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Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…

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AZ’s Meteorite crater rescue event concluded Angel Thunder 2015

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Arizona’s Meteorite Crater served as the final training site for this year’s Angel Thunder exercise, where four simulated-patients were hoisted 570 feet out of the crater into an Army Air National Guard UH-60 Medevac Helicopter. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest Personnel Recovery exercise, hosted by Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Ariz. 30 May-13 June,…

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U.S. and partner nations participate in mass casualty exercise

WINSLOW, Ariz.  — A mass casualty exercise involving multinational armed services took place in northern Arizona Friday for Angel Thunder 2015. A casualty collection point was setup in an aircraft hangar at Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport where more than 50 simulated casualties were transported from a simulated flood disaster site in Camp Navajo Training Site, Arizona. Upon arrival…


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Health & Safety

Tobacco-use AFI changes

Posted  May 14, 2015

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Air Force Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Free Living, was recently updated to give Airmen a simplified definition of what is defined as tobacco, as well as additional regulations for smoking in privately owned vehicles. According to the AFI, tobacco includes all products that may be configured to deliver nicotine, including but not…

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Salutes & Awards

May is Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Posted  May 14, 2015

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — In 1978, Congress established Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to U.S. history and culture. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush extended the celebration to the entire month. On Oct. 23, 1992, Congress officially designated May of each…

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Health & Safety

Independent survey shows decline in military sexual assaults

Posted  May 7, 2015

WASHINGTON – An independent survey confirms the prevalence of sexual assault in the military has dropped, Defense Department officials said today. Statistics in the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study show the percentage of active duty women who experienced unwanted sexual contact over the past year declined from 6.1 percent in 2012 to an estimated 4.3…

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DoD

Tips for surviving PCS season

Posted  May 7, 2015

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois – Preparation for the upcoming peak moving season for service members has begun and officials in charge of the Department of Defense’s household goods moving program, the Defense Personal Property Program, want to remind everyone that the summer months can be a challenging time for moving. “We know moving can…

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Events

Local Briefs May 8, 2015

Posted  May 7, 2015

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet May 18, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Dr. The May meeting will be on Monday, May 18 (Senior menu $7.95). Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. The…

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Commentary

Ten seconds later and that picture still exists

Posted  May 7, 2015

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — There is a conversation many teenagers have had with their parents or friends, me included. “Hey, don’t worry! It’ll be fine; all of the pictures I send disappear after ten seconds. That’s how Snapchat works.” While many teenagers only share their silly, cross-eyed, quadruple-chinned faces with friends, there are a…

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Veterans

VA will now determine eligibility using driving distance

Posted  May 7, 2015

WASHINGTON  – In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a Veteran’s place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance. This change…

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Air Force

Civilian Airmen serve their country, deploy with military teammates

Posted  May 7, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — More than two million public employees protect the nation through service in the armed forces, and more than 183,000 of them are Air Force civilian full-time, part-time, term, temp and nonappropriated fund Airmen. Often working behind the scenes in support of their military teammates, civilian Airmen help provide a stable foundation at…

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Health & Safety

Victim advocates help in time of need

Posted  May 7, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — Being a victim or survivor of a sexual assault can be a traumatic experience, but there are resources available to help at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office. One of the most valuable resources is the victim advocate. “A victim’s advocate is basically a confidant for the survivor and support…

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Events

Latest Davis-Monthan Exchange contest goes ‘To the Dogs’

Posted  May 7, 2015

Pet owners shopping at the Davis-Monthan Exchange on May 9 will have the chance to “fetch” a share of $250 in the Patriot Pet contest. Event starts at 11 a.m. on March 9, Best-in Show $100. Best Behaved Pet $50, Best Dressed Pet $50, and Pet/Owner Look-A-Like $50. “Pets are a huge part of our…

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