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Air Force, DoD switch HOMES

Posted January 16, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Natalie Stanley

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force members now have access to HOMES.mil, a new official Defense Department website designed to modernize the way all service members search for housing when relocating. Effective Dec. 29, 2014, HOMES.mil was launched for public access to provide service members seeking housing at their assigned location, and to landlords, owners and…

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Defense Department Revamps Civilian RIF Process, Emphasizing Performance

Posted January 27, 2017 by Jim Garamone

Performance will be the primary factor in the future if the Defense Department has to resort to a civilian reduction in force, DOD officials said Jan. 26. The department revamped the rules for the reduction-in-force process as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016. That law requires the department to establish procedures…

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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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Soldier takes aim at DOD warrior games, beyond

Posted March 2, 2018 by by MARY THERESE GRIFFIN

ARLINGTON, Va. — Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would do just about anything to obtain it? Army Staff Sgt. Ross Alewine, assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, has endured multiple surgeries following injuries he suffered over multiple deployments. As a result, the 29-year-old Infantryman soon will be…

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US, Russia sign memorandum on air safety in Syria

Posted October 21, 2015 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Senior U.S. and Russian defense officials signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 20 on air safety in Syria, the Pentagon’s press secretary said. The MOU is aimed at minimizing the risk of in-flight incidents among coalition and Russian aircraft operating in Syrian airspace, Peter Cook said at a Pentagon’s news conference. The…

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Air Force vice chief of staff discusses education, innovation

Posted August 7, 2015 by Shannon Collins

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer and Jack Buckley, the senior vice president of research for the College Board, spoke about innovation and education during the Military Child Education Coalition’s 17th National Training Seminar July 31. Spencer, who was a military child himself, spoke on the importance of…

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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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DoD eliminates renter’s insurance from BAH

Posted April 3, 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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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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Major financial changes could affect your security clearance

Posted September 26, 2018 by Tammy Fink and Saunci Barrett

As of July 27, the Department of Defense will continuously monitor individuals’ security eligibility through the new Continuous Evaluation Program. This new policy mandates that individuals who hold a security clearance will be continuously evaluated to determine if they meet the requirements to maintain that clearance. The security clearance renewal due every six to 10…

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