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2016 Federal Benefits Open Season runs through Dec. 12

Posted December 2, 2016 by Kat Bailey

The Office of Personnel Management has set the dates for the 2016 Federal Benefits Open Season from Nov. 14 through Dec 12, which includes the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance program and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts program. Open season gives federal employees and retirees the opportunity to…

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Retirement cause of serious separation anxiety

Posted December 2, 2016 by by Lisa Smith Molinari

Of all places, I was in the veterinarian’s office with our dog, Moby, when I started feeling differently about veterans. It wasn’t the smell of disinfectant, the hiss of the cat Moby was sniffing, or the yapping of a dog in the treatment room that got my wheels spinning. It was the sight of my…

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Two-year probationary period now in effect for new civilians

Posted November 22, 2016 by Richard Salomon

All new federal employees appointed within the Department of Defense to permanent positions in the competitive service are now required to serve a two-year probationary period.  The new requirement took effect Nov. 26, 2015, as part of the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The change does not apply to employees appointed prior to that…

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‘Be There’ suicide prevention theme resonates with troop values

Posted September 14, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

Preventing suicide requires the commitment of all in the Defense Department, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a videotaped message at the Sept. 7 Suicide Prevention Month kickoff at the Pentagon. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert R. Ruark, military deputy to the acting Secretary of Defense for…

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DOD makes last-minute push for food donations in ‘Feds Feed Families’

Posted August 24, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

Diane Carter remembers what it was like to go hungry.

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NORAD, NORTHCOM, Mexican Air Force coordinate on illicit-flight exercise

Posted August 5, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFNS) — The early morning call came through the command center here near Peterson Air Force Base on July 27 — a simulated illicit flight was heading out of the United States to Mexico. “We have at least two individuals on a watch list, with cash and weapons destined for Merida, Mexico,”…

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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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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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