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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…

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond) Health & Safety

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

Veteran unemployment rate lowest in nearly 8 years

Posted  December 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — A concerted national effort to hire veterans, coupled with their sought-after essential skills training, likely had an effect on making October’s veteran unemployment rate the lowest since April 2008, a Defense Department official said Nov. 30. Susan S. Kelly, who leads DoD’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, spoke to DoD News about the October…

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Local

D-M’s Open House 2016 scheduled for March 13-14

Posted  December 8, 2015

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz — Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is scheduled to host “Thunder and Lightning over Arizona 2016” on March 12 and 13. Next year’s event will feature a performance by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the service’s premier jet demonstration team. The base will open its doors for this free event to showcase military…

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Defense

Carter opens all military occupations, positions to women

Posted  December 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception. For the first time in U.S. military history, as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, the secretary said women will be able to contribute to the Defense Department mission…

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Local

New maintenance hangar unveiled at 309th AMARG

Posted  December 8, 2015

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — A ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling the new 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group maintenance hangar was held Dec. 7. The $25 million, 76,746-square-foot high-bay hangar is now a high-visibility flagship 309th AMARG facility and features accommodations for VIP visitors in a two-story administration section with an overlooking observation deck. “This wonderful…

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Veterans

A widow’s story: Living by faith

Posted  December 7, 2015

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — Just before sunset on Veterans Day, she sat next to her husband’s headstone at Arlington National Cemetery, reminding her three children how their father was with God in heaven and what it means to have faith. Faith has kept Heather Gray moving forward. It’s what has gotten her…

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