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Key Spouses important to Eglin leadership, families

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

April 18, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

When an Air Force service member's spouse needs anything from answers to questions, directions to base services or help in a crisis, their organization's Key Spouse is in place for support and guidance.

A one-day Key Spouse orientation training was held April 16 at Eglin's Airman and Family Readiness Center for six new appointees.

A Key Spouse serves as a link between unit leadership and families, according to the Airman & Family Readiness Center's Key Spouse Program Commander and First Sergeant Reference Guide.
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Disabled vets partake in MacDill’s healing waters

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

April 17, 2014 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine

As a way to give back to the community, and serve disabled veterans and resilience seeking active duty military members, a mind/body initiative was created--Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.

"Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of veterans," stated Deborah Brooks, PHWFF Tampa project lead. "We accomplish this through fly fishing and associated activities, including education and outings."

Although PHWFF is a nationwide organization, a newly founded Tampa chapter has been steadily rehabilitating our nation's heroes one cast at a time since their inception on Jan. 8, 2014.
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43rd AMU brings home multiple awards

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

April 17, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Team Tyndall recently received two 2013 Air Combat Command Munitions Awards.

Staff Sgt. Michelle K. Greene, 325th Maintenance Weapons Squadron F-22 Raptor load standardization crew member, received the 2013 Outstanding Armament Systems Supervisor of the Year award.

"I was very thrilled; it is an Honor to be put up for an award of this magnitude," Greene said. "I really have to give thanks to my supervision on this one. Not only do they put me up for the award, but they set the standard of what it is to be a great supervisor. Without their proper guidance in my career, I would not be nearly who I am today."
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JAHVH Ribbon Cutting

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

April 17, 2014 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine

What had been a decades-long dream for the Tampa community finally became a reality for our wounded warriors and their families at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

After years of planning, months of construction, weeks of training, and countless hours of preparation, Tampa's JAHVH opened its doors to the new Polytrauma and Rehabilitation Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 12.

Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, praised the new state-of-the-art facility that sports 56 private inpatient rooms, a therapeutic climbing wall and an aquatic center, amongst many other features, which will provide inter-disciplinary care to veteran and active-duty patients and their families.
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Families take center stage at Mako Deployed Family Briefing

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

April 17, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

About 20 family members attended a Mako Deployed Family Briefing developed by the 482nd Force Support Squadron April 12 at the Community Activity Center on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla.  

The event was held to give families of members who have or are scheduled to deploy information and connect them to support services available. The event also gave them an opportunity to ask questions and get immediate, from the source, answers.   more...

Culture change is key to sexual assault prevention

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

April 17, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III spoke candidly with top Air Force leaders about sexual assault prevention and response April 14, during the Three-Star Summit here.    

"Eliminating sexual assault is a huge priority," James said. "It is a top priority for me; job one is taking care of people and this is part of that. We need to do everything that we can to protect the sons and daughters of America who come to us for service in the Air Force."  

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8,800 Reservists to get Hepatitis B vaccinations

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

April 17, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Approximately 8,800 Air Force Reservists will get Hepatitis B vaccinations due to a recent change in Department of Defense immunization rules.

The Defense Department is now requiring all servicemembers be immunized against the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), which causes a potentially fatal liver disease.

According to the Air Force Reserve Command Surgeon General's office, reservists born prior to 1990 are in the zone for the vaccinations. The Air Force has vaccinated all new accessions against Hepatitis B since 2002, as well as health care workers and most deployers, but there are still several thousand Airmen at risk for this disease.
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MacDill commits to serve through conservation

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

April 16, 2014 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine

As a way to conserve natural resources and ensure the sustainability of the Air Force mission, Team MacDill has committed to the implementation of a Qualified Recycling Program, also known as Integrated Solid Waste Management.

The QRP is a Department of Defense initiative with a strategic mission to highlight the need for recycling awareness, while fostering a proactive culture of responsibility.

