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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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Pentagon delays furlough notices to civilian workforce

Posted  March 30, 2013

Photo by Senior Airman Perry Aston Defense Department officials have delayed sending furlough notices to civilian workers. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pentagon officials have put off sending furlough notices to civilian employees until they’ve had a chance to analyze how pending legislation that would fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year will…

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News Briefs | March 29, 2013

Posted  March 30, 2013

JUMP WITH THE SKYHAWKS The Canadian SkyHawks are offering tandem skydiving to Team March members, during the month of April. Participants must be less than six feet tall and 200 pounds or less; anyone 50 or older must be physically cleared with a doctor’s note to jump. If interested please email your name, age, height,…

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Jackson outlines Reserve priorities during House caucus

Posted  March 30, 2013

Service chiefs from the Reserve and Guard components met with members of House National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus on Capitol Hill, March 14.

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Preparing to survive: A series on disaster preparation

Posted  March 30, 2013

The Eastern and Midwestern regions of the U.S. routinely deal with tornadoes and hurricanes; however, in the West, in particular Southern California, the most likely natural disaster will come from earthquakes. Unlike other disasters, earthquakes are the most unnerving because occurrences cannot be predicted. The primary focus of emergency planners is to analyze disaster scenarios…

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163rd creates collaborative with support agencies

Posted  March 30, 2013

A member of the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing, readying for retirement from active duty service, was unsure where to access his benefits and how to find housing. He approached the Religious Support Team’s office for assistance and they quickly linked him up with an organization that specialized in assisting transitioning military members. The Religious Support Team…

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Clarke officially assumes responsibilities as Air Guard director

Posted  March 30, 2013

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III assumed the duties and responsibilities of director, Air National Guard in a ceremony, March 22, at the Air National Guard Readiness Center. Clarke took over as director from Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt, who retired.

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Tuition programs demonstrate hard choices, official says

Posted  March 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuition assistance is an important program, but should be weighed against the military’s imperative requirement to maintain readiness, a Defense Department spokeswoman said. Both houses of Congress have passed legislation, now awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature, that would require the services to fund tuition assistance programs through this fiscal year. The programs…

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Not too soon for spouse’s job hunt before moving

Posted  March 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As service members start to receive their orders for summer moves, it’s time for working spouses to update resumes, start networking for job opportunities and contact career counselors at their new locations, a Pentagon official recommends. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Meg O’Grady, program manager,…

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It takes a village

Posted  March 30, 2013

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — “Hey, Mom, guess what!” It was an innocent start to a recent conversation with my son that served as a real wake-up call for me. When my 10-year-old told me someone had asked him if he wanted to get high, my first reaction was to begin interrogating him with a…

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4th Air Force spring cleaning: A day of fun in the sun

Posted  March 30, 2013

Members of the 4th Air Force staff took time out of their busy day to participate in spring cleaning around their newly renovated building, March 15.

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