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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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AF releases new ‘vision’ document

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force released a new Vision document outlining the force’s vision and way forward. “Focused on ‘Airmen, Mission and Innovation,’ I believe this short document captures what today’s Air Force is all about and where I think we ought to focus on for tomorrow,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen….

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Smaller Air Force will protect quality, readiness

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — To roll with unprecedented strategic and fiscal challenges, the best path forward for the Air Force is to become smaller to protect a high-quality, ready force, top Air Force officials said. Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III briefed Pentagon reporters, addressing…

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Snapshot | TRX training

Posted  January 18, 2013

Staff Sgt. Brandon Lopez, 452d Force Support Squadron, participates in the gym’s new TRX Suspension Training System certification course ...

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Snapshot | Castillo retirement

Posted  January 18, 2013

Mrs. Norma T. Castillo, center, retired after more than 43 years of Federal service, Thursday, Jan. 10. She proudly served her country with dedication ...

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Maintain mission readiness: Combat illness with flu shot!

Posted  January 18, 2013

Influenza, commonly called the “flu,” is a contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. Influenza is a serious disease that…

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MLK: Service, conviction, dreams

Posted  January 18, 2013

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — This year marks the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The holiday gives us a chance to stop and remember the work of not only King, but of all of those who persevered through the Civil Rights Movement to end segregation and improve this great…

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163d RW Air National Guard of the Year Winners

Posted  January 25, 2013

Command Sergeant Major William Clark Jr., State Senior Enlisted Advisor for the California National Guard, presents a token of appreciation ...

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New resource helps troops, families plan deployments

Posted  January 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Defense Department launched a new resource to help troops and their families plan for the “before, during and after” of deployments. Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office for family policy, explained “Plan My Deployment” during an interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service. “This is a new, interactive, online tool…

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March Minutes | January 18, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Cliff Gonzales Recreation Assistant, 452 FSS Hometown: Riverside, California 0630 The smell of percolating coffee is my signal to get up and get my day in gear. 0730 After viewing about one half-hour of my favorite news channel, I make my way in to the office to do my part as a Team March member. 0807 My first…

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News Briefs | January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

UPCOMING CHANGES TO TRICARE TriWest Healthcare Alliance, located outside the March Air Reserve Base main gate, will discontinue service and United Healthcare Military and Veteran Services will become the new TriCare West Region administer, effective Feb. 15. Authorizations or claims submitted prior to Apr. 1, will still be administered by TriWest Healthcare Alliance; however, all…

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