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Working group to study implications of transgender service

Posted July 17, 2015 by DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON – A Defense Department working group will study the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly in the military, and its work will presume they can do so unless objective and practical impediments are identified, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today. In a statement announcing the working group, Carter said…

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Do your goals match your dreams?

Posted October 14, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Evelardo De Leon

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As a young man I grew up in a not so great area of San Antonio, Texas.  My parents were not perfect people but they did invest in me.  They taught me the basics and to be a man of my word. We were a family of little means but my…

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Commentary – Our Air Force: 68 years of guts, innovation and air superiority

Posted September 18, 2015 by Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — In 1911, a young Henry Arnold learned to fly at the Wright Brothers aviation school on a dusty field in Ohio. A strong advocate of aviation research and development, “Hap” Arnold went on to become a five-star general. He made history. In 1918, Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker shot down 26 enemy…

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D-M Air Force Clubs Scholarship Program winner

Posted June 19, 2015 by

Delaney Alyssa Drew receives a check for $500 from the Air Force Clubs Scholarship Program by 2nd Lt. Charles Hulsizer, 355th Force Support Squadron career development chief, Col. Rodger Schuld, 355th Mission Support Squadron commander, and Maj. Stephen Anderson, 355th Force Support Squadron commander. Air Force Services, Food & Beverage Branch announced the winners of…

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Balancing career, family through career intermission program

Posted July 1, 2015 by Senior Airman Omari Bernard

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — Being in the U.S. military can be a tough balance between career and family. For some, it comes down to a choice between the two; however, for Katie Evans, a temporarily separated captain and the former 18th Force Support Squadron manpower and personnel flight commander here, it’s about keeping…

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Run to the Sound of the Guns…Be a Servant Leader

Posted July 17, 2015 by Commentary by Maj. Tim Grebs

Many of us have seen the best and worst in leadership throughout the course of our careers as Airmen. Usually we can think of two names, one good and one bad, that personify each bound of the leadership spectrum. This reality leads to the fact that even though we are called to be leaders in…

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Deployment direction

Posted September 11, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Life doesn’t stop when the deployment order comes down. Whether Airmen are single or married with a family, knowing who to talk to is the first step to a successful deployment. From notification through homecoming, the Readiness Non-commissioned Officer assists Airmen and their families through all phases of deployments….

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12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Warfighter of the Week: Master Sgt. Leah Chavez

Posted August 7, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant

Master Sgt. Leah Chavez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) A1 contingency operations and planning manager, was recognized as the Warfighter of the Week, July 10, 2015. Chavez, a native of Houston, Texas, has been serving in the Air Force for 12 years. She served five years with the Air National Guard and seven years…

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Davis-Monthan Airmen return from deployment

Posted July 31, 2015 by

Nearly 300 Airmen deployed from D-M the past six months returned at 10:45 p.m. on July 29. Airmen were greeted by family, friends and base leadership. A total of 1,200 Airmen from across D-M have been deployed around the world including the 354th Fighter Squadron, which deployed as a Theater Security Package to Europe. This…

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Psyched to solve for X: Math champ tells parents how to get kids excited about numbers

Posted September 4, 2015 by from Raytheon Public Affairs

Want to show your kids that math is exciting? Look no farther than Kevin Liu. Liu is a ninth-grade math master with a lightning-fast mind. He has appeared on national television, schooling Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan in a head-to-head quiz. He is a two-time finalist and 2015 champion of the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition, a…

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