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September: National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM) starts are on September 1st! This year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” Take action by participating in America’s PrepareAthon! on or around September 30. Each week also has a preparedness them. Check them out.
• Week 1 – How to… Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.
• Week 2 – Know How To plan for specific needs before a Disaster.
• Week 3 – How to… Build an Emergency Kit.
• Week 4 & 5 – How to… Practice for an emergency.
For more details about National Preparedness Month visit: www.ready.gov/september #NatlPrep

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On 7 August 1782, George Washington created the Purple Heart

Washing awarding first Purple Hearts

The Purple Heart is the badge for meritorious action. It is our oldest military award.

Learn more about the creation of the award and what it honors. (PDF)

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Government Book Talk: Not Just Space: Celebrating NASA’s Anniversary by Exploring the Aeronautics Program

Not Just Space: Celebrating NASA’s Anniversary by Exploring the Aeronautics Program

by Trudy Hawkins

NASAbook NASAlogoThis month marks NASA’s 56th anniversary. In those 56 years, NASA has made amazing contributions to modern American life. Yet, people often forget that many of NASA’s most meaningful contributions have nothing to do with space exploration. The fascinating book, NASA’s First A: Aeronautics from 1958 to 2008 by Robert G. Ferguson shines a light on NASA’s aeronautics program, an important but often underappreciated part of the agency.

The book explains that while the aeronautics program is often overshadowed by the more glamorous space program, aeronautics research has had a direct and undeniable impact on both commercial and military technology. The book illustrates the importance of the aeronautics program by offering up a chronological history of the aeronautics program including the major research areas and important technological contributions of the program.

The chronological history of the aeronautics program begins in the book’s second chapter, which covers NACA (the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics), the predecessor of NASA. Chapter three focuses on the creation of NASA and how aeronautics fit into the new agency as well as the contributions the program made to the “space race.” Chapter four covers the 1970s, a time when NASA faced pressures to contribute solutions to increasing energy and environmental problems and aeronautics research shifted to help tackle some of these issues. The fifth chapter discusses the 1980s when the Cold War created a strong focus on aeronautical R&D. The chapter also covers more quotidian, but equally important, contributions of the aeronautics program, like troubleshooting for wind shear and icing. Chapter six is about the 1990s, and focuses on aeronautics after the Cold War as well as the creation and eventual demise of two major aeronautics programs, the High Speed Research Program and the Advanced Subsonic Technology Program. The seventh chapter is the end of the book’s chronological history and it covers the three major research areas of the early 2000s: blended wing body design research, intergraded scramjet research, and air traffic control research.

The book is a great read. It offers an interesting introductory history of NASA’s aeronautics program, and readers will certainly no longer make the mistake of thinking that NASA is only concerned with space.

HOW DO I OBTAIN THIS PUBLICATION?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy this as well as the following new publications from NASA (with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide) from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore website at http://bookstore.gpo.gov:

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

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Visit a Federal Depository Library: Search for these in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications or CGP.

About the author: Our guest blogger is Megan Martinsen, Graduate Intern in GPO’s Library Services & Content Management Division

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Thousands of WWII War Crimes Records Unveiled – Holocaust Museum makes digital archive available to public

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington has obtained a full copy of the UN War Crimes Commission archive that has largely been locked away for the past 70 years and has made the entire digital archive freely available to visitors in its research room. The vast collection includes about 500,000 digitized microfilm images with more than 10,000 case files.

http://bit.ly/1tgkYbp

 

Source: http://www.newser.com/story/191083/thousands-of-wwii-war-crimes-records-unveiled.html

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Internet Tutorials and Information from USAJOBS

Provided by Travis A. Ferrell, MLIS, Chief, Academic Services. Bruce C. Clarke Library. Fort Leonard Wood, MO

I. YouTube Playlists from USAJOBS

A. Applying for Federal Jobs — http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8hc9yXSdAa-mqvl1YXxjvvcvWxL2n0x_ or http://tinyurl.com/l4s4hog

Videos Included in this Playlist

1. Careers at Any Level — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNxo-RRR1aw&list=PL8hc9yXSdAa-mqvl1YXxjvvcvWxL2n0x_ or http://tinyurl.com/mnpmrk7

2. Do I Need to be a United States Citizen to Work for the Federal Government? — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Doo4c0zg68c&list=PL8hc9yXSdAa-mqvl1YXxjvvcvWxL2n0x_&index=2 or http://tinyurl.com/nk9lvoz

3. Are All Federal Internships Under the Pathways Programs? — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-08vizl5eNU&index=4&list=PL8hc9yXSdAa-mqvl1YXxjvvcvWxL2n0x or http://tinyurl.com/oau2h6p

4. What Happens to My Resume When It’s Sent to the Hiring Official? — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_UyAODxbkA&index=4&list=PL8hc9yXSdAa-mqvl1YXxjvvcvWxL2n0x or http://tinyurl.com/oyk8mv8

5. “Special Federal Hiring Authority for Individuals with Disabilities” — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqRwI-6zCow&index=5&list=PL8hc9yXSdAa-mqvl1YXxjvvcvWxL2n0x or http://tinyurl.com/qy3ty3j

6. May I Apply If I’m Close to Completing My Degree — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1SNTuntb4I&index=7&list=PL8hc9yXSdAa-mqvl1YXxjvvcvWxL2n0x or http://tinyurl.com/ppx8fx9

7. Do You Need A Degree for a Federal Job? — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROuGCMUZSpI&index=7&list=PL8hc9yXSdAa-mqvl1YXxjvvcvWxL2n0x or http://tinyurl.com/q497yu5

8. Does Military Rank and Grade Qualify Me for a Specific Federal Pay Grade or Level? — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KukqhxzmpwA&index=8&list=PL8hc9yXSdAa-mqvl1YXxjvvcvWxL2n0x or http://tinyurl.com/owyfqzu

9. 5 Tips for Communicating Your Qualifications — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqYkibnuiJU&list=PL8hc9yXSdAa-mqvl1YXxjvvcvWxL2n0x_&index=9 or http://tinyurl.com/k2ahbmx

10. What are Special Hiring Authorities? — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF-8YiZEu78&index=10&list=PL8hc9yXSdAa-mqvl1YXxjvvcvWxL2n0x or http://tinyurl.com/kqtpaqa

 

II. Individual YouTube Videos from USAJOBS

B. Finding and Applying for Jobs in the Federal Government — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahg1fselvMg&list=PL4E58D6A9FC4D4315http://tinyurl.com/o6veeoy

C. Resume Writing — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk&index=6&list=PLDCDC3A0FF12307E9 or http://tinyurl.com/q36db9e

D. Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates: Posting Positions on USAJOBS — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP5D3OXw2NY&list=PLDCDC3A0FF12307E9&index=2 or http://tinyurl.com/ow9ap4a

E. USAJOBS app HD – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CrgI195-rg&list=PLDCDC3A0FF12307E9&index=3 or http://tinyurl.com/o48fcvk

F. USAJOBS App — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-k56lZuFJk&index=5&list=PLDCDC3A0FF12307E9 or http://tinyurl.com/q8akacs

 

III. Resource Center from USAJOBS

G. Resource Center Main Page — https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page or http://tinyurl.com/nkpmquw

H. “What is a saved search and how do I create a saved search?” page — https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/What_is_a_saved_search_and_how_do_I_create_a_saved_search%3F or http://tinyurl.com/py7e5ux

I. “Welcome Students and Recent Graduates” page — https://my.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads or http://tinyurl.com/ldf3okz

J. “Welcome Veterans” page — https://my.usajobs.gov/Veterans or http://tinyurl.com/mf54frq

 

 

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