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Volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are gearing up to answer phone calls and emails from children around the world checking on Santa’s whereabouts during the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s “NORAD Tracks Santa” event Dec. 24. In this photo, taken Dec. 24, 2011, in the NORAD Tracks Center operations center, more than 1,200 volunteers keep the tradition that started in 1955 alive. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher

NORAD Shares Goodwill, Education While Tracking Santa

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Dec. 20, 2012 – The North American Aerospace Defense Command has stood sentry for more than a half century,...

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Navy launches new POD announcements

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy leaders launched Navy Plan of the Day announcements, a new resource on the Navy's...

Joe Lauzon, a professional fighter with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, demonstrates some grappling techniques at Camp Ramadi, Iraq, on Oct. 19, 2008. Photo by Stephen Mcginnis, courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

Marines end Ultimate Fighting Championship sponsorship

WASHINGTON – The Marine Corps has ended its sponsorship of the Ultimate Fighting Championship just months after members of Congress pushed to end...

Pamela Moment, drug demand reduction coordinator at the Consolidated Substance Abuse Counseling Center, explains to Brandon Harrisel, an administration specialist at Training and Education Command, the risk of drinking a considerable amount of alcohol during the Semper Fit-Health Promotion Happy Holiday Happy Hour on Dec. 12, 2012. (Photo by Antwaun L. Jefferson/U.S. Marine Corps)

Random breathalyzer program set for Marines

WASHINGTON – The Marine Corps is launching a random breathalyzer program in an effort to curb underage drinking and Marines reporting to work...

From left, Senior Airman Kenneth Havro, Airman 1st Class Anthony Soik and Senior Airman Jordan Belloff, members of the 86th Security Forces Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, pose with their energy drinks of choice. Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes

Air Force studies effects of highly popular, super-caffeinated drinks

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — When pulling three 12-hour shifts in as many days, Airman 1st Class Florentino Vasquez, 20, reaches for a Red Bull or...

A mother and son spend time at a memorial left at the Shrine of the Virgin Mary for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on Sunday, December 16, 2012. Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times/MCT

DODEA schools reviewing security after Sandy Hook shooting

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Security measures are under review at Department of Defense Education Activity schools worldwide in the aftermath of...

Newly promoted petty officers stand in formation in thier NYCO uniforms aboard the USS George Washington during a frocking ceremony Dec. 7. The nylon-and-cotton uniforms worn by sailors on ships and at bases “will burn robustly,” and turn into a “sticky molten material,” according to a test conducted in October by the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility. Ramon G. Go/Courtesy of the U.S. Navy

Navy says working uniforms are extremely flammable

NAPLES, Italy — Navy working uniforms are extremely flammable and will melt in a fire, putting sailors at risk, the Navy announced Wednesday....

Air Force expanding smoking restrictions

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Stepping outside for a quick smoke is taking on new meaning at Air Force bases around the world.

According to...

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William Borck with the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Regiment, 88th Air Defense Artillery based out of Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Germany, helps Spc. Robert Soileau, also assigned to 5/7 88 ADA, with straightening up his uniform prior to a promotion board. Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes

As war winds down, boots must shine

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, troops can look forward to what peace is bringing: Breathalyzer tests...

1st Lt. Travis Wilkes, a C-130 pilot from the 36th Airlift Squadron out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, and co-pilot for the first mission of this year's Operation Christmas Drop, pauses for a moment after reaching the island of Ulul on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. The eight-day mission brings C-130 crews from Yokota to deliver supplies to 55 remote islands of Micronesia and Palau. Charlie Reed/Stars and Stripes

Troops in Pacific play Santa in world’s longest-running humanitarian mission

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Playing Santa in a C-130 is tricky.

The sleigh can break down.

And the presents, if not...

Lance Cpl. Katelyn M. Hunter conducts pullups during an initial assessment at Camp Foster Dec. 12. Hunter is a combat photographer with combat camera, G-3/5, operations and training, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. (Photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock)

Flexed-arm hang out, pullups in

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan -- The Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos announced Nov. 27 that all female Marines will perform...

The rocket launch by North Korea on Dec. 12, 2012, dominated the front pages of South Korean newspapers the following day. (Photo by Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)

South Korea expects North to conduct new nuclear test

SEOUL — Military officials expect North Korea to conduct a nuclear test in the “near future” following its successful rocket launch this week,...