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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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Health & Safety

OSI introduces new smartphone anonymous tip line

Posted  October 4, 2012

QUANTICO, Va. (AFNS) — The Air Force Office of Special Investigations has opened its first anonymous tip line that allows submissions from the Internet, via SMS (texting) or using a smartphone application. The application was created in order to capitalize on cyberspace and engage the Air Force community more effectively, officials said. “This tool will…

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F-22 mission takes Tyndall AFB to Air Combat Command

Posted  October 4, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Tyndall Air Force Base transitioned from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command Oct. 1 to reflect the new operational mission of the 325th Fighter Wing. As part of the F-22 fleet management program announced by the Air Force in July 2010, Tyndall Air Force Base, which…

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Data Center improves self-service for ID cards

Posted  October 4, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Defense Manpower Data Center is making it easier for service members and their families to get and maintain identification cards. The center has launched its RAPIDS — Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System — self-service portal to allow service members and reservists with the Defense Department’s common access card, or CAC, to apply…

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Operation COPE to be held in October

Posted  October 4, 2012

Deployments can be an adjustment for Airmen and their families so to assist with the transition, D-M is scheduled to hold Operation COPE here Oct. 26-28. COPE stands for connect, organize, provide and educate. The event is a retreat to honor deploying Airmen and their families. It helps to foster both healthy separation and reintegration…

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How we look in uniform can make a difference

Posted  October 4, 2012

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — It’s said that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words,” but what is said when a military member is wearing his uniform wrong or looks unprofessional…

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Lodging rates increase Oct. 1

Posted  October 4, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — After four years without a rate increase, Air Force lodging rates will go up beginning Oct. 1, said Air Force Personnel Center officials Sept. 27. The increase is necessary to ensure Air Force Lodging rates cover current operating and capital improvement costs, said Maj. Gen. A.J. Stewart, AFPC commander….

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More airports offer streamlined security screening

Posted  October 4, 2012

WASHINGTON – Active duty service members and other eligible travelers now have more opportunity to take advantage of streamlined security check-in, as Transportation Security Administration officials have added two more airports to the program. Eligible passengers can enter a separate security lane at participating airports without removing their shoes, light outerwear and belts, and they…

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Airmen able to vote by absentee ballots

Posted  October 4, 2012

No one has to miss out on getting their vote in for the upcoming general election. With FVAP.gov voting for military members, it is simpler than ever. The 2012 general election will be held Nov. 6 and deadlines to register absentee ballots are state-dependent and can be found at the FVAP.gov website. An absentee ballot…

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Warrior of the Week October 5, 2012

Posted  October 4, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class Lisbeth Aquino Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Airman 1st Class Lisbeth Aquino Family: Lucila Guerrero (mom), Julio and Eduardo Aquino( brothers) Hometown: Palmdale, CA Unit: 355 Component Maintenance Squadron Job title: Electronic Warfare Team Member Job description: Inspect and Maintain Electronic Warfare Pods Most rewarding job aspect:…

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Changing of the guards

Posted  October 4, 2012

Security officers of Chenega Corporation, formerly Tanya Walker and Company, are no longer guarding the front gates due to their contract ending Sept. 30. The 355th Security Forces Squadron will take over as permanent gate guards. The company had been in contract with the base for roughly six and a half years. The transition from…

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