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DOD works to ensure access for special needs families

Posted April 5, 2013 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Defense Department officials are working to standardize a program designed to help service members get care for family members with chronic health issues or special needs who otherwise might face forgoing an assignment or having to cut short a deployment because of an inability to find such care. The Exceptional Family Member…

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Air Force reservists, retirees eligible for TRICARE healthcare programs

Posted April 5, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — 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 who retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray area.” This is the waiting…

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Health & Safety

Ask the Doc

Posted April 5, 2013 by 99th Medical Group

Q. I am a TRICARE for Life beneficiary; what do I have to do with the transition to United Healthcare? A. During the transition to United Healthcare Military and Veterans, Welcome Packets were sent to all TRICARE beneficiaries in the TRICARE West Region. Included in that mailing were TRICARE for Life beneficiaries. These packets were…

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Mission focus vs. mission detractors

Posted April 5, 2013 by Col. Peter S. Ford

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Our mission to fly, fight and win in numerous environments requires intense focus … minute by minute. If we lose this focus, we risk our mission. Red Flag 13-3 just finished. During this demanding time, we all safely accomplished weapons school, advanced operational tests, Thunderbird season preparation, aggressor operations…

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Nellis cancels Aviation Nation 2013

Posted March 29, 2013 by

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — An F-22 Raptor performs a max climb take off during the 2010 Aviation Nation Nellis Open House Nov. 12. Nellis officials have announced that Aviation Nation 2013 has been cancelled because of U.S. government budget cuts. NELLIS AIR FORCE…

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Team Nellis kicks-off 2013 Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign

Posted March 29, 2013 by Capt. Jeremy B. McCraney

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William P. Coleman Leadership from Nellis Air Force Base officially kicked off the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign for the installation March 25, at Nellis Air Force Base. The AFAF is an annual campaign to raise funds for the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Villages, Air Force…

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Commentary

Moon landing jump starts general’s own space legacy

Posted March 29, 2013 by Desiree N. Palacios

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — When Neil Armstrong made history with man’s first footsteps on the moon, Susan Helms needed a little nudging from her mom to get excited. And get excited she did. She realized that there would never be another first step on the moon, and even as a young 11-year-old, knew the…

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AEF Indicator: Don’t go on leave without it

Posted March 29, 2013 by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — When in-processing to a new duty station, newcomers receive a checklist to accomplish before taking leave or going on a permissive TDY to look for a house. However, an item being overlooked while in-processing with the unit deployment manager is providing an Air and Space Expeditionary Force Indicator. The…

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Nellis chapel’s reflective garden offers peace

Posted March 29, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Monet Villacorte

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard Chaplain (1st Lt.) Ammon Larson, 99th Air Base Wing Chapel, reclines quietly in the reflection garden located behind the chapel March 25, at Nellis Air Force Base. The reflection garden is open for people to use and includes a play area for children. NELLIS AIR…

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DOD requires more base closings, official says

Posted March 29, 2013 by

Courtesy graphic A graphic illustrates two military facilities in Nevada which could be subject to Base Realignment and Closure considerations. The DOD is seeking latitude to realign bases following recent force drawdowns. A 2005 BRAC process led to $4 billion in annual savings. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department possesses more real estate than it…

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