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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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Commissaries plan for Mondays furlough

Posted May 30, 2013 by Kevin L. Robinson

FORT LEE, Va. (AFPS) – When furloughs are implemented, most military commissaries will close one day a week on Mondays, the Defense Commissary Agency’s top official said. The closures will be for up to 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 30. “We know that any disruption in commissary operations will impact our patrons. “Also, we understand…

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Warrior Web prototype takes first steps

Posted May 30, 2013 by

A soldier carries a 61-pound load while walking in a prototype DARPA Warrior Web system during an independent evaluation by the U.S. Army. Warrior Web seeks to create a soft, lightweight under-suit that would help reduce injuries and fatigue common for Soldiers, who often carry 100-pound loads for extended periods over rough terrain. DARPA envisions…

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DARPA seeks bold, imaginative, innovative officers

Posted May 16, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency needs eight motivated officers for the fiscal 2013 Service Chiefs’ Fellows Program, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. Application packages for the three-month program, which begins in September, are due to the AFPC officer developmental education branch by May 31, said Master Sgt. Teresa Dixon,…

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New mobile app calculates torque settings on the fly

Posted May 9, 2013 by Kevin Spalding

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The Air Force’s leading Instructional Training Unit (ITU) recently presented their newest product to Col. David W. Murphy, commander, 782nd Training Group, Air, Education and Training Command. Torqued, a mobile app The Griffin developed, allows Air Force maintainers, or anyone who uses torque wrenches, to calculate complicated torque settings on-the-fly. “It…

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Airman earns four CCAF degrees in single year

Posted May 9, 2013 by Brandice J. O’Brien

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Tech. Sgt. William Woltmann achieved something rare. In fact, he is the first Tinker Air Force Base Airman in a Community College of the Air Force graduating class to do it. At the May 8 ceremony, Woltmann will accept four associates degrees, which were completed in a single graduating class. From August…

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Family servicemembers’ group life insurance benefit changes

Posted May 2, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFPS) – Service members married to other service members are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program, Pentagon officials said. The change was effective Jan. 2, and to date affects about 4,500 service members, Coast Guard Cmdr. Kristen Martin, who heads the Defense Department’s SGLI policy office, said in an interview…

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What goes down the stormdrain will come up

Posted May 2, 2013 by Jeffery Schone

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Do you know what is going down your storm drain? Rain storms can flush the smallest amounts of pollutants from parking lots, streets, driveways, pressure washing activities or lawns and send them into the storm drain system that eventually ends up in rivers, streams and lakes. Ultimately, these pollutants can migrate…

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Fusilier Kinne Speaks to Angel Thunder 13

Posted April 18, 2013 by

British Fusilier Derek Kinne recounts his time as a prisoner of war during the Korean War to Angel Thunder 13 participants at the Angel Thunder opening ceremony. During his two-and-a-half-year capture by the Chinese, Kinne made two unsuccessful attempts to escape from the prison camp, assaulted a Chinese guard and suffered from several severe injuries….

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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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