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Read Across America: Dr. Seuss National Reading Day

Posted March 15, 2013 by by Darnell Gardner

Approximately 35 Airmen from March Air Reserve Base participated in the 15th annual Read Across America Day program, at the John F. Kennedy Elementary school and four other local schools, March 1. Each member was assigned to several classrooms for a “celebration of reading,” in which they read their favorite children’s book and cast votes for…

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Sequestration pinch includes tuition assistance suspension

Posted March 15, 2013 by by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Though budget woes led the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force to suspend their tuition assistance programs and the Navy continues to consider its options, the program is important to the Defense Department and to service members, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. “The program enables the professional and personal development of…

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Thrift Savings Plan officials warn against unsanctioned app

Posted March 15, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan, available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk, program officials warned. A notice on the Thrift Savings Plan website says the “TSP Funds” app, which asks participants for their account login information, is not sanctioned. “This app is not being…

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Arlington Museum showcases military women’s contributions

Posted March 8, 2013 by by Terri Moon Cronk

ARLINGTON, Va. — A living legacy to women who served in all branches of the U.S. military honoring their service and sacrifice, was established inside the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The museum in the memorial depicts the “duty, honor and pride” of the more than two million women who served to defend the…

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Sequestration to affect DOD schools, commissaries

Posted March 8, 2013 by by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Civilian personnel at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the Defense Commissary Agency will be affected by sequestration, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, Mar. 4. The department will struggle to ensure DODEA — which serves 84,000 students at 194 schools — maintains an accredited school year, Little said. “We’re mindful…

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Space-based sensors star in “Stellar Eyes” missile defense test

Posted February 22, 2013 by by Troy Clarke

PACIFIC OCEAN — The Navy’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System scored another hit for the Missile Defense Agency on the Pacific Missile Range overnight, marking the first live-fire intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile using space-based sensors. Flight Test Mission-20 successfully demonstrated again the system’s capability to detect the target from outer space and launch…

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UPS pledges support to those who serve

Posted February 22, 2013 by by Senior Airman Christina Bozeman

ATLANTA, Ga. — The United Parcel Service and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve held a statement of support signing ceremony at the UPS World Headquarters, Feb 12. Air Force Reserve officers joined with UPS senior executives and other Guard and Reserve military branches in continuing a 40-year-old ESGR mission of gaining and…

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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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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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Air Force Week kicks off in New York City
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New surcharge on Visa purchases

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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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