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Leveraging credit cards to strengthen your credit score

Posted May 17, 2013 by Randy Hopper

A strong credit score can be an integral part of staying financially secure, whatever the economic climate. But for many U.S. servicemembers, determining exactly what has an impact on their score can be a daunting task. One thing is for sure: credit cards can and do impact your credit score – positively or negatively –…

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2012-2013 Los Angeles County Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

Posted May 10, 2013 by Darnell Gardner

Courtesy photoMasrwe Sgt. Darryl Willingham, first sergeant, 452d Aeromedical Staging Squadron, received the Los Angeles County Community Volunteer of the Year Award, March 23. Willingham volunteers as a drill sergeant at a youth camp focused on bettering the lives of at-risk youth in Los Angeles county. The annual Los Angeles County Community Volunteer of the…

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Leadership starts with why

Posted May 10, 2013 by Lt. Col. Phil Heseltine

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — I recently had the unique privilege to spend time listening to and talking with Simon Sinek, author of the 2012 Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force’s Reading List book, “Start with Why.” If you have not heard him speak, read this book, or perhaps watched his technology, entertainment and design…

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How to lower your property tax assessment

Posted May 10, 2013 by Michael J. Cullen

Sequesters, furloughs, recessions, debt ceilings, mortgage fraud, money-laundering, job market, housing bubble, under water, reverse mortgages; sadly, these words have all gained increased use in our vocabulary since 2008. Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom because the March legal office is aware of an easy tip on how to help save money by lowering…

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Institute Chooses DOD Imagery for Cemetery Plaza Project

Posted May 10, 2013 by Lawrence A. Sichter

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Five pictures taken by Defense Department photographers have been selected to be a part of the Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla. The images competed with the work of some of the finest, award-winning photographers in the world, to get their shots of the U.S. military included in…

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MyPers to celebrate first anniversary

Posted May 10, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Did you ever have a question about a specific personnel function and needed to be pointed in the right direction? The myPers website provides all Air Force members with a source to search for information regarding personnel programs, to complete personnel transactions and to chat live with a subject matter…

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March VITA center recognized for outstanding service

Posted May 3, 2013 by

Col. Samuel Mahaney, commander, 452d Air Mobility Wing, center standing, congratulates the March Air Reserve Base’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance center members for receipt of the Internal Revenue Service’s, Community Service Leadership Award, April 16. The March VITA center was selected by Barbara Kuhus, territory manager, IRS, after being recognized for outstanding services provided to…

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Asian-Pacific American women served in World War II

Posted May 3, 2013 by Rudi Williams

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Most people are surprised when they find out that Asian-Pacific American women, particularly Japanese-Americans, served in the U.S. military during World War II, said Judy Bellafaire, curator of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. “Many Japanese women served in the armed forces while their families were in internment camps…

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A little ESGR education can go a long way

Posted May 3, 2013 by Jim Strickland

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Upon completion of my five-level seasonal training, I submitted my application for reemployment to my employer, asking to return to my pre-service position. I received a warm welcome and everyone in the shop expressed appreciation for my service to country. During my reintegration back into the company, an official from the…

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Identity Theft concerns drive social security number program

Posted May 3, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The loss of personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers, is a concern throughout the Defense Department, the director of the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office said. “When people lose control of the social security number and other personally identifiable information, they really are susceptible to identity theft,” Michael E….

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