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Reductions won’t affect most TRICARE prime beneficiaries

Posted April 12, 2013 by Military Health System News Release

FALLS CHURCH, Va.,– Despite upcoming service area reductions, TRICARE Prime will remain a health care option for 97 percent of the more than 5 million beneficiaries eligible for the health care plan, Military Health System officials said. The 3 percent difference that comprises about 171,000 beneficiaries who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a…

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Help for those lost in the smog: Getting ready for ECARS

Posted April 12, 2013 by Michael Cullen

U.S. Air Force photo Michael Cullen, legal intern, 452 Air Mobility Wing, holds a $50 bill symbolizing the potential cost of having a vehicle smog checked. The Employee-vehicle Certification and Reporting System, or ECARS, will soon be at March Field. This is an Air Force program that will ensure the base aligns with Clean Air…

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News Briefs April 12, 2013

Posted April 12, 2013 by

452 MXG SETS UP FOR SQUADRON PHOTOS The 452d Maintenance Group has set aside a KC-135 and C-17 static for squadron photos, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 20. After this event, the next opportunity for squadron photos will be the September UTA. To take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Tech. Sgt….

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March Outreach: Cadets securing the Air Force of tomorrow

Posted April 5, 2013 by Darnell Gardner

U.S. Air Force photo/Darnell Gardner Cadets from the “Fighting Fifty-fifth,” University of California, Los Angeles, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps debus in route to the first stop on their base tour, March 28. The cadets received briefings on the aircraft capabilities of the C-17 Globemaster III, KC-135 Stratotanker and alert F-16 Fighting Falcons. In…

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Military Child Month Salutes Children’s Contributions

Posted April 5, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During April’s Month of the Military Child, the Defense Department recognizes the support provided by and sacrifices made by military children, said Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office of family policy/children and youth. Since 1983, DOD has recognized military children for the resiliency they display toward their families. There are now 1.8…

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Air power energized by use of resources

Posted April 5, 2013 by Col. Nancy Opheim

TRAVIS Air Force Base, Calif. – One of my favorite sayings is “flexibility is the key to airpower.” As sequestration takes hold, coupled with budget constraints, it may become our battle cry. We live in uncertain times and the resources that appeared abundant last year will have to stretch in order to cover our mission. The definition…

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AF to implement force structure changes

Posted April 5, 2013 by Jennifer Cassidy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Air Force released its plan, March 28, to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined in…

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for civilians

Posted April 5, 2013 by Nick Simeone

DOD photo/Glenn Fawcett Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey brief the media in the Pentagon on March 28, 2013. Hagel and Dempsey discussed the ongoing sequester, the impact of furloughs, and recent provocative actions on the part of North Korea. WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Defense…

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Academic Help is a Click Away

Posted April 5, 2013 by Amy Briskin

“Tutor.com is really helpful. After about a week of using tutor.com, I’ve seen improvements in my math grade. Math is very confusing for me, and tutors on tutor.com actually take time to explain it to me. Thanks tutor.com!” – K-12 Student, about Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families.” The pressure is on for military students and…

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Health & Safety

Preparing to survive: Family matters

Posted April 5, 2013 by Robert J. Kaschak

Family preparation is paramount for survival during any type of major disaster. In addition to personal issues, other items require attention in the household. One of the serious outcomes of a major earthquake is flying debris. Therefore, it makes good sense to secure items in the home that may become potential hazards during such an…

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