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Transportation Security Administration expands PreCheck program

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, D. C. — The Transportation Security Administration is expanding a program that’s designed to provide faster processing for traveling service members passing through the nation’s airports while allowing TSA inspectors to concentrate on threats to travelers’ safety, a DOD official said in testimony, July 11. Todd Rosenblum, the principle deputy secretary of defense for…

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They took a brave path to the United States

Posted July 11, 2014 by George A. Smith

U.S. Navy Photo/Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Harrington Jimmy Truong (sitting) and Vien Do escaped from Vietnam and found their way to the U.S. before eventually landing Information Technology jobs at the AFN Broadcast Center at March Air Reserve Base. Getting a job with the U.S. Department of Defense was far easier for three…

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New surcharge on Visa purchases

Posted February 8, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As of January 27, merchants in the United States and U.S. Territories are permitted to impose a surcharge on any credit card transaction that uses a MasterCard or Visa branded card, which includes the Government Travel Charge Card, both Individually Billed Accounts (IBAs) and Centrally Billed Accounts (CBAs). This surcharge is permitted…

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Help for those lost in the smog: Getting ready for ECARS

Posted April 12, 2013 by Michael Cullen

U.S. Air Force photo Michael Cullen, legal intern, 452 Air Mobility Wing, holds a $50 bill symbolizing the potential cost of having a vehicle smog checked. The Employee-vehicle Certification and Reporting System, or ECARS, will soon be at March Field. This is an Air Force program that will ensure the base aligns with Clean Air…

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Home loans: Look before you leap

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Capt. Young B. Yim

It seems in this economy that more and more people are gearing up to purchase their first home. We hear virtually every day that property values have bottomed out and that now is the time to buy. While there are no guarantees that prices will not continue to drop, you might be in the market…

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African-Americans in the military: from the American Revolution to integration

Posted February 15, 2013 by by Dr. Robert Kane

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Many are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, but they were not the first African-Americans to serve in the American armed forces. African-Americans have continuously served in the U.S. military since colonial times. After the Revolutionary war began in 1775, the British offered to free any African-American…

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About Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted May 3, 2013 by Library of Congress

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru…

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New rules mobilize AF reservists for national emergencies

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Col. Bob Thompson

WASHINGTON D.C. — Officials are putting new policies and programs in place to mobilize Air Force reservists in response to national disasters and emergencies. ...

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Same-sex couples can claim new benefits by October

Posted February 15, 2013 by By Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Military members and retirees with same-sex partners will qualify for up to 24 new benefits under policy changes Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced, Feb. 11. In a memo to the service chiefs outlining the new policy, Panetta noted the department has “essentially completed” repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”…

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July 4th-A powerhouse and pinnacle celebration…for our posterity

Posted July 5, 2013 by Col. Brian Newberry

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – I often write the words “powerhouse” and “pinnacle” to describe my top commanders and officers on the bottom line of their performance reports. It is one of my strongest compliments. As I reflect on our nation’s 237th birthday and all we as a wing have sacrificed this year, these two words…

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