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Preventative healthcare: Key to overall wellness

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler Mellissa Urban, 99th Medical Group contracted licensed practical nurse, gives a vaccination to Tech. Sgt. Allan Habel, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds quality assurance inspector, at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 19. Receiving immunizations for preventable diseases is one…

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Leadership Lessons: Do you know our Air Force Heritage?

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — On June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist. One month later on July 28, the Austrian-Hungary Empire declared war on Serbia and by mid-August the great powers of Europe would be embroiled in war. Within a short time…

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99th CES ‘plumbers’ keep mission flowing

U.S. Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Staff Sgt. Alan Franklin, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuels systems maintenance craftsman, uses a hand auger, or plumbing snake, to unclog a drain pipe at the Nellis Inn on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 19. The pipe Franklin was unclogging was the main…

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Civil Air Patrol cadets gain insight on Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam Maj. Jason Curtis, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron no. 6 pilot, interacts with Civil Air Patrol cadets at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 18. The CAP cadets were visiting the base to tour the Thunderbirds museum and the Threat Training Facility to gain more…

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Microchips help return lost furry friends

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Dr. Michael Simpson, a Department of Army Civilian Veterinary medical officer, scans ‘P.J.,’ a military working dog, for a microchip number at the Nellis Veterinary Treatment Facility at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 20. Military working dogs are required to have microchips due to…


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Civilians see impacts on paychecks, leave hours following recall

Posted  October 18, 2013

Some excepted civilians who worked during the Oct. 1-5 furlough may not be paid this week for those hours due to coding errors on their timesheets.

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PCS orders on hold until shutdown ends

Posted  October 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Permanent change of station orders processing is on hold until fiscal 2014 funds are available, but Airmen who already have their orders in hand are authorized to move, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Airmen slated for PCS in October or November who do not yet have orders may…

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Public engagement once again affected

Posted  October 18, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez The Thunderbirds on the Nellis Air Force, Nev., flightline April 23. Air Force community and public outreach was significantly impacted earlier this year as sequestration went into effect, and is now all but non-existent due to the partial government shutdown, with more than 800 events…

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AF releases government shutdown-related pay, leave impacts

Posted  October 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — Air Force officials just released the following furlough-related questions and answers to inform military and civilians about pay impacts as a result of the government shutdown. Late in the recent pay cycle, the Air Force received updated guidance on how to record time and attendance for those employees who continued to work after…

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Airman, family readiness center provides services to ensure financial stability

Posted  October 18, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Installation commanders are providing seminars, activities and education events to all Airmen and Department of Defense civilian employees in order to emphasize the importance of financial resilience. The ultimate aim of the program is to make achievable recommendations to Airmen and their families, on how they can be encouraged to…

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Identifying domestic enemies

Posted  October 18, 2013

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — As members of the military, we have all taken an oath of service. For officers it is the Oath of Office and for enlisted service members it is the Oath of Enlistment. Although the titles are different, there is an identical statement in both that sparked my curiosity one day: “support and…

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Conserve energy, save money

Posted  October 18, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Some people can remember their parents telling them to ‘turn the lights off when they leave the room’ or ‘close the door; you weren’t raised in a barn.’ Children don’t pay bills so why would they worry about wasting energy? As an adult, that mindset can change quickly paying the…

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Annual charity donation drive suspended indefinitely

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy Photo The 2013 Combined Federal Campaign charity drive has been suspended indefinitely for the DOD. Civilians and service members may still donate via MyPay, though no outreach will be performed. LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — The annual Combined Federal Campaign, responsible for raising $258.3 million for charities in 2012, has been suspended across the…

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Crosswind Dining Facility staff prepares meals for Nellis Airmen

Posted  October 18, 2013

Airman 1st Class Kimberly Kimble, 99th Force Support Squadron services journeyman, cleans a table in the kitchen of the Crosswinds Dining Facility Oct. 16 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Crosswinds Dining Facility is one of two dining halls located on Nellis AFB.

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Ask the Doc

Posted  October 25, 2013

Q.  Does TRICARE pay for power wheelchairs and scooters? A.  TRICARE may cost share on electric powered wheelchairs if they are medically necessary, based on TRICARE requirements. TRICARE won’t cover a power wheelchair or scooter for convenience, or for leisure or recreational activities. Scooters, electric-powered, cart-type vehicles, may be cost-shared as an alternate to an…

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