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A master marksman and Arizona Air Guardsman

Posted October 2, 2014 by Senior Airman Jackson Hurd and Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Rodriquez’s days at the 162nd Wing are filled with arranging frequencies for new equipment and maintaining communications-based systems. When he is not directly engaged in the Air Force global information grid, the Tucson-native focuses on another type of military-inspired endeavor: competitive marksmanship “I’ve always had a knack for shooting and when I…

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AF to change instructions for oaths

Posted September 25, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion…

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Air Force revamps AEF

Posted September 25, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1. The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a…

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Airmen encouraged to vote, obey AFI on political activities

Posted August 28, 2014 by Capt. Noah Coakley II

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As the political season approaches, we should all be encouraged to do our civic duty and go out and vote. However, as an Air Force member, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here is a short noninclusive list to help you determine what is or is…

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Cyber Airmen create virtual help desk

Posted August 21, 2014 by

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Enterprise Service Desk is going virtual, and Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland will be the first to see it as it rolls out across the Air Force, starting the end of August. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has challenged…

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Proper flag display honors nation’s history, ultimate sacrifices

Posted August 14, 2014 by Alex Salinas

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — From front yards to the top of the White House, people have flown U.S. flags as emblems for sacrifice and independence. But to honor Old Glory, they must display it with proper etiquette year-round. According to Title 4 of the U.S. Code, it is “universal custom to display the…

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Avoid legal issues this political season

Posted August 7, 2014 by Lt. Col. Sandra Kent

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Election season is right around the corner and political campaigning is ramping up. It’s a good time to review campaigning restrictions placed on military members and civilian Department of Defense employees. Restrictions are imposed to avoid any inference that an individual’s political activities imply or appear to imply official…

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AF Assistance Fund may not hit 2014 goal

Posted July 31, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In spite of persistent economic difficulties, active-duty and retired Airmen have contributed more than $6 million to the Air Force Assistance Fund, or AFAF, during this year’s fund drive. Although the annual AFAF drive has yet to garner this year’s $6.4 million goal, contributions continue to roll in from the 79 assistance…

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Social media requires care, caution with political material

Posted July 24, 2014 by Master Sgt. Christian Michael

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Most Americans are born with a political rattle in their hands and learn to shake it early. While U.S. culture promotes opinions and debate, Airmen should be reminded that, while on active duty — and even for reservists who may be perceived as active military representatives, participating in politics…

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New school directory guides parents of special-needs kids

Posted July 10, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A permanent-change-of-station move prompts its own challenges, but family members with special-needs children face another complexity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said here July 2. Ed Tyner, acting deputy director of DOD’s special needs program, told DoD News that service members and their…

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