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Carter takes office as 25th Defense secretary

Posted February 19, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Ash Carter became the 25th secretary of Defense Feb. 17, after having served previously as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs. President Barack Obama nominated Carter for the position — calling Carter an innovator and a reformer who knows the Defense Department inside and out…

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Care and benefits for vets strengthened by $169 billion VA budget

Posted February 19, 2015 by

WASHINGTON – The President has proposed a $168.8 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in fiscal year 2016. The proposed budget will support VA goals to expand access to timely, high quality health care and benefits, continue the transformation of VA into a Veteran-centric department and end homelessness among Veterans. “VA has…

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AF unveils airborne qualified radio able to support SRW

Posted February 19, 2015 by

In today’s complex battle environment, networked communications is key to the success of ground operations. The challenge facing the military today is how to extend that modern connectivity to air assets to enable support of ground operations. That challenge was met recently in a live demonstration using a contractor’s ARC-210 software defined radio (SDR), the…

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First Air Force theater security package deploys to Europe

Posted February 12, 2015 by USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — The U.S. Air Force deployed 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft and approximately 300 Airmen as part of a theater security package to the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve this week. The aircraft and Airmen, from the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and are…

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Local Briefs February 13, 2015

Posted February 12, 2015 by

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet  Feb. 16, 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 Rd. The February meeting will be on Monday, February 16. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m.  The meeting…

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Commentary

Leaders: the good, bad, and forgotten

Posted February 12, 2015 by Col. Sean McKenna

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It’s been my Air Force experience there are three categories of leaders- the Good, the Bad, and the Forgotten. Everyone reading this probably thinks they’re in the first category, but we know that’s not the case. Airmen who work for you certainly wish that were true, but not every…

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Obama sends resolution for use of force against ISIL to Congress

Posted February 12, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has sent a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The president spoke about the draft authorization during a White House announcement this afternoon. Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry…

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Diamond Sharp February 13, 2015

Posted February 12, 2015 by

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Ayla Angulo / 355 FSS First Sergeant:  Master Sgt. Dierdre Mister Duty Title: Plans & Readiness NCO/ Unit Security Manager When joined the AF: January 4, 2011 Hometown: Wyanete, IL Hobbies: Outdoors, watching movies, reading, and spending time with her 9 month old Selection Reasons: Staff Sgt. Angulo revitalized the Mission Support…

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D-M deploys 1,100 Airmen around the globe

Posted February 12, 2015 by

Approximately 1,100 Airmen have been tasked to deploy from D-M during the first three months of 2015, more than twice the normal amount. Typically, the base would have around 500 Airmen deployed at any given time which makes this deployment a significant increase. This deployment includes Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group, 55th Electronic Combat…

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Free tax preparation, advice available to military families

Posted February 12, 2015 by Nick Simeone, DoD News

WASHINGTON, (AFNS) — 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…

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