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New process improves household goods shipments

Posted December 14, 2012 by Donna Miles

(AFNS)—A system being implemented at U.S. Transportation Command is making permanent-change-of-station moves more convenient, while reducing lost and damaged shipments and saving the government money. The Defense Personal Property System, introduced in 2009 as a pilot program at 17 installations, now supports 90 percent of all military moves, said Jill Smith, personal property division chief…

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Weapons School continues with Mission Employment Phase training

Posted December 7, 2012 by 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Southern Nevada residents may notice increased military aircraft activity as the Air Force continues their Mission Employment Phase training, scheduled through Dec. 12. Mission Employment Phase is the capstone, graduation exercise conducted by the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. The exercise incorporates Air Force capabilities in diverse scenarios which…

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Spouses, former spouses and children entitled to benefits

Posted December 7, 2012 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — If you’re newly married, newly divorced, have dependent children or have a child who was born out of wedlock you may be confused about military benefits. Some family situations are complicated or even awkward, so Airmen may be reluctant to pursue benefits to which their dependents – or former…

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Exchange gift cards personalize care packages for every member of the family

Posted December 7, 2012 by Chris Ward

DALLAS, Texas — According to a recent National Retail Federation survey, six in 10 shoppers polled said they’d like to receive gift cards this holiday season, the most in the survey’s history. Whether in Afghanistan or Alaska, servicemembers also appreciate the value of a gift card during the holidays. Fortunately, Americans wishing to send support…

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OTS shortens course length, increases efficiency

Posted December 7, 2012 by Airman 1st Class William Blankenship

(AFNS) — (Editor’s Note: To read comments by Airmen on this article, go to www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123328586) Beginning in January, the Air Force Officer Training School’s Basic Officer Training course will be shortened by three weeks, officials announced Dec. 4. Cutting the course from 12 weeks to nine weeks was the result of finding efficiencies in the…

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NORAD provides website, apps to track Santa

Posted December 6, 2012 by NORAD Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students…

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Anonymous crime tips now possible with mobile app

Posted November 30, 2012 by Air Force Office of Special Investigations Public Affairs Office

QUANTICO, Va (AFNS) — Suspicious or illegal activity can now be anonymously reported directly to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations using a mobile phone application or by texting ‘AFOSI’ and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) in an SMS text message. AFOSI launched these methods to capitalize on cyberspace capabilities and engage the Air…

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AF leaders target sexual assault in latest ‘Letter to Airmen’

Posted November 30, 2012 by Air Force News Service

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Roy issued a tri-signature “Letter to Airmen” Nov. 16. As part of an effort to increase awareness of sexual assault, the Air Force’s…

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Airmen provide Nellis and Creech families Thanksgiving dinner

Posted November 21, 2012 by Senior Airman Jack Sanders

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — More than 100 volunteer Airmen gathered here to participate in Operation Warm Heart, where they moved, packaged and delivered 700 Thanksgiving dinners for military members and their families Nov. 13. The Tug Boat society, an organization founded by Cathy and Dwight Mahan, collected donations from corporations, organizations and individuals…

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Military leave carryover extension expires Oct. 1

Posted November 21, 2012 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Unless approved for special leave accrual, active duty and Active Guard Reserve members who have more than 60 days of leave must use it or lose it by Oct. 1, 2013, when the temporary leave carryover extension provision expires, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. The 2010 National…

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