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Holding Airmen accountable: Mandatory discharge for sexual assault

Posted July 25, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force recently adopted two new measures to eliminate sexual assault from within the ranks, including requiring discharge for Airmen who commit sexual assault, and requiring the Air Force’s most senior commanders to review actions taken on these cases. According to Capt. Allison DeVito, chief of JAG’s victim issues and policy branch, both…

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Thousands lay wreaths at Arlington Cemetery gravesites

Posted December 19, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

ARLINGTON, Va. – Volunteers placed more than 143,000 wreaths on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery here Dec. 14 as part of the 22nd annual “Wreaths Across America” event. The wreaths were manufactured by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine, and came to the cemetery by truck over the week in advance of the event….

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Airmen encouraged to review vRED

Posted July 10, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – When Airmen go through major changes in their life, such as marriage, a permanent change of station, or having a child, one of the first things that should come to mind is, “I have to update my Virtual Record of Emergency Data,” or vRED. While this is not always the…

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Four kids, the STAHD and an Air Force mom

Posted September 20, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Peter Thompson

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Their kids tell other kids at school, “My momma wears combat boots.” This isn’t your typical Air Force family.

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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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Women’s Equality Day and Rosie the Riveter history

Posted September 3, 2013 by Civilian Human Resources and Equal Opportunity

In 1971 at the request of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), the U.S. Congress designated Aug. 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women…

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Cast your vote

Posted February 13, 2014 by

If you want to vote in a Federal Primary or Special Election in March, April or May 2014, you should visit FVAP.gov for information on registering to vote and requesting your absentee ballot according to State deadlines and requirements. States must provide requested ballots 45 days before an election. If you do not receive your…

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AF updates voluntary education programs for FY15

Posted October 2, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Active-duty Airmen who want to take advantage of military assistance programs for voluntary education in the coming academic year will experience several changes beginning Oct. 1. Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online, or AF COOL, will take the place of the military tuition assistance, or MilTA, certification program for enlisted and total-force Airmen…

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Panetta orders review of child care hiring practices

Posted December 21, 2012 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered a review of hiring practices at Defense Department child development centers. Army officials announced yesterday an immediate investigation into hiring procedures at its child development centers nationwide after identifying potential problems with security background investigations for some CDC employees at Fort Myer, Va. “Secretary Panetta…

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Official explains tuition assistance quality assurance program

Posted June 20, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  – To increase stewardship and optimize service members’ educational experiences, Defense Department officials have developed a multifaceted quality assurance program to improve tuition assistance, the assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management said on Capitol Hill June 12. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Frederick E. Vollrath said new…

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