Officials tout Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — With more than 260,000 students attending about 6,000 colleges and universities this fall under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, officials are continuing an active outreach effort to ensure current military members and veterans don’t miss out on the new program’s education benefits. Participation is up significantly from […]

Press Release: Bingaman in Clovis, Portales

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman will be in Portales on Tuesday, October 19th and in Clovis on Wednesday, October 20th will take part in several events in the area. On Tuesday, Bingaman will tour a major solar energy project at Eastern New Mexico State University in Portales.

Postal service sets holiday mail deadline

By Cheryl Pellerin: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The recommended mailing deadline for sending economy-priced holiday packages to servicemembers in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places around the world is Nov. 12, officials at the U.S. Postal Service say. “Shipping holiday packages early helps ensure that they arrive in time for the holidays,” Pranab Shah, […]

‘Aim High … Fly-Fight-Win’ to be new Air Force motto

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Incorporating extensive inputs from all ranks and career fields in the development effort, airmen have selected “Aim High … Fly-Fight-Win” as the service’s motto. An enduring statement of airmen’s pride in their service, the motto is a two-part expression — a call to action, with a response of commitment. […]

Domestic violence awareness campaign launched

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are observing National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by reminding the military community about resources and programs to help in preventing or stopping domestic violence. President Barack Obama issued a National Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation Oct. 1, emphasizing the U.S. government’s commitment to […]

Energy conservation: Operations enabler

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES In an address to attendees at the Air Force Energy Forum III in Washington, D.C., May 28, Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz said, “We cannot overstate the criticality of every airman embracing energy as a consideration in all we do. This is a long-term imperative that carries […]

Press release: NM officials say more time needed for public comments on low altitude training flights

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Officials launch annual Combined Federal Campaign drive

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s 2010 Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Sept. 20, offering federal civilians and military members the opportunity to contribute to any of more than 4,000 pre-screened charities. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III launched the department’s annual CFC drive in the Pentagon Library […]

Technology eases veterans' access to health, benefits

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs officials are launching a multi-year initiative called Veterans Relationship Management, or VRM, that will greatly improve veterans’ access to health care and benefits information. “VRM will transform veterans’ interactions with VA by using innovative 21st century technologies,” said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “Veterans will […]

Airman inducted into Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes

Courtesy photo Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. “Dick” Etchberger, an Air Force senior NCO who was killed after saving the lives of some of his crew during a fierce battle at a radar site in Laos 42 years ago, will receive the Medal of Honor Sept. 21 in a White House ceremony. By Senior Master […]

Officials extend spouse career program deadline

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Officials have extended a spouse employment program enrollment deadline to allow more military spouses to take spring semester classes. Effective Sept. 13, spouses currently enrolled in the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program, commonly known as MyCAA, will be able to request financial assistance for classes […]

Donley calls for fiscally improved Air Force

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Air Force’s top civilian urged the service’s leaders to make tough decisions now, as economic recovery continues to put defense spending under increasing pressure. In his State of the Air Force address at the Air Force Association Air and Space […]

Pentagon urges employees to leap into fitness

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Uniformed and civilian Air Force members are encouraged to represent the Defense Department in the presidential fitness challenge this fall as our country continues to focus on health and wellness. The DoD’s civilian personnel policy office is sponsoring “Leap Into Fall,” a fitness challenge for all uniformed and civilian […]

Press release: Udall urges troops and veterans to claim stop loss compensation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is urging active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military […]

Press release: Bingaman: N.M. universities receive grants to support Hispanic students

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that four New Mexico Hispanic-serving institutions (HSI) will receive federal grants to enhance their ability to serve underserved students and develop a skilled work force. HSIs are schools with a high percentage of Hispanic students. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of […]

Nonprofit groups step up to help military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — America’s support of our troops and their families has been a welcome theme during this past decade of war. The stories of support are abundant, from top leaders encouraging Americans to salute troops to neighbors pitching in to help a deployed family. Some people have taken […]

Combat, hardship pays remain for U.S. troops

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The change from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn does not affect the pays and entitlements troops serving in Iraq receive, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Sept. 1. Servicemembers deployed to Iraq will still receive hostile fire/imminent danger pay, hardship-duty pay […]

Toolkit helps separating servicemembers land jobs

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines separating from the military can get extra help in finding a job from a new Defense Department resource. The Pentagon’s Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy Office, part of the Office of Personnel and Readiness, recently developed the Career Decision Toolkit […]

Spouse input sought for survey

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials today mailed out 150,000 new “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” surveys, this time seeking input from military spouses about the potential repeal of the law that bars gay men and lesbians from serving openly, officials said. “We understand the inextricable […]

TAPS mentors support families of fallen

American Forces Press Service By Elaine Wilson WASHINGTON — The day Scott Warner saw Marines standing at his front door, his world came to a crashing halt. The servicemembers told Warner that his son, Marine Pvt. Heath Warner, had been killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq’s Anbar province. Warner and his family, including his […]