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Dec. 1, 2006

Advent begins Dec. 3

The word advent, means "the coming," in Latin. The Advent season begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas, Dec. 3., and ends the day before Christmas, Dec. 24, at sundown. It is believed that Advent began in the fourth century. Then, Advent was a period of time where Christian converts prepared themselves for baptism. During the Middle Ages,

Dec. 1, 2006

Recognize cold, flu symptoms

Most people consider cold and flu the same thing, but they are actually two separate illnesses. The average American adult catches about two to four colds a year. Children catch between five and nine colds each year, with preschoolers the most susceptible, according to the Mayo Clinic. A cold often includes a runny nose, sneezing, coughing and mild

Dec. 1, 2006

Leaders address quality of life issues, changes

Airmen can still expect high-caliber quality of life programs that will take care of them and their families despite the changes being made within the service, leaders here assured recently. "Quality of life continues to be one of our top three priorities," said Lt. Gen. Roger Brady, Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel at the

Dec. 1, 2006

71st FS, AMU return from Nellis

Members of the 71st Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit returned here Nov. 21, ending a month-long deployment to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. While deployed, more than 200 Airmen and 16 Langley F-15C Eagles supported the U.S. Air Force Weapons School -- an opportunity to improve the combat readiness of the unit and the students at the

Dec. 1, 2006

AF announces ‘06 safest year in aviation

Fiscal year 2006 was the safest year in aviation ever for the Air Force. The year marked the lowest number of major aircraft accidents and fatalities within the Department of Defense, said the Chief of Air Force Safety Maj. Gen. Stan Gorenc recently. According to the statistics, the Air Force recorded 19 major aviation mishaps, eight destroyed

Nov. 28, 2006

The many consequences of drinking, driving

A stripe, $1,500 in fines and lawyer fees, an unfavorable information file, a letter of reprimand, a suspended driver's license, a night in jail, 30 days at a military rehabilitation center, placement on a control roster, embarrassment and shame-these are just some of the costs associated with drinking and driving. And yet, despite all he lost, one

Nov. 28, 2006

No FEAR promotes awareness

No employee should ever be afraid - especially here. The No FEAR, or Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act online training should be completed by Dec. 17, and is required for all Langley Federal employees. The No FEAR Act, created in 2002, protects current, former and potential federal employees from reprisals

Nov. 27, 2006

Holiday Rooms program kicks off

A three-day stay in a motel room - for free - now that's a great deal. Local innkeepers annually donate the rooms for local military people. The 21st annual Holiday Rooms program is sponsored by the Military Affairs Council of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. The 1st Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office will begin accepting applications