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Knowing the facts: National American Indian Heritage Month

(Official U.S. Air Force photo) Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker was the highest ranking officer of Native-American ancestry and the first general lost in action during World War II. November is National American Indian Heritage Month, honoring American Indians and Alaska Natives. For 2014, the Society of American Indian Government Employees has selected the theme…

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Tips for getting enough healthy protein in your diet

At a time when over a third of American adults are obese and childhood obesity rates are rising exponentially, more Americans are looking for meat alternatives in their dining choices.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as Defense Secretary

Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s “class and integrity,” President Barack Obama has announced at the White House that Hagel will leave his post.

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DoD highlights warrior, family care during Warrior Care Month 2014

The Defense Department recently hosted a rehabilitation expo as part of Warrior Care Month as it continues its commitment to supporting wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers. James Rodriguez, deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Office of Warrior Care Policy, discussed his office’s role in supporting wounded warriors, Warrior Care Month…

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Tinker epitomized Native American strength, leadership

Courtesy Photo Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker was a natural leader who personally led his Airmen into combat missions during the early days of World War II. He perished, along with his crew, during the battle of Midway. The nation’s highest-ranking Native American general didn’t have to be on the ill-fated mission in the Pacific…


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Health Benefits Program open season begins

Posted  November 14, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program will run Nov. 10 through Dec. 8, officials announced recently. During open season employees and retirees will have the chance to review their current plans and make any changes they desire for…

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Reservists can nominate their employers for Freedom Award

Posted  November 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Nation’s highest honor presented to civilian employers for exceptional support of their National Guard and Reserve employees. ESGR encourages Guardsmen, Reservists, or…

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Airmen Powered by Innovation program launches new site

Posted  November 14, 2014

graphic courtesy/Defense Media Activity Fellow Airmen, Your enthusiasm and ingenuity continues to be our Air Force’s number one weapon system! In April of this year we launched the Airmen Powered by Innovation program aimed at turning your ideas into real cost savings for our Air Force. Since coming online API has received and reviewed more…

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News Briefs November 14, 2014

Posted  November 14, 2014

Changes coming soon to ESD The Air Force is transitioning the Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) to a Virtual ESD (vESD). Currently March ARB is scheduled to transition on Dec. 15; this change will impact the process the end user follows for receiving information technology support. It will provide an application for automatically resolving minor IT…

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DoD Celebrates Military Family Month in November

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, – November in America traditionally is a month of thankfulness, and the Defense Department chose this month to recognize those who support the nation’s armed forces but who don’t wear the uniform: military families. Barbara Thompson directs the department’s Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, and Special Needs. She recently spoke with DoD…

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DEOMI releases National American Indian Heritage Month observance products

Posted  November 7, 2014

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – In observance of National American Indian Heritage Month, celebrated each year from November 1-30, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) proudly announces the availability of observance products that may be used as part of a turn-key solution to a successful special observance. Now available are DEOMI’s 2014 National…

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Force Support Squadrons integrate, effectiveness increases

Posted  November 7, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington Airmen from 452nd Air Mobility Wing and the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing’s Force Support Squadron have integrated as part of the 3 to 1 Total Force Personnel Management Initiative, allowing the Reserve and Guard at March to share processes, databases, manpower and services in an effort to to better serve…

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Exercise can improve your mental health

Posted  November 7, 2014

Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Michael Means You’re probably aware of the physical benefits of exercise, but exercise also plays a key role in mental health. It helps people manage stress and prevent or treat depression and anxiety, and it confers overall mental strength and resilience. What’s more, exercise is something almost everyone can do,…

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Air Force Aid Society grants, scholarships available

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force Aid Society is accepting applications for education grants and scholarships. The single online application opens the door to three education programs. General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant – the centerpiece and gateway to all of the AFAS education programs. It offers need-based grants of at least $2,000 to dependent…

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Eval changes continue with weighted factor adjustments

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — This January, changes to the Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) will continue with adjustments to the scoring model for promotions to technical sergeant and below, all designed to help ensure job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion. The current WAPS enlisted performance report calculation model…

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