From Broadcast To Broadband - News You Can Trust Pacific News Center - The most breaking news, local news and sports news for Guam and the Marianas, along with K57 Interviews. http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:06:40 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb VIDEO: NWS- 8pm UPDATE - Tropical Storm "Halong" Continues to Strengthen; Max Winds Now at 60mph http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47285:video-nws-8pm-update-tropical-storm-qhalongq-continues-to-strengthen-max-winds-now-at-60mph&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47285:video-nws-8pm-update-tropical-storm-qhalongq-continues-to-strengthen-max-winds-now-at-60mph&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam -  In its 8pm Tuesday UPDATE, the National Weather Service in Tiyan advises that Tropical Storm "Halong" continues to strengthen.

A Typhoon Watch remains in effect for Guam. A Typhoon Watch means that destructive typhoon force winds of  75 mph or greater are possible within the next 48 hours.

A Typhoon Warning has been issued for Rota. That means Typhoon force winds of 75mph or more are expected within 24 hours.

Tinian and Saipan remain under a Tropical Storm Warning.

VIEW the satellite "loop" for Tropical Storm "Halong" HERE   

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As of  7pm Tuesday evening Tropical Storm  "Halong" was fixed at 13.0 North and 147.8 East, about 205 miles east-southeast of Guam. 

Its movement had slowed, to just 6mph. It was traveling in a north-westerly direction. Maximum sustained winds increased to 60 mph.

Tropical Storm "Halong" is on a track that is expected to take it through the Rota Channel Wednesday afternoon or evening.

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READ the 8pm Advisory from the NWS HERE or below:

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WTPQ31 PGUM 290922
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TROPICAL STORM HALONG (11W) ADVISORY NUMBER 4
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TIYAN GU WP112014
800 PM CHST TUE JUL 29 2014

...TROPICAL STORM HALONG CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN...

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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A TYPHOON WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR ROTA. TYPHOON CONDITIONS INCLUDING 
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS OF 75 MPH OR MORE ARE EXPECTED WITHIN 24 HOURS. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR GUAM...TINIAN AND SAIPAN. TROPICAL STORM
CONDITIONS INCLUDING DAMAGING WINDS OF 39 MPH OR MORE ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. A TYPHOON WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR GUAM. TYPHOON CONDITIONS INCLUDING
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS OF 75 MPH OR MORE ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO 48 HOURS. SUMMARY OF 700 PM CHST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION ----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...13.0N 147.8E ABOUT 205 MILES EAST OF GUAM ABOUT 190 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF ROTA AND ABOUT 200 MILES SOUTHEAST OF TINIAN AND SAIPAN MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH PRESENT MOVEMENT...NORTHWEST...310 DEGREES AT 6 MPH DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ---------------------- AT 700 PM CHST...0900 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM HALONG WAS LOCATED BY RADAR NEAR LATITUDE 13.0 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 147.8 DEGREES EAST. TROPICAL STORM HALONG IS MOVING SLOWLY TOWARD THE NORTHWEST AT 6 MPH. TROPICAL STORM HALONG IS EXPECTED TO TURN BACK TOWARDS THE WEST-NORTHWEST WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH A SLIGHT INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO 60 MPH. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105 MILES FROM THE CENTER. TROPICAL STORM HALONG IS FORECASTED TO CONTINUE INTENSIFYING DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AND COULD BECOME A TYPHOON WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS. NEXT ADVISORY ------------- THE NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY ON TROPICAL STORM HALONG WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT 1100 PM...FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT SCHEDULED ADVISORY WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 200 AM. $$ M. AYDLETT/GUARD/EDSON
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admin@ainamedia.com (Kevin Kerrigan) frontpage Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:25:06 +0000
VIDEO: JIC #1: Guam Is in COR 3; Closest Point of Approach for Tropical Storm "Halong" Expected at 10pm Wednesday http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47318:video-jic-1-guam-is-in-cor-3-closest-point-of-approach-for-tropical-storm-qhalongq-expected-at-10pm-wednesday&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47318:video-jic-1-guam-is-in-cor-3-closest-point-of-approach-for-tropical-storm-qhalongq-expected-at-10pm-wednesday&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam in COR3: Listen to the radio, get info from JIC; Possibility: COR2 tonight, COR1 early tomorrow morning

JIC Release No. 1
Storm update, July 29, 2014


As of now, storm is heading our way
The government of Guam, Joint Region Marianas (the military), and the National Weather Service are preparing for a storm that, as of now, is heading our way. It is expected to come closest to Guam at 10 p.m. tomorrow night. As of the latest forecast, it will bring up to 50 mph winds, rain, and flooding. Winds at that speed are destructive. Mother Nature is unpredictable, so this forecast can change as time goes by. 

