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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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Combined Federal Campaign: Why I give

Posted  October 3, 2013

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – I was sitting in a daze in a cold and uninviting waiting area outside an emergency operating room about one month before my high school graduation in 2005. I listened to the robotic beeps of medical machinery when I realized my life was about to change forever. Earlier that night,…

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Suicide Prevention: Don’t be afraid to ask ‘why’

Posted  September 26, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – I was a young Airman, accused of a crime I didn’t commit – I faced a court martial with an outcome of a dishonorable discharge, years in prison and civil limitations for the rest of my life. I was ultimately found not guilty, but not before I tried to kill myself….

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Dagger Point: A First Sergeant’s point of view

Posted  September 26, 2013

Master Sgt. Angela Womack is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) First Sergeant. She began her 18-year career as an Aerospace Medical Technician. In addition to holding a variety of positions in the medical career field, she has also served as the Professional Military Education Instructor for Airman Leadership School and the Family Readiness…

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The 358th fights to support life

Posted  September 26, 2013

Members of the 358th Fighter Squadron inspect and ensure that aircrew flight equipment is mission ready at Davis-Monthan, Sept. 19. AFE technicians operate various types of test equipment such as altimeters, oxygen testers, leakage testers, radio testers and other types of testers to conduce reliability testing of AFE. A flight helmet sits on a shelf…

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AF PFT enhancements to start Oct. 1

Posted  September 26, 2013

Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force’s Physical Fitness Assessment program, to be implemented Oct. 1. In a letter to Airmen Aug. 20, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III explained the results of the comprehensive review, highlighting the strength of the program and the need for slight improvements….

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Single logon offers retirees simple access to secure sites

Posted  September 26, 2013

OINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen concerned about losing access to benefits web pages once they retire should establish their Department of Defense self-service logon identification account today, Air Force Personnel Center officials suggested. The common logon, developed by the DOD and Veterans’ Administration allows beneficiaries of DOD or Veterans’ Affairs…

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Local Briefs September 27, 2013

Posted  September 26, 2013

Love & Logic Parenting Classes Would you like to learn skills for raising responsible children?  Love & Logic makes parenting fun rather than frantic.  FREE Love & Logic classes are being offered at Borman Elementary School on D-M.  Classes will run from Nov. 6 – Dec. 19, from 3-5 p.m.  Free child care will be…

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Every Airman Counts: Auto crash leads one Airman to path of depression

Posted  September 26, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – It was a normal summer day for Ashley Barnett as she drove down the highway, reminiscing about her vacation. With her home city of Philadelphia behind her, she was on her way back to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Unfortunately, nothing could prepare her for what happened next. “In that one second,…

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“These things we do that others may live”… in Bagram

Posted  September 26, 2013

Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron were be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal with Valor, Sept. 20 at the 55th RQS. The Distinguished Flying Cross Medal with Valor was presented to Capt. John Larson and Senior Airman Joshua Brown for their actions during a contingency operation while deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. “I…

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Reservist protects her country with two careers

Posted  September 26, 2013

Most of the time you’ll find Yvette Orellana serving as a federal police officer for the U.S. Forest Service in Santa Barbara, Calif., patrolling in her squad car, writing tickets, protecting natural resources, as well as serving her local community as a mentor to teens heading down the wrong path. One might assume that in…

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