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Victim advocates help in time of need

Posted May 8, 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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First female F-35 pilot begins training

Posted May 8, 2015 by 1st Lt. Hope Cronin

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson) Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, puts on her helmet before taking her first flight in the F-35A on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 5, 2015. Mau, who previously flew F-15E Strike Eagles, made history as the first female F-35 pilot in the program….

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Assistance program provides GS employees counseling, more

Posted May 8, 2015 by Joanne Perkins

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Personal and family problems can diminish a person’s happiness, health and ability to be their best at home or at work. With help from the Employee Assistance Program, employees of authorized federal agencies can resolve these matters and become happier, healthier and more effective. According to Ed Thomas,…

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Civilian Airmen serve their country, deploy with military teammates

Posted May 8, 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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WWII History: A Most Honorable Son

Posted May 1, 2015 by Gerald White

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Just days after Pearl Harbor, Shosuke “Sam” Kuroki, a farmer near Hershey, Nebraska, drove his oldest sons Ben and Fred to a recruiting office, first in nearby North Platte where they were turned away, then 150 miles away in Grand Island where they were enlisted. In January 1942, they reported to…

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General Courts-Martial for Sexual Assault: How do they work?

Posted May 1, 2015 by Maj. Derek Rowe

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Support for military sexual assault victims and the number of reported offenses have increased in recent years resulting in more investigations and courts-martial involving sexual assault charges. This article describes the general court-martial process and some of the unique aspects with regards to sexual assault cases. One distinct aspect of…

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Enlisted members selected for promotion to get EPR on “select” grade closeout date

Posted April 24, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — In line with a recent update to the Air Force policy on enlisted performance report static closeout dates (SCOD), effective immediately, all future EPRs for promotion-selectees will close out on the date of the promotion-select grade. At the direction of Headquarters Air Force, Airmen promoted to technical sergeant…

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AF celebrates Earth Day by focusing on mission today, tomorrow

Posted April 24, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders reminded Airmen to keep the mission in mind as the Air Force observed the 45th annual Earth Day April 22. The service has encouraged Airmen around the globe to focus on recycling efforts this year, in line with its 2015 theme, “Conserve Today – Secure Tomorrow.” “Air Force bases…

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“Marry Me”: An artist’s reflection on life as a military spouse

Posted April 24, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Aaron J. Jenne

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — Diala Estela, 4th Fighter Wing key spouse mentor, placed third out of 35 exhibits April 3, at the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, North Carolina. Estala’s sculpture, titled “Marry Me,” was a dress made from 130 plastic bottles to symbolize the spouses of active-duty service members based on her personal…

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162nd Wing awards ceremony; Honoring the Airmen who soar

Posted April 24, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Heather Davis

April in Tucson brings an abundance of beauty and renewed life to the desert with warm temperatures, bright-colored blossoms, and positive growth. Spring is a time to cherish the beauty of the landscape and give thanks for our blessings as life blooms before our eyes. It is also a time when the 162nd Wing honors…

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