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Local chaplain helps ANG recruiting efforts

Back in August of 2014, the 163d Reconnaissance Wing Chaplain Major David Sarmiento had the opportunity to be featured in a new Air National Guard (ANG) Chaplain Corps recruitment infomercial, the first of its kind in many years. In addition to the commercial, many still photos were taken of Sarmiento and four others to create…

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Pentagon salutes Dr. King’s life, legacy

DoD photo by Casper Manlangit Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work makes remarks during a Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2015. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department members gathered Jan. 15 at the Pentagon’s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, ahead of the federal holiday. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob…

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SecAF, CSAF discuss future of the Air Force

Senior leadership addressed the key issues, priorities, initiatives and challenges facing the Air Force during the State of the Air Force press briefing, Jan. 15 at the Pentagon.

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Honor Guard presents colors at 101st Rose Bowl game

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Members of March Air Reserve Base’s Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard present the colors as a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber flies overhead at the 101st Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, Jan. 1, 2015. The event marked the first time airmen from March ARB participated in the…

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Culture shock: Returning to America after 26 years

George A. Smith German autobahn drivers get to drive as fast as they want. In Southern California, it’s good they can’t. When I first came to Southern California after living 26 years in Germany, I heard questions from tanned guys in shorts that went something like, “Dude how does it feel to leave a land…


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Health & Safety

Preparing to survive: Family matters

Posted  April 5, 2013

Family preparation is paramount for survival during any type of major disaster. In addition to personal issues, other items require attention in the household. One of the serious outcomes of a major earthquake is flying debris. Therefore, it makes good sense to secure items in the home that may become potential hazards during such an…

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AF migrates civilian personnel records to OPM

Posted  April 5, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has migrated employee electronic official personnel folders to the Office of Personnel Management eOPF version, Air Force Personnel Center officials said April 2. The eOPF is a secure, digitized version of a hardcopy personnel folder that contains official human resource records for each federal employee. The system…

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AF migrates civilian personnel records to OPM

Posted  April 5, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has migrated employee electronic official personnel folders to the Office of Personnel Management eOPF version, Air Force Personnel Center officials said April 2. The eOPF is a secure, digitized version of a hardcopy personnel folder that contains official human resource records for each federal employee. The system…

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Health & Safety

Air Force reservists and retirees eligible for TRICARE healthcare programs

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D. C. — TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees, including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists that retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray-area.” This is the waiting period…

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AFR/ANG announces 2013 teen leadership summits

Posted  April 5, 2013

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga . (AFNS) — The Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard officials announced the 2013 Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard Teen Leadership Summit locations. This year’s summits will be held in Dahlonega, Ga., and Estes Park, Colo. The teen summits combine high-adventure activities with leadership classes to allow teens to…

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News Briefs | April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

452 AMW COMMANDER’S CALL SATURDAY There will be a 452 AMW commander’s call on Saturday, 3 p.m., in LeMay Park. Several units will be recognized for their contributions to the recent Operational Readiness Inspection. The club will be hosting a live band and free starter food after commander’s call. There will be random drawings for…

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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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Commentary

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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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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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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