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Davis-Monthan Airman helps Tucsonan

One weather forecaster’s self-aid buddy care training quickly resurfaced when she witnessed a car accident outside the gates of Davis-Monthan. Senior Airman Amanda Boone, 355th Operations Support Squadron weather forecaster, was escorting a fellow Airman after undergoing a surgery, when the accident occurred. “We were sitting at the intersection of Speedway and Kolb,” said Boone….

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D-M A-10’s train at RAF Lakenheath

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — A Theater Security Package comprised of A-10C Thunderbolts and Airmen from the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., arrived at the Liberty Wing March 13 to train with NATO allies in new environments and cultures. “Working with our NATO allies helps strengthen the bonds between us, and demonstrates the…

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Chinese language connects linguist, local school children

An Air Force Linguist from the 55th Electronic Combat Group found a unique way to stay proficient in his language of practice by helping local school children study. Tech Sgt. Jonathan Roe, 55th ECG Chinese linguist, has been visiting the International School of Tucson to assist first through third-graders study the Chinese language since January….

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Turkey Shoot inspires competition at 162nd Wing

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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Are unpaid debts a military career-killer?

Posted  February 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Military personnel who have trouble handling their personal finances can very quickly find their duty status, potential promotions and even military careers in jeopardy. And, over time, the lingering burden of debt can add stress to their personal relationships and damage their credit profile. But does that debt have to be a career-killer? Servicemembers, veterans…

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Nearly 100 items to be added to Value Brand Program

Posted  February 12, 2015

FORT LEE, Va. – With nearly 100 more items set to be added to the Commissary Value Brand program, military patrons will have even more opportunities to save, according to the Defense Commissary Agency’s senior enlisted advisor to the director. “The reenergizing of this program is still in its infancy, but we are making improvements each…

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Air Force

vESD 2.0 rolls out Air Force wide

Posted  February 12, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A brand new version of the Virtual Enterprise Service Desk (version 2.0) is now available on unclassified computer desktops on the Air Force network. The vESD is an application on the desktop that empowers computer users to resolve minor information technology issues on their own, no longer requiring users to call the…

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Free Tax services opens on D-M

Posted  February 12, 2015

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax center opened its doors today for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Public Health personnel. There are 35 volunteers at the VITA office to include 27 tax preparers with the ability to conduct 10 appointments at a time. “The volunteers here are IRS certified tax preparers,” according to Skip…

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Oceans apart: Airmen couple thrives on Valentine’s Day

Posted  February 12, 2015

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va.  — After jet-setting from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, to Seattle, Denise prepared to embark on the grueling 10-hour plane ride to Japan. It was Christmas week and she was visiting her boyfriend, Johnny, for the first time since he moved earlier in 2014. Denise knew it would be hard to maintain their…

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Legal expert offers tax time solutions for maximum benefits

Posted  February 5, 2015

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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Air Force presents FY 16 budget request

Posted  February 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget request Feb. 2, following the Defense Department and sister services budget briefings. The Air Force fiscal year 2016 budget request supports the defense strategy and combatant commander requirements. It continues readiness recovery, reduces the short-term capacity risk assumed in the fiscal year 2015 budget…

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Health & Safety

Prescription tracker gives vets online access to status

Posted  February 5, 2015

Veterans can now track the status of most of their prescriptions online, thanks to an innovative idea by a Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) employee. The new 24/7 service allows online tracking for most prescriptions mailed from the VA Mail Order Pharmacy. The Prescription Tracker was recommended by VA employee Kenneth Siehr, a winner of…

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From the Staff Judge Advocate: Personal Financial Responsibility

Posted  February 5, 2015

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C.  — When you joined the military, you may have been surprised to learn the Air Force had specific rules that governed your personal finances. Air Force Instruction 36-2906, Personal Financial Responsibility, dictates requirements of Airmen concerning areas of financial responsibility. Air Force members are required to satisfy all of their financial obligations, from…

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Local Briefs February 6, 2015

Posted  February 5, 2015

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet  Feb. 16, 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 Rd. The February meeting will be on Monday, February 16. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m.  The meeting…

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