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Blended retirement system training now available

Posted June 20, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bryan Franks

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Online training designed to educate Airmen about the new Blended Retirement System, the Defense Department system with changes on the current military retirement system, is now available via Joint Knowledge Online course number P-US1330. The course is also available to those without a Common Access Card — to include family members — via an alternate website….

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Air Force warns Airmen against talking politics on social media

Posted June 16, 2016 by Mitch Shaw

HILL AIR FORC BASE, Utah — In a year that will undoubtedly be headlined by politics both national and local, the Air Force is warning Airmen to watch what they say and how they say it. With the 2016 presidential election just a few months away, the Air Force released an informational video, reminding Airmen of Department…

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From military son to military father, a tribute to military dads

Posted June 16, 2016 by Senior Airman Christian Clausen

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) — In light of Father’s Day, I would like to reflect on my experiences as a military father and my experiences being a military child. My father served in the U.S. Navy as a sonar technician in the late ‘90s for three years. In those three short years we lived…

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AF recovers data after Automated Case Tracking System outage

Posted June 15, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — After aggressively leveraging all vendor and department capabilities, the Air Force made a full recovery of the Automated Case Tracking System database, the Air Force inspector general system of record for all records related to IG complaints, investigations and appeals. Although the brief data loss caused some delays in processing IG inquiries, the…

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Walter Reed announces pilot program as part of Organ Summit

Posted June 15, 2016 by

BETHESDA, Md. — Walter Reed National Military Medical Center officials today announced a pilot program to pioneer kidney paired donation chains started via the military share program, in which families of active duty military service members donate one of their kidneys to patients listed for transplant at the medical center’s campus here. Kidney paired donation is a transplant…

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No limits: Airman pushes past near death experience

Posted June 14, 2016 by Sean Kimmons

BETHESDA, Md. (AFNS) — Staff Sgt. Sebastiana Lopez Arellano was riding a motorcycle when an animal scurried onto the road, causing her to swerve and hit a curb. As she high-sided over her bike, the momentum catapulted her body into a tree. The impact severed her right leg. “I thought I was going to die,” the…

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Arizona Air National Guard member fulfills life’s dream of becoming an attorney

Posted June 14, 2016 by 2nd Lt. Tinashe T. Machona

PHOENIX – For Senior Master Sgt. Alex Brown, a 20-year Air Force veteran and Arizona Air National Guard member, a life-long calling to practice law set him upon an arduous journey to fulfill a dream. The dream became reality when he passed the Arizona bar exam recently. The newly minted lawyer is the material management…

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Bold dreams propel war-torn child to AF flight engineer

Posted June 14, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) — Growing up, Master Sgt. Kristofer Reyes and his cousins would use rubber and rocks from a nearby recycling center and create games. He was born to a poor family in Luzon, Phillipines. His parents divorced when he was 2 years old and his mom moved to the U.S. That…

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Suicide prevention – hopes for the future

Posted June 13, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Alexander

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements.) To some, suicide prevention seems like a topic that is discussed without any definite solution. Every Airman sits through the annual briefings and trainings and hears the statistics that go along with them, yet suicide remains a problem within the…

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Embracing diversity by leading from the front

Posted June 13, 2016 by Col. Greg Gilmour

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) — Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing. But what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force? To me, it’s simple: place the right…

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