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Legal expert offers tax time solutions for maximum benefits

Posted January 29, 2015 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON – Winter brings not only cold weather, but for some, the dreaded confusion of tax season. However, service members, retirees and family members can get fast, free, professional help in filing their tax returns between now and June 2015, a Pentagon official said. Army Lt. Col. Samuel W. Kan, an attorney and Certified Financial…

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Adventure in Alaska: Officer looks to mush dogs in Iditarod

Posted January 29, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Amber Carter

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) Snow and trees are all that can be seen for miles while the bitter cold nips at any piece of exposed skin. Maj. Roger…

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Face of Defense: Shooting victim seeks to inspire others

Posted January 22, 2015 by Elaine Sanchez

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON – An Army officer who was severely wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, last year is using his near-death experience to give others a new lease on life. “I believe I was given a second chance,” said 1st Lt. John Arroyo, who is recovering at Brooke Army…

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Exchange offers full-service refueling to drivers with disabilities

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DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, with the support of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, is adding a new system to gas stations on military installations worldwide to make it easier for drivers with disabilities to receive full-service fueling with the push of a button. In 2014, after a request from the…

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Assistance Fund campaign kicks off in February

Posted January 15, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off Feb. 2 at 78 Air Force and joint bases worldwide, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Jan 12. The campaign, in its 42nd year, will be conducted for six-week periods through May 1, said Bill D’Avanzo, the Air Force voting action…

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Women in Service Review Rollout due in 2016

Posted January 15, 2015 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON – Following the 2013 repeal of the Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the secretary of defense will announce final decisions to integrate remaining closed occupations and any approved exceptions to policy on or about Jan. 1, 2016, a Pentagon official reported. Juliet Beyler, the Defense Department’s director of officer and enlisted personnel…

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Free tax prep, advice available to military families

Posted January 15, 2015 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON – With the new year comes the annual dread of tax-filing season and the confusion and stress that can go along with it, especially for military families whose tax returns can be further complicated by frequent relocations, involvement of rental properties and other aspects of military life. To ease the burden, the Defense Department,…

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Obama unveils next steps in cybersecurity plan

Posted January 15, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Jake Richmond

WASHINGTON – Continuing an effort to help defend the nation’s computer-connected systems, President Barack Obama announced today additional steps that call for more information sharing, modernized law enforcement and updated security data breach reporting. “Cyber threats pose an enormous challenge for our country,” the president said. “As long as I’m president, protecting America’s digital infrastructure…

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A-10s train at White Sands Missile Range

Posted January 8, 2015 by Story and Photos by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — Members of the 354th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., the 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga., and the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., traveled to White Sands Missile Range for training Dec. 3-4. The mission of the 354th and 74th Fighter Squadrons was to upgrade a select…

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Things to know about gift cards

Posted December 18, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Chelsie De Vera

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Many gifts exchange hands during the holiday season. One of the most popular, easiest and convenient of gifts is the gift card. Almost every store offers gift cards for their products or services. Gift cards can satisfy even the most particular recipients since they choose what to purchase for themselves. However,…

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