Air Force

September 20, 2013

Air Force News – September 20, 2013

Aviano couple receives first same-sex joint spouse assignment

They waited patiently each day, week and month checking the news, filing repeals and losing hope.

But, Master Sgt. Angela Shunk and Tech. Sgt. Stacy Shunk received the news they had been longing for on Sept. 3, 2013, when the two Aviano Airmen were informed that they had received an assignment together under the joint spouse program, the first of its kind in the Air Force since a Supreme Court decision about the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Although legally married in the state of New York on March, 17, 2012, DOMA prohibited the Department of Defense from extending benefits, such as joint spouse assignment consideration, to same-sex spouses.

“Since our marriage wasn’t recognized by federal government at the time, we submitted a request for an exception to policy,” said Angela Shunk. “It came back as a no.”

Their final hope rested upon the Supreme Court, which was reviewing the constitutionality of DOMA.

“Since Supreme Court decisions come out every Thursday in June, we’d be waiting and watching the news, and every week it wasn’t DOMA,” said Angela Shunk. “Finally, in the last week, it was the DOMA decision, and we had [the television] on at work. On June 26, our marriage was federally acknowledged. We were ecstatic.”

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/467106

California

Maj. Jaesin White saved the life of a teen girl during a family outing. At a natural waterslide he found the girl showing signs of hypothermia. He quickly took control, doing self aid buddy care and getting the girl the help she needed.

Colorado

Nearly 100 Colorado National Guard Airmen and Soldiers, along with high-mobility vehicles and helicopters, have been mobilized to assist local authorities in search-and-rescue operations in the midst of extensive flooding in the state.

Afghanistan

After a hard landing on Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, a C-130 Hercules with two engines missing has gashes and burns throughout. A fly-away security team from the 376th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron forward deployed from the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, to FOB Shank to secure these assets.

Cambodia 

Twenty engineers from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces have spent the last four days working alongside 16 engineers from U.S. forces to provide engineering assistance to the citizens of Takeo by renovating three medical centers.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
courtesy-photo

Program ALIS initiated

No, it isn’t the Program Alice from the “Resident Evil” movies. It is the Autonomic Logistics Information Systems, also known as ALIS, which enables F-35 Lightning II operators to plan ahead to maintain and sustain its sy...
 
 

Air Force News – September 12, 2014

Germany Air Mobility Command’s mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America’s armed forces, a capability demonstrated during Steadfast Javelin II, a large-scale, joint multinational exercise held Aug. 31 through Thursday on Ramstein Air Base. Mauritania Six African nations participated in a week-long group intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planning ex...
 
 

People First – September 12, 2014

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, click on the link in each header. CMSAF discusses enlisted evaluation changes Chief Master...
 

 

Tuition assistance program changes Oct. 1

Effective Oct. 1, new changes will go into effect that impact the Air Force Tuition Assistance Program. Personnel using the TA program will now be required to pass all undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or higher. A grade of “D” will be considered a failing grade and members who do not meet the...
 
 
Senior Airmen Grace Lee

Airmen help pilots survive in wilderness

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Chris Long, 56th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment journeyman, conducts a built-in test for the URT-44 personnel locator beacon, which is part of the survival kit that...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Close call in AOR didn’t discourage Airman

Courtesy photo Senior Airman Alten Hayes poses for a photo during his deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. A rocket landed 60 feet away from his position but did not activate. This Indiana native wanted to be part of something ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin