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Official provides update on combat jobs for women

Posted April 30, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – Since the Defense Department rescinded a 1994 policy that excluded women from serving in direct ground combat positions, the services have opened about 91,000 jobs to female service members, the Joint Staff’s vice director said here today. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost spoke at a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace…

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New tuition assistance tool attuned to troops’ educational needs

Posted April 23, 2015 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department continues to invest in its service members and has introduced a new online informational tool tailored to their unique school programs and educational needs, the Defense Department’s chief of voluntary education said in a DoD news interview this week. Dawn Bilodeau discussed a new online tool called “Tuition Assistance DECIDE.”…

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New DoD cyber strategy nears release, official says

Posted April 16, 2015 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department will release a new cyber strategy next week to guide the way ahead for cyber in the foreseeable future, a senior Pentagon official told Congress today. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, Eric Rosenbach explained how DoD plans to continue improvement to America’s cybersecurity…

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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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DoD extends Armed Services YMCA contract

Posted March 19, 2015 by DoD News

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced a one-year extension to the Armed Services Young Men’s Christian Association Military Outreach Initiative, according to DoD officials. Originally set to expire in March 2015, the contract with the YMCA will now continue uninterrupted until March 2016. “We are very pleased that we are able to extend this…

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Afghan transition trends ‘positive,’ Campbell says

Posted February 19, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan delivered an upbeat assessment of progress in the nation, while also acknowledging there is much that needs to be done. Army Gen. John F. Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning that there is a new atmosphere in the Afghan capital of Kabul, and…

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Carter takes office as 25th Defense secretary

Posted February 19, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Ash Carter became the 25th secretary of Defense Feb. 17, after having served previously as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs. President Barack Obama nominated Carter for the position — calling Carter an innovator and a reformer who knows the Defense Department inside and out…

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Free tax preparation, advice available to military families

Posted February 12, 2015 by Nick Simeone, DoD News

WASHINGTON, (AFNS) — With the new year comes the annual dread of tax-filing season and the confusion and stress that can go along with it, especially for military families whose tax returns can be further complicated by frequent relocations, involvement of rental properties and other aspects of military life. To ease the burden, the Defense…

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Nearly 100 items to be added to Value Brand Program

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FORT LEE, Va. – With nearly 100 more items set to be added to the Commissary Value Brand program, military patrons will have even more opportunities to save, according to the Defense Commissary Agency’s senior enlisted advisor to the director. “The reenergizing of this program is still in its infancy, but we are making improvements each…

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Pentagon salutes Dr. King’s life, legacy

Posted January 22, 2015 by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jake Richmond

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department members gathered Jan. 15 at the Pentagon’s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, ahead of the federal holiday. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work called King a “true, remarkable American patriot and hero” and said he was honored to help pay tribute to the late civil rights leader….

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