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Exchange keeps the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving

Posted November 20, 2014 by

DALLAS – With a quarter of its work force comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving will be on family. “Exchange Main Stores in the Continental United States will be closed Thanksgiving, but open early Black…

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Turkey Shoot inspires competition at 162nd Wing

Posted March 19, 2015 by Senior Airman Jackson Hurd 

The Maintenance and Operations Squadrons of the 162nd Wing competed in a Turkey Shoot held during March Unit Training Assembly. The 148th, 152nd, and 195th fighter squadrons competed to determine combat readiness and effectiveness. A Turkey Shoot is a competition where Airmen face-off in simulated air mission scenarios to determine which squadron can score the…

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When to make changes to your SBP election

Posted August 10, 2012 by Debra Kaiser

If you are retired and elected for the Survivor Benefit Plan for your spouse and/or children, when can you make changes to your plan? Any time you have a change in life circumstances; loss of spouse due to death or divorce, remarriage, acquiring a dependent child; you will need to update your SBP election. If…

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Realistic financial goals set path for success

Posted February 21, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Whether its money needed for a college fund, car, future home or credit card debt, it is essential to plan ahead and create financial goals. “Financial goals enable us to properly plan where our money should be saved and spent,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and…

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Stay connected with social media without sacrificing career

Posted July 25, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS)  — Engaging in social media can be a positive experience that entertains, keeps people connected and allows opinions to be expressed on a wide variety of topics. In some cases though, social media can ruin personal reputations or careers, and create an open window for criminals to access personal information….

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Budget woes cause AF to refine funding priorities

Posted December 19, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Budget battles here are causing tectonic shifts in the Air Force, the service’s leaders said during a Pentagon news conference today. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said that even with some relief from sequestration, the service will pay the bills…

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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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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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TSP Roth option now available

Posted September 27, 2012 by Senior Airman Racheal Watson

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Federal civilian employees and members of the uniform services now have the option of being taxed up front rather than during their retirement years-at a possible higher rate, with a Roth Thrift Savings Plan program, starting Oct. 1, 2012. TSP is a retirement savings plan, based on member contribution-meaning…

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for civilians

Posted April 5, 2013 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today. In addition, a senior Defense Department official speaking on background told reporters the start of the furloughs will…

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