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Sexual Assault Awareness Month schedule of events

This post was originally published by Ft. Meade SoundOff: News

March 27, 2014 in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland by clevine

Each April, the DoD and other organizations across the country commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Army, Navy and Air Force sexual assault response coordinators, or SARCs, and Army partner command Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) personnel at Fort Meade have joined together to plan various events. Events include: * Changemaker's...

TRICARE Service Center Walk-In Service Ending

This post was originally published by Joint Base Andrews - Joint Base Andrews

March 26, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Walk-in service at TRICARE Service Centers in the U.S. will no longer be available as of April 1. TRICARE Service Centers are customer service outlets that are operated by our regional contractors. They are usually located in military hospitals and clinics. Because our overseas areas are unique, we will continue walk-in service at TRICARE Service Centers in all overseas areas.

To get your questions answered in the U.S.:
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Transportation official urges planning before PCS moves

This post was originally published by Joint Base Andrews - Joint Base Andrews

March 25, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

With warmer weather comes peak moving season, so when orders are in hand, people should plan ahead to ensure the most hassle-free relocation, a senior official who oversees personal property moves for military families said in a recent interview.

Navy Capt. Aaron Stanley, the personal property program director for U.S. Transportation Command's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, told the Pentagon Channel that peak moving season is a moving industry phenomenon in which government and private-sector moves compete for the same resources during busy summer months, typically between the Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays.
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Airmen must revalidate dependents

This post was originally published by Joint Base Andrews - Joint Base Andrews

March 25, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide their servicing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts.

This one-time, Air Force-wide recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen's basic allowance for housing entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the Air Force spends annually on BAH is fully auditable.

"When we say the Air Force is not audit compliant, that doesn't mean that money is missing or being misspent," said Doug Bennett, the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for financial operations. "Generally, it means that we lack the required documentation for our spending to be considered auditable. In the case of BAH, we need Airmen's marriage certificates, birth certificates for children and divorce decrees that require child support properly documented by our finance offices to ensure we can audit $5.4 billion in Air Force spending."
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NASA Announces 2014 Tribal College and University Awards

This post was originally published by Goddard News

March 25, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has awarded approximately $2 million in new cooperative agreements to three tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).

NASA Announces 2014 Tribal College and University Awards

This post was originally published by Goddard News

March 25, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has awarded approximately $2 million in new cooperative agreements to three tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).

First Images Available from NASA-JAXA Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite

This post was originally published by Goddard News

March 25, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency released first images captured by their newest Earth-observing satellite, the GPM Core Observatory.

Fernando Pellerano – Orchestra Conductor to Goddard’s ATLAS Project (Part One)

This post was originally published by Goddard News

March 25, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Aerospace Engineer Fernando Pellerano builds instruments for NASA during the day and creates robots with his son during his free time.

NASA Education Event Highlights Mission to Study Magnetic Reconnection

This post was originally published by Goddard News

March 24, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA's MMS mission and science were highlighted during a public event on March 16 at the Goddard Visitor Center.

Hubble Peers at the Heart of NGC 5793

This post was originally published by Goddard News

March 21, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

This new Hubble image is centered on NGC 5793, a spiral galaxy over 150 million light-years away in the constellation of Libra. This galaxy has two particularly striking features: a beautiful dust lane and an intensely bright center — much brighter than that of our own galaxy, or indeed those of most spiral galaxies we observe. NGC 5793 is a Seyfert galaxy. These galaxies have incredibly luminous centers that are thought to be caused by hungry supermassive black holes — black holes that can be billions of times the size of the sun — that pull in and devour gas and dust from their surroundings. This galaxy is of great interest to astronomers for many reasons. For one, it appears to house objects known as masers. Whereas lasers emit visible light, masers emit microwave radiation. The term "masers" comes from the acronym Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Maser emission is caused by particles that absorb energy from their surroundings and then re-emit this in the microwave part of the spectrum. Naturally occurring masers, like those observed in NGC 5793, can tell us a lot about their environment; we see these kinds of masers in areas where stars are forming. In NGC 5793 there are also intense mega-masers, which are thousands of times more luminous than the sun.   Credit:  NASA, ESA, and E. Perlman (Florida Institute of Technology)

Flight for life

This post was originally published by Joint Base Andrews - Joint Base Andrews

March 20, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Last November, I was offered a chance to support a mission to Afghanistan, which I jumped on before I even knew the full details. My mission, as I had chosen to accept it, would have me rendezvous with an imbedded Washington Post duo in Afghanistan and escort them back to the U.S. I was also document an aeromedical evacuation and the life-saving measures implemented to save our wounded warriors.

An unfortunate side to the work we do as military members is sometimes we are asked to sacrifice life and limb to protect the values we hold dear. Unfortunately, many of us may never really come to realize this until our first trip down range.
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The Amazing Anatomy of James Webb Space Telescope Mirrors

This post was originally published by Goddard News

March 20, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

It's not every mirror that has to operate at minus 400 Fahrenheit, a million miles away from Earth.

When Waters Rise: NASA Improves Flood Safety

This post was originally published by Goddard News

March 20, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

NASA Earth-observing missions help scientists and emergency planners better understand of one of Mother Nature's most damaging hazards.

Tracking Urban Change and Flood Risk with Landsat

This post was originally published by Goddard News

March 20, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

Landsat can help communities across the United States stay up-to-date on their flood risk.

NASA Statement on Sustainability Study

This post was originally published by Goddard News

March 20, 2014 in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland by clevine

The following is a statement from NASA regarding erroneous media reports crediting the agency with an academic paper on population and societal impacts.

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