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Local organization donates packages to March troops

U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Dath Nora Shaw, project coordinator for Sariaya Association of California, puts the final touches on a care package prior to it being sent to deployed servicemembers from March ARB. Deployed service members from March Air Reserve Base will be receiving a little holiday cheer in the mail, just in time for…

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President Obama expresses gratitude to troops, civilians

President Barrack Obama expressed his gratitude to service members and Defense Department civilians for their service to their country during an event held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Dec. 15.

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Safety, common sense help ensure happy holidays

I’ve always felt there are two important things to keep in mind during the holidays: Don’t let baby mistake the light-up nose on your Rudolph decoration for her “Baby’s 1st Christmas” pacifier, and go easy on the rum if you share the eggnog with your cat.

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March Key Spouse Program kicks off initial training

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Valerie Fioretta, key spouse facilitator and director of the Airman and Family Readiness Center, March Air Reserve Base, explains an exercise to participants during an initial key spouse training on Nov. 1, 2014. Nearly three dozen March spouses attended the key spouse training program, which is designed…

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Retired nurse flying high at March Aero Club

Joan Cooper is a retired nurse but not a typical one.


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Health Benefits Program open season begins

Posted  November 14, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program will run Nov. 10 through Dec. 8, officials announced recently. During open season employees and retirees will have the chance to review their current plans and make any changes they desire for…

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Salutes & Awards

Reservists can nominate their employers for Freedom Award

Posted  November 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Nation’s highest honor presented to civilian employers for exceptional support of their National Guard and Reserve employees. ESGR encourages Guardsmen, Reservists, or…

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Airmen Powered by Innovation program launches new site

Posted  November 14, 2014

graphic courtesy/Defense Media Activity Fellow Airmen, Your enthusiasm and ingenuity continues to be our Air Force’s number one weapon system! In April of this year we launched the Airmen Powered by Innovation program aimed at turning your ideas into real cost savings for our Air Force. Since coming online API has received and reviewed more…

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News Briefs November 14, 2014

Posted  November 14, 2014

Changes coming soon to ESD The Air Force is transitioning the Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) to a Virtual ESD (vESD). Currently March ARB is scheduled to transition on Dec. 15; this change will impact the process the end user follows for receiving information technology support. It will provide an application for automatically resolving minor IT…

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DoD Celebrates Military Family Month in November

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, – November in America traditionally is a month of thankfulness, and the Defense Department chose this month to recognize those who support the nation’s armed forces but who don’t wear the uniform: military families. Barbara Thompson directs the department’s Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, and Special Needs. She recently spoke with DoD…

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DEOMI releases National American Indian Heritage Month observance products

Posted  November 7, 2014

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – In observance of National American Indian Heritage Month, celebrated each year from November 1-30, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) proudly announces the availability of observance products that may be used as part of a turn-key solution to a successful special observance. Now available are DEOMI’s 2014 National…

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Force Support Squadrons integrate, effectiveness increases

Posted  November 7, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington Airmen from 452nd Air Mobility Wing and the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing’s Force Support Squadron have integrated as part of the 3 to 1 Total Force Personnel Management Initiative, allowing the Reserve and Guard at March to share processes, databases, manpower and services in an effort to to better serve…

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Health & Safety

Exercise can improve your mental health

Posted  November 7, 2014

Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Michael Means You’re probably aware of the physical benefits of exercise, but exercise also plays a key role in mental health. It helps people manage stress and prevent or treat depression and anxiety, and it confers overall mental strength and resilience. What’s more, exercise is something almost everyone can do,…

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Air Force Aid Society grants, scholarships available

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force Aid Society is accepting applications for education grants and scholarships. The single online application opens the door to three education programs. General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant – the centerpiece and gateway to all of the AFAS education programs. It offers need-based grants of at least $2,000 to dependent…

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Eval changes continue with weighted factor adjustments

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — This January, changes to the Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) will continue with adjustments to the scoring model for promotions to technical sergeant and below, all designed to help ensure job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion. The current WAPS enlisted performance report calculation model…

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