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AF to change instructions for oaths

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion…

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AF signs Total-Force Aircrew Management charter

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Senior Air Force leaders signed a Total Force Aircrew Management charter Sept. 18, during the Aircrew Summit at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III , Director of Air National Guard Lt. Gen. Stanley E….

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Fuels Management team finds a new home

The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of their new Fuels Management facility and Type III Fuels Hydrant System facility at D-M, Sept. 17. The new facilities are equipped with updated fuel systems to increase fuels management productivity. “Our main mission is to provide clean and dry fuel…

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AF Marathon attracts record-breaking crowds

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — In yet another record sellout year, approximately 15,000 runners took to the streets Sept. 20, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio to participate in the U.S. Air Force Marathon, celebrating the Air Force’s 67th birthday. The number of runners exceeded last year’s count by more than 3,000. Gen….

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VA develops mobile app “Concussion Coach”

To better meet the needs of Veterans and others who have suffered mild to moderate concussion associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed “Concussion Coach,” a mobile application (“app”) that provides portable tools to recognize symptoms and to identify and make use of coping strategies. The Concussion Coach…


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PANAMAX 2012 Spotlights

Posted  August 23, 2012

PANAMAX 2012 is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. Forces from 17 nations worked together as part of a computer-simulated-exercise to provide a variety of responses to requests made by the governments of Panama and Columbia. These requests were geared at protecting and guaranteeing safe…

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Back to school tips for parents

Posted  August 23, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — As summer ends, the time for heading back to school begins; whether it is a child’s first year of school or a senior’s last, there are potential dangers lurking around every corner. Fortunately, ACC Safety is here providing simple reminders on keeping school-age children safe. “It is important for…

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Diamond Sharp August 24, 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Senior Airman Andrea M. Pabon, 12AF Senior Airman Andrea M. Pabon, 12AF First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Tracy Deason Duty Title: Knowledge Operations Journeyman When joined the AF: Oct. 20, 2009 Hometown: Sonora, TX Hobbies: Running, Volleyball, going to the gym Selection Reasons: Airman Pabon is a true “Wingman”! After discovering that a fellow Airman…

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PLAYpass available at the Airman & Family Readiness Center

Posted  August 23, 2012

The PLAYpass Program provides deployed-affected Single Airmen and Air Force families respite from the challenges of deployment. Single Airmen returning from deployment and families of deployed members can receive special discounts and rewards to help make their deployment easier. PLAYpass offers discount cards that provide members and eligible family members the opportunity to participate in…

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AFPC officials streamline PCS orders process

Posted  August 23, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center officials here have centralized how Permanent Change of Station orders are processed, validated and authenticated. Since Oct. 2011, the Total Force Service Center-San Antonio has been managing the PCS orders process and has authenticated more than 82,000 orders and 19,000 amendments. Before October, the…

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Local Briefs August 24, 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Lane Closures The left in-bound lane to Craycroft Gate is scheduled to be closed Saturday and Sunday, Aug 25-26. The closure is due to the left lane vehicle barrier being painted. Incoming traffic on the left lane will be directed to merge into the right lane after proceeding through Craycroft gate so please anticipate a…

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Arizona National Guard Soldiers compete in Army Combatives Championship

Posted  August 16, 2012

FORT HOOD, Texas — Two soldiers are locked, nose to nose, in a fight to gain the upper hand. Each move and counter is calculated on the fly, much like a physical chess match…

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PANAMAX 2012 commences

Posted  August 16, 2012

Air Forces Southern and partner nations from 17 different countries officially kicked-off the annual U.S. Southern Command sponsored PANAMAX 2012 exercise last night. The exercise, which is taking place Aug. 6-17, is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise series that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. The canal is one of the…

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Morale gets a boost with PLAYpass

Posted  August 16, 2012

Deployments can be hard on a service member, their friends and their family. PLAYpass is a membership card that Airmen and their families can use to receive discounts at select base organizations. The card is intended for use by families of deployed Airmen, and the Airmen themselves once they return. “This is an opportunity to…

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Warrior of the Week August 17, 2012

Posted  August 16, 2012

Hometown: Scottsburg, IN Unit: 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Job title: Bioenvironmental Engineering Apprentice Job description: Keeping CBRN response equipment operational and ready to go!

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