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Air Force reinstates special bonuses, pays, most PCSs with more funds from Congress

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Air Force reinstates special bonuses, pays, most PCSs with more funds from Congress

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - With additional support from Congress on several pending reprogramming requests, the Air Force will restore funding to most military personnel programs that were suspended or closed last week. The Air Force will restore the Selective Retention Bonuses and the Aviation Bonus program beginning this week. Additionally, beginning this

7th Infantry Division unit recognized for contributions

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7th Infantry Division unit recognized for contributions

YAKIMA TRAINING CENTER - The rhythmic beating of rotor blades echoes through the air long before the UH-60L Black Hawk emerges on the horizon. Painted in a distinctive green hue with red medical crosses decorating its belly and sides, the aircraft descends to a hover, prompting a sigh of relief from

Seeking veterans in need

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Seeking veterans in need

The Quality of Life (QL+) Program is seeking veterans with disabilities who would benefit from having custom specialized devices built for them to help with their active lifestyle or simply to enhance their everyday life. The QL+ program has helped everyone from Paralympic athletes to veterans looking to improve their ability

DOJ removes barriers to employment

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DOJ removes barriers to employment

WASHINGTON (AFNS) - The Justice Department announced July 14 that it has  issued a letter to all state licensing authorities about new employment-related federal protections for military families. The letter informs state licensing authorities about Congress's recent amendment to the Service members Civil Relief Act that allows service members and

C-17 pilot recognized by 64 AEW commander

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C-17 pilot recognized by 64 AEW commander

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Cassidy Pickrell, a C-17 pilot deployed from the 313th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, accepts a replica A-10 bullet from Col. Mike Leonas, the 64th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, July 12, 2023, at Chiclayo, Peru. Leonas recognized Pickrell for making the first landing as

Spending a day on Vashon Island

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Spending a day on Vashon Island

Nestled in the heart of Puget Sound, just a short ferry ride from Point Defiance, lies the serene and picturesque Vashon Island. Known for its rustic charm, artistic community, and natural beauty, Vashon Island offers a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. With its stunning landscapes,

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Air Show ignites “drag show” controversary

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord recent air show raised both excitement and controversy. The event featured thrilling displays of tactical military jets, high-performance sports cars, and models dancing on stage in revealing red, white, and blue bikinis. Pictures and videos of the event flooded Instagram, showcasing the models posing on runways in

JBLM’s airshow soars to 80,000 visitors

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JBLM’s airshow soars to 80,000 visitors

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - More than 80,000 people attended the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Airshow & Warrior Expo on McChord Field July 15-16 and took in a large variety of military vehicle displays and breathtaking aerial maneuvers. The airshow featured the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as the marque performer for JBLM's

Majestic soldiers

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Majestic soldiers

"What I love about having people from the military who come and play football is that they have that drive and respect for the game," said Cydni Butz-Houghton, Head Coach for the Seattle Majestics football team. The Seattle Majestics is an amateur football team competing in the Women's National Football Conference

VA releases new Workforce Dashboard

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VA releases new Workforce Dashboard

VA is now providing more care and more benefits to more veterans than ever before, and in order to continue serving veterans at this historic rate, we are hiring additional staff across the country. We are also implementing new hiring and retention authorities to grow and maintain a diverse, talented

WWP Twitch chat: New benefits eligibility for veterans exposed to toxins

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WWP Twitch chat: New benefits eligibility for veterans exposed to toxins

If you have been exposed to a toxic substance during your military service, you may be eligible for VA benefits, even if you have been turned down in the past. You must apply by Aug. 9, 2023, to possibly have your benefits backdated to Aug. 10, 2022, if approved. Join VA

Washington Guard infantry unit completes annual training

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Washington Guard infantry unit completes annual training

CAMP MURRAY - After a year in Poland, supporting the State Partnership Program in the Kingdom of Thailand and responding to multiple state missions, the Guard members from 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, could have gone easy this annual training. However, that isn't the "Dark Rifle" way. "We planned and executed a

Summer fun

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Summer fun

Summer is officially upon us, and for some that means hitting the beach or going on a dream vacation to Europe. But if you would rather put on your hiking boots than have your feet in the sand or gaze at the mountainside instead of the streets of Monte Carlo,

MG23 update

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MG23 update

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, CA - With Mobility Guardian 2023 well underway, U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jamie Newman, AMC command chief, visited numerous AMC locations, including Team Travis, July 11-12, 2023. Mobility Guardian 2023 is AMC's largest full

New JBLM deputy commander takes the reigns

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New JBLM deputy commander takes the reigns

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - The airmen of the 627th Air Base Group welcomed a new commander July 6, as Col. Christopher Hall passed the reigns of responsibility to incoming commander Col. Brandon Sokora. During a ceremony held at McChord Field and attended by service members, family and friends from across Joint

How Blue Angels and Thunderbirds keep flying 300 days a year

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How Blue Angels and Thunderbirds keep flying 300 days a year

As U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds teams fly through the sky at upwards of 700 miles per hour during exhibitions, take daring twists, dips, and turns - there's a team of health care professionals looking out for them on the ground. The aviators couldn't do their thrilling

JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo takes to the sky

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JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo takes to the sky

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - Anticipation is high and excitement is palpable as the countdown ticks down to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Airshow & Warrior Expo slated for Saturday and Sunday on McChord Field. The airshow is free and open to the public. JBLM gates will open at 9 a.m. to allow

JBLM welcomes new garrison commander

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JBLM welcomes new garrison commander

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - The command of Joint Base Lewis-McChord came under new leadership June 29 as Col. Phil Lamb handed the reigns over to incoming garrison commander, Col. Kent Park. At a ceremony held on the grounds at the garrison headquarters building, Lamb symbolically passed the JBLM Garrison colors, representing

Share your story: America250 wants to hear from you

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Share your story: America250 wants to hear from you

The story of America has always been made possible by the stories of our veterans and military families.  Now, thanks to the service and sacrifice of generations of men and women who wore the uniform, our nation is just three years away from the 250th anniversary of our founding in 1776:

Birth control is available at VA. Let’s talk about it

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Birth control is available at VA. Let’s talk about it

Birth control is available at VA and we're here to talk about it. Whether or not you're ready to start a family, have other plans in mind, or you're just busy raising your little ones right now, we're here for you. You have access to contraception care services and a

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