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May is Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Posted May 14, 2015 by Dr. Robert B. Kane

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — In 1978, Congress established Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to U.S. history and culture. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush extended the celebration to the entire month. On Oct. 23, 1992, Congress officially designated May of each…

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Health & Safety

Independent survey shows decline in military sexual assaults

Posted May 7, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – An independent survey confirms the prevalence of sexual assault in the military has dropped, Defense Department officials said today. Statistics in the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study show the percentage of active duty women who experienced unwanted sexual contact over the past year declined from 6.1 percent in 2012 to an estimated 4.3…

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DoD

Tips for surviving PCS season

Posted May 7, 2015 by Sarah R. Garner

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois – Preparation for the upcoming peak moving season for service members has begun and officials in charge of the Department of Defense’s household goods moving program, the Defense Personal Property Program, want to remind everyone that the summer months can be a challenging time for moving. “We know moving can…

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Events

Local Briefs May 8, 2015

Posted May 7, 2015 by

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet May 18, 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 May meeting will be on Monday, May 18 (Senior menu $7.95). Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. The…

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Commentary

Ten seconds later and that picture still exists

Posted May 7, 2015 by Liz Jacobson

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — There is a conversation many teenagers have had with their parents or friends, me included. “Hey, don’t worry! It’ll be fine; all of the pictures I send disappear after ten seconds. That’s how Snapchat works.” While many teenagers only share their silly, cross-eyed, quadruple-chinned faces with friends, there are a…

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Veterans

VA will now determine eligibility using driving distance

Posted May 7, 2015 by

WASHINGTON  – In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a Veteran’s place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance. This change…

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Air Force

Civilian Airmen serve their country, deploy with military teammates

Posted May 7, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — More than two million public employees protect the nation through service in the armed forces, and more than 183,000 of them are Air Force civilian full-time, part-time, term, temp and nonappropriated fund Airmen. Often working behind the scenes in support of their military teammates, civilian Airmen help provide a stable foundation at…

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Health & Safety

Victim advocates help in time of need

Posted May 7, 2015 by Senior Airman James Hensley  

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — Being a victim or survivor of a sexual assault can be a traumatic experience, but there are resources available to help at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office. One of the most valuable resources is the victim advocate. “A victim’s advocate is basically a confidant for the survivor and support…

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Events

Latest Davis-Monthan Exchange contest goes ‘To the Dogs’

Posted May 7, 2015 by

Pet owners shopping at the Davis-Monthan Exchange on May 9 will have the chance to “fetch” a share of $250 in the Patriot Pet contest. Event starts at 11 a.m. on March 9, Best-in Show $100. Best Behaved Pet $50, Best Dressed Pet $50, and Pet/Owner Look-A-Like $50. “Pets are a huge part of our…

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World

VE Day marked end of long road for World War II troops

Posted May 7, 2015 by DoD News

WASHINGTON – When President Harry S Truman, British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin simultaneously announced that Nazi Germany had surrendered on May 8, 1945, the joy Americans felt was tempered by where they were. The war that began with Germany invading Poland Sept. 1, 1939, ended with the total defeat…

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