Defense

Tips for surviving PCS season

Posted May 8, 2015 by Sarah R. Garner

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois – Preparation for the upcoming peak moving season for service members has begun and officials in charge of the Department of Defense’s household goods moving program, the Defense Personal Property Program, want to remind everyone that the summer months can be a challenging time for moving. “We know moving can…

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Official provides update on combat jobs for women

Posted May 1, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – Since the Defense Department rescinded a 1994 policy that excluded women from serving in direct ground combat positions, the services have opened about 91,000 jobs to female service members, the Joint Staff’s vice director said here today. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost spoke at a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace…

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New tuition assistance tool attuned to troops’ educational needs

Posted April 24, 2015 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department continues to invest in its service members and has introduced a new online informational tool tailored to their unique school programs and educational needs, the Defense Department’s chief of voluntary education said in a DoD news interview this week. Dawn Bilodeau discussed a new online tool called “Tuition Assistance DECIDE.”…

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TRICARE beneficiaries being targeted by call centers

Posted April 24, 2015 by Defense Health Agency

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Defense Health Agency, Office of Program Integrity (DHA-PI) has received a significant number of concerns from our TRICARE beneficiaries regarding unsolicited contact from call centers encouraging them to provide personally identifiable and health information. According to sources, the call center will normally cold call and say, “I am a representative…

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New DoD cyber strategy nears release, official says

Posted April 17, 2015 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department will release a new cyber strategy next week to guide the way ahead for cyber in the foreseeable future, a senior Pentagon official told Congress today. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, Eric Rosenbach explained how DoD plans to continue improvement to America’s cybersecurity…

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Month of the Military Child recognizes young family members

Posted April 10, 2015 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON – To highlight the year-round contributions, courage and patriotism of the military community’s youngest members, the Defense Department observes April as the Month of the Military Child, a Pentagon official told DoD News. Established by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger in 1986, the month recognizes some 1.9 million U.S. military children ranging in age from…

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ThanksUSA offers scholarships to children, spouses of U.S. Troops

Posted April 10, 2015 by DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON – ThanksUSA, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to thanking America’s troops through the gift of education, is inviting children and spouses of America’s armed forces to apply for its post-secondary education scholarships, according to a ThanksUSA news release issued today. Those interested can apply via the organization’s website, and the application period extends from…

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DoD extends Armed Services YMCA contract

Posted March 20, 2015 by DoD News

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced a one-year extension to the Armed Services Young Men’s Christian Association Military Outreach Initiative, according to DoD officials. Originally set to expire in March 2015, the contract with the YMCA will now continue uninterrupted until March 2016. “We are very pleased that we are able to extend this…

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Sanctions having a mixed effect on Russia, officials say

Posted February 27, 2015 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON– U.S. and European sanctions imposed on Russia for its support of Ukrainian separatists and the annexation of Crimea are having a significant impact on Russia’s economy but have not curtailed Moscow’s continued intervention in the region, two senior Defense Department officials told Congress today. “We are hearing, for example, more dissatisfaction of the oligarchs,…

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Experts: Males also are victims of sexual assault

Posted February 27, 2015 by Jim Garamone

TYSON’S CORNER, Va.– Experts urged Army leaders to reach out to male victims of sexual assault, noting people should not view sexual violence as a crime perpetrated exclusively against women. Jim Hopper, a psychologist and researcher, and Russell Strand, a retired Criminal Investigative Service special agent, spoke about an aspect of sexual violence not often…

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