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Guam, military in COR3: Don’t hustle yet; listen closely to the radio
Governor Eddie Calvo and Rear Admiral Tilghman Payne both are declaring Guam and its military installations in Condition of Readiness 3. For the civilian population, that means we should standby to start securing things, and listen all the time to the radio for updates from the Joint Information Center. COR3 has additional meaning for the military, as commanders have to begin securing assets.

Our level of readiness is up because of last storm, so COR3 preparations are mild
Preparation for this storm is different from the last time. First, we were tested and assured of our readiness when the last storm that threatened us passed by us. Many residents already have prepared an emergency storm kit that they placed in their homes. Parents talked to their children about what to do, and relatives and friends made plans to help each other through certain circumstances. Our level of readiness is up.

COR2 possible tonight; COR1 possible early morning
However, this time it is quite possible for our condition of readiness to be upgraded during the evening hours. In fact, the governor and the admiral may declare Condition of Readiness 2 sometime around 8 p.m. tonight. That decision will depend on the trajectory and strength of the storm, as the National Weather Service tracks it. If they declare COR2, it’s important that families and neighbors have plans ready now to put up shutters in the evening hours. You probably want to keep flashlights and batteries ready in case that happens, and in the event you need to pick up loose items from your yard. If the storm continues along that same path, the governor and the admiral could upgrade the readiness level to COR 1 by early morning hours.

Shelters open tomorrow morning IF COR2 declared tonight

The onset of heavy winds and rains, if the storm continues on this path, is not expected until mid-morning tomorrow. Therefore, if COR2 is declared tonight, it will be far safer to open emergency shelters in the morning, while there is daylight.

For GovGuam workers & public school students
Government of Guam workers and summer school students and their parents should listen to the radio in case there’s a COR upgrade. GovGuam non-essential operations and schools shut down at COR2.

IMPORTANT: Listen to the radio
All of our preparations depend on the movement of the storm over the next few hours. It is unnecessary to do much of anything in the way of preparation except to listen to the radio for updates. We recommend you have a battery-operated radio ready. If the power goes out, it will be the only way for you to receive storm updates.

JIC partially activated; get information from JIC via news partners

All information from any government of Guam agency, the military, and any federal or non-profit partner involved with this storm activation now is consolidated under the Joint Information Center, which the Governor has partially activated. The JIC has an established relationship with all Guam’s major radio and media stations (and all media stations listed in one of the attachments). These stations have agreed previously to report the information we send out, and we appreciate their partnership. You can also get information as we send it out, by liking and visiting the Governor’s Facebook page, Eddie Baza Calvo, and the Guam Homeland Security Facebook page.




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admin@ainamedia.com (News Release) frontpage Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:16:11 +0000
VIDEO: Getting Ready for the Storm; Island Prepares for Arrival of Tropical Storm Halong http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47310:video-getting-ready-for-the-storm-island-prepares-for-arrival-of-tropical-storm-halong&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47310:video-getting-ready-for-the-storm-island-prepares-for-arrival-of-tropical-storm-halong&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156


Port General Manager Joanne Brown says they are expecting to go into COR 3 at 8 PM tonight, which will trigger the closure of the Port.

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Guam Power Authority Spokesman Art Perez says they have sent out crews to cut back tree limbs and other vegetation that are hanging over power lines, and could pose a threat in high winds. He said they're concentrating on the northern part of the island where the effects fo the storm are expected to be strongest.

Guam International Airport is also preparing, clearing debris from the runway and other areas of the airport. However all flight operations remain normal at this time, no flights have been cancelled.

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admin@ainamedia.com (Byron Tseng) frontpage Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:25:58 +0000
NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Guam, Rota, Tinian & Saipan http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47303:nws-flash-flood-watch-for-guam-rota-tinian-a-saipan&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47303:nws-flash-flood-watch-for-guam-rota-tinian-a-saipan&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam - The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan.

 The Flash Flood Watch warns that torrential rains of between 3 to 5 inches are "probable" through Wednesday afternoon.

READ the Flash Flood Watch on the NWS website HERE or below:

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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TIYAN GU
1003 AM CHST TUE JUL 29 2014

...TORRENTIAL RAIN POSSIBLE FOR THE MARIANAS...

.A TROPICAL SYSTEM COULD BRING LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL TO THE ISLANDS OF GUAM...ROTA...TINIAN AND SAIPAN LATER THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.

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GUAM-ROTA-TINIAN-SAIPAN-
1003 AM CHST TUE JUL 29 2014

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TIYAN HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR GUAM...ROTA...TINIAN AND SAIPAN.

* NOW THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.

* RAINFALL OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE PROBABLE BY NOON WEDNESDAY.

