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Pin program honors Air Force parents.

The Air Force launched a new program in May to help airmen honor those who are often their biggest supporters--their parents.

All uniformed airmen--active, Guard and Reserve--can now log on to a secure Web site and sign their parents up to receive a new Air Force Parent Pin. The pins are about three-fourths of an inch square and feature a silver letter "P" cradled within the Air Force symbol.

A personalized letter from the secretary of the Air Force and Air Force chief of staff accompanies each lapel pin.

"We could not protect America's freedom without the incredible people who are willing to carry on the Air Force tradition," the letter reads. "As the proud parents of one of those airmen, your support continues to be critical to our ongoing efforts and makes a real difference to our country."

Once on the Web site, located at www.yourguardiansoffreedom.com, airmen should click on "new users click here." They will be able to provide the names and addresses of up to two parents or parental figures. Guard and Reserve members who have already submitted their employers for the "E" pin still need to complete the "new users click here" process.

Participation is completely voluntary and involves no cost.

Both pin programs are contemporary adaptations of the World War II "E" flag public support campaign used to recognize companies for contributions to the war effort.

The "E" pin program is ongoing, and reservists and guardsmen can still sign their employers up at the same Web site.

"In the Air Force, we tend to use the term 'force multiplier,'" said Brig. Gen. Edward Tonini, director of Your Guardians of Freedom, the Pentagon office responsible for both the parent and employer pin programs. "These programs aren't force multipliers but, rather, support multipliers all around the country. (Staff reports)
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Title Annotation:Round The Reserve
Publication:Citizen Airman
Date:Jun 1, 2003
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