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  • Troops, families can access free tax-filing services

    Rather than paying a tax specialist, servicemembers and their families can obtain free assistance to prepare and file their annual tax returns through a special military program, a Defense Department tax advisor said here Jan. 30.    The military's tax assistance program processes more than 200,000 returns each year, Army Maj. John Johnson,
  • New assistant secretary sworn in

    Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne swore in the Air Force's new assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs in a ceremony at the Pentagon Jan. 24.    Craig Duehring, a 28-year Air Force veteran, is a political appointee, heading a four-division department that deals at the policy level with Air Force MR issues. He
  • 2008 force shaping board cancelled

    Air Force lieutenants in the 2005 year group, a total of 764 eligible, will not face a fiscal 2008 force shaping board.    "We received enough requests to separate through voluntary separations programs that conducting a force shaping board is no longer needed this year," said Lt. Gen. Richard Y. Newton III, the deputy chief of staff for manpower,
  • Local church donates to Airmen overseas

    St. Philip Neri Parish in Midwest City sent several boxes of goodies to Tinker troops overseas.    This past fall the Philip Neri's Sunday school class, which often supports community volunteer projects, created their own project, treats for Troops, to show their appreciation for deployed Airmen.    "It took three years to get this project off the
  • Mother replaces son on Kirkuk's front lines

    As many parents anxiously await the next phone call from their sons and daughters fighting the war on terrorism in Southwest Asia, one mother journeyed across the Atlantic to not only see her child, but also to replace him on the front line.    Staff Sgt. Tammi Johnson, a reservist with the 507th Security Forces Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base,
  • Software group develops new software and hardware for B-1 test equipment

    When your car's check engine light comes on, you take it to your local garage or dealership and a mechanic hooks up a diagnostic machine to your car's computer and within minutes has a readout on all your car's systems and in most cases, can fix the problem quickly.    When it comes to testing the various systems on the B-1 bomber, maintainers use
  • Warriors put skills to test before deploying

    Several Air Force Materiel Command service members put their tent building skills to the test Jan. 28 at the Glenwood training area. The tent building was followed by practical application exercises, which incorporated new and old skills and training from last week's refresher course.    Jonny Conover, senior exercise evaluator with the 72nd Air
  • Take Note

    Customer Service office open   The Customer Service/ID Card office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.    Airfield Management to conduct briefings    72nd OSS Airfield Management officials will conduct briefings on upcoming changes to the flightline driving program at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Feb. 8 in the 552nd OG auditorium, Bldg 282. Current
  • Air Force funds research into oil repellent surfaces

    Air Force Office of Scientific Research officials here currently are funding investigations into super oil repellent surfaces because of their potential utility in cleaning up jet fuel spills and protecting aircraft or rocket parts from fuel absorption.    Drs. Gareth H. McKinley and Robert E. Cohen, professors of engineering at the Massachusetts
  • Randolph, Civil Air Patrol kick off new support program

    A new pilot program between the Air Force and Civil Air Patrol officials is set to kick off with a meeting and orientation tour Jan. 28 at Randolph Air Force Base.    "The new program called Volunteer Support to the Air Force will provide greater opportunities for citizens through the CAP while enhancing the Air Force capabilities as part of the