* STAY AWAY FROM FLOODED ROADS AND PAY ATTENTION TO STREAM AND
RIVER LEVELS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

&&

$$

CHAN

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admin@ainamedia.com (News Release) frontpage Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:41:10 +0000
Residents Urged to Beware of Price Gouging as Tropical Storm Halong Approaches http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47313:residents-urged-to-beware-of-price-gouging-as-tropical-storm-halong-approaches&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47313:residents-urged-to-beware-of-price-gouging-as-tropical-storm-halong-approaches&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 “I want to ensure that consumers are reminded of their protections and merchants are warned,” said Attorney General Leonardo M.  Rapadas.

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admin@ainamedia.com (News Release) frontpage Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:50:31 +0000
Guam Wildlife Refuge CLOSED WEDNESDAY Due to Tropical Storm Halong http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47311:guam-wildlife-refuge-closed-wednesday-due-to-tropical-storm-halong&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47311:guam-wildlife-refuge-closed-wednesday-due-to-tropical-storm-halong&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam -  Due to the National Weather Service advisory on Tropical Storm Halong, the Refuge will be closed tomorrow, July 30th.  

 

The Refuge will reopen the following day, during our regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m on the condition that no further storm watches or warnings are issued. 

For more information on your Guam National Wildlife Refuge, you may find their website at http://www.fws.gov/guam.

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admin@ainamedia.com (News Release) frontpage Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:30:52 +0000
VIDEO: Hundreds Attend Prayer Service for Monsignor James http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47319:video-hundreds-attend-prayer-service-for-monsignor-james&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47319:video-hundreds-attend-prayer-service-for-monsignor-james&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam - The controversy continues to boil at the Archdiocese of Agana as dozens of supporters, including island dignitaries, gathered in prayer for the latest crisis to hit the Catholic church, the termination of Monsignor James Benavente as rector of the Cathedral.

Monsignor James’ removal comes just days after Father John Wadeson was removed for a sex scandal dating back to the 1970s. But the Archdiocese denies any claims that the two events are in any way related.

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Little is known about why Monsignor James Benavente was fired from the church as rector of the Cathedral de Basilica. Neither the Archdiocese nor Monsignor James have revealed the reasons. The news became public when Monsignor James informed his fellow brothers and sisters of his removal.

Tim Rohr is a close catholic observer who maintains a blog about the Catholic community on Guam. He tells PNC what he’s learned of Monsignor James’ removal. 

"He’s accusing not just Monsignor James, but Monsignor James, Richard Untalan, Joe Rivera and Sister Steven Torres, who were the four members of the archdiocesan finance council that the archbishop terminated after they refused to permit the conveyance of the title of the old Accion hotel property to a separate corporation away from the archdiocese. And so the archbishop is accusing Monsignor James and those other three of trying to sell that property without the archbishop’s permission," explains Rohr.

However, this afternoon, Archbishop Anthony Apuron released a statement on the finances of the Archdiocese of Agana. There is no mention of Monsignor James’ removal, however it states in part, “I have decided that a change in administration in these two entities, the Agana Cathedral-Basilica and The Catholic Cemeteries of Guam is necessary and urgent to re-establish proper accounting practices and to complete the financial review, financial report and the audit.”

Archbishop Apuron says the accounting firm Deloitte and Touche conducted a review of the Church’s finances and found “inappropriate” accounting practices.

Meanwhile, Rohr says that Monsignor James has still not been provided with a list of charges against him explaining why he was fired. 

"I think anybody watching this can relate with when you’re accused. You at least deserve to know what you’re accused of and Archbishop Apuron won’t even do that, won’t even give Monsignor James a list of the charges. The question is why? I believe is because all those charges are false," he argues.

In fact, Rohr believes Monsignor James was just collateral damage for the removal of Father John Howard Wadeson last week. Father Wadeson was fired after an old sex scandal surfaced dating back to the 1970s when he was serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It was Rohr who brought Wadeson’s tainted past to light on his blog about two weeks ago. 

"The attack on Monsignor James is in complete retaliation for the national embarrassment that Archbishop Apuron brought upon himself, because as the AP story showed, Archbishop Apuron was advised by the lawyers of the Los Angeles Archdiocese in about Father Wadeson.  "Whether it’s true or not doesn’t matter. The fact is the archbishop did not address it and knew since 2011," points out Rohr.

As the controversy continues, a prayer service was held in front of the Agana Cathedral this afternoon. Family Spokesperson for Monsignor James, Gabby Bamba, told PNC yesterday that the prayer was organized to pray for the entire church. Before the prayer service began some protest signs were displayed on the roadside by the Church.

Father Adrian Cristobal denied claims that Monsignor James’ removal had anything to do with Father Wadeson’s removal. He noted that the Archdiocese has been reviewing its finances for some time now.

