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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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Fourth Air Force announces 2014 Raincross winners

(U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington) Col. Mark S. Larson (center), commander, 931st Air Refueling Group, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., accepts the Raincross Trophy at the annual Raincross Awards Dinner in Riverside, Nov. 19. The 931st Air Refueling Group was awarded the trophy as the top unit in 4th Air Force. This marked the…


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Identity Theft concerns drive social security number program

Posted  May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The loss of personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers, is a concern throughout the Defense Department, the director of the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office said. “When people lose control of the social security number and other personally identifiable information, they really are susceptible to identity theft,” Michael E….

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AFPC implements live chat capability on myPers website

Posted  May 3, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force Personnel Center now provides live chat capability through the myPers website, AFPC officials announced recently. Since April 5, live chat capability has provided users interested in retiring with the option of real time communication with personnel specialists. Additional topics will be rolled out in phases…

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Reserve, Guard leaders discuss FY14 budget

Posted  May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Top leaders from Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Reserve and National Guard were on Capitol Hill providing statements and answering questions regarding their Fiscal Year 2014-budget proposals. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., chairwoman, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chairman, Subcommittee on Defense and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., the subcommittee’s…

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Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Benefit Changes

Posted  May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Service members married to other service members are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program, Pentagon officials said. The change was effective Jan. 2, and to date affects about 4,500 service members, Coast Guard Cmdr. Kristen Martin, Defense Department’s SGLI policy office, said in an interview with…

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About Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted  May 3, 2013

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru…

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Meet Team March First Sargeants

Posted  May 3, 2013

MASTER SERGEANT DONALD C. BRANSCUM Master Sgt. Donald C. Branscum is the first sergeant for the 452d Civil Engineer Squadron at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, April 1986. His first duty station was Royal Air Force Bentwaters, United Kingdom, where he served as a Tactical Maintenance Aircraft…

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Preparing to survive: Vehicle preparation

Posted  May 3, 2013

Los Angeles, Calif., was recently named as the number one traffic-congested city in the country. This dubious honor is no surprise to southern Californians, especially to those who commute on a daily basis. The freeways are constantly crowded, so planning driving routes around peak commute times is a way of life here in the southland….

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California employers named semifinalists for 2013 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award

Posted  May 3, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve a Department of Defense operational committee, announced that three California employers have been selected as semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DOD’s highest honor for employers that provide extraordinary support to their Guard and Reserve…

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California Guard members ranked Cyber-best

Posted  May 3, 2013

The Defense Department is working to boost cyber security support nearly five-fold in coming years, according to The Washington Post. Since August 2011, multiple California National Guard members have been activated to boost with U.S. Cyber Command manpower. There are currently 20 California Air and Army National Guard members serving CYBERCOM at four Joint Intelligence…

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News Briefs May 3, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

All are invited to Lt. Col. Jim BULLARD’S RETIREMENT Ceremony Lt. Col. Jim Bullard, 452d AMW Operations Group Executive Officer and former 452d AMW Executive Officer, is retiring May 19, 2013, 1 p.m., at the March Field Air Museum, following a 28-year, Air Force career. All are welcome to attend and stay for a reception…

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