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March Key Spouse Program kicks off initial training

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Valerie Fioretta, key spouse facilitator and director of the Airman and Family Readiness Center, March Air Reserve Base, explains an exercise to participants during an initial key spouse training on Nov. 1, 2014. Nearly three dozen March spouses attended the key spouse training program, which is designed…

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Retired nurse flying high at March Aero Club

Joan Cooper is a retired nurse but not a typical one.

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Fourth Air Force announces 2014 Raincross winners

(U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington) Col. Mark S. Larson (center), commander, 931st Air Refueling Group, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., accepts the Raincross Trophy at the annual Raincross Awards Dinner in Riverside, Nov. 19. The 931st Air Refueling Group was awarded the trophy as the top unit in 4th Air Force. This marked the…

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Tips to heat your home affordably this winter

Climate control accounts for almost half the energy use in a typical U.S. home and is also the largest energy expense for most people -- but it doesn’t have to be.

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Distinguished Marksman among the 452d AMW

I may never be a distinguished marksman, but fortunately for me the 452nd Air Mobility Wing here at March Air Reserve Base, California has one Airman with such a prestigious title.


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Cultural battlegrounds: Why culture matters in Global War on Terror

Posted  October 5, 2012

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — In every culture, there exists the possibility of a mob of people that could be easily compelled to action by others who know how to disrupt peaceful times. Understanding culture, for the military professional, should be thought of as the art and science of understanding cause and effect in…

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Family Matters Blog: Families can support suicide stand-down

Posted  October 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Army conducted its worldwide stand-down for suicide prevention, Sept. 27. Family members can prepare themselves for an emergency by adding the Military Crisis Line number to their Smartphone contacts at 1-800-273-8255, press 1, or text 838255, or visit militarycrisisline.net. All calls are confidential and are taken by trained counselors. Therefore, even…

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Candid Comments | October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

Master Sgt. Anhtuan L. Dang Job: Paralegal Unit: 452 AMW/Judge Advocate Hometown: Irvine, Calif. Hobbies: Reading, outdoor activities, Boy Scouts activities with sons My experience could be summed up as “Awesome!” There were some tasks that we performed well. However, there were some areas where we will need to dedicate additional training so that we…

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News Briefs | October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOR TRANSPORT SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 12 The Space Shuttle Endeavor will travel from LAX to the California Science Center, Oct. 12. It will depart the airport at 2 a.m. and will be stopping at Manchester and La Cienega at about 4 p.m. The movement will continue Saturday at 9 a.m. and is scheduled…

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Snapshots | Fishing Trip

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Single Airman’s Program sponsored a complimentary deep-sea fishing trip for March Field members, Sept. 22. A total of 24 participants met at 4 a.m. for the day’s journey ...

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Lodging rates increase Oct. 1

Posted  October 5, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — After four years without a rate increase, Air Force lodging rates went up beginning Oct. 1, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The increase is necessary to ensure Air Force Lodging rates cover current operating and capital improvement costs, said Maj. Gen. A.J. Stewart, AFPC commander. As an example,…

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Roth contributions to open to all active duty troops

Posted  October 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Active duty members of the Army, Navy and Air Force are now able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of their investment planning, Defense Financing and Accounting Service officials said, Sept. 28. The after-tax contributions will be electronically deducted from service members’ pay accounts. Active duty service members…

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Navigate the legal process with free, court-sponsored assistance

Posted  October 5, 2012

If you are seeking assistance with identifying the proper legal forms to use, and/or need help completing legal forms that you intend to file in a California court, court-sponsored “self-help centers” are an excellent no-cost resource. Additionally, self-help centers regularly provide free, legal workshops and seminars on legal topics including small claims lawsuits, probating estates,…

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Political activities by federal employees

Posted  October 12, 2012

With Election Day about a month away, it is a great time to go over the do’s and don’ts concerning political activities by federal employees. ...

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First things first: Get your degrees in order

Posted  October 12, 2012

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — In 1972 the Community College of the Air Force was established by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General John D. Ryan. Four years later, President Gerald Ford authorized the Air Force, by law, to confer the associate degree. The CCAF was accredited during the start of 1977 and by the…

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