The primary mission of MacDill is to generate and execute air refueling, airlift and contingency response, while providing base support for joint, coalition and interagency partners.
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From saving lives to a life of leisure–MWD Eddie retires

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

April 16, 2014 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine

One of MacDill's most recognized heroes in the Tampa Bay community, Eddie, a military working dog assigned to the 6th Security Forces Squadron, retired with full ceremonial honors on April 11, 2014.

During the ceremony, MWD Eddie's former trainer, Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto, 6th Security Forces Squadron MWD trainer, expressed his gratitude for Eddie's service before reuniting him with his first handler, Andrew Grymes.

"Today is kind of emotional for me, seeing Eddie leave the kennels, but I'm glad to see him go," commented Hutto. "He's done his service and I'm happy for him."
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125th Security Forces trains in close quarter combat

This post was originally published by Florida Air National Guard - Florida Air National Guard Headlines

April 15, 2014 in Florida, Jacksonville International Airport and Air National Guard by clevine

Breaking in the state of the art facility, affectionately referred to as "The Shoot House", servicemembers exchanged fire in a room-to-room search during a highly tactical raid simulation.

"Today was less about making loud noises and more about making good choices," said Burks.

Capt. Derrik Burks not only provided for both the feedback and debriefing of servicemembers, he also played an active role as both combatant and non-combatant during the training.

As a noncombatant, Burks asserted accurate emotional response as a subject whose home was suddenly breeched.
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Final salute

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

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

After countless missions in support of the War on Terrorism, Retired Military Working Dog Arco fell victim during his most recent and final battle--his battle against cancer. With a final salute from his fellow service members, Arco walked into the base vet for the last time April 14. Shortly after arriving at Tyndall, Arco's wingman, Staff Sgt. Axel Rodriguez-Rodriguez, 325th Security Forces Squadrons MWD trainer, became concerned over the dog's lack of desire for food or water. Veterinarians found several tumors in the Belgium Malinois during an exam in late February 2014. During his time in service, Arco deployed to United Arab Emirates and conducted base search pit duties searching approximately 10,000 vehicles during his time spent there. Arco also deployed to Balad, Iraq and conducted 88 combat missions outside the wire. During those combat missions, Arco found one improvised explosive device, several mortar tubes and numerous unexploded ordnances, which saved countless
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Airmen: Our greatest strength

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

April 15, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force's top enlisted Airman, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody, along with top enlisted members of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on personnel, about the impact budget decisions have on the enlisted force, April 9.
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AF opens additional TERA, VSP windows

This post was originally published by Hurlburt Field - Current News

April 15, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine

The Air Force will open two new fiscal year 2014 force management Temporary Early Retirement Authority application windows, and a new voluntary separation pay application window, Air Force Personnel Center officials said April 14.

Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA eligibility will be based upon the updated matrices posted on myPers, and will apply to Airmen who have between 15 and 20 years of active service.

April 15 - May 13 TERA Window

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Last four 95th FS Raptors arrive

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

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

The last four F-22 Raptors arrived from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., April 8, completing the 95th Fighter Squadron and making Tyndall the largest contingent of the 5th generation jet in the world.

"It was exciting to see the aircraft land," Maj. Mark Donohue, 95th FS director of operations. "It is exciting to start a new chapter here at Tyndall. This gives us our full complement of jets. We finally reached a point where we can fulfill our combat mission."

These last aircraft allow the 95th FS further accomplish their mission of projecting unrivaled combat power and supporting national military objectives and Combatant Commander requirements through strategic application of 5th generation air dominance fighter aircraft and personnel.
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Jr. Raptors flying high

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

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

More than 100 Team Tyndall children took part in the annual Jr. Raptor program April 12 traveling from the Youth Center to Hangar 5 and back.


The program allows military children to experience a simulated deployment similar to what mom and dad undergo.



"The children get a sample of the type of activities their parents experience," said Rebecca Mroczkowski, 325th Force Support Squadron community readiness specialist and Jr. Raptor coordinator. "We understand that it doesn't come close to an actual deployment, but we want the children to feel involved when their parents get deployed."
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