially as…

Brig. Gen. Stephen Clark of Air Force Special Operations Command has been tapped to get to the bottom of a NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on Nov. 26. Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, appointed the rated command pilot as the investigating officer who will lead the probe and deliver a report by Dec. 23, according to the Pentagon. Clark has been in the Air Force for about 25 years and previously served as the commander for the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, according to his service biography. He…

If you’ve served abroad, Uncle Sam wants your photographs. The Defense Department wants donated photos  from current and former service members who have served overseas for use in a recognition exhibition planned in conjunction with the State Department, according to a DoD press release. The department is looking for photos that depict life as a military member overseas in six specific categories: daily life, friendship, places, faces, loss or triumph. If your picture is chosen, it will be used for display in a special photography exhibition planned for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pentagon and other prominent venues, stateside and…

Help is on the way for the nearly 250 Airmen who remain displaced months after historic summer flooding destroyed parts of Minot, N.D. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley on Oct. 23 signed a memorandum that authorized spending incentives to entice skilled tradesmen to Minot to help repair the large number of homes damaged by the flooding of the Souris River this summer.  The flooding initially displaced more than 1,200 Airmen and their families. With winter on the way, the need for immediate repairs to prevent more damage is imperative and the main reason why Donley signed the memo,…

Our friends over in the Danger Room  had some fun at the expense of the Air Force and called the service to task for a new commercial that features a C-17 landing on a bridge and then totally morphing into a different air craft — things that the huge cargo plane doesn’t and can’t do. The commercial uses the tag line “It’s not science fiction. It’s what we do every day.” Oh really? An Air Force official told the Danger Room that the ad isn’t so much about the aircraft in the spot, but the service’s aerial medical evacuation mission,…

Legendary NBC News correspondent and author Tom Brokaw will receive an honorary degree from Air University on Nov. 14, according to Maxwell Air Force Base Public Affairs. Bruce Murphy, vice president for academic affairs at AU,  said Brokaw represented journalists who have made a commitment to telling the military story  of American citizens to serving their country. For 21 years, Brokaw  served as anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News,” according to msnbc.com.  He also is the author of the the best-selling book “The Greatest Generation,” in which he tells the stories of the men and women who became…

Have you been sitting on an idea that you think will save the Air Force energy and money, but been too nervous to speak up? Well, Air Mobility Command is hoping some cold, hard cash might get you to loosen your lips. AMC is offering financial incentives for energy-saving ideas during its second annual Fuels, Energy, and Environment (FEE) Idea campaign. The month of October is energy awareness month and the command is pretty hot to find savings anywhere it can. October also is the first month of a new fiscal year where the Defense Department’s money is looking funny…

 Be sure to look for Capt. Jamie Turner during the Ironman World Championship this Saturday. The C-17 pilot  is a member of the 317th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.,  and she represented the Air Force last year in the brutal race that includes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. Turner took home the win among females in the military division and she’s looking to do it again this year. She clocked in at an impressive 10 hours and 48 minutes and was tapped to represent the Air Force again this…

One of the Air Forces’ own will attempt to kick, punch and grapple his way to another mixed martial arts victory Oct. 8. Professional MMA fighter and airman, Tech Sgt. David “De Fierro” Perez, will battle against undefeated amateur MMA fighter Mike Young at this weekend’s Shogun Fights V, which will be held at the First Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Md. Perez, who has been in the Air Force for more than 10 years, serves as the command transportation, safety and property manager for the new U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade.  When he’s not busy providing logistical support to…

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