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AAFES marks 119 years of serving Airmen

Today, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) celebrates 119 years of proudly serving Airmen, Soldiers and their families. AAFES is the 43rd largest retail organization in the U.S., with annual revenue of more than $10 billion and employing 40,622 civilian and military personnel. The Exchange is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the…

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‘An Innovator’s DNA’: Col. John Boyd

Surprisingly, few Airmen have heard of Col. John Boyd, with far fewer aware of his innovative contributions to the advancement of modern-day air power. As the Air Staff feverishly reviews the thousands of innovative ideas submitted by young Airmen, I thought it appropriate to recognize an Airman who committed his entire career to innovation. Though…

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NSWC Corona STEPs for future scientists, engineers

Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona and Riverside’s Science and Technology Education Partnership signed an education partnership agreement at the Bourns Technology Center July 16, strengthening ties for greater outreach for the next generation of inland scientists and engineers.

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AF introduces Total Force Commissioning Process

Air Force officials announced the Total Force Commissioning Process July 10. This new process allows the Air Force to provide multiple career avenues for officers being commissioned through Air Force ROTC

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Pacing program embodies Wingman concept

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. David House Staff Sgt Joey William, 452 Force Support Squadron (right) helps fellow Airmen keep pace during a timed run at the March ARB running track, June 28. William is one of several volunteers who provides motivation to runners as part of the Rising Six pacing program. Airmen at March…


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SecDef: Civilian furloughs reduced to six days

Posted  August 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When I announced my decision on May 14 to impose furloughs of up to 11 days on civilian employees to help close the budget gap caused by sequestration, I also said we would do everything possible to find the money to reduce furlough days for our people. With the end of the…

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19-year engagement leads to marriage

Posted  August 16, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz Marvin Tucker, March Air Reserve Base civilian employee, and Joshua Delgado, pause outside the March ARB chapel after ‘tying the knot’ a few minutes earlier. The couple was legally wed August 3, 2013, after a 19-year relationship. The chronology of the relationship between Marvin Tucker, a civilian employee at March…

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News Briefs August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

March Clinic Closed During Sept. Joint UTA The Clinic will be closed during the joint UTA, Sept. 7. Members deploying in September must take care of their medical processing needs during the August UTA’s. For more information call 951-655-7793. Celebrate Summer by Fishing For Free Sept. 7 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering anglers a…

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Candid Comments: “Same Sex Benefits”

Posted  August 16, 2013

What is your opinion on the DOD announcing its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and will any issues arise from this decision? Chief Master Sgt. Tina Dunneback Unit” 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Job: Superintendent Hometown: Orange, Calif. “I think this is ok, since the military has chosen to allow same-sex marriages; all should…

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Leaders discuss roles of reserve components

Posted  August 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing to perform an operational role, while solving manpower costs and dealing with shrinking defense budgets highlighted topics discussed at the Reserve Officers Association 2013 National Security Symposium. More than 300 people attended the conference Aug. 7-10 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. They included senior leaders from the…

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March responds to support LA County affiliate exercise

Posted  August 9, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson A heavy equipment cache is loaded aboard a static C-17 July 25 as part of a L.A. County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue response exercise that began in the early-morning hours of July 25. Members of the 452 ALCF and the Aerial Port Support Flight supported the…

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ARkStorm – California’s hypothetical other “big one”

Posted  August 9, 2013

Over the past several weeks, we have discussed high temperatures, wild fires and resulting heat related issues. For now, I would like to put the “hot stuff” on the “back burner” so to speak and discuss something totally different, but relevant to Californians; ARkStorm, California’s other “Big One”. Since this may be the first time…

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New 452 Maintenance Group commander made early choice to take position

Posted  August 9, 2013

U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Col. Samuel Mahaney awards the Legion of Merit to Col. Max J. Stitzer during his Assumption of Command ceremony for the 452nd Maintenance Group held July 13 in Building 2306. Stitzer assumed command of the group from Col. Robert R. Stormes who retired from the Air Force in…

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Obama nominates James to become Air Force Secretary

Posted  August 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama yesterday announced that Deborah Lee James is his choice to become the next Secretary of the Air Force. “Deborah’s strong record of public service and leadership in the private sector makes her uniquely qualified to be my nominee for Secretary of the Air Force,” Obama said in a White…

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PLAYpass gives Airmen up to $1,000 in discounts

Posted  August 9, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Airmen projected to deploy or have recently returned from a deployment can participate in the PLAYpass Get out and Play Program and save $500 to $1,000 on installation programs. The PLAYpass program is based upon discount cards which provide eligible Airmen and family members the opportunity to participate in…

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