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Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor at White House

Posted October 17, 2013 by Lisa Ferdinando

President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson in a White House ceremony Oct. 15, citing Swenson’s heroism during a six-hour battle that followed a deadly Taliban ambush in Afghanistan four years ago.

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Former AFFTC commander dies

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Retired Maj. Gen. Hugh Boyd Manson died Oct. 4 in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 98.

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World War II airman identified

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The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Oct. 11 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert G. Fenstermacher, 23, of Scranton, Penn., will be buried Oct. 18, in…

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Most TRICARE beneficiaries meet ACA coverage requirements

Posted October 14, 2013 by

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called ìminimum essential coverageî) by January 1, 2014,…

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Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced

Posted October 14, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 – when the AF354 will be rescinded – to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The AF354 was a…

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VA secretary warns of shutdown impact on veterans, families

Posted October 11, 2013 by Donna Miles

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki painted a dire picture Oct. 9 of the impact of the government shutdown on benefits and services to veterans – from a slowdown in claims reviews to the threat of cancelled compensation checks to more than 5 million beneficiaries if funding isn’t restored soon. “All the effects … are…

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VA secretary warns of shutdown impact on veterans, families

Posted October 9, 2013 by Donna Miles

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki painted a dire picture Oct. 9 of the impact of the government shutdown on benefits and services to veterans – from a slowdown in claims reviews to the threat of cancelled compensation checks to more than 5 million beneficiaries if funding isn’t restored soon. “All the effects … are negative,”…

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AFSA celebrates 66th Air Force birthday at Lancaster vet home

Posted September 27, 2013 by Rebecca Amber

Members of the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 1328 hosted a barbecue lunch at the Lancaster Veterans Home of California Sept. 18, in honor of the 66th U.S. Air Force birthday. AFSA provided burgers, hotdogs and a birthday cake.

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Team Edwards honors POW/MIA

Posted September 27, 2013 by Rebecca Amber

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Tech. Sgt. Donald Martinez, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, runs with the POW/MIA flag to show his support. The flag was passed between members of his unit throughout the run. Team Edwards hosted a series of events in honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Friday, Sept 20. The first was…

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Leaders honor missing, captured service members, families

Posted September 23, 2013 by Karen Parrish

The Defense Department will never stop working to bring captured and missing service members home, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pledged at a Pentagon ceremony Sept. 20.

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