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Culture shock: Returning to America after 26 years

Posted January 16, 2015 by George A. Smith

George A. Smith German autobahn drivers get to drive as fast as they want. In Southern California, it’s good they can’t. When I first came to Southern California after living 26 years in Germany, I heard questions from tanned guys in shorts that went something like, “Dude how does it feel to leave a land…

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Tips to help keep your New Year’s resolution

Posted January 16, 2015 by StatePoint Media, California

New Year’s resolutions are easier to make than to keep, especially when it comes to dieting. While life can often seem at odds with your health and fitness goals, there are plenty of ways to avoid common pitfalls this new year and stay on the weight loss track. • Snack and drink smart: When you’re…

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Safety, common sense help ensure happy holidays

Posted December 19, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Kathleen T. Rhem

I’ve always felt there are two important things to keep in mind during the holidays: Don’t let baby mistake the light-up nose on your Rudolph decoration for her “Baby’s 1st Christmas” pacifier, and go easy on the rum if you share the eggnog with your cat.

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CAL FIRE warns of home heating dangers during winter storms

Posted December 12, 2014 by Daniel Berlant

As a major winter storm prepares to hit California, CAL FIRE is reminding residents to take steps to heat their homes safely. While the cooler weather and rain is a welcomed event during a time of severe drought in California, it also means that many will need to turn on home heating sources to keep…

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Prepare for water-wise winter: Tips and ideas

Posted December 12, 2014 by Association of California Water Agencies

When the rain starts, conserving water may be the last thing that comes to mind. Yet given California’s Mediterranean climate, water conservation should be a daily, year-round habit for all of us. Save Our Water, a statewide public education program, offers these tips and ideas on how to conserve water this fall and winter: Change…

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Tool to safeguard PII rolls out AF-wide

Posted December 5, 2014 by 24th Air Force public affairs

The Digital Signature Enforcement Tool debuted for Air Force-wide integration today, providing Microsoft Outlook email users with an interactive, automated virtual assistant to help ensure the security of personally identifiable information. “I can’t overstate the operational importance of preventing PII breaches,” said Maj. Gen. B. Edwin Wilson, the commander of 24th Air Force and Air…

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Tips to heat your home affordably this winter

Posted December 5, 2014 by StatePoint Media, California

Climate control accounts for almost half the energy use in a typical U.S. home and is also the largest energy expense for most people -- but it doesn’t have to be.

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VA implements second phase of Choice Card Program

Posted November 26, 2014 by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs public affairs

Washington, DC – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on Nov. 17 to Veterans currently waiting more than 30-days from their preferred date or the date that is medically determined by their physician for an appointment at a VA facility. “VA continues to focus on implementation…

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Native American legacy of honor, dedication

Posted November 14, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang

Courtesy photo Pfc. Charles George is the most recent Native American to receive the Medal of Honor. He was recognized for saving members of his unit during the Korean War by throwing himself on a grenade and absorbing the explosion. The Charles George Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Asheville, N.C., is named in his honor….

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Airmen Powered by Innovation program launches new site

Posted November 14, 2014 by Gen. Larry O. Spencer,

graphic courtesy/Defense Media Activity Fellow Airmen, Your enthusiasm and ingenuity continues to be our Air Force’s number one weapon system! In April of this year we launched the Airmen Powered by Innovation program aimed at turning your ideas into real cost savings for our Air Force. Since coming online API has received and reviewed more…

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