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Seven little known facts about Memorial Day

As Americans get ready to observe Memorial Day with travel, family get-togethers and celebrations, let us not forget—it’s not about the BBQ. Memorial Day is observed specifically to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States of America, and to observe a moment of silence is the law. Here are…

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Robert Sekula, man of many hats

Robert Sekula’s ever-present hat is as much a part of him as a toe or finger, but his top cover doesn’t do him justice. He should be wearing eight or nine nested together.

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March defenders are best in Air Force

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Mitterholzer Staff Sgt Alfonso Gutierrez, installation patrolman, 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, checks an ID card at the March main gate May 13, 2015. Gutierrez’s squadron was named the best SFS in the command for 2014 and has stepped up security since last week due to…

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Team March provides national defense transportation anytime, any place

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan President Barack Obama proclaimed Friday, May 15, 2015, as National Defense Transportation Day and May 10 through May 16, 2015, as National Transportation Week. In the proclamation, he calls upon all Americans “to recognize the importance of our Nation’s transportation infrastructure and to acknowledge the contributions of…

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Treasure uncovered near March Air Reserve Base

Courtesy photo Defense Visual Information Record Center archivist Pedro Loureiro, sifts through mounds of submitted materials in his office at the Defense Media Activity-Riverside, California, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base. Loureiro, who holds a PhD and is a former college professor, is on a quest to find and preserve military history. RIVERSIDE, Calif. –…


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‘Keep your boots shined’ means I love you

Posted  June 20, 2014

Courtesy Photo Master Sgt. Angela Caruso-Yahne, 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, (left) and her spouse, Mandy, pose for a photo at a friend’s wedding. The two legally married July 2013, one month after the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and 14 years after their unofficial wedding. Approaching their sixth…

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National Safety Month: Preventing vehicle-induced heatstroke deaths

Posted  June 20, 2014

Just because a car isn’t moving doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, in 2013, 43 children died from heatstroke inside vehicles – one of the deadliest years to date. These tragedies can happen to anyone, but are preventable with the proper education and action. This National Safety Month, the National Safety…

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Air Force releases new feedback forms

Posted  June 20, 2014

During the past year, Air Force leaders have been shaping a new and more comprehensive Air Force evaluation system for officers and enlisted Airmen. The new system is designed to better meet the needs of the Air Force and Airmen, differentiate more effectively between good and great performers, and value job performance first and foremost,…

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Yellow Ribbon

Posted  June 20, 2014

Senior Master Sgt. Donald Branscum, 452nd Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant, and his wife Josie participate in an activity during a Yellow Ribbon event in Washigton D.C., May 25-27. The Yellow Ribbon Program promotes the well-being of reservists and their families by connecting them with resources before and after deployments. It began in 2008 following…

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DOD to include red cross emblem on some Common Access Cards

Posted  June 20, 2014

By late July, the Defense Department will issue the Geneva Conventions Common Access Card with a red cross emblem to military personnel and DOD civilian employees in certain medical, medical auxiliary or religious occupational specialties, a Pentagon official said today. During an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Sam Yousef, program…

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Adequate sleep critical to healthy lifestyle

Posted  June 20, 2014

In our fast-paced, over-worked and multi-tasking society, sleep problems are a commonality many of us share.

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VOW to Hire Heroes Act

Posted  June 20, 2014

On Nov 21, 2011, the president signed the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act which made service member participation in the Transition Assistance Program mandatory. TAP components are made available by all military departments and the U.S. Coast Guard. The current mandatory components include: – A pre-separation counseling session in which the service member initiates…

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News Briefs June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 2014

Sea Cadets visit U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan Members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps gather in front of a C-17 Globemaster III during a visit to March Air Reserve Base, June 7. In addition to exploring the plane, the cadets were taken for a tour of the fire department, treated to…

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DOD holds Pride Month celebration

Posted  June 13, 2014

DOD photo /Glenn Fawcett Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work delivers remarks at the 2014 Defense Department Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month ceremony at the Pentagon, June 5, 2014. Work emphasized the importance of diversity within the department as he delivered the keynote address to hundreds of attendees. The Defense Department (DOD) and the…

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VA releases results of nationwide audit

Posted  June 13, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the results from its Nationwide Access Audit, along with facility level patient access data, medical center quality and efficiency data, and mental health provider survey data, for all Veterans health facilities. Full details were made public at VA.gov, June 9, following Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson’s…

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