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Airman gets unusual gift along with dental cleaning

Posted June 13, 2013 by Sarah Marshall

BETHESDA, Md. (Army News Service) — When Air Force 2nd Lt. Jennifer Szatkowski came to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a dental exam, she discovered an unusual coincidence that made her visit not-so-routine. While having her teeth cleaned May 3, she noticed two brown paper bags hanging on a bulletin board in the exam room….

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AWACS unit makes history fielding nearly all-female flight crew

Posted October 31, 2013 by Darren D. Heusel

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Members of the 552nd Air Control Wing and 513th Air Control Group made history recently by fielding a nearly all-female flight crew. The crew, comprised of 19 women from every operational flying squadron within the wing and four men, took to the air on Aug. 23, in what is believed to…

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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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Local Civil Air Patrol opportunities available

Posted November 7, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau

There is a unique organization available for those who are interested in serving the U.S. without contractual obligation. The Civil Air Patrol was created in 1941, giving thousands of volunteer members the chance to answer America’s call to national service by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Today the CAP supports America’s communities with emergency…

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355th CES creates portable water system

Posted March 5, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Water Fuels System Maintenance shop has developed an innovative portable water system for facilities that lose access to a potable water supply. The system was designed and developed by Karl Blair, 355th CES journeyman utility man, when he noticed that the shop’s water tank trailer was unusable.  Under his guidance,…

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NORAD provides website, apps to track Santa

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students…

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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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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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