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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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President proclaims Patriot Day, Day of Remembrance

Posted September 14, 2012 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON D.C. — President Barack Obama signed a proclamation designating the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States as Patriot Day and National Day of Remembrance, Sept 10. Here is the president’s proclamation: On September 11, 2001, a bright autumn day was darkened by the worst attack on the…

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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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Dempsey calls on Americans to discuss civil-military relations

Posted July 12, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s all-volunteer military has been a success, but society at large and service members must ensure a shared understanding exists between them, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in a commentary in the Washington Post today. Dempsey described the all-volunteer force as one of…

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Federal voting assistance program eases registration, ballot process

Posted September 14, 2012 by By Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON, D. C. — With Election Day about two months away, absentee military and overseas citizen voters can enjoy a streamlined process to register, obtain a ballot and exercise their right to vote, a Federal Voting Assistance Program official said in a Pentagon news conference, Sept. 5. Pam Mitchell, the program’s acting director, outlined new…

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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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