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Defense Department expands women’s combat role

Posted January 31, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON — Following a unanimous recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today announced the end of the direct ground combat exclusion rule for female service members.

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Pentagon beefs up contractor information security requirements

Posted November 21, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON – An amendment published yesterday to the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplement will require defense contractors to incorporate established information security standards on their unclassified networks and to report cyber-intrusion incidents that result in the loss of unclassified controlled technical information from these networks. The amendment will apply to all new contracts that will use…

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DoD proposes more lending, credit protections for Service Members

Posted November 7, 2014 by Capt Ryan Fisher

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — On Sept. 29, the Department of Defense proposed broader protections for service members from predatory lenders. The proposed rules aim to close loopholes in current regulations allowing predatory lenders to take advantage of service members. The proposal is primarily aimed at supplementing DoD’s current regulation implementing the Military Lending Act…

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DEERS locks down access to some information updates

Posted May 16, 2013 by Debbie Gildea 

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Base identification card issuing offices will no longer be able to manually correct or update certain types of personnel information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 9. DEERS is the system used to enroll Airmen and their eligible family members for an…

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DOD to mandate documentation for lost, stolen CAC cards

Posted February 13, 2014 by Army Sgt. 1st Class T. C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) — Later this year, the Defense Department will begin fully enforcing a previously optional policy regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards, a defense official said here today. Sam Yousef, a program manager for identity and benefits policy at the Defense Human Resources Activity, discussed an update to the current…

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DoD eliminates renter’s insurance from BAH

Posted April 2, 2015 by Senior Airman R. Alex Durbin

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS. Va. — Following recent changes to Department of Defense Basic Housing Allowance policies, U.S. Service members living in privatized base housing will no longer automatically receive renter’s insurance through property management companies. Since privatization, Service members who live in military housing communities were automatically provided renter’s insurance through the terms of their lease agreement…

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Military members receive joint tactical training

Posted June 14, 2012 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

Members from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps came out for helicopter pre-deployment training here June 7. Lt. Col. Kjall Gopaul, 355th Mission Support Group deputy commander, led this...

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Official notes progress in suicide prevention effort

Posted September 6, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Making sure people know where to turn for help during a time of crisis is the continuing goal of the Defense Department’s suicide prevention program, the Pentagon official in charge of the effort said here Aug. 30. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Jacqueline Garrick said…

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Senior DoD voting official offers absentee voting tips

Posted August 7, 2014 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department’s top voting official provided absentee voting tips today and re-emphasized the importance of registering, requesting ballots and voting early in the process. “The most important thing to remember when dealing with absentee voting is to start the process early,” Matt Boehmer, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program said in…

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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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