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Salutes & Awards

355th Maintenance Group’s Maintenance Professionals of the Year

Posted January 22, 2015 by

Congratulations to the 2014 Maintenance Professional of the Year winners from the 355th Maintenance Group! 355th MXG Quality Assurance Inspector of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Jeremiah McCartney 355th FW 2014 Instructor of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Christopher Cline 355th FW 2014 Maintenance Training Manager of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Anna Wilson 355th FW 2014 Analyst…

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U.S.

Assistance Fund campaign kicks off in February

Posted January 15, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off Feb. 2 at 78 Air Force and joint bases worldwide, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Jan 12. The campaign, in its 42nd year, will be conducted for six-week periods through May 1, said Bill D’Avanzo, the Air Force voting action…

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Air Force

New generation of officer training

Posted January 15, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Heather Davis

January 2015 marks the beginning of a new era for Air Force officer training as candidates from all three service components, active duty, the Reserves and the Guard, will begin training side by side. The Air Force began transitioning to a combined basic officer training school last fall with new curricula and partially integrated classroom…

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Women in Service Review Rollout due in 2016

Posted January 15, 2015 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON – Following the 2013 repeal of the Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the secretary of defense will announce final decisions to integrate remaining closed occupations and any approved exceptions to policy on or about Jan. 1, 2016, a Pentagon official reported. Juliet Beyler, the Defense Department’s director of officer and enlisted personnel…

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World

Centcom acknowledges social media sites ‘compromised’

Posted January 15, 2015 by

TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. Central Command officials today released a statement detailing what they called “cybervandalism” affecting two of the command’s social media sites. The full statement reads: Earlier today, U.S. Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube sites were compromised for approximately 30 minutes. These sites reside on commercial, non-Defense Department servers and both sites have…

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AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US

Posted January 15, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Trevor Tiernan

TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Ariz. (AFNS) — (Editor’s note: For security reasons, the Iraqi air force pilot is not fully identified) For more than 65 years the Air Force has embraced the concept of flexibility being the key to airpower. Now Airmen from the Arizona Air National Guard are sharing that capacity to find creative ways…

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Events

Local Briefs January 16, 2015

Posted January 15, 2015 by

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet January 19, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Dr. The January meeting will be on Monday, January 19. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. The…

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Health & Safety

Airmen get a refresher on water survival training

Posted January 15, 2015 by (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)

Airmen backstroke as a unit during a water survival training refresher course. The group activity focused on getting aircrew members accustomed to working together while in water so they are able to preserve energy in the event of a ditched aircraft. Staff Sgt. Whitni Levering, 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron airborne linguist, is dragged through the…

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Free tax prep, advice available to military families

Posted January 15, 2015 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON – With the new year comes the annual dread of tax-filing season and the confusion and stress that can go along with it, especially for military families whose tax returns can be further complicated by frequent relocations, involvement of rental properties and other aspects of military life. To ease the burden, the Defense Department,…

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Obama unveils next steps in cybersecurity plan

Posted January 15, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Jake Richmond

WASHINGTON – Continuing an effort to help defend the nation’s computer-connected systems, President Barack Obama announced today additional steps that call for more information sharing, modernized law enforcement and updated security data breach reporting. “Cyber threats pose an enormous challenge for our country,” the president said. “As long as I’m president, protecting America’s digital infrastructure…

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