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Air Force major to be recognized at 2016 BET Awards

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Maj. Kenyatta Ruffin, an instructor pilot with the 469th Flying Training Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, will be recognized during the Shine a Light segment of the 2016 BET Awards to air live, June 26 at 8 p.m. PST/7 CST. Through Shine a Light, BET recognizes individuals…

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Health literacy key for better health, better care

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Just as the ability to read, write and be literate is critical to the processing of information in day-to-day life, health care has its own component of literacy. Health literacy is the capacity of individuals to obtain, process and understand health information and services in order to make informed decisions about…

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Students lead large-scale joint forcible entry exercise

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) — Sixteen mobility Airmen attending the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, participated in a joint forcible entry exercise at the Nevada Test and Training Range June 18. The exercise, known as JFE Vul, is a large-scale air mobility exercise designed to expose students to…

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A dog and his handler

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The strength of a working relationship can grow exponentially when, at the office, a co-worker jumps all around his cage recklessly wagging his tail, ready to cover faces with big, fat, slobbery kisses. That is the reality for a military working dog handler in the 21st Security Forces Squadron. Senior…

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Family first: A story for Air Force spouses

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Jeff Hogg knows the role of the military spouse better than most because he understands the needs of the military lifestyle and the military family. He served in the Air Force for over 20 years before retiring and is the spouse of Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, the Air Force deputy surgeon…


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Defense

Soldier ‘Filled with Gratitude’ at New Family Policies

Posted  February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — One Army officer scheduled to give birth by cesarean section said today that the new 12-week maternity leave period and other family focused policies announced last week by Defense Secretary Ash Carter have left her “shocked.” “I am filled with gratitude,” Capt. Eileen Hernandez wrote in an email interview with DoD News. “I…

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Sesame Street supports military families in transition

Posted  February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON, January — Elmo, Big Bird, and Abby Cadabby are teaming up with the Defense Department to support thousands of military families as they transition to civilian life, according to Transition to Veterans Program Office officials. On Jan. 27, the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, launched a website devoted to helping families…

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Air Force

#YOLO

Posted  February 5, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — While unpacking from another permanent change of station, I came across a folder filled with clippings I have been carrying around with me since my early days in the Air Force.  Flipping through it, I stopped on one of my favorites, a commentary written 18 years ago by Army…

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12 weeks paid military maternity leave, other benefits

Posted  February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is increasing military maternity leave and instituting other changes in an effort to support military families, improve retention and strengthen the force of the future, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today. Women across the joint force can now take 12 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, Carter told reporters at…

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Intel paints battlefield picture from windowless room

Posted  February 5, 2016

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) — In a windowless room, illuminated only by the light of computer screens, intelligence Airmen of the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron paint a picture of the battlespace clear as day. With intelligence gathered from multiple platforms, from ground forces to satellites, the unit collects, analyzes, and formulates up-to-date reports for…

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