 

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admin@ainamedia.com (Janela Buhain Carrera) frontpage Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:16:07 +0000
VIDEO: Deep Potholes & Puddles Cover Road to Cabras Docks, Port & DPW Say GPA Owns Road http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47315:potholes-a-puddles-cover-road-to-cabras-boat-dock-port-says-gpa-is-responsible-for-repairs&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47315:potholes-a-puddles-cover-road-to-cabras-boat-dock-port-says-gpa-is-responsible-for-repairs&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156
Heavy rains have filled in giant pot poles stretching across the roadway to several boat docks on Cabras Island.

About a hundred guests travel down the road by bus to ride the Atlantis Submarine each day and Operations Manager Erik Lewis says his company isn't the only one affected by the conditions which have even halted mail delivery in the past.

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Port Authority General Manager Joanne Brown says the property the road is on does not belong to the Port, but to the Guam Power Authority. A DEED shows the property was given to GPA by the U.S. Navy in 1976, and a DPW map shows the road leading to the Atlantis Submarine ticket office is located on that property.  DPW Director Carl Dominguez says however that the path that forks to the left, leading to the Atlantis warehouse and other business is not a road but petroleum easement owned by the Port Authority of Guam.

PNC contacted Guam Power Authority Public Information Officer Art Perez who said GPA Engineers would investigate the matter to determine what their responsibility is.

Meanwhile Lewis says his company has even considered fixing the problem on their own.

“It's going to be a fairly expensive project... We've had some quotes,” Lewis told PNC. “But we don't see why we should be fixing a government road.”

Other companies with docks off the road include Daydream Tours, GTDS, MDA, Rainbow Dolphin Diving and Real World Diving.

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admin@ainamedia.com (Betsy Brown) frontpage Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:25:52 +0000
United Will Discontinue Twice-Weekly Service From Guam to 3 Japanese Cities by Next February http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47307:united-will-discontinue-twice-weekly-service-from-guam-to-3-japanese-cities-by-next-february&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47307:united-will-discontinue-twice-weekly-service-from-guam-to-3-japanese-cities-by-next-february&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam - United Airlines says that it will discontinue its twice weekly service to 3 Japanese cities by February of next year.

Service to Niigata ends December 14th; service to Hiroshima is over December 19, and service to Okayama will cease on February 21 of next year. 

A statement from United Corporate Communications expresses regret, but explains that the current flight service on those routes does not meet their financial performance expectations.

READ the statement from United below:

“United confirms that it will discontinue its twice-weekly Guam-Niigata, Guam-Hiroshima and Guam-Okayama service, effective Dec. 14, 2014,  Dec. 19, 2014, and Feb. 21, 2015 respectively."

"We have regretfully made this decision because the services’ financial performance did not meet our expectations in order to continue regular service on these routes."

"This action is consistent with the company’s previously-announced capacity guidance. We will contact customers with bookings for flights beyond those dates to either offer them alternate travel plans or provide refunds."

"We apologize for any inconvenience caused."

" United will maintain a sales presence in the markets after the service termination to continue to sell the Guam market from these cities via other United gateways such as Nagoya and Narita with the cooperation of ANA, our partner airline in Japan."

"We will also continue to seek ad-hoc charter opportunities from these markets to Guam in peak season if demand warrants the service.”

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admin@ainamedia.com (News Release) frontpage Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:54:33 +0000
VIDEO: GPD and All Other Peace Officers Will Soon Have to Pass New Fitness Test http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47317:video-gpd-and-all-other-peace-officers-will-soon-have-to-pass-new-fitness-test&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47317:video-gpd-and-all-other-peace-officers-will-soon-have-to-pass-new-fitness-test&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam - GPD, DOC, Customs, DYA and all other peace officers on Guam will soon have to maintain a certain level of physical fitness in order to obtain and maintain their certificates from the Peace Officer Standards and Training or POST commission.

This is among some of the new standards that the POST commission has developed for Guam Peace officers. All peace officers will now be required to pass a physical fitness qualification test that is equivalent to the U.S. Air Force fitness test.

This test will involve things like a minimum number of pushups as well as measurements of waist size and body mass index. GPD Captain Ray Perez says that he supports these new requirements but he believes that GPD officers need more support.

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"Most GPD officers work long hours often seven days a week subjected to poor nutrition during their duty shift and abnormal meal times little effort is given to help employees succeed despite these demands.

While we intend to adopt the Air Force fitness standards we do not have the guidance and the post draft to implement support programs like the Air Force's “Balance Eating Work Out Effectively Live Long Program, the “Be Well Program”, so creating a new fitness standard and failing to provide support for the failures seems to give our personnel the value of disposable utensils,” said Capt. Perez. Peace officers will have three years to prepare for the full implementation of the new fitness standards.

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