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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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Summary courts officer noticefor Steven Mangrum

Posted  August 16, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Steven C. Mangrum, 355th Security Forces Squadron, was found passed away on 31 July. Any person or persons with a claim against Sergeant Mangrum or who is currently in debt to him should contact the Summary Court Officer Capt. Kurt Snyder, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron, for disposition and compensation purposes. Captain Snyder can…

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Post-9/11 GI Bill celebrates start of fourth year

Posted  August 16, 2012

WASHINGTON – August marks the third anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and since it was implemented Aug. 1, 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs has provided educational benefits to 773,000 Veterans and their family members. “This is one of the most important programs helping our Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans reach their educational goals,” said…

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New instruction puts spotlight on standards, culture

Posted  August 16, 2012

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) — When referencing fundamental standards, Airmen now have a single source: Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards. As one of the capstone acts of his 39-year career, Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff, put his signature on the brand new instruction, which communicates in one document the…

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Youth programs combat negative influences

Posted  August 16, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — If you have children, especially teenagers, you already know the harrowing statistics that illustrate the dangers they face in the world today.

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DOD, VA release mobile app targeting post-traumatic stress

Posted  August 16, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released a free Apple and Android smartphone mobile application for use with post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. The app is called PE Coach; PE stands for “prolonged exposure.” Psychologists at the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2, and the VA National Center…

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D-M Airman is roller derby racer

Posted  August 16, 2012

Take roller skating, paramedics, cheering fans, an oval track and position names like jammers and you get the sport of roller derby.

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Credit score: Good to have, use wisely

Posted  August 16, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Having good credit can be beneficial in many ways, and when used correctly it can be an important tool to help pay for college, a new vehicle, furniture or a home. According to Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist, credit is…

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Marilyn Monroe and the general

Posted  August 16, 2012

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Plastered across the pages of many magazines, blogs and newspapers last week were photos and stories about the…

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Combat training supports 21st century strategy

Posted  August 16, 2012

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) — As the nation winds down from a decade of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Department of Defense is shifting its focus to the future and recently introduced new strategic guidance describing the projected security environment and key military mis-sions for which the department will prepare. “Our…

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Local Briefs August 17, 2012

Posted  August 16, 2012

Partners Preschool Program  Borman Elementary School at Davis-Monthan AFB will be offering a new part-time preschool program for children ages 3-5. The Partners Preschool Program works to create a comprehensive and high-quality early childhood model that supports and promotes engaging, developmentally appropriate and positive early education for preschoolers in an inclusive setting. Applications are currently…

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