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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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AF releases Kadena AB HH-60G accident report

Posted  January 23, 2014

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) – Pacific Air Forces officials released the results Jan. 21, of its investigation into an HH-60G Pave Hawk aircraft mishap which occurred Aug. 5, 2013, northeast of Kadena Air Base, Japan. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the Pacific Air Forces commander, directed an investigation into the incident which resulted in the…

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VA offers dental insurance program

Posted  January 23, 2014

WASHINGTON – VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance. “VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services they have earned and deserve,” said Secretary…

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Local Briefs

Posted  January 23, 2014

D-M Gate hours changed The Davis Monthan Gate hours changed Jan. 20 as a result of a recent traffic survey. The schedule is as follows: Craycroft – no change (24/7, 365 days) Swan – 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. (M-F), closed on weekends and federal holidays (This includes the search area as well) Wilmot –…

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VA, City of Tucson to hold Four Chaplains Memorial

Posted  January 23, 2014

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is pleased to announce that they will again be participating in the City of Tucson, Veterans’ Affairs Committee (VAC) annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service, Scheduled for Sunday – February 2 at 1 p.m., at the Kino Veterans Memorial Park, 2805 E. Ajo Way.  This park is located…

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Air Force standards have altitude, no room for reduction

Posted  January 23, 2014

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – In October, I had the pleasure of hosting several enlisted calls for our uniformed Airmen. In those discussions, we reviewed Air Force standards of conduct and professionalism. However, standards are not for enlisted Airmen alone; our professional standards are Air Force centric and apply to every member of our workforce, uniformed…

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Free issue and household hazardous materials

Posted  January 23, 2014

The Hazmart here has a Free Issue storage area. Shops can return excess new and serviceable hazardous materials to Hazmart. These returned items have already been paid for and are available to shops that have a need and are authorized to use them. D-M personnel are encouraged to make use of the Free Issue storage…

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Desert Lightning Team fitness challenge

Posted  January 23, 2014

Members of the Desert Lightning Team competed in a quarterly fitness challenge at the Haeffner fitness center, January 17. Nine contestants competed in a variety of exercises that tested both their endurance and strength. The quarterly competition was hosted by the CF Desert Lightning team. “The idea is to give people who are possibly interested…

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Nominees sought for 2014 SAIGE Award

Posted  January 23, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – The Air Force is seeking nominations for the 2014 Society of American Indian Government Employees Meritorious Service Award, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. The SAIGE Meritorious Service Award honors male and female military members and Department of Defense civilian employees who support the DOD global conflict and…

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TRICARE to end walk-in admin services

Posted  January 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) –TRICARE military health plan service centers will end administrative walk-in services in the U.S. on April 1, Pentagon officials said Jan. 13. While the 189 facilities will stop taking walk-ins, beneficiaries can accomplish any administrative task online or by phone, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren. TRICARE service centers overseas are not…

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A love-hate relationship

Posted  January 23, 2014

It’s 10:40, and the smell of floor cleaner and body funk welcomes me as I enter into the Haeffner Fitness Center. The Airman working the desk gives me the customary welcome nod as I walk by. It has just occurred to me that I have become one of the lunch time regulars. I enter into…

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