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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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New co-pays for TRICARE pharmacy customers

Posted  February 1, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — New co-payments for prescription drugs covered by TRICARE will go into effect soon. The Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to increase co-pays on brand name and non-formulary medications that are not filled at military clinics or hospitals. There is no increase to co-pays for generic medications. Increases…

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An extra set of eyes watches over Super Bowl, homeland 24/7

Posted  February 1, 2013

The Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, is the foremost aviation and maritime-oriented law enforcement operations /coordination center in the U.S. The AMOC discovers and anticipates criminal use of non-commercial, air and marine conveyances throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico and then mitigates these threats by coordinating…

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Candid Comments | Women in Combat

Posted  February 1, 2013

Master Sgt. Amy Cartas Job: Combat Videographer Unit: 4th Combat Camera Squadron Hometown: Murrieta, Calif. Women have been serving in combat for quite some time now and I speak from experience, because I have encountered hostile fire while assigned to units engaged in combat. Now that women are officially able to fill combat specific positions,…

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Dempsey: Allowing women in combat strengthens Joint Force

Posted  February 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rescinding the policy that excluded women since 1994 from serving in direct ground combat positions will strengthen the military, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, Jan 24. U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey joined Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta at a Pentagon news conference to announce the decision and…

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Relieving stress

Posted  February 1, 2013

In the hectic and often challenging world we live in, we constantly find our lives impacted by some sort of stress. Whether it is a mild or significant amount, stress is something that we all struggle with. We need to recognize early signs of stress in order to manage it to the best of our…

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AF’s highest ranking African-American shares ties to civil rights movement

Posted  February 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On April 23, 1951, more than 450 students collectively walked out the front doors of the all-black, R. R. Moton High School in Farmville, Va., marching to the home doorsteps of school-board members in the community. Among the students who walked out that day was Selma Gaines, now Selma Spencer, the mother of Gen….

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Fellow Airmen

Posted  February 1, 2013

I will soon retire from active duty after more than 30 years of service. Before I do that, I want to express my sincere appreciation for all you do, one more time. Today’s Air Force is an incredible institution. The amazing things you accomplish every day are a testament to the innovative spirit of today’s…

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News Briefs | February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

UPCOMING CHANGES TO TRICARE TriWest Healthcare Alliance, located outside the March Air Reserve Base main gate, will discontinue service and United Healthcare Military and Veteran Services will become the new TriCare West Region administer, effective Feb. 15. Authorizations or claims submitted prior to Apr. 1, will still be administered by TriWest Healthcare Alliance; however, all…

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Team March makes push to Gulfport for ORI

Posted  February 1, 2013

Master Sgt. John Hale, 452d AMW historian, prepares to load bags on a truck as he awaits bus transportation to the deployment processing area. Gloves are required to be worn when loading bags. Ms. Valerie Fioretta, 452d Air Mobility Wing Airman & Family Readiness Center director, briefs personnel on services available to them and their…

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Airmen of the U.S. Air Force

Posted  February 1, 2013

On Jan. 24, I was appointed as your 17th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. It was an incredible day and as we begin this journey, I wanted to send a quick note to let you know a little bit more about me. First and foremost, I could not be any prouder of the…

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