Department of Energy recognizes Air Force energy program

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It's the Oscars of the energy world and the Air Force has stolen the show again.

Innovative ideas and procedures for saving facility energy and aviation fuel have earned the Air Force five Federal Energy Management Program awards in 2013, bringing the total to 21 winners in the last four years.

A part of the U.S. Department of Energy, FEMP recognizes individuals and organizations in federal government that make significant contributions to the efficient use of energy and water resources.
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AF upgrades official website

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The official website of the U.S. Air Force is taking a step forward in the information age Aug. 2 with a new look and greater functionality for today's Internet user.

The latest version of Air Force Link boasts features that make it more accessible including mobile device and computer software compatibility, more interaction opportunities through social media and easier navigation.

"The redesigned sites will not only look better to the general public, they'll also be more powerful for website managers across the Air Force thanks to increased functionality on the back end of the new system," said Brig. Gen. Les A. Kodlick, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs director, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. "This is a huge undertaking for the Air Force Public Web team at the Air Force Public Affairs Agency that has been in the works for more than a year."
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Air advising in retrospect

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What do you get when you combine Afghan maintainers, American advisors, contractors and Russian helicopters? One of the most rapidly advancing mission sustainment capabilities in Afghanistan.

"The overall quality of maintenance, training and Afghan motivation has greatly increased," said Master Sgt. William Hensley, a 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron intermediate maintenance inspection adviser.

Hensley is currently serving his second year-long rotation to Kabul, Afghanistan, in an advisory role, working with Mi-17 Helicopter maintainers. Three years ago, he was a quality assurance adviser for the Afghan air force.
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DOD praises service members’ Civil Relief Act

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The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act has proven to be an effective tool to give troops and their families some financial peace of mind, Army Col. Paul E. Kantwill told the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee yesterday.

Kantwill, the director of legal policy for the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said no other statute provides such a unique breadth of benefits and protections for service members.

The legislation, first enacted in 1940 and substantially re-written in 2003, protects service members' personal affairs and economic interests "while they put their lives on the line in defense of our nation, and the act has lived up to that goal," Kantwill said.
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A tribute to a warrior, patriot and hero to all Airmen

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I am the very proud son of an American fighter pilot, one of that treasured group who served in three wars, built an Air Force, and gave it an enduring example of courage and mission success.

My dad was a hero. As a young man, I asked him who his combat heroes were; he gave me only two names. One was Major General Frederick "Boots" Blesse and the other was Colonel George E. "Bud" Day. My dad was not easily impressed, so I knew that if they were his heroes, they were very, very special men. I was right.
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‘Good debt’ can bolster earning potential, official says

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Establishing "good debt" can be valuable for future earning potential, particularly in today's challenging economy, a Defense Department official advised here recently.

Obtaining a student loan for a college education or a higher degree to pursue a professional career is an example of good debt for service members and their families when they make the right choices, Barbara Thompson, director of the Defense Department's office of family policy, children and youth, said in an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel.
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Airmen get glimpse of Marine Corps training, culture during leadership course

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Three Offutt Airmen stood among the "first to go" as they attended the 4th Marine Logistic Group Corporals Leadership Course here, July 13 - 27, with 31 Marines as they learned basic leadership knowledge and skills necessary to carry out their responsibilities as non-commissioned officers.

Much like the Air Force's Airman Leadership School, this two-week course is part of an enlisted Marine's professional military education.

"Our mission is to grow, develop and teach these Marines and Airmen to be the leaders," said Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Alexander Lamberth, the course director from Det. 1 Maintenance Company, 4th Maintenance Battalion, in Omaha, Neb. "Leadership is leadership regardless of what branch. This course was written to teach our students where they came from as Marines and where they need to take our Corps."
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AF accepting applications for medical commissioning programs

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Eligible Airmen interested in Biomedical Sciences Corps careers can apply for academic opportunities in the physical therapy, clinical psychology and physician assistant fields. In addition, eligible Airmen can apply for direct accession into one of three other BSC fields, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced.

Each program has specific criteria, but applicants for all programs must be U.S. citizens, be medically qualified for worldwide duty, meet minimum commissioning requirements and meet Air Force fitness standards, said Kevin Smith, AFPC medical force management branch.
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Memorial run unites tanker units around globe

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An idea to honor a friend, former co-worker and the members of his flight crew turned into an international outpouring of support from KC-135 Stratotanker units around the globe during the July 13 and 14 Unit Training Assembly weekend.

The Shell 77 Memorial Runs united KC-135 tanker units around the world over the July weekend and saw Air Force active, Reserve and Guard members and their families and friends pay tribute to three of their own.

On May 3, 2013 a KC-135 with a crew from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron from Fairchild Air Force Base went down in Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan. All three crew members, Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, Palmdale, Calif.; and Tech. Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, Bakersfield, Calif. died in the crash. The three Airmen were deployed to the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing's 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The call sign for the aircraft was Shell 77.
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PLAYpass gives Airmen up to $1,000 in discounts

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Airmen projected to deploy or have recently returned from a deployment can participate in the PLAYpass Get out and Play Program and save $500 to $1,000 on installation programs.

The PLAYpass program is based upon discount cards which provide eligible Airmen and family members the opportunity to participate in force support squadron programs for free or at a reduced cost.

To obtain a PLAYpass card, eligible members must bring a copy of their deployment orders to the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
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