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DOD awards TRICARE-managed care support contracts

Posted July 26, 2016 by emmauribe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The Defense Department announced on July 22 that the next generation of TRICARE-managed care support contracts were awarded. The new contracts, which go into effect nine months after the award, establish two TRICARE regions in the United States: East and West, instead of the current three. The East Region contract will…

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Security clearance investigations to include social media activity

Posted June 17, 2016 by Paul Stevenson

People who use social media are constantly reminded to be careful when posting and sharing information because it's almost impossible to know who might be monitoring their activity.

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How to entertain your military kids for free this summer

Posted June 3, 2016 by Katie Lange

It’s that time of year again, everybody! We’re thinking about summer and what to do with our days off – or, more likely, finding ways to keep our school-less children from uttering those dreaded words, “I’m bored!” Luckily, there are a lot of options for military families that don’t involve much money (or are just…

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DoD Sexual Assault Prevention certifications grow

Posted June 3, 2016 by Amaani Lyle

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 27, 2016 — The Defense Department’s campaign to combat sexual assault is moving forward as reflected in the steady submission of applications from sexual assault response coordinators and sexual assault prevention and response victim advocates for accreditation through the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program, Pentagon officials observed recently at the National…

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Prince Harry, former President Bush stress importance of healing invisible wounds

Posted May 17, 2016 by Shannon Collins

ORLANDO, Fla.(AFNS) — Great Britain’s Prince Harry, former President George W. Bush, and service members from each of their nations led a discussion at the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds presented May 8 by the George W. Bush Institute here. Former first lady Laura Bush said she and the Bush Institute leadership were…

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Del Toro inspires others during Invictus Games, earns gold at shot put

Posted May 12, 2016 by Shannon Collins

ORLANDO, Fla. (AFNS) — Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro is all about smiles and inspiring others as he competes at the Invictus Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Throughout the week, more than 500 wounded, ill and injured service members from 15 nations have been competing in 10 sporting events…

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Pentagon spokesman: Up to 250 more U.S. forces to deploy to Syria

Posted May 6, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Up to 250 additional U.S. personnel are being deployed to Syria to support local forces on the ground and build on successes of U.S. forces already deployed there in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon’s press secretary said April 25. The additional personnel include special…

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DOD-wide Windows 10 rapid deployment to boost cybersecurity

Posted March 10, 2016 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department will deploy Windows 10 departmentwide by January to strengthen cybersecurity and streamline the information technology operating environment, according to a Feb. 26 memo by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work. Work addressed the memo to secretaries of the military departments, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defense under secretaries,…

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DoD plans benefit revision with ‘blended retirement’

Posted February 17, 2016 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON — Upon taking office almost a year ago, Defense Secretary Ash Carter promised reforms, saying “that a blended retirement system is a key step in modernizing the department’s ability to recruit, retain and maintain the talent we require of our future force.” An overhaul of the current military retirement system is slated to take effect…

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Sesame Street supports military families in transition

Posted February 5, 2016 by DoD News

WASHINGTON, January — Elmo, Big Bird, and Abby Cadabby are teaming up with the Defense Department to support thousands of military families as they transition to civilian life, according to Transition to Veterans Program Office officials. On Jan. 27, the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, launched a website devoted to helping families…

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