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D-M puts its agencies to the test

An aircraft crash training exercise was held at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range here Feb. 19. The simulated crash site was scattered throughout a two mile radius. “The idea was to test the base’s capabilities to respond to an aircraft crash incident with a mass-casualty piece involved,” said Master Sgt. Mark Molineaux, 355th…

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Don’t underestimate the importance of sacrifices

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my wife, for better…

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New Airmen get their bearings

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — New Airmen go through a whirlwind of activities during the transformation of civilian to active duty Airman, which can be a confusing process. Lucky for new Airmen, there’s the First Term Airmen Center to catch them when they land at their first duty station. FTAC is a five-day program…

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Riding for the future of cycling

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Following a full day of work developing Air Force models, Maj. Ian Holt, the Headquarters Air Force Space Command vault concepts lead, mounts his Felt bicycle and starts pedaling on a three-hour training ride. It’s all part of the regimen prescribed by his coach leading up to the…

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Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers take training, skill and precise decisions to execute. The most recent flown in the area was the Super Bowl flyover, where the Thunderbirds, officially known as…


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Legal expert offers tax time solutions for maximum benefits

Posted  February 5, 2015

WASHINGTON – Winter brings not only cold weather, but for some, the dreaded confusion of tax season. However, service members, retirees and family members can get fast, free, professional help in filing their tax returns between now and June 2015, a Pentagon official said. Army Lt. Col. Samuel W. Kan, an attorney and Certified Financial…

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Air Force presents FY 16 budget request

Posted  February 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget request Feb. 2, following the Defense Department and sister services budget briefings. The Air Force fiscal year 2016 budget request supports the defense strategy and combatant commander requirements. It continues readiness recovery, reduces the short-term capacity risk assumed in the fiscal year 2015 budget…

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Prescription tracker gives vets online access to status

Posted  February 5, 2015

Veterans can now track the status of most of their prescriptions online, thanks to an innovative idea by a Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) employee. The new 24/7 service allows online tracking for most prescriptions mailed from the VA Mail Order Pharmacy. The Prescription Tracker was recommended by VA employee Kenneth Siehr, a winner of…

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From the Staff Judge Advocate: Personal Financial Responsibility

Posted  February 5, 2015

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C.  — When you joined the military, you may have been surprised to learn the Air Force had specific rules that governed your personal finances. Air Force Instruction 36-2906, Personal Financial Responsibility, dictates requirements of Airmen concerning areas of financial responsibility. Air Force members are required to satisfy all of their financial obligations, from…

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Local Briefs February 6, 2015

Posted  February 5, 2015

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet  Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N.Thornydale Rd. The February meeting will be on Monday, February 16. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m.  The meeting…

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Stay out of rain; see bigger picture

Posted  February 5, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Supervisors, you build and lead teams to the best of your abilities. You hold an umbrella of protection over your people, but what do you do when one of your members runs into the rain via a bad decision? Do you take your protective umbrella from other members to go cover…

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Exchange Extra App puts savings at fingertips

Posted  February 5, 2015

DALLAS – With the swipe of a finger, military shoppers can launch a brand-new way to connect with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service through its free Exchange Extra app. The app gives shoppers quick access to information on the latest Exchange promotions, contests, coupons, BE FIT information and more. The free app is available at…

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“Super” Airman becomes professional bodybuilder

Posted  February 5, 2015

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — After a heavy, weight workout, Senior Airman Terrence Ruffin walks over to a row of mirrors in the gym. He strikes a pose and flexes the muscles in his chest, arms and legs. He stares, then smiles at the reflection he sees. He continues in this manner for more than a…

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Free Tax services opens on D-M

Posted  February 5, 2015

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax center opened its doors for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Public Health personnel. There are 35 volunteers at the VITA office to include 27 tax preparers with the ability to conduct 10 appointments at a time. “The volunteers here are IRS certified tax preparers,” according to Skip Barkley,…

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An innocent dream born from chaos

Posted  February 5, 2015

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va.  — In the early hours the morning of Dec. 20, 1989, when most living within Panama City were sleeping, a 10-year-old boy and his family were awakened by explosions and helicopters overhead. The family exited their home, only to witness pandemonium; buildings burning down, people running, screaming. War was reality for Arjune Haynes…

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