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DOD helps support dependents in school

Posted February 20, 2014 by Airman 1st Class K. Nagle

Attending new schools and adjusting to new teachers, are part the moving process for children of Service members. With those changes come possible difficulties, but the Department of Defense provides a program called Tutor.com to help ease the transition. Tutor.com is a website used by military families that allows students to connect to a live,…

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Think before sending: Protecting PII

Posted February 20, 2014 by Leslie Finstein

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Network security is more than just a buzzword. It is an important tool used to secure not just information related to national security but also personal security. The Air Force, Army and the entire Department of Defense take information assurance and the protection of personal information seriously. As of October 2013, individuals…

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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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President to nominate several to key DOD positions

Posted February 13, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk 

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate four people to key Defense Department positions, all of which require Senate confirmation. They are: Miranda A. A. Ballentine, to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment, and logistics; Michael McCord, to be undersecretary of Defense (comptroller); Brian P. McKeon, to be principal…

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ICBM retesting continues

Posted January 23, 2014 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Retesting of all ICBM launch crewmen finished Jan. 16, the Pentagon press secretary announced during a news conference. Air Force officials ordered the retesting after discovering that nuclear launch crews cheated on proficiency exams. A total of 34 crewmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., have been suspended from duty due to…

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DOD releases new religious accommodation instruction

Posted January 23, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department today released a new instruction that details its updated policy on making religious accommodations requested by service members, Pentagon spokesman Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nathan J. Christensen said today. A DOD instruction implements a policy or prescribes the manner or plan of action used to carry out a policy, operate a…

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DOD raises awareness of human trafficking

Posted January 16, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department officials have a zero-tolerance level for human trafficking and have stepped up awareness and education efforts to curb the crime overseas. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Brian Chin — a program manager for the department’s effort to combat human trafficking, said DOD is…

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Pentagon announces upcoming changes to imminent danger pay

Posted January 9, 2014 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department announced Jan. 3, changes in imminent danger pay, or IDP, that will go into effect June 1, DOD spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters here. “This is a process that began (in 2011),” he said, and “included in-depth threat assessment from the combatant commands. It was made in…

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TAP curriculum available online

Posted January 9, 2014 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) –Separating service members can participate in the transition assistance program, or TAP, online, Department of Defense officials announced. TAP, now called Transition GPS-Goals, Plans and Success, is designed to help prepare separating and retiring members for life outside of the military. It includes a variety of seminars from dressing…

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DOD adds synthetic marijuana to random drug testing

Posted December 19, 2013 by Army Sgt. 1st Class T. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has expanded its zero tolerance for the use of illicit drugs to include synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice,” the director of DOD’s drug testing and program policy said here today. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Army Lt. Col. Tom Martin said that…

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