SALLIE CAUTHERS, DeCA marketing and mass media specialist
January 5, 2017
FORT LEE, Va. — As the calendar flips to 2017, commissary shoppers can easily resolve to save more and eat healthier by not only taking advantage of special in-store promotions and coupons, but also checking out the Defense Commissary Agency’s new Nutrition Guide Program.“Your commissary is always here to help you eat healthier and also save even more on all your favorite name-brand products,”... Read more
TECH. SGT. BRANDON SHAPIRO, Airman Magazine
January 5, 2017
CLEARWATER, FL — In a small one-bedroom apartment in Clearwater, Florida, 93-year-old Russell Gackenbach sat on his floral patterned sofa thumbing through a photo album containing original prints of some of the most iconic people and events in United States military history.“This is me and Tibbets (Col. Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay),” Gackenbach said, as he pointed to two U.S. Army Air... Read more
CHIEF MASTER SGT. BILL E. FITCH II, 92nd Operations Group superintendent
January 5, 2017
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — In the summer of 2002, my wife Denise taught me the true meaning of service before self. We had just been stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, where I started teaching technical training school. We moved into a house on base, we met our neighbors and I started working … a lot! Wake up, go to the track, run physical training, teach class, type... Read more
January 5, 2017
DALLAS — For the fifth consecutive year, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has been named a Military Friendly® Employer by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines.The 14th annual list honors companies based on their long-term commitment to hiring veterans, retention programs for veterans and policies on National Guard and Reserve service.“The Exchange is family... Read more
Karen Parrish, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
January 5, 2017
President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met yesterday at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to pay their respects to the victims and honor the survivors of the attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War II. “It is here that we reflect on how war tests our most enduring values,” Obama said. “How even as Japanese-Americans were deprived of their own liberty during... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN ARIEL PARTLOW, 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
January 5, 2017
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS, TX — Laughlin’s student squadron received a visit from Jerry Yellin, author and retired U.S. Army Air Corps Captain, Dec. 13.By invitation, Yellin was the guest speaker for Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 17-03, received an orientation flight and spoke during an all call while here.“It was a pleasure speaking with a man as dedicated to military... Read more
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS KATHRYN REAVES, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
January 5, 2017
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, SC — Enlisted performance reports have the power to affect an Airmen’s career. For one Airman, an EPR had the power to change how he saw his life. Staff Sgt. Preston Moten, 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment schedule and training monitor, said the rating from his first EPR made him realize it was time to straighten up and listen to the... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN JOSHUA KING, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs
January 5, 2017
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Miranda A.A. Ballentine, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, and Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, the adjutant general of New Jersey, helped break ground on a 98-acre solar farm at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Dec. 21.The 16.5-megawatt solar energy project will be the largest military solar installation in the... Read more
January 5, 2017
WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, with help from Veteran-run small business ID.me, Veterans will now be able to manage their own health care and benefits online more simply and safely. Vets.gov now meets the “Level of Assurance 3” (LOA3) information assurance standard, which will allow VA to offer Veterans more features on a single convenient site.... Read more
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
December 29, 2016
WASHINGTON — In ongoing efforts to size and shape the force to current and future requirements, Air Force officials explained why the service needs to grow to 350,000 active-duty Airmen over the next seven years.The need to increase the end strength comes from the recognition that the Air Force is out of balance with ongoing and projected global demands for airpower, senior officials explained.“... Read more

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