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AFPC implements live chat capability on myPers website

Posted May 3, 2013 by Senior Airman Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas – The Air Force Personnel Center now provides live chat capability through the myPers website, AFPC officials announced recently. Since April 5, live chat capability has provided users interested in retiring with the option of real time communication with personnel specialists. Additional topics will be rolled out in phases…

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Using my voice to find my strength

Posted April 26, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Christina M. Styer

 SOUTHWEST ASIA — I felt like everyone knew how stupid I was and because I made bad choices, he got away with it. I did make really bad choices — choices that allowed me to put myself in a position to get sexually assaulted, just two months after turning 21 years old. My story is not that…

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DEERS streamlined for better efficiency

Posted April 26, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — A modification in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System is expected to streamline personal records for better efficiency, the director of the Defense Manpower Data Center said. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Mary Dixon said information would now be entered into DEERS in personnel offices, rather…

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The men I left behind

Posted April 19, 2013 by Capt. Belena S. Marquez

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – I am one of the thousands of women who have gone to war. I am neither unique nor exceptional. If you ask around, you will hear stories similar to mine. In the past, expectations for girls did not include the possibility of growing up to be veterans. We are not born warriors….

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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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The Chaplain’s Corner

Posted April 19, 2013 by Senior Airman Sarah Dyroff

The blooms of Spring have finally made their grand appearance, so why not take a moment to go outside, enjoy the vibrant sights and breathe the sweet fragrances in the air. Each season has its own special meaning and spring reminds me of two: life and hope. A few weeks earlier, two major religious holidays…

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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted April 12, 2013 by Senior Airman Kelly Galloway

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. – “Hey sexy… you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about five foot eight inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times.  It wasn’t just me he had an eye…

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Air power energized by use of resources

Posted April 5, 2013 by Col. Nancy Opheim

TRAVIS Air Force Base, Calif. – One of my favorite sayings is “flexibility is the key to airpower.” As sequestration takes hold, coupled with budget constraints, it may become our battle cry. We live in uncertain times and the resources that appeared abundant last year will have to stretch in order to cover our mission. The definition…

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AF to implement force structure changes

Posted April 5, 2013 by Jennifer Cassidy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Air Force released its plan, March 28, to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined in…

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It takes a village

Posted March 30, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. Haisshia Havens

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — “Hey, Mom, guess what!” It was an innocent start to a recent conversation with my son that served as a real wake-up call for me. When my 10-year-old told me someone had asked him if he wanted to get high, my first reaction was to begin interrogating him with a…

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