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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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Snapshots | Retirement

Posted  March 1, 2013

Col. Robert Weisenberger, 452d Medical Group commander, says farewell to his military family and friends Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, during his retirement ceremony at the March Field Air Museum. Weisenberger, whose career spans 28 years as a traditional reservist from Norton Air Force Base to March Air Reserve Base, served in Operations Desert Shield, Desert…

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Space-based sensors star in “Stellar Eyes” missile defense test

Posted  February 22, 2013

PACIFIC OCEAN — The Navy’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System scored another hit for the Missile Defense Agency on the Pacific Missile Range overnight, marking the first live-fire intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile using space-based sensors. Flight Test Mission-20 successfully demonstrated again the system’s capability to detect the target from outer space and launch…

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UPS pledges support to those who serve

Posted  February 22, 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. — The United Parcel Service and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve held a statement of support signing ceremony at the UPS World Headquarters, Feb 12. Air Force Reserve officers joined with UPS senior executives and other Guard and Reserve military branches in continuing a 40-year-old ESGR mission of gaining and…

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March VITA center: Offering members free first-rate tax service

Posted  February 22, 2013

Midway through the 2013 tax season, the March Air Reserve Base Volunteer Income Tax Assistance center, or VITA, took a moment to recognize its second year in operation with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, officiated by the 452d Air Mobility Wing commander, Col. Samuel Mahaney, Feb. 14. “This is our second year of providing free tax service…

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Introducing the 452 Maintenance Ops Squadron Rising Six

Posted  February 22, 2013

Late in 2011, the 452d Maintenance Operations Squadron established a unit Rising Six organization. This group of dedicated entry- to mid-level Airmen took time out of their hectic schedules to put in place mechanisms that will ensure a successful career advancement for fellow wingmen. The current officers of the MOS R6 are Staff Sgt. James…

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Top Reserve shirt talks first sergeants’ importance

Posted  February 22, 2013

Chief Master Sgt. Michael Bellerose, Air Force Reserve Command’s first sergeant functional manager. (U.S. Air Force photo) HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Early in his career, Chief Master Sgt. Michael Bellerose saw a first sergeant fix a problem others said couldn’t be solved. Bellerose, a security forces patrolman at the time, was working at…

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Has anyone ever really seen God face-to-face?

Posted  February 22, 2013

One of the important “faith questions” we chaplains often hear is, “Has anyone ever seen God?” If, on your own faith journey or in your effort to seek the Almighty, you have asked this question, you’re not alone. Believers of a variety of faiths, as well as doubters, have asked this question since the beginning…

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News Briefs | February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

PARTICIPATE IN THE 2013 SALUTE TO VETERANS PARADE The 89th annual Salute to Veterans parade will take place Saturday, Apr. 20, beginning at 10 a.m., in downtown Riverside, Calif. The parade staging area will be located in the lower parking lots of Riverside City College and the parade route will be the same as previous…

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AF chief of staff releases 2013 reading list

Posted  February 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force chief of staff published his professional reading list Feb. 1. In a message on the website, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said, “We are the world’s greatest air force because of our Airmen…and we must continue to strengthen that team.” He asks Airmen to take a look at the list…

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Family, Medical Leave Act expands protections for military families

Posted  February 15, 2013

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. — More support has been extended to military dependents through expansions of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which include unpaid, job-protected time off for care of injured servicemembers or veterans and activities arising from a servicemember’s deployment. While family members of the U.S. Armed Forces have enjoyed entitlements…

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