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TRICARE Pharmacy Rules Changing for Maintenance, Brand-name Drugs

Posted September 3, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — TRICARE beneficiaries who take certain brand-name medications on a regular basis will be required to fill prescriptions at a military treatment facility or through a mail-in program beginning Oct. 1, a Defense Health Agency official said yesterday. George Jones, DHA’s pharmacy operations division chief, said the new policy does not apply to active-duty troops,…

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‘I Will Wait’ Tells Stories of Generations of Military Spouses

Posted August 31, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — America sends its sons and daughters to war, and a new play titled “I Will Wait” looks at the effect of these deployments across the generations. The brainchild of Amy Uptgraft, the play connects the experiences of spouses from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Uptgraft wrote…

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Women’s Equality Day commemorates history, bridges future leaders

Posted August 27, 2015 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, not only commemorates the ratification of the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment — which solidified women’s voting rights — but it also coincides with current milestones for women in service, a Pentagon official said in an Aug. 24 DoD News interview. Juliet Beyler, the officer and…

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Army Depot explosion in Japan remains under investigation

Posted August 27, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — The cause of an explosion and the resulting large fire at a storage building early today at the Army’s Sagami General Depot in Sagamihara City, Japan, remains under investigation, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said. Davis told reporters that no indications of injuries exist, and the building was not designated as a hazardous…

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Lockheed’s Legion Pod: Five fast facts

Posted August 18, 2015 by

At Lockheed Martin, our targeting systems and sensors have a long history of innovation. Since the 1970s, we’ve utilized internal investment and pre-planned product improvement programs to provide warfighters with the latest and greatest in targeting technology. From our LANTIRN pods, M-TADS/PNVS and Missile Launch Detector to Target Sight System and Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod,…

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DOD awards contract for electronic health records

Posted August 6, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The award of the new modernization contract for electronic health records is a great opportunity to “save money, save time, and most importantly, save lives,” said Christopher A. Miller, the Defense Healthcare Management Systems program executive officer. In a culmination of a more than two-year effort, the Defense Department today awarded a…

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Air Force offers assistance to PII hack victims

Posted July 30, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force maintains its commitment to protect personal information from cyber threats by continuing efforts with the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management to assist those impacted by the recent cyber incident involving federal background investigation data. OPM and an interagency response team, including investigators from the FBI and the Department…

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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…

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OPM acts to protect federal workers, others from cyber threats

Posted July 16, 2015 by DoD News

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — U.S. Office of Personnel Management officials announced July 9, the results of the interagency forensics investigation into a recent cyber incident involving federal background investigation data and the steps OPM is taking to protect those affected. In late May, as a result of ongoing efforts to secure its systems, OPM discovered an…

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Working group to study implications of transgender service

Posted July 16, 2015 by DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON – A Defense Department working group will study the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly in the military, and its work will presume they can do so unless objective and practical impediments are identified, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today. In a statement announcing the working group, Carter said…

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