Wednesday - December 19, 2018
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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from the U.S. Executive Branch, covering all aspects of the Obama administration including cabinet departments, federal agencies, regulatory and independent agencies.

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Team Dover Clinics to Offer Extended Holiday Hours
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Delaware, Dec. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force (436th Airlift Wing) issued the following news:

By Col. Patricia Fowler

Public Affairs

Timely access to medical care is vital to the readiness of our forces and the welfare of their families. The 436th Medical Group is committed to ensuring our patients receive the acute care they need, when they need it throughout the holiday season.

Adjusting our hours is part of our commitment to provide timely access to care for all of our patients. We value our patients and are actively engaged in continuing to increase access to care and enhance ... Show Full Article

Santa, Elves Jump for Operation Toy Drop 2018
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany, Dec. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news:

By Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh

Public Affairs

Santa Claus and his elves delivered toys to children via military freefall and static-line jumps as part of the 7th annual Operation Toy Drop event on Alzey Drop Zone, Germany Dec. 11-13, 2018.

Each day of the operation, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and seven partner nations took off in an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to conduct low-level passes over the drop zone.

Throughout the operation, paratroopers conducted approximately 140 personnel ... Show Full Article

President Donald J. Trump Approves Virginia Disaster Declaration
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- The White House issued the following news release:

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ordered Federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Tropical Storm Michael from October 9 to October 16, 2018.

Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the Tropical Storm Michael ... Show Full Article

MacDill Shopper Wins $5,000 During Holiday Sweepstakes
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Dec. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news:

By Marisa Wolfe

Public Affairs

Just about everyone could benefit from a little extra cash this time of year. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service made sure that's what retired Sgt. 1st Class Jose Serrano Juarbe got-$5,000 of it.

Exchange and commissary leaders awarded Serrano Juarbe, a Lutz, Fla., resident, with his prize on Dec. 10 at the MacDill Exchange.

"I couldn't believe it when they called," Serrano Juarbe said. "I've had some bad luck lately with my car breaking down, ... Show Full Article

Hundreds Cheer New WOTUS Proposal in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Dec. 18 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

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- Wheeler and Perdue Outline Proposal That Would Bring Certainty to Farmers, Business Owners, and the American Public

Four hundred Tennessee farmers, ranchers, small business owners and other stakeholders came to the Wilson County Exposition Center in Lebanon Tennessee on Wednesday morning to hear Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler highlight the new Trump Administration proposal redefining the "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) -- and they were ... Show Full Article

EPA Awards Arizona $30.8 Million for Drinking Water and Wastewater Projects
SAN FRANCISCO, California, Dec. 18 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $30.8 million to Arizona for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

"These funds will be used for numerous local projects that will boost the economy while improving water systems," said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. "EPA is committed to investing in local infrastructure to benefit the communities we serve."

EPA awarded more than $30.8 million to Arizona's clean water and ... Show Full Article

Argonne Develops Computer Model to Explore Fuel Octane Number
ARGONNE, Illinois, Dec. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release:

Researchers at Argonne have developed a virtual cooperative fuel research engine that will help probe how a fuel's chemical kinetics translates into its octane rating.

The fuel and engine community has been using Cooperative Fuel Research (CFR) engines for nearly a century to quantify a fuel's "knocking" propensity, or the likelihood that it will autoignite in the engine under typical operating conditions. But there is a lot behind this standardized test method for internal ... Show Full Article