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Military kids website also helps parents, educators

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Military kids website also helps parents, educators

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AFNS) -- The Defense Department website for military children has added new features to help parents and educators explain difficult topics of the military lifestyle to children. Since its launch in January 2012, MilitaryKidsConnect.org has served more than 125,000 visitors and won five

Examination fee implemented for pets shipped to Europe

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Examination fee implemented for pets shipped to Europe

An examination fee of 55 Euro per pet will be implemented Feb. 1, 2013 for all non-EU citizens who import a pet to Germany. The Kaiserslautern County Administration implemented the European Union Ordinance #998/2003, which regulates the importing of dogs, cats and other pets into or throughout the

New program provides recordable books to deployed Airmen

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New program provides recordable books to deployed Airmen

Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services officials are sending more than 900 recordable children's books to learning resource centers at six deployed locations throughout the U.S. Air Forces Central Command's area of responsibility. The Air Force Library Program collaborated with the Directorate of

Physiology training combats human factors of flying

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Physiology training combats human factors of flying

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- One of the secrets behind nearly 75 years of U.S. air dominance is the quality of its pilot training. But long before students learn to identify, out-maneuver and defeat enemy aircraft, they have to learn to deal with a much more

Military wives eligible for vocational scholarships

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Military wives eligible for vocational scholarships

Operation Homefront and the Women's Self Worth Foundation will offer the Saban Military Wife Educational Scholarship to wives of uniformed service members who attend certain vocational training programs in the medical field and meet eligibility requirements. Two $30,000 scholarships will be awarded for tuition for vocational

New housing website prepares Airmen for moving

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New housing website prepares Airmen for moving

With the summer moving season just around the corner thousands of Airmen and their families can now use a new housing website to help prepare for their move. The website,www.housing.af.mil, provides dormitory information for unaccompanied Airmen while detailing housing options and support services

Living with PTSD

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Living with PTSD

"I started to get really depressed and lacked the desire to do anything but sit around and play online to 'escape' the real world," he said. "I was having dreams of planes crashing, the smell of burnt flesh and rotting bodies. I still tried to push

LivingFit helps Airmen, families reach weight loss goals

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LivingFit helps Airmen, families reach weight loss goals

A new year often begins with resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Air Force services officials recently launched a new program designed to help Airmen and families accomplish this common goal through proper nutrition and activity. The USAF FitFamily website now includes LivingFit,

USO helps connect families through reading

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USO helps connect families through reading

Deployment can be hard on a family. It can be even harder for a service member who would normally read their children a good night story but are not around to do so. However, the Pat Tillman Memorial United Services Organization here offers a service to

TRICARE beneficiaries have several pharmacy options

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TRICARE beneficiaries have several pharmacy options

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Despite questions about whether the Walgreens pharmacy chain will continue as a TRICARE provider, beneficiaries will have several options for filling prescriptions, Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen M. Lainez said today. The retail pharmacy contract between Express Scripts Inc., or ESI, and the Walgreens

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Furlough: Air Force leaders say they're sorry

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian Airmen

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Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning takes over

Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning became the acting secretary of the Air Force June 21, succeeding Michael Donley, who departed the position after more than five years. Fanning was confirmed under secretary by the Senate April 18 and, under federal law, automatically assumes the job of acting secretary

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Hagel to make furlough decision soon, press secretary says

WASHINGTON (AFPS) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a decision soon on the scope of civilian furloughs in response to sequestration spending cuts, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today. Hagel is reviewing analysis on the budget "and he'll reach a decision in the near future," Little

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Air Force officials announce civilian Reduction in Force

 In a continuing effort to meet the Department of Defense funding targets in the FY12 President's Budget and re-balance the civilian workforce, approximately 60 Air Force installations will implement civilian Reduction in Force authorities effective through about Aug. 23, to assist in the placement of employees

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'Thunderbirds' announce 2014 officer selections

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- The commander of Air Combat Command, Gen. Mike Hostage III, has officially selected the officers who will be joining the United States Air Force Thunderbirds for the 2014 demonstration season. Lt. Col. Matthew Bradley, 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron director of

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Former Airman now NBA pro

The court was shining and cameras flashing as a crowd of thousands gathered in the Sleep Train Arena to watch the Dallas Mavericks duel the Sacramento Kings April 5. Beale Airmen and 9th Reconnaissance Wing commander, Col. Phil Stewart gathered to witness the contest and

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First AF woman 4-star comes full circle

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- Young Janet Libby was definitely someone going places at Beavercreek High School near Dayton, Ohio. She was in the National Honor Society, on both the German and Ski clubs and a soccer athlete as well. But even those friends and well-wishers who

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Hundreds on first 2013 supplemental promotion list

Several hundred Air Force enlisted members were selected for promotion in the January supplemental promotion process, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. To see the list, go to http://www.afpc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130110-004.pdf.    Airmen on the supplemental list tested outside of their required cycle because of an

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Department of Defense releases 2013 BAH Rates

The Department of Defense released today the 2013 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, which take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Overall rates will increase an average of 3.8 percent this year. For members with dependents, average increases in BAH are approximately $60 per month.

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2012 Football Frenzy underway at AF clubs

Four Airmen will be headed to the "Big Easy" this Veteran's Day thanks to the Air Force club system during this year's Football Frenzy contest. The package of airfare, rental car and hotel accommodations to see the New Orleans Saints host the Atlanta Falcons was the

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