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Suicide prevention takes courage, communication, official says

Posted September 12, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official said Aug. 21. Army Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, military deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense for personnel…

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Candid Comments | Month of the Military Child

Posted April 27, 2012 by

Vic Flores Job: Explosives Safety Manager Unit: 452 AMW Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, hiking, barbequing “I believe the best way to support military children is to keep them involved. Better yet, have your children search out and invite others whose parents are deployed to join your family events. Even if it’s dinner…

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Individual Preparation crucial for success in extreme environment

Posted August 17, 2012 by by Robert J. Kaschak

As we combat triple digit temperatures, we make all the necessary adjustments to minimize exertion, time in the sun and energy usage. Yet, next month, many of our wing personnel will be heading off to Gulfport, Miss., in support of the Operational Readiness Exercise.  Not only will they be subject to intense heat, but the…

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Candid Comments | Holiday Plans

Posted November 30, 2012 by

Maj. Lola Osawe Job: Group Practice Manager Unit: 452 AMDS Hometown: Pasadena, Calif. Hobbies: Music and painting I will be spending time with my family and doing some local travel to some of the beautiful parks in the area. I will possibly go to the mountains as well. The holidays are a time to celebrate…

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New resources promote fitness culture

Posted April 19, 2013 by Gloria Kwizera

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  – To help improve Total Force fitness levels, Air Force Personnel Center officials are fielding new fitness resources accessible online, in person or on DVD. These resources, including the Operational Fitness Program, Xtreme Wednesday Workouts, the Air Force Fitness DVDs and the Fitness on Request kiosks, are available to all Total…

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Test your knowledge of Women’s Equality Day:

Posted August 23, 2013 by

  1. August 26th is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate what? a. the work women did during the Second World War b. the anniversary of women winning the right to vote c. the flappers of the 1920’s d. the contemporary women’s rights movement   2. In what year did Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduce…

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Online School—A Choice for Military Families

Posted April 4, 2014 by Katrina Abston

Cyber school, virtual school, digital learning, whatever you call it, this growing educational choice simply works for thousands of California families.

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A story of survival and resilience

Posted October 24, 2014 by Lt. Col. Shaio Zerba

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — On April 16, 2007, I got a call no expecting mother would dream of receiving. “We got the results from your biopsy and it came back malignant.” Did the doctor just say I had cancer? I first discovered the lump during Christmas break. It was so small that it…

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Stressed Out Lately?

Posted June 8, 2012 by by Staff Sgt. Stacy Irvin

Life can really throw zingers at our game plan, huh? We are so eager to excel in our lives by hoping that certain events will occur, which catapult us to the next and better level. Yet, when a myriad of changes occur simultaneously, we can easily become stressed or overwhelmed. I speak from experience because…

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A day for Constitutional conversation

Posted September 28, 2012 by Commentary by Ken Dodd

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Sept. 17, 2012, marked the 225th anniversary of the signing of America’s Constitution. As federal employees, we commemorate that anniversary with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This day was established to ensure all federal agency employees have the opportunity to learn more about America’s great charter, the U.S….

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