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Nov: National American Indian Heritage Month

Posted November 13, 2015 by Prepared by Dawn W. Smith

National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers of the United States. This presentation reviews the historical milestones that led to the establishment of National American Indian Heritage Month, covers various aspects of American Indian and Alaska Native life, and honors the contributions…

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I will always be their mom, she will always be mine

Posted May 8, 2015 by by Linda Welz

My mother is an amazing woman. As a single mother, she raised three children providing my older brother, younger sister and me with everything we needed to become decent adults, able to contribute something worthwhile to society. She taught us basic goodness and compassion. She pulled herself out of the depths of domestic violence early…

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Mandatory Flu vaccine

Posted October 13, 2015 by by Maj. David Haupt

The 452 AMW Flu Vaccination Campaign will begin on the October A Unit Training Assembly and will continue through the December’s UTAs. The Flu vaccination is mandatory for all Airmen unless exempted by medical staff. Airmen no current with their Flu vaccination after the December UTAs will potentially be placed in a no point no…

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Get to know your chaplains and chaplain assistants

Posted February 19, 2016 by by Col. Rick Givens, 452 AMW Chaplain

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s chapel team is here to serve you. The chaplains and chaplain assistants assigned to the wing staff are made up of a great group of men and women from various backgrounds and traditions. The common denominator is that they are here to serve you, right where you are. They serve…

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Identity theft, cybercrime and you

Posted November 13, 2015 by by Senior Master Sgt. David Smith

Ten years as a fraud investigator for a major financial institution, I can say I have seen every way to scam or commit fraud involving financial transactions. What is fraud?  Fraud is defined by dictionary.reference.com as a deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest…

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Accident/incident? Keep calm and carry on

Posted December 11, 2015 by by Linda Welz

Ironic as it is, I recently smashed my finger while putting a first aid kit into a vehicle. While preparing for a temporary duty assignment (TDY), I was transferring luggage from my personal vehicle into a government van to prepare for the drive to my TDY location. How was I supposed to know that those…

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Air National Guard teaches Airman civilian trade

Posted October 13, 2015 by by Master Sgt. Julie Avey

California Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jessica Abrego has a valuable skill set, which is an asset to her unit while paying dividends in her civilian career. “I joined the Air National Guard because I had a rough childhood and it was my way to do something better for my future,” said Abrego. Abrego, of…

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Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American memories

Posted February 26, 2016 by Prepared by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they have played in U.S. history. The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. Few…

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Team March 101: 163rd Attack Wing

Posted November 20, 2015 by by 163 ATKW and 452 AMW

(This series, from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing public affairs staff, will introduce you to the many mission partners on and around March Air Reserve Base.) The 163rd Attack Wing is one of five California Air National Guard units, and is headquartered here, making them one of the largest mission partners in the Team March…

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Ten ways to help kids conquer military life challenges

Posted April 24, 2015 by by Sarah Heynen

We often say that military kids face “unique challenges,” but what does that really mean? Military children grow up fast. They know firsthand what big change feels like, from saying goodbye to friends to learning new languages and customs. They learn terms like “PCS,” “period of adjustment,” and “deployment,” sometimes before they can even spell…

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