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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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Norco Navy base requests proposals for food service concession

Posted  December 21, 2012

NORCO, Calif. – The Navy is requesting proposals to establish and operate a food service concession to serve some 1,400 Sailors, Navy civilians and support contractors working at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Detachment Norco, home of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. The Naval Exchange Service Command, administering the proposal, says the on-base…

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In hurricane’s wake, cynic learns lesson

Posted  December 21, 2012

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Prior to Hurricane Sandy, I thought the Air Force’s wingman concept was just a gimmick that encouraged Airmen to poke their noses into my business, or worse, required me to poke my nose into someone else’s business. For goodness sake, I thought, can’t an Airman just have a bad day without another…

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Snapshot | Santa comes to March

Posted  December 21, 2012

The 452d Maintenance Group and Maintenance Operations Squadron held their Christmas Party on Dec. 8. Unit family members joined in the festivities and enjoyed a magician ...

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Candid Comments | New Year’s Goals

Posted  December 21, 2012

Captain Linda Stanfield Job: Chief of Mission Development/Instructor Pilot Unit: 912th Air Refueling Squadron Hometown: Leavenworth, Kan. Hobbies: Traveling, yoga, hanging out with my husband Personally, I plan to get more involved with my gardening this coming year. I have already started a collection of succulents and would like to make some upgrades to my…

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A dignified deployment

Posted  December 14, 2012

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Before deploying, we [Airmen] endure months of training to prepare for it. We are taught to use weapons, scan areas with vigilant eyes and if needed, save our wingman’s life. None of that training could have prepared me for my first deployment. My name is Caitlin Jones, I am…

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DOD prepares for potential sequestration

Posted  December 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3. “We are at the very start of this process,” said Dr. George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, during a Pentagon…

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2012 Security Forces annual awards

Posted  December 14, 2012

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Air Force Reserve Command announced the 2012 Air Force Individual Security Forces Award winners. The winners, by category are: Master Sgt. Juan C. Rodriguez 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March ARB, Calif., Outstanding Security Forces Flight Level Senior NCO.           Tech Sgt. Nelson E. Brown III…

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The Doctor Is In – Urgent or Emergency?

Posted  December 14, 2012

If you or your child gets sick or injured, your first instinct is to go to the emergency room (ER) right away or call 911. These are good instincts in an emergency, but many people use the ER when it is not an actual emergency. This contributes to long ER wait times, high costs, and…

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Thrift savings plan contribution limits increase in 2013

Posted  December 14, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  —  The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has announced the 2013 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions increased from $17,000 to $17,500 for 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The TSP catch-up plan contribution limit will remain at $5,500. The Thrift Savings Plan is a long-term…

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News Briefs | December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

SAFETY ADVISORY UPDATE As per notification in The Beacon, dated Dec. 7, drivers and pedestrians traveling near the Air Traffic Control Tower, Bldg. 1220, should proceed with caution due to construction of the new control tower. Also, the gate entering the flightline at Base Ops (F18) is now closed. All personnel requiring access will sign…

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