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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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Health & Safety

Mobile app helps iPhone users ‘Be Ready’

Posted  July 25, 2013

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The “Be Ready” mobile app, or application, is now available for download on most Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad. Previously offered for Motorola Android products only, this app was developed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Emergency Management Division, as an on-the-go emergency preparation resource. “This app provides…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp July 26, 2013

Posted  July 25, 2013

Staff Sgt. Keith Burgess/ 43 ECS Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Keith Burgess/ 43 ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Marisa Lewis Duty title:  EC-130H Flight Engineer When Joined the AF: September 2005 Hometown: Fresno, California Hobbies: Snowboarding, dirt bike riding, and wakeboarding Selection Reasons:   Staff Sergeant Keith J. Burgess has distinguished himself as an EC-130 H…

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Exchange to hold fourth annual “Cutest Kiddo” contest

Posted  July 25, 2013

DALLAS – Youngsters competing to be the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s “Cutest Kiddo” will have the opportunity to flex some artistic muscle this year. Through Aug. 9, Exchange patrons worldwide may post photographs of their children holding a completed coloring page to the Exchange Facebook page for the first-ever “‘Color Me’ Cutest Kiddo”…

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Gate 29B to have a limited opening July 29

Posted  July 25, 2013

Gate 29B here is scheduled to open July 29. However, it will only be a limited opening. This means the gate will only be open for certain time periods of the duty day. 29B will be open for inbound traffic only from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., and for outbound traffic only from 4 p.m….

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Off base libraries accessible for DLT Airmen

Posted  July 25, 2013

Air Force-wide Airmen are dealing with fiscal changes. One of those changes here deals with the closure of the base library. The base library closed in June, however Airmen still have the opportunity to use library facilities off base. The Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library has a variety of amenities for all ages, to include new furniture,…

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LEAD Program encourages Airmen to apply to the USAFA

Posted  July 25, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY – Are you an enlisted Airman between the ages of 17 and 22 and looking to be a future leader? Would you like to earn your bachelor’s degree going to school full time at one of the most competitive, prestigious schools in the nation that traditionally only accepts 18 percent of its applicants —…

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Squadron commander receives German Air Force award

Posted  July 25, 2013

Before he assumed command of the 563rd Operations Support Squadron, Lt. Col. Lorne Eshelman served as a personnel exchange program liaison with the German Air Force. On July, 18, he was awarded for his efforts. Eshelman was presented the German Air Force Service Cross by Oberst Heinz-Josef Ferkinghoff, GAF, during a ceremony held at the…

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Slowest of suicides

Posted  July 25, 2013

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) – I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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Holding Airmen accountable: Mandatory discharge for sexual assault

Posted  July 25, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force recently adopted two new measures to eliminate sexual assault from within the ranks, including requiring discharge for Airmen who commit sexual assault, and requiring the Air Force’s most senior commanders to review actions taken on these cases. According to Capt. Allison DeVito, chief of JAG’s victim issues and policy branch, both…

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Pilot program enhances Autism care, treatment

Posted  July 25, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – A congressionally mandated pilot program set to launch July 25 will enhance an existing Defense Department program that provides care and treatment for military children with autism, a senior DOD official said. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and director of the TRICARE Management Activity met with reporters yesterday to…

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