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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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You can become an advocate of change from within: Don’t succumb to your environment

Posted  June 28, 2013

Growing up in a low-income neighborhood plagued by high crime rates does not exactly set the foundation for a fruitful beginning in life.

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Preparing to survive Wildfire Season, cont.

Posted  June 28, 2013

During the recent devastating wildfires that destroyed thousands of acres of land and displaced even more families, a common thread connecting the survivors was “if I had known this was going to happen I would have done….” Keeping this in mind, here are some actions to consider when confronted with a major catastrophe involving fire….

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15 Reserve-component employers earn 2013 Freedom Awards

Posted  June 28, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va., – Fifteen employers of reserve-component service members in their civilian lives have earned the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for the support they provide to their employees who serve the nation in uniform. The Freedom Award is the Defense Department’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard…

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Hagel: Opening combat jobs to women the right thing to do

Posted  June 28, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Opening more jobs in the military to women — in particular lifting the combat exclusion — is the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said recently, as he brushed aside any notion that the armed forces would have to lower standards to do so. Hagel’s comments came during a visit…

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News Briefs June 28, 2013

Posted  June 28, 2013

FOREIGN OBJECT DAMAGE WALK SCHEDULED There will be a base FOD walk, July 10, at 7:15 a.m. The meeting point will be on the flight line side of the previous Air Passenger Terminal. Please use alternate gates due to construction. Bring a plastic trash bag for debris collection. Carpool as much as possible because parking…

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Heerrrre’s Cory: Team March goes to Hollywood

Posted  June 21, 2013

U.S. Air Force photos/Darnell Gardne Above, Team March member Cory Jugas, Morale, Welfare and Recreation aide, 452d Force Support Squadron, stands by for a cameo appearance on the sitcom, Anger Management, June 13. Jugas, was selected out of the audience of a previous taping because of his talented dancing skills. Below, Jugas gets a few…

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Keeping service in perspective

Posted  June 21, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – If you were approached by a co-worker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?”, what would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several…

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Officials battle obesity, tobacco with Healthy Base Initiative

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Defense Department has teamed with the White House, industry, medical communities and installation leaders to assess obesity and tobacco programs for the total workforce, a Pentagon official said. Starting in July, DOD officials will begin evaluating 13 installations to gauge their implementation of the Healthy Base Initiative, said Charles E. Milam,…

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Preparing to survive Wildfire season

Posted  June 21, 2013

Southern California’s unique topography complemented with intense heat, dry soil, acts of nature and human carelessness, all combine to make it extremely vulnerable to wildfires. Every year we standby, ready to combat these demons of destruction. When not actually engaged in a response, firefighters train constantly to improve tactics, communication and working relationships. The drain…

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Air Force leaders congratulate Army on 238 years

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C – Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody recognized the Army on its 238th birthday, June 14. Donley wrote a letter to the secretary of the Army stating: “Congratulations on the U.S. Army’s 238th…

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