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Tyndall contributes, CFC begins

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

October 15, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Oct. 14, and Tyndall representatives are collecting donations until Nov. 21 to reach the overall goal of 15 percent base participation.

"The CFC is a conduit for federal workers to invest in the lives of people who need our help and give back to the community in which they live," said Col. Derek France, 325th Fighter Wing commander.

The campaign is a federal fundraising platform that collects and distributes donations for more than 1,600 national and international charities.
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National Night Out big success

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

October 15, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Tyndall Community Police and Balfour Beatty Communities hosted the fifth National Night Out event Oct. 7 at the Balfour Beatty Community Center.

National Night Out is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.  The goal is to generate support and participation for local anti-crime and drug prevention programs.

"The event is nationally recognized. It promotes crime prevention and encourages people to get out in their neighborhood and get to know their neighbors as well as be a part of the community," said Terri Henry, Belfour Beatty Community manager.
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Operation Homefront seeks Military Child of Year nominations

This post was originally published by Patrick Air Force Base - Headlines

October 15, 2014 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

Operation Homefront is seeking nominations for the 2015 Military Child of the Year awards.

Officials of the nonprofit organization, which provides aid to service members and their families, said they understand what military children go through in supporting their service members and want to recognize their contributions.

Parents, grandparents, Scout leaders, teachers, counselors, priests, rabbis, imams, pastors and others can nominate a military child for the honor.
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Team Eglin competes in annual Fire Muster Challenge

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October 14, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Eglin Sailors celebrate Navy birthday

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October 13, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Top Enlisted Airman thanks Tyndall during visit

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

October 10, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and his wife, retired Chief Master Sgt. Athena Cody, visited here Oct. 7 and 8 to say thank you and provide a senior enlisted perspective to Airmen's questions ranging from promotions to performance reports.

"The purpose for Athena and I's visit was to thank the men and women of Team Tyndall for what they do every day and to make ourselves available to them to answer questions," Cody said. "We have a lot going on in our Air Force, and I think it's important, as does all of our senior leadership, to make ourselves available whenever we can. The views and insights of our Airmen are very important and clearly shape our perspective on the decisions we make as an Air Force."
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MacDill increases breast cancer awareness

This post was originally published by MacDill Air Force Base - MacDill Headlines

October 10, 2014 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women in the United States and today's second leading cause of death in American women.

The 6th Medical Group will have booths set up around base that will have educational information on preventive methods and healthy tips for breast cancer and women's health in general.

In addition this year, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida Health Promotion Services, formerly known as the Health and Wellness Center, has come up with a unique way to help spread the word for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with an initiative program, "Bike-It Pink."
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AF to implement TDY policy changes

This post was originally published by Patrick Air Force Base - Headlines

October 10, 2014 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

Recently, the Air Force started implementing two temporary duty policy changes that will impact travel reimbursements for Airmen.

The first change, which took effect Oct. 1, made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations, Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per diem expenses and take effect Nov. 1.

Incidental expenses

Under the new policy, Contiguous U.S. laundry expenses, tips to baggage handlers by uniformed members and ATM fees are now considered incidental expenses and are no longer reimbursable as separate miscellaneous expenses. These expenses will now be added to the current list which includes such items as tips to porters, baggage carriers, bellhops, hotel maids, stewards and stewardesses.
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The Breeze to close for renovations

This post was originally published by Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin Headlines

October 10, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

The Breeze Dining Facility will close Nov. 1, for several months to complete the final phase of renovations.

The facility closed in 2013 for renovations, which were part of an Air Force-wide Food Transformation Initiative. Now, funding is available to finish the job.

"We were fortunate in that leadership recognized the  importance the FTI program played in enhancing the quality of life for Team Eglin and funded 100 percent of the projects we'd asked for earlier," said Food Service officer Aubrey Harvey.
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7SFG(A) airborne operation

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October 10, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Wing migrates, modernizes phone system

This post was originally published by Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. - Homestead ARB Top Stories

October 9, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

After 19 years, the 482nd Fighter Wing at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, will migrate the telephone system to a Voice Over Internet Protocol system starting Oct. 8.

With the cost-efficient VOIP system, the phone lines will connect using the base's internet instead of a traditional physical network of cables.

The migration is estimated to take one year to accomplish.

"The mass installation will begin in October, and should take about a year to get everyone on base," said Maj. Michael Wells, 482nd Communication Squadron Commander here. "The new phones offer a lot more options than what we currently have."
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Local bicycle club honors wounded warriors with benefit ride

This post was originally published by Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. - Homestead ARB Top Stories

October 9, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine


The Everglades Bicycle Club will host its 12th Annual Freedom Ride that benefits the Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, a branch of Achilles International at 7:30 A.M., starting at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 19.

The Freedom Team of hand cyclists, accompanied by sponsoring cyclist-buddies, will be leading out the group of riders.  The event begins with one lap around the Homestead-Miami Speedway Track.

The Century (100 mile) and Metric Century (62 mile) groups will head to Key Largo. The 10, 26 and 41 mile courses continue through rural south Miami-Dade County.
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EOD school exercise tests base, local first responders

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October 9, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Wing begins next Unit Effectiveness Inspection after successful Capstone Event

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October 8, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The 482nd Fighter Wing was rated "Effective" by the Air Force Reserve Command's Inspector General during a recent Capstone Event under the new Air Force Inspection System process.

Under the Capstone Event, a small team of inspectors from the AFRC Inspector General's office visited the 482nd FW to conduct Airman-to-IG Sessions. These are facilitated, structured discussions of small groups or an individual.

After these meetings, the inspector general provides the wing commander with reviews of their findings.
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Energy Action Month spotlights Airmen impacting operations

This post was originally published by Patrick Air Force Base - Headlines

October 8, 2014 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

October is Energy Action Month throughout the federal government and in the Air Force, Energy Action Month is the centerpiece of the "I am Air Force Energy" campaign dedicated to educating Airmen on ways they can maximize their energy efficiency and mission effectiveness.

The Air Force launched its month-long series of educational opportunities and activities with a letter to all Airmen from Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody. The leaders wrote, "Energy is a fundamental component of all Air Force operations. The smart use of energy means flying our aircraft farther, transporting more cargo and accomplishing our mission in a more efficient and effective way."
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