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Fiscal cliff legislation affects military, civilian paychecks

Posted January 11, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The legislation President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2, postponed the fiscal cliff and means changes to military and civilian paychecks, Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials said, Jan. 4. The legislation increases Social Security withholding taxes to 6.2 percent. For the past two years during the “tax holiday,” the rate was 4.2 percent. The increase in…

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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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Vandenberg sends “hot shots” to Colorado wildfire front lines

Posted July 6, 2012 by by Staff Sgt. Erica Picariello

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — Vandenberg Air Force Base officials deployed the only Defense Department wild land firefighting asset at 2 p.m. June 27 in support of the wild land...

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Know the facts – Pride Month 2014

Posted June 27, 2014 by

Official White House photo/Chuck Kennedy President Barrack Obama signs a repeal act in Washington, D.C., Dec. 22, 2010, officially overturning the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law that he said required gay service members to serve in secrecy and isolation. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month…

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An extra set of eyes watches over Super Bowl, homeland 24/7

Posted February 1, 2013 by by Tina L. Pendell

The Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, is the foremost aviation and maritime-oriented law enforcement operations /coordination center in the U.S. The AMOC discovers and anticipates criminal use of non-commercial, air and marine conveyances throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico and then mitigates these threats by coordinating…

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for civilians

Posted April 5, 2013 by Nick Simeone

DOD photo/Glenn Fawcett Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey brief the media in the Pentagon on March 28, 2013. Hagel and Dempsey discussed the ongoing sequester, the impact of furloughs, and recent provocative actions on the part of North Korea. WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Defense…

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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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