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Base celebrates first LGBT Pride Month

Posted July 3, 2014 by Senior Airman Camilla A Elizeu

Desert Lightning Team Members celebrated LGBT Pride Month for the first time this June. LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. “LGBT Pride Month is our time to bring awareness and to take pride and acceptance of one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity,” said Airman 1st Class Christiaan-Emil Guerra, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron electronic…

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Obama: Investment in veterans produces tomorrow’s leaders

Posted June 26, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — The promise of a better tomorrow made to U.S. military veterans of World War II seven decades ago with the signing of the original GI Bill is the same promise the nation is keeping with its newest veterans and their families through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, President Barack Obama said in an opinion…

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Officials offer advice for peak moving season

Posted June 26, 2014 by Mitch Chandran

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Help is available for service members, civilians and their families making a permanent-change-of-station move this summer, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command officials here said. SDDC, a component of U.S. Transportation Command, provides global deployment and distribution services to meet the nation’s objectives and deploys or sustains about 90…

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JBSA-Lackland temporarily housing immigrant minors

Posted June 19, 2014 by Mike Joseph

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — The only sounds heard inside the Hackney Training Complex at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland eight months ago were usually the commands given by Military Training Instructors and the responses returned by trainees in Air Force Basic Military Training. There has been silence at the Recruit Housing and Training facility…

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Gay Airman paved path for future service

Posted June 12, 2014 by Master Sgt. Tory Brittain

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — With his father, a 30 year Air Force veteran by his side, Leonard Matlovich was just another scared but excited 19 year old taking the oath of enlistment in 1962. He couldn’t predict then that his presence in the Air Force would ignite a national debate. Shortly after his…

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Commission seeks members’ comp preferences

Posted June 5, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences. Alphonso Maldon Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, said understanding service members’ compensation preferences is central to the commission’s effort to craft modernization recommendations….

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Family, service and sacrifice: Siblings graduate from 3 different service academies

Posted June 5, 2014 by Amber Baillie

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo (AFNS) — The Jones siblings, although very different from one another, chose the same path of service as they entered adulthood — by becoming Army, Navy and Air Force officers. Army Capt. Brooke Jones, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2009; Ensign Madison Jones, graduated from the U.S. Naval…

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Sallie Mae ordered to pay $96.6M for violating troops’ rights

Posted May 15, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Justice Department officials announced an enforcement action yesterday against the nation’s largest servicer of federal and private student loans, which was found to be systematically violating the legal rights of U.S. service members. Sallie Mae, also known as Sallie Mae Bank and Navient Solutions, is ordered to pay $96.6 million in restitution…

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Tutoring anywhere, anytime

Posted May 1, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

The Department of Defense is funding a program for younger military dependents to help further their education. Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families is a program available to grades K-12 students in eligible military families that provides expert tutoring and homework help at no cost. “Tutor.com allows students to work one-on-one with a live tutor online…

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Prior Service program open but strictly limited

Posted April 24, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Hillary Stonemetz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – A very limited number of specialized careers are open in the Air Force Prior Service Program. The prior service program is an enlistment option which allows a select number of people who separated from military active duty, the Guard or Reserve, to enter full-time Air Force service. The number of applicants…

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