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  • 'BRATS' tell their story

    It's often said that when someone joins the military, they aren't the only ones serving. Husbands and wives offer support, but recently another group gained recognition when an organization produced a film telling the story of military children. Operation Military BRAT presented the movie "BRATS: Our Journey Home" Oct. 19 at Hirschi High School in
  • Improved protection for household goods

    Relocating can be one of the most stressful events in a person's life. With approximately 500,000 household goods shipments every year, the military is the largest moving population in the United States. Officials with the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command are committed to making every move a better experience for service
  • Air Force military family of the year visits Washington

    Working together as a team is the advice the Air Force military family of the year has for coping with frequent deployments. "Know your resources, such as key spouses," said Master Sgt. Wayne Ojala, the superintendent of the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. "And take advantage of them," added Tech. Sgt. Thane Ojala,
  • Top spouse explains vital role of Key Spouse Program

    Suzie Schwartz, the wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, brought her unique perspective to the Maxwell AFB Key Spouse Forum, sharing personal stories, words of encouragement and helpful resources. The Key Spouse Program is an emphasis area for the Year of Air Force Family, which came into being as a result of the Caring for People
  • AAFES aims to be military shoppers' first choice for the holidays

    Promotions, prizes and popular name brands will anchor the efforts of Army & Air Force Exchange Service officials to invite military families to "rediscover the value" their exchange is offering this holiday season.Exclusive savings on holiday decorations, care package items and electronics will be cycling in and out of BXs and PXs every week
  • Football Frenzy winners to attend NFL game

    Four members of Air Force clubs are the winners of a trip to attend a regular season NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals Nov. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. The club members were drawn from nearly 3,000 entries received during the first six weeks of the Air Force Services Agency's Football Frenzy promotion. Winners receive
  • First lady speaks on taking care of military families

    The first lady today addressed a group of servicemembers and their families here on the importance of taking care of the military family. During her short speech, Michelle Obama praised Air Force leadership for designating this the Year of the Air Force Family program adding it is also a priority of the White House and one of her personal top
  • Air Force officials launch updated Key Spouse program

    As part of the July 2009-July 2010 Year of the Air Force Family initiative, the service's senior leaders have announced the launch of a revised and standardized Key Spouse program. Paula Roy, wife of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy, is the senior spouse champion for the program and her video endorsement will open each Key Spouse
  • Eglin salutes the Year of the Air Force Family

    Supervisors, co-workers and friends come and go, but family is forever is the underlying theme in the coming months as Eglin Air Force Base leaders will focus on the meaning, needs and strengths of the Air Force family during the Year of the Air Force Family. The Year of the Air Force Family began in July and lasts to July 2010, and is a time base
  • 'Year of the Air Force Family' Web site launched

    Air Force officials have launched a new Web site to showcase the Year of the Air Force Family effort. Airmen and their families can log on to http://www.af.mil/yoaff/index.asp to learn about AF-wide initiatives, monthly themes and programs, as well as contact local installation Airman Family and Readiness Centers to find out about local events and
  • Assignment deferment extended for births, adoptions

    Air Force officials here announced recent modifications to the post-birth and post-adoption assignment deferment policy will increase the time a parent can delay reporting to certain assignments, re-emphasizing the Air Force's commitment of taking care of its people. Birth mothers and adoptive families now have a six-month-deferment period instead
  • Guard offers resiliency training to servicemembers, families

    Officials with the National Guard Resiliency Center showcased their training program Sep. 24 here at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in an effort to give military leaders, both enlisted and officers, the tools they need to deal with stress. The training program, titled "Flash Forward - Soldiers and Leaders Guide to Resiliency," is focused
  • Vice president's wife urges support for military families

    The wife of Vice President Joe Biden met with New York National Guard personnel and their families in mid-September in Latham, N.Y. Dr. Jill Biden visited with the family members of deployed servicemembers and the professionals who support them, and pledged her support for military families and noted that her efforts are, in part, personal. The
  • Air Force, Army, Navy family services expand for new joint base

    Family services members here will expand to support Air Force, Army and Navy personnel and their dependents as Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst moves toward full operational capability Oct. 1. The Airman and Family Readiness Center at McGuire, along with Navy Fleet and Family Services and Army Community Services will merge into one organization
  • Child development centers strive to meet revised national accreditation standards

    Air Force services leaders implemented a five-year plan to gradually phase Air Force child development centers through the new, re-accreditation system and assist them in meeting the strict accreditation requirements and 64 CDCs have already met the new standards.The five-year plan was in response to the 2006 announcement from the National
  • Former Kadena commander and spouse receive 2009 O'Malley Award

    The former Kadena Air Base, Japan, wing commander and his wife received the 2009 General Jerome F. O'Malley and Diane O'Malley Award Sept. 11 at a ceremony in the Pentagon. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presented the award and Sharon O'Malley Burg made two special presentations of her own.Brig. Gen. Brett T. Williams and his wife,
  • Services' top enlisted members discuss family support

    The top enlisted servicemember from each of the four services offered their appreciation to those who support military families before fielding some tough questions during a town hall-style meeting here Sept. 1. The meeting was part of the Defense Department's three-day Joint Family Readiness Conference, the first of its kind since 2000. "There's a
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