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Service Members should register and request absentee ballots now

Posted January 26, 2016 by DoD News

WASHINGTON — Defense Department personnel and their families who plan to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming presidential primaries and the general election in November should complete a registration application and request their ballots now, according to a Federal Voting Assistance Program release. To register and request ballots, complete the Federal Post Card Application using…

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Final rule puts more teeth into Military Lending Act

Posted July 24, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department today closed loopholes to protect U.S. men and women in uniform from predatory lending practices, President Barack Obama said this morning at the 116th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The heightened level of financial and consumer-rights protection against unscrupulous practices, called the final rule of the…

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Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Lolita C. Baldor

The Pentagon announced June 30 that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out a yearlong implementation plan declaring that “Americans who want to serve and…

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DoD launches new Civilian Performance Appraisal Program

Posted April 6, 2016 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — Defense Department civilian employees are getting a new, standardized performance appraisal program as part of the department’s New Beginnings initiative. Paige Hinkle-Bowles, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for civilian personnel policy, said New Beginnings represents a series of requirements that grew out of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010. “For us, it…

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Pentagon announces changes to military decorations, awards program

Posted January 12, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Pentagon has made a number of changes to the military decorations and awards program to ensure service members receive appropriate recognition of their actions, according to a statement released Jan. 7. The changes come after a long and deliberate review, a defense official told reporters in a Jan. 6 background briefing. Then-Defense Secretary…

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Official urges families to learn about Veteran burial honors

Posted January 15, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Planning funerals for military veterans and retirees can be overwhelming for their families, and the Defense Department’s director of casualty and mortuary affairs wants family members to familiarize themselves in advance when possible to know what to expect with military funeral honors. Deborah S. Skillman said families should learn about military funeral honors eligibility ahead of…

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Commissaries serve as Feds Feed Families collection sites

Posted June 19, 2015 by Jessica Rouse

FORT LEE, Va. (AFNS) — Commissaries are serving as collection points for the Feds Feed Families campaign, which began June 1 and ends Aug. 31 at participating stateside military installations. During the campaign, participating installations help collect items most needed by food pantries and then donate them to area food banks. “This marks our sixth…

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Special Operations develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit

Posted January 30, 2015 by Jim Garamone

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit is cool. But it’s not real. The Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit is cool, too. But it is real and may soon be protecting America’s special operations forces going into harm’s way. The TALOS suit “was chartered to explore and catalyze a revolutionary integration…

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Russia naming U.S. as threat does not change Chairman’s perspective

Posted January 8, 2016 by Jim Garamone DoD News

STUTTGART, Germany — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters traveling with him here that a new Russian national security strategy document naming the United States as a threat does not change his perception of the threat posed by Russia. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. said the U.S. military “has…

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General Breedlove: Russia now taking ‘Different Path’

Posted May 8, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – The West assumed the best of Russia once the Cold War ended, but Russian President Vladimir Putin had other plans and NATO must remain strong in face of the threat from the East, Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove said here yesterday. Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and commander of U.S. European…

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