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James applauds DOD Force of the Future initiatives

Posted February 2, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James declared her support of department-wide reforms focused on improving quality of life for military parents, following Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s Jan. 28 announcement on the next round of Force of the Future initiatives. “I applaud Secretary Carter and welcome these announcements as a positive step forward…

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USDA Veteran Initiatives now part of DoD’s Transition Assistance Program

Posted October 13, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk DoD News

WASHINGTON — Agriculture and farm business opportunities became the newest career training choice for transitioning service members this week when the Agriculture Department announced it would ensure service members attending the Defense Department’s Transition Assistance Program, or TAP, would receive information on veteran training and counseling programs in agriculture. DoD’s Transition to Veterans Program Office…

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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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Air Force offers assistance to PII hack victims

Posted July 31, 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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12 weeks paid military maternity leave, other benefits

Posted February 5, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is increasing military maternity leave and instituting other changes in an effort to support military families, improve retention and strengthen the force of the future, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today. Women across the joint force can now take 12 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, Carter told reporters at…

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Check health care compliance before tax season kicks off, official says

Posted October 13, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department wants its service members and civilian employees to know it’s not too early to make sure their 2015 health insurance paperwork is in order before filing their federal taxes, the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said in a recent interview with DoD News. Dr. Karen Guice said the…

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DOD begins workplace, gender relations survey for active-duty members

Posted August 2, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — About 735,000 active-duty members across the services will be invited to take part in the largest Department of Defense Workplace and Gender Relations Survey to date beginning July 25. The 2016 WGRA is part of a series of studies that will help assess any experiences members may have had recently with sexual harassment,…

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AF continues to work with DOD, OPM on cybersecurity incident

Posted July 24, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

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…

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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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Dempsey discusses unsettled, unpredictable world situation

Posted October 13, 2015 by Jim GaramoneDoD News

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said recently that the world is more unsettled and unpredictable than at any time during his 41-year military career. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey sat down with DoD News to discuss his four-year tenure as chairman. He retires at the end of the month. He said…

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