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Keeping service in perspective

Posted June 21, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. James Powell

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — If you were approached by a co-worker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?”, what would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several…

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Officials battle obesity, tobacco with Healthy Base Initiative

Posted June 21, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Defense Department has teamed with the White House, industry, medical communities and installation leaders to assess obesity and tobacco programs for the total workforce, a Pentagon official said. Starting in July, DOD officials will begin evaluating 13 installations to gauge their implementation of the Healthy Base Initiative, said Charles E. Milam,…

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Preparing to survive Wildfire season

Posted June 21, 2013 by Robert Kaschak

Southern California’s unique topography complemented with intense heat, dry soil, acts of nature and human carelessness, all combine to make it extremely vulnerable to wildfires. Every year we standby, ready to combat these demons of destruction. When not actually engaged in a response, firefighters train constantly to improve tactics, communication and working relationships. The drain…

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Air Force leaders congratulate Army on 238 years

Posted June 21, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody recognized the Army on its 238th birthday, June 14. Donley wrote a letter to the secretary of the Army stating: “Congratulations on the U.S. Army’s 238th…

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March Airman jumps at chance to save fledgling red-tailed hawk

Posted June 28, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson

U.S. Air Force courtesy photo Senior Airman Rachel Williams holds the fledgling red-tailed hawk she helped save after it fell from a nest atop a 75-foot fuel storage tank. The bird, which is common to this area, was turned over to Wildlife Advocacy Group called Project Wildlife. Since being saved the bird has been taken…

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Fighting to be fit: the Total Fitness concept

Posted June 28, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger

Fitness means something to every Air Force member, with Fit 2 Fight as the leading doctrine to ensure members receive the most up-to-date information pertaining to health and fitness. To remain mission-ready all members must meet certain standards. While this is nothing new to members, it is a requirement we need to remain conscious of…

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Senior leaders honor, bid farewell to Donley

Posted June 28, 2013 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON, D.C., – Outgoing Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley is a person of courage and character, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at Donley’s farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Donley, who’s led the Air Force the past five years, is retiring after 35 years of public service. “Our country will miss him,”…

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AF leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

Posted July 12, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian Airmen face…

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DEERS locks down access to some information updates

Posted May 17, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Base identification card issuing offices will no longer be able to manually correct or update certain types of personnel information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The DOD Eligibility reporting system is used to enroll Airmen and their eligible family members for…

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Forging ahead: Female military physicians inspire others

Posted March 25, 2013 by Sandra Lea Abrams

As the military recognizes its female members as part of Women’s History Month in March, few groups are held in higher esteem than its women physicians, as evidenced by an award the Military Health System initiated in 2010 to honor them. The Military Health System’s, “Building Stronger Female Physician Leaders in the Military Health System”…

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