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Maintaining fitness standards during the holidays is important

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — During the holidays, going to the gym usually isn’t on the top of most peoples’ priority list. Priority is given to visiting families, planning vacations, and most important, indulging in holiday feasts. Going to the gym during the holidays can be more important than you think. Whether you are…

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162nd Wing facilitates interagency training for active shooter exercise

Active-shooter exercises are common within government facilities and military bases, and most of them seem to surround a single entity neutralizing a threat by force. Very seldom, however, do these training events involve an entire installation, along with government counterparts, like it did here at the 162nd Wing Nov. 17. “One of the ideas behind…

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Predator progress for the Arizona Air National Guard

Fort Huachuca, ARIZ. — The sounds of cheers, applause and an occasional “woohoo” filled the air as an MQ-1 Predator from the 162nd Wing lifted off and flew a set flight pattern at Libby Army Airfield, Nov. 5, marking the Arizona Air National Guard’s first Predator flight on U.S. soil. The 214th Reconnaissance Group, aligned under the…

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Navy unit trains with D-M

Sailors from Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. conducted joint training with A-10C Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here Nov. 3-1. Five MH-60S Knighthawks from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 Black Knights flew with the 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons, as well as the 354th Fighter Squadron. “The…

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Diamond Sharp November 14, 2104

Name/Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Alisha Welch / 923 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Ron Smith Duty Title: C-130J NCOIC When joined the AF: Jul 23, 2003 Hometown: Turbotville, PA Hobbies: HITT/Weight Training, Education, Canning/Food Preservation, spending time with her 4 children Selection Reasons: – Revitalized workcenter equipment account through tracking/maintaining more than $100K in assets.  Her…


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New civilian pay system on the way

Posted  July 26, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — All Air Force civilian employees are slated to be using a new, standardized Air Force pay system by June 2013. The Automated Time Attendance and Production System will standardize the pay method across the service and will be implemented first at Air Force Global Strike Command and Air National Guard bases on…

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Civilians contribute to Roth options

Posted  July 26, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Department of Defense civilian employees eligible for the Thrift Savings Plan may begin to contribute to the Roth TSP. This new feature allows members to contribute on an after-tax basis and receive tax-free earnings when they withdraw funds from their TSP accounts. Air Force serviced civilians may make elections…

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Who sets the first impression for your unit?

Posted  July 26, 2012

Recently, I was at the Tucson International Airport returning home from a TDY when I noticed a very young airman basic; who from all appearances was arriving at his first-duty location. We were both at the luggage claim area at the same time and I took note that he was lugging around basically everything he…

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HAWC cooks up food for health and fitness

Posted  July 26, 2012

Many people probably know the Health and Wellness Center for the physical training leaders class, the bod pod, or classes on how to get more out of PT sessions. However, the HAWC is cooking up some new ways to remain fit to fight. At least once a month, the HAWC holds a healthy cooking class….

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Turn up the volume… for trophies

Posted  July 26, 2012

After a long hard day of work, Airmen need to take time for themselves. Some have hobbies like biking, hiking or volunteering.

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Air Guard recruit becomes U.S. citizen, heads to basic training

Posted  July 26, 2012

At the U.S. District Court here 53 new American citizens took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States July 20; each one eager for the...

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A fond farewell from your Chief

Posted  July 26, 2012

On Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Base Theater, I will retire from the United States Air Force after 30 years and 2 months of active duty service.…

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Protect yourself this summer

Posted  July 26, 2012

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – — “Everybody, hydrate!” This is a saying that is drilled into the minds of Airmen from the day they arrive at Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. However, dehydration and other heat related injuries continue to be major issues during the summer months….

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Acceptance…do you have what it takes?

Posted  July 26, 2012

No one person is alike. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, genders and have different views on religious, political and sexual preferences, and they are judged unnecessarily because of it. You may not agree with someone’s preferences, but the thing is that you don’t have to agree. You do, however, have to be professional,…

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DOD to improve voluntary education safeguards

Posted  July 26, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is nearing completion of an agreement with post-secondary schools to ensure service members have the best possible experience in continuing their education, a senior Pentagon official said today. The department will release later this summer a memorandum of understanding to be signed by colleges, universities and technical schools to make…

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