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Servicemembers must follow local vehicle emissions standards

Posted February 6, 2014 by Benjamin Newell

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.–  Airmen with vehicles registered out-of-state are still subject to local emissions standards, according to the 1990 Federal Clean Air Act Amendments. Even with authorization to maintain out-of-state registration under the provisions of the Service members Civil Relief Act, local inspection and testing of a vehicle’s emissions system may be required…

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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

Posted April 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

MARANA, Ariz. – The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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Officials release investigation results on HH-60 accident

Posted July 10, 2014 by Capt. Sybil Taunton

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of the investigation into the Jan. 7 crash of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter near Cley next the Sea, United Kingdom, resulting in the death of the four crew members on board. At the conclusion of the investigation, Brig. Gen. Jon Norman,…

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AF marathon registration deadline approaching

Posted March 22, 2012 by Staff

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — If you’re planning on running in the Air Force Marathon this September, time is running out to register. Not only does the price increase on April 2, there is a good chance the event will also be sold out by then. “We traditionally experience a huge surge in registrations…

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Counselor discusses SBP and former spouse coverage

Posted May 3, 2012 by Debra Kaiser

If you are getting ready to retire and were previously married, it is a smart idea to review your divorce paperwork prior to making a decision concerning the Survivor Benefit Plan. Some former spouses will ask and receive SBP as a former spouse through official court orders. Please keep in mind that the language in…

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Managing your move: TMO breaks down moving myths

Posted July 5, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill

The summer season encroaches each and every day. Changes of command, farewell picnics and moving trucks mark this transitional time frame. However, do not fret — the Airmen at the Traffic Management Office are there to ease the stress during the moving process. Staff Sgt. Eva Simmons, 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management specialist, explained…

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Redesigned program eases transition to civilian life

Posted August 29, 2012 by Joel Fortner

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A redesigned program will help ease every Airman’s transition to civilian life and better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said. The program is the first major overhaul of the transition assistance program for military members in nearly 20 years. The effort began in response to a call from President Barack…

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Strong leadership today may save lives tomorrow

Posted November 9, 2012 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace

An Afghan woman and her son ride a donkey through a U.S. Army scout presence patrol in Nawbor Village, Bala Murghab District, Badghis Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2011. The scouts, who hail from White Platoon, Bulldog Troop, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, identified the woman’s family as having recently moved to the village, after insurgents…

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New resource helps troops, families plan deployments

Posted January 18, 2013 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department launched a new resource to help troops and their families plan for the “before, during and after” of deploying. Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office for family policy, explained “Plan My Deployment” during an interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service. “This is a new, interactive, online…

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Combat-Ready Airmen Delivering Electronic Attack at a Moment’s Notice… Anywhere!

Posted March 29, 2013 by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin

Members of the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron step to a EC-130H Compass Call here March 20. Aircrew will typically step an hour before takeoff, as it takes time to run checklists, start engines and taxi. Maj. Michael Padilla, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron assistant director of operations, warms up on a treadmill before going for a…

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