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  • Americans, Japanese pound mochi, strengthen bonds

    Col. Michael Rothstein, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, pounds mochi Dec. 16, 2010, during the annual mochi pounding ceremony at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force gym on Misawa Air Base, Japan. Mochi is a type of rice cake made by using a large wooden mallet to pound steamed glutinous rice in a

  • VA's homeless intervention program nears roll out

    A Department of Veterans Affairs homeless-prevention program, which seeks to help veterans and families who are on the verge of becoming homeless, has moved closer to implementation. The program marks the first time that VA officials will fund services for the spouses and children of veterans at

  • AF Reserve band brings holiday cheer to veterans

    The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve's Brass Quintet performed for veterans at the Carl Vinson Veterans Administration Medical Center Dec. 13 here. The Reserve Brass ensemble performed four miniconcerts of holiday carols and sing alongs. "This visit is just a small way of saying thanks to veterans

  • Military members, veterans with disabilities learn life-changing skills

    More than 120 wounded military personnel, disabled veterans and their families traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando for the 6th Annual Road to Recovery Conference.  The conference took place from Dec. 7 to Dec. 11.  The week-long event was presented by The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes

  • Manatee catches Air Force flight to Puerto Rico

    Air Force officials partnered with specialists at the Fish and Wildlife Service and the South Florida Museum to transport an 840-pound male West Indian manatee, along with six biologists and two veterinarians, from here to San Juan, Puerto Rico Dec. 9. Fish and Wildlife Service representatives

  • Charleston spouses' club members execute Operation Cookie Drop

    Joan Tufts (right) and Jane Holba place cookies in bags Dec. 8, 2010, during the annual Team Charleston Spouses' Club Cookie Drop at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. This year, the group put together more than 500 bags and boxes of holiday cookies for servicemembers living in the base dormitories, eating

  • New policy bridges Korea tour normalization

    The top U.S. commander in South Korea has introduced a new policy prioritizing what positions qualify for highly sought-after command sponsorships for family members.Army Gen. Walter L. Sharp, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea, announced the new system this week to control the flow of

  • Dr. Biden welcomes Guard children at holiday event

    To kick off the holiday season, Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, welcomed children with parents serving in the National to the official residence of the vice president yesterday to make holiday ornaments, decorate cookies and write letters to servicemembers overseas.Children

  • VA officials launching new personalized Veterans Health Benefits Handbook

    Department of Veterans Affairs officials are testing a new, personalized Veterans Health Benefits Handbooks. The handbooks are tailored to provide enrolled veterans with the most relevant health benefits information based on their own specific eligibility. In essence, each handbook will be written

  • VA officials test programs to expedite payments to disabled veterans

    Department of Veterans Affairs officials launched two pilot programs to test new procedures that will speed the payment of VA compensation benefits to veterans with disabilities connected to their military service. These new programs are part of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki's

  • 'Real Warriors' campaign works to save lives

    Members of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury "Real Warriors" campaign are working to deliver the message that resources and tools are available for veterans seeking treatment for invisible wounds of war."My mission through the Real Warriors

  • New video outreach message encourages veterans to use benefits

    Television viewers across the country will be able to see a new video advertisement promoting the "care package" of services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs to veterans. The 30-second ad makes its national debut Nov. 10 during the broadcast of the Country Music Awards."VA offers a

  • Glue used in partial cornea transplant

    An ophthalmologist here recently performed a unique procedure to restore a patient's vision. Lt. Col. (Dr.) Charles Reilly completed a partial cornea transplant using a type of glue to correct a thinning cornea."The patient had a full corneal transplant in the 1980's due to Keratoconus disease,"

  • Kadena Special Olympics creates bond for new Airman

    The excitement at Kadena Air Base's Risner Fitness Complex peaked Nov. 6 as the 837 athletes participating in the Kadena Special Olympics took the field. There weren't many more excited than one Airman from the 18th Munitions Squadron.Airman 1st Class Matthew Renfro, originally from Spokane, Wash.,

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters visits 3rd Operations Group

    As he dangled from parachute risers, 12-year old Keegan Hall looked down at a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sailing in the Pacific. Deftly controlling his parachute's toggles, Keegan successfully maneuvered into a stand-up landing on the ship's pitching deck.Peering through virtual reality

  • CCAF represented at White House community colleges summit

    Lt. Col. Tim Albrecht, commandant of the Community College of the Air Force, served as the Department of Defense representative at a White House community college summit recently.A broad spectrum of people attended the summit, including administrators, educators, philanthropists and representatives

  • President proclaims November as Military Family Month

    President Barack Obama signed a proclamation designating November as Military Family Month.Here is the text of the president's proclamation:We owe each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our armed forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are

  • Tips for a safe, happy Halloween

    There are many ways to keep children safe at Halloween, and common sense can do a lot to prevent a tragedy. One way parents can help is to pick out or make a safe costume. Make sure that the costume is fireproof. Dress children in bright costumes so others can see them. If their costumes are dark,

  • VA officials taking life-saving campaign to streets

    Nearly 1,200 life-saving advertisements are going up on city buses, bus shelters, rail and subway stations across the nation displaying a message of hope for those who have served their country and may be facing an emotional crisis. Department of Veterans Affairs officials are advertising the

  • Flu shot options are many for TRICARE For Life beneficiaries

    TRICARE For Life beneficiaries have a wealth of options when it comes to staying protected during the fall and winter flu season. Influenza vaccines are covered by Medicare at no cost to TFL beneficiaries as long as they are administered by a Medicare provider who agrees to accept the