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Airman earns four CCAF degrees in single year

Posted May 9, 2013 by Brandice J. O’Brien

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Tech. Sgt. William Woltmann achieved something rare. In fact, he is the first Tinker Air Force Base Airman in a Community College of the Air Force graduating class to do it. At the May 8 ceremony, Woltmann will accept four associates degrees, which were completed in a single graduating class. From August…

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Family servicemembers’ group life insurance benefit changes

Posted May 2, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Service members married to other service members are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program, Pentagon officials said. The change was effective Jan. 2, and to date affects about 4,500 service members, Coast Guard Cmdr. Kristen Martin, who heads the Defense Department’s SGLI policy office, said in an interview…

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What goes down the stormdrain will come up

Posted May 2, 2013 by Jeffery Schone

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Do you know what is going down your storm drain? Rain storms can flush the smallest amounts of pollutants from parking lots, streets, driveways, pressure washing activities or lawns and send them into the storm drain system that eventually ends up in rivers, streams and lakes. Ultimately, these pollutants can migrate…

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Fusilier Kinne Speaks to Angel Thunder 13

Posted April 18, 2013 by

British Fusilier Derek Kinne recounts his time as a prisoner of war during the Korean War to Angel Thunder 13 participants at the Angel Thunder opening ceremony. During his two-and-a-half-year capture by the Chinese, Kinne made two unsuccessful attempts to escape from the prison camp, assaulted a Chinese guard and suffered from several severe injuries….

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for civilians

Posted April 5, 2013 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today. In addition, a senior Defense Department official speaking on background told reporters the start of the furloughs will…

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Tech. Sgt. Shaina Hernandez

Posted March 29, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Shaina Hernandez, 355th Maintenance Operation Squadron standardization crewmember (center) and her fellow crew members practice weapons loading with an AIM-9 training missle in a hangar at the 355th Maintenance Operation Squadron, March 19. Sergeant Hernandez is one of Approximately 20 female maintenance members on D-M. It has been almost 65 years…

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Plan early for household moves

Posted March 22, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

For many military and federal government workers, spring signifies not only flowers in bloom and warmer weather, but also a good time to get the jump on peak moving season, which typically runs from May to August. Mitch Chandran, an Army Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command spokesman, said he encourages military members to request…

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TSP officials warn against unsanctioned app

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WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk, program officials warned. A notice on the Thrift Savings Plan website says the “TSP Funds” app, which asks participants for their account login information, is not sanctioned. “This app is not being…

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Troop financial readiness important to force, official says

Posted March 14, 2013 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — “It’s never too early to start saving for retirement no matter how young you are,” said a top Pentagon official, reminding those in uniform of how important it is to act now to ensure long-term financial readiness. The message from Barbara Thompson, director of the Pentagon’s office of Family Policy/Children and Youth,…

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Exchange offers pricing parity

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Whether servicemembers are here at Davis-Monthan, on exercise or deployed, they can expect to find the same or very similar prices at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide. The practice is known as pricing parity and the prices for products available around the world are established centrally. “While price differentiations can occur with…

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