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  • Veterans Day is a day to say thank you

    The United States greatly values its veterans and has a proud history of supporting and honoring these men and women. That is as it should be. While we should remember these heroes every day, Veterans Day offers a special time to acknowledge the millions of Americans who have stepped up to serve their country. Over the years, we've asked these
  • Attention All Airmen: Air Force Holds Convicted Sexual Assault Offenders Accountable, Sexual Assault Convictions Are Now On-Line

    We have all heard much in the news over the last year regarding sexual assault in the Air Force and I wanted to take a few minutes to assure you all that the Air Force takes sexual assault allegations seriously and investigates all sexual assault allegations fully. All Commanders handle cases involving active duty Airmen without preconceived
  • Legal assistance for the ‘Modern Military Family’

    In 2007 Edith Windsor married her domestic partner, Thea Spyer, in Ontario, Canada. The couple resided in New York until 2009 when Spyer passed away and left her entire estate (to include $300K in estate taxes) to Windsor. Although Windsor applied for the federal estate tax exemption for surviv¬ing spouses, her application was denied as the federal
  • AEDC Fire and Emergency Services reminds AEDC personnel to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires’

    It's time for Fire Prevention Week, from Oct. 6-12, and the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Fire & Emergency Services is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to 'Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign firefighters will be spreading the word
  • This September 'You Can be the Hero'

    September is National Preparedness Month. It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. If you have seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. We have seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, wild fires, historic
  • Safety is not a practice; it’s a way of life

    I got my indoctrination into Safety in the Navy's MR "A" School years ago. Machinery Repair (MR) is the title for machinist in the U.S. Navy. I learned "Safety First, Accuracy Second and Speed Last." It was that experience that prepared me for my career as a machinist and it gave me an appreciation of what it takes to do the kind of work myself and
  • Promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics

    As fall approaches, so does the new school year with multiple opportunities to inspire the AEDC workforce of tomorrow with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities. Last school year was particularly busy to include:· The grand opening of our new STEM Center (the Fox's Den) where we've hosted more than two dozen student
  • Soaking up Safety

    How much do you think about work once you "make eight and hit the gate?" Most of us leave it behind and turn our thoughts elsewhere, perhaps to that list of chores we've promised to do or maybe to the vacation we've anticipated for months. With summer's warmer days and increased daylight, we push ourselves to do more and more and put ourselves at
  • 'S' a symbol for safety

    With the Friday release of the new Superman movie titled "Man of Steel," the mythos of superheroes was reexamined. We marvel (pun intended) at their super strength, ability to fly, and other special powers they possess as they bravely save the day. However, a more dangerous, yet less explicit trait common to all superheroes is a willingness to
  • Back from Norway

    Greg Sandlin, an ATA senior engineer recently traveled to Norway as a Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) team leader. Sandlin and his team were hosted by Norwegian Rotarians in several cities primarily in the southeastern portion of the country. They visited Oslo, Bergen, Drobak, Eidsvoll, Kolbotn and Nannestad.Participating in this GSE has been one