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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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D-M Fighter Squadron wins Luke’s 2012 Turkey Shoot

Posted  December 6, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Three U.S. Air Force pilots from the 357th Fighter Squadron, competed in a bombing competition Nov. 16, and won Top Team, as well as various other awards while there. The event, ‘Haboob Havoc,’ was hosted by the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Nine different squadrons…

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Local Briefs – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

Managing Stress and Avoiding the Holiday Blues Dec. 7, 1-2:30 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center This time of year can be extremely stressful for many of us. Join us for a free 30-minute yoga session featuring chair yoga and pranayama breathing exercises. Discussion topics will include recognizing stress, defining your holiday expectations, coping…

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OTS shortens course length, increases efficiency

Posted  December 7, 2012

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — Beginning in January, the Air Force Officer Training School’s Basic Officer Training course will be shortened by three weeks, officials announced Dec. 4. Cutting the course from 12 weeks to nine weeks was the result of finding efficiencies in the course’s scheduling processes and curriculum, said the OTS…

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October 2012 Crime and Punishment

Posted  December 7, 2012

ARTICLE 15 ACTIONS: During October 2012, D-M commanders administered eight Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record. A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in additional misconduct…

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NORAD provides website, apps to track Santa

Posted  December 7, 2012

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students…

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162nd FW: Fun, sun, and family time

Posted  December 7, 2012

The 162nd Fighter Wing’s November Unit Training Assembly incorporated wing-wide block training, Airmen recognition, and family appreciation fun. Saturday kicked off with the first ever annual block training which combined more than 30 hours of computer-based training into one single training event. The event included a multitude of subject matter experts, educational slides, and informative…

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Equipment accountability affects you!

Posted  December 7, 2012

There are many reasons why you may need to have equipment issued to you during your time in the Air Force. You might need a gas mask for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive training or body armor and a helmet so you can be qualified on a weapon for an upcoming deployment. If…

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Base chapels offer religious services for the holidays

Posted  December 7, 2012

Hope and Desert Dove Chapels host several religious services in the month of December. The following Catholic services take place at Desert Dove Chapel: Immaculate Conception/Mary Vigil Mass – December 7 at 5 p.m. Advent Penance Service (Children’s Ministry provided) – December 11 at 6 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass (Children’s Ministry provided) – December 24…

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CSAF directs Air Force-wide inspection

Posted  December 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Commanders across the Air Force will conduct health and welfare inspections starting Dec. 5 to emphasize an environment of respect, trust and professionalism in the workplace. The health and welfare inspection is a tool routinely used by unit commanders, command chiefs, and first sergeants. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A….

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