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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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U.S. Air Force to change instructions for oaths

Posted  September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion…

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Eliminating stigma: A leadership responsibility

Posted  September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As a child, a close relative of mine committed suicide. In those days, mental health was only discussed in hushed tones and little support was available. I was shaped by this experience and in my military career, I have tried to create an environment where people feel comfortable discussing their problems and…

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News Briefs September 25, 2014

Posted  September 26, 2014

BASE FOD WALK OCTOBER 1 All available personnel are invited to join the Base Foreign Object Walk, Oct. 1, 2014. Assemble at the old Air Passenger Terminal building on the flight-line side at 7:15 a.m. Bring a plastic trash bag, like the one in your shop or office trash can and gloves if you desire…

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Airman retires after 37 years of service

Posted  September 19, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang Chief Master Sgt. Karen L. Krause, 452nd Maintenance Operations Squadrons superintendent, receives a flag from a Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard member during her retirement ceremony at the March Cultural Resource Center, Sep. 13. Krause retires after 37 years of service to the United States Air Force….

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Look past 1947 for Air Force roots

Posted  September 19, 2014

The Air Force officially turns 67 this month, but my Uncle Gino thinks it’s older. He’s 90 and the lone surviving brother of my father. Both of them served in World War II, as did two of their siblings. My father was in the Navy, as was his eldest brother, Europeo (his real name, I…

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Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

Posted  September 19, 2014

Courtesy Photo First Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr. of the 452nd Bombardment Group, were killed when their heavily damaged B-17 Flying Fortress exploded Nov. 9, 1944, as they raced to friendly territory in an attempt to save the life of a fellow crew member. Both were awarded the Medal…

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A reminder of our 24/7/365 responsibility to ourselves and each other

Posted  September 19, 2014

All Airmen have a responsibility that last much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone’s 24/7, 365-day responsibility to…

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Online risk assessment offers ways to evaluate, improve health

Posted  September 19, 2014

How well do you know yourself? Poor health is not always obvious. Even people who appear healthy can be at risk for medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. The Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) Health Risk Assessment (HRA) is a multi-faceted interactive tool offered online at www.afmcwellness.com. Below are some frequently asked…

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Life is all about choices

Posted  September 19, 2014

Back when I lived in the rural Midwest, late September and October was harvest time for the farming communities. For many frantic weeks, farmers would be out in the fields from morning to night, trying to beat the first snowfall, gathering in the crops they had planted earlier that spring. In southwest Minnesota the harvest…

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News Briefs September 19, 2014

Posted  September 19, 2014

FIFTH ANNUAL VETERANS EXPO Everyone is invited to the 5th annual Veterans Expo, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Riverside County Fairgrounds’ Fullenwider Auditorium, 82503 Hwy 111, Indio, California. It’s a family friendly event with military assistance booths, music, patriotic stage tributes, a USO show, mobile health center, food,…

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