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ACC announces family days for 2005

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (ACCNS) -- Air Combat Command announced its list for family days for the coming calendar year, giving its people opportunities to enjoy extended weekends with their families in conjunction with five holidays in 2005.

Gen. Hal Hornburg, in one of his last acts as ACCs commander, designated Jan. 14, May 27, July 1, Sept. 2 and Nov. 25 as the commands 2005 family days, meaning people get time off work if possible to spend with their loved ones. These dates correspond with the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

In addition, General Hornburg said Dec. 27 through 30, 2005, would be no-fly days to allow people maximum family opportunities during the holiday season.

Commanders should ensure people who arent able to enjoy a family day have the time given to them at a later date, command officials said.

The phenomenal men and women of the Air Combat Command team never cease to amaze me, General Hornburg said in a message to all ACC units. Our operational temp remains high and our Airmen and their families continue to provide selfless service in this Global War on Terrorism and in defense of this great nation. As a small token of my sincerest appreciation, I want to establish the ACC family days so all Airmen may have sufficient time to plan with their families.

Command officials said the guidelines of the military leave program should be followed in matters concerning passes and chargeable leave. For civilian employees, commanders can encourage liberal leave, use of previously earned compensatory time, or use of already approved time-off awards.

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