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Posts made in: February, 2010 (14) Currently Viewing: 11 - 14 of 14

February 16, 2010 at 2:18pm

Biodiesel coming to McChord Field?

Last month, Fairchild Air Force Base opened an E85 fuel pump, making it the sixth Air Mobility Command base to offer both biodiesel (B20) and ethanol (E85)-based fuel options for its general purpose sedans and vans that have converted tanks. 

Ethanol is an alternative fuel made primarily of corn, and it releases less carbon dioxide in the environment than traditional gasoline.

This story illustrates part of the effort the Air Force is making as part of its goal of reducing dependence on petroleum-based gas and increasing the use of alternative fuels.

Of the six AMC bases that don't have E85 tanks, four have funded projects slated for this fiscal year, AMC officials said. Travis AFB, Calif. plans to convert an excess tank during FY11, and Pope AFB, N.C. has submitted an E85 project jointly with the Army, slated for FY12.

Could JBLM be next? No word yet from base officials.    

February 20, 2010 at 1:31pm

Military officials ease thumb drive policy

In a move that will likely please computer saavy service members, military officials have decided to ease up on the policy banning use "thumb drives" and other flash media to store computer data.

As someone who had to abide by this policy while working as a contractor for the Air Force, I can honestly say this will make life a lot easier for many across all branches. 

Filed under: U.S. Air Force, Web/Tech,

February 24, 2010 at 3:02pm

Deployed families dinner

The JBLM-McChord Field Chapel Support Center and the USO is teaming up to host a dinner for deployed families from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday (March 1) at the chapel.

The dinner is open to McChord Field families with a spouse on a deployment or temporary duty assignment. 

The dinner will have a "March Madness" basketball and sports theme.

For more information, call the chapel at (253)982-5556.

February 26, 2010 at 9:51am

Smith testifies to support military families

U.S. Congressman Adam Smith, who represents Washington's 9th District, testified Thursday in Washington, D.C. before the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity regarding a bill he introduced last July, the Military Family Leave Act of 2009.

Read more about Smith's testimony and view videos of the hearing here.

Filed under: Family Readiness, Dependent,

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