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Seven little known facts about Memorial Day

As Americans get ready to observe Memorial Day with travel, family get-togethers and celebrations, let us not forget—it’s not about the BBQ. Memorial Day is observed specifically to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States of America, and to observe a moment of silence is the law. Here are…

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Robert Sekula, man of many hats

Robert Sekula’s ever-present hat is as much a part of him as a toe or finger, but his top cover doesn’t do him justice. He should be wearing eight or nine nested together.

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March defenders are best in Air Force

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Mitterholzer Staff Sgt Alfonso Gutierrez, installation patrolman, 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, checks an ID card at the March main gate May 13, 2015. Gutierrez’s squadron was named the best SFS in the command for 2014 and has stepped up security since last week due to…

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Team March provides national defense transportation anytime, any place

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan President Barack Obama proclaimed Friday, May 15, 2015, as National Defense Transportation Day and May 10 through May 16, 2015, as National Transportation Week. In the proclamation, he calls upon all Americans “to recognize the importance of our Nation’s transportation infrastructure and to acknowledge the contributions of…

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Treasure uncovered near March Air Reserve Base

Courtesy photo Defense Visual Information Record Center archivist Pedro Loureiro, sifts through mounds of submitted materials in his office at the Defense Media Activity-Riverside, California, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base. Loureiro, who holds a PhD and is a former college professor, is on a quest to find and preserve military history. RIVERSIDE, Calif. –…


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USACE recreation sites free to military, dependents

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it will continue to accept the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Pass Program’s Interagency Annual Pass for military at its more than 2,500 USACE-managed recreation areas nationwide. Initiated last year, servicemen and women – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and activated National Guard/Reserve…

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West Region Transition

Posted  June 14, 2013

TRICARE is extending the temporary waiver for West Region Prime enrollees to obtain authorizations for specialty care referred by their primary care manager. The waiver will now include specialty care referrals received from April 1 through June 18.  The start of health care delivery under the new contract in the TRICARE West Region occurred, April…

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The physiological effects of leisure

Posted  June 14, 2013

If you’re looking for just another reason to take a break, here it is! According to a 2009 study conducted by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology, participation in regular leisure activities can help to prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk factors of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Just as studying or working…

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Former safety chief heads sexual assault prevention efforts

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senior officials announced that they have appointed a two-star general to lead the Air Force’s effort to reduce sexual assault within the ranks and provide victims the support they need. Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward was appointed the new director of the reorganized Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. In addition…

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President Proclaims Flag Day and National Flag Week

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama today signed a proclamation designating June 14, as Flag Day and the week beginning June 9 as National Flag Week. The president’s proclamation: Each June, our Nation lifts its sights to the flag that has watched over us since the days of our founding. In those broad stripes and…

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452 Force Support Sq gets “Dirty” with the commander

Posted  June 14, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Darnell Gardner Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander, issues Senior Airman Christopher Kmet, 4th Combat Camera, an official passport, June 6. As part of his Dirty Thursday program, Mahaney, spent the day at the 452d Force Support Squadron getting down and dirty, learning about the activities that occur during daily…

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News Briefs June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THE RETIRED ACTIVITIES OFFICE The RAO is in need of volunteers to work Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 3 p.m. Retired military and their dependents are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Lt. Col. Carter or Senior Master Sgt. Brown at 951-655-4077 or 951-655-4079. EXTENDED OPERATION FOR…

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New professional development guide available

Posted  June 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO RANDOLPH, Texas — The new Professional Development Guide, or PDG, AFPAM 36-2241, is now available at www.e-publishing.af.mil. Printed guides will be distributed to all promotion-eligible active duty Airmen in the grades of E-4 through E-8 and Airmen first class with at least two years in service. Base and unit Weighted Airman…

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Comptroller offers glimpse of post-sequester options

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The budget storms assailing the Pentagon are unprecedented, the Defense Department’s chief financial officer said in Washington, D.C. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale told an audience attending the 2013 Defense Communities National Summit, “and I hope we never see it again.” Hale asked attendees how many of them…

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Personal OPSEC: Tips on Avoiding Identify Theft

Posted  June 21, 2013

Identity theft among military members occurs at a much higher rate than with their civilian counterparts. The reason for this elevated incident rate is partially due to the copious amounts of personnel documents generated and the frequency of deployments that take servicemembers’ focus away from personal business maintenance, such as monitoring their credit reports. There…

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