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Air Force

AF clarifies same sex marriage policy

Posted October 17, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force recently published guidance clarifying the service’s policy on implementation of same sex marriage. The guidance clarifies how Airmen may be eligible for administrative absence to obtain legal marriage, if the state or country they are stationed in does not yet recognize same sex marriage. In order to be granted…

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Commentary

Leadership lesson: My biggest mistake as an NCO

Posted October 17, 2013 by Command Chief Master Sgt. David Duncan

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — What was the most important leadership lesson you learned during your career? This question has been asked of me quite a few times as I get the awesome opportunity to speak with our Airmen around base. I have been asked this question from such groups as the…

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Health & Safety

Dietary supplement linked to hepatitis outbreak

Posted October 17, 2013 by Larine Barr

FALLS CHURCH, Va., — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to stop using OxyElite Pro, a dietary supplement, because of suspected links to acute hepatitis. The FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Hawaii Department of Health are investigating reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii where 29 cases…

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50 year old aircraft vital to Raptor training

Posted October 17, 2013 by Capt. Jeffrey ‘Heat’ Vanderbilt

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — A T-38 Talon bridged five decades and generations of technological development to merge at 400 knots with the F-22 Raptor near Tyndall Air Force Base recently. “MOJO 1 is engaged, Bullseye 323/24,” said Lt. Col. Christopher ‘Moto’ Davis, 325th Training Support Squadron Adversary Air Operations officer. The Raptor and trainer jet were beak…

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Academy’s soaring program carries long-term benefits

Posted October 17, 2013 by Don Branum

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.  — Ask most pilots how they feel about landing an aircraft with no engine, and you might get some dirty looks, but cadet instructor pilots in the Air Force Academy’s soaring airmanship program take it in stride. Experienced cadets make decisions every day about ensuring student pilots’ safety, meeting training requirements…

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DoD

Annual charity donation drive suspended indefinitely

Posted October 17, 2013 by Benjamin Newell

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., — The annual Combined Federal Campaign, responsible for raising $258.3 million for charities in 2012, has been suspended across the DOD due to the partial government shutdown. Susan Yarwood, the director of the DOD’s CFC campaign said in a memorandum that a legal review of the charity drive found it to be…

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Health & Safety

Be more vigilant: Protect passwords, government systems

Posted October 10, 2013 by Brandice J. O’Brien

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.  — In an era when identities can be easily stolen and networks compromised, Air Force Sustainment Center officials are urging its network users to be more careful. By adhering to two requests, the number of attempted hacker intrusions and virus downloads can be drastically reduced. Officials stress that network users should…

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DoD

Furlough raises questions on civilian leave, pay

Posted October 10, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – Only those Defense Department civilians recalled from furlough under the Pay Our Military Act may take annual and sick leave, a Pentagon spokesman said here today. “Employees who remain on furlough are in a nonpay, nonduty status, so there is no leave to take,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen explained. So a civilian…

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Air Force

TSP to continue operations during shutdown

Posted October 10, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — As the closure of government offices and activities continues, the Thrift Savings Plan, the retirement savings program for federal employees and members of the uniformed services, will carry on operations. Since neither the TSP nor the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board depend on congressional appropriations, investment activities will continue as…

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FY 2014 Tuition Assistance: Suspended until further notice

Posted October 10, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Candice C.Page

LANGLEY AFB, Va. — Fiscal year 2014 has arrived and due to the lack of an approved budget all Military Tuition Assistance for classes starting on or after Oct. 1, 2013 has been suspended until further notice. Effective immediately, Airmen will not have the ability to apply for MilTA on the Air Force Virtual Education Center until a…

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