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Summer burnout

Langley Air Force Base, Va. — Some of the very things we enjoy during the summer can also wear us down. Juggling work, family schedules, vacation times, and outdoor squadron activities can take a toll. The chronic engagement of these activities can cause stress, fatigue and eventually summer burnout. According to the American Psychological Association,…

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Proper flag display honors nation’s history, ultimate sacrifices

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — From front yards to the top of the White House, people have flown U.S. flags as emblems for sacrifice and independence. But to honor Old Glory, they must display it with proper etiquette year-round. According to Title 4 of the U.S. Code, it is “universal custom to display the…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier) Health & Safety

Davis-Monthan gets mentally fit to fight

The 355th Fighter Wing participated in the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day, Aug. 11. CAF is a lifestyle taught to strengthen an Airman with four domains: mental, physical, social and spiritual. This quarter’s CAF Day focuses on the mental aspect. The Airmen were educated on approaching life’s challenges in a positive way by demonstrating self-control, stamina…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie) Salutes & Awards

Airman lifts Arizona record to new elevations

An Airman stepped onto the platform, hands at his side, ready. He closes his eyes, blocked out all distractions and focused on the task at hand. Once he’s chalked up and squats down, the gun goes off. Staff Sgt. David Labrie, 612th Support Squadron lead meteorologist, participated in the 2014 National Powerlifting Competition, which was…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Raughton) Health & Safety

HPV vaccine provides important safeguards

BETHESDA, Md. – Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. It can lead to cervical and anal cancer — which, combined, account for more than 250,000 deaths worldwide each year. Furthermore, HPV also causes genital warts, which affects 360,000 people annually in the United States alone. Fortunately, said Air…


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DeCA begins rollout of Commissary Rewards Card

Posted  September 20, 2012

FORT LEE, Va — The Defense Commissary Agency is making progress in its rollout of the Commissary Rewards Card that will soon allow customers to access and redeem digital coupons at all of its stores. Testing began Aug. 8 at the Fort Lee Commissary, Va., eventually moving to 30 stores by the end of the…

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HC-130P takes its final flight on D-M

Posted  September 20, 2012

The HC-130P executed its final mission at the D-M flightline on Sept. 12. The 79th Rescue Squadron, the only HC-130 squadron on D-M, will soon utilize the HC-130J…

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AFPC to improve unemployment comp process

Posted  September 20, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Half-a-dozen personnelists here recently completed a rapid improvement event to review Air Force management of the nonappropriated fund, appropriated fund and military unemployment compensation programs, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Last year, AFPC requested an official audit of the appropriated fund civilian and military processes to help…

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Operation Snowbird public comment period

Posted  September 20, 2012

The U.S. Air Force is extending the public comment period for the draft Environmental Assessment concerning Operation Snowbird here until Oct. 4. This additional 20-day extension allows citizens more time to analyze the proposal to implement National Guard Training Plan 60-1 supporting Operation Snowbird. The public comment period began July 31, 2012. The Air Force…

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Don’t worry, help is here

Posted  September 20, 2012

Mental health plays an essential role in shaping one’s life. A person free of excessive anxiety, stress and worry is more capable of living life to the fullest. A mentally fit person maintains a positive self image and interacts well with co-workers, family and friends. With this in mind, the Air Force Reserve Command created…

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Protocol can handle that

Posted  September 20, 2012

The 355th Protocol office can be called a Jack-of-all-trades that wears many hats. From distinguished visitor stays to the Air Force Ball, Protocol has a hand in ensuring a multitude of base events run smoothly. One of their main duties is DV hospitality. These important guests can range from Air Force leaders to foreign dignitaries…

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GOV service station closure

Posted  September 20, 2012

The Main Military Service Station and the AMARG Service Station will be closed Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. for end of year closeout. Both service stations will reopen Oct. 1 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Please ensure your govern-ment vehicles are filled prior to this timeframe. All emer-gency vehicles (SFS, Fire Dept., Ambulances, etc.) can be…

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Four kids, the STAHD and an Air Force mom

Posted  September 20, 2012

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Their kids tell other kids at school, “My momma wears combat boots.” This isn’t your typical Air Force family.

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Disciplined Airmen lead to disciplined life

Posted  September 20, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As I prepared to prepare (procrastination!) for this commentary, I remember beginning the all important first step — brainstorming! I bounced from topic to topic, everything from the recent F-35 excitement to the roles supervisors have in today’s Air Force to what was on sale at the Base Exchange….

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Study references available for 2013 promotion cycle

Posted  September 20, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has begun its 43rd year of enlisted promotion test production. During the 2012 promotion cycle, 240 unique promotion tests were administered to support the Weighted Airman Promotion System and the U.S. Air Force Senior NCO Promotion System. “Today’s Air Force continues to write fair, valid, credible,…

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