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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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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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Services submit plans on integrating women into all military jobs

Posted January 8, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has received plans from each of the services for implementing plans to integrate women into all positions in the military, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today. The office of the acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness received the plans, Cook said at a news conference. Defense Secretary…

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Face of Defense: Soldier spreads joy through love for piano

Posted December 28, 2015 by Kevin Walston

Among Army Spc. Anne Lee's earliest memories, she said, is being a young girl staring at the pianist during Sunday church services and wondering what it took to make that kind of music.

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U.S. Begins Second Phase of Ukrainian Training, Equipping Mission

Posted November 24, 2015 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON — The United States has begun the second phase of its Fearless Guardian mission to train and equip Ukrainian forces, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said today. The United States has committed more than $265 million in equipment and training to the mission, Davis told reporters at the Pentagon. The effort, which Congress approved…

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DoD meets interoperability requirements for electronic health records

Posted November 23, 2015 by Lisa FerdinandoDoD News

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has met the interoperability requirements for electronic health records as called for in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, according to DoD officials. DoD and Veterans Affairs have two goals in integrating patients’ records and making the information accessible by both agencies, said Chris Miller, the program executive officer for…

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Reading connects troops, family members during deployments

Posted November 17, 2015 by Claudette Roulo

SAN DIEGO — No matter how far deployed service members are from their families, they still can take an active role in the care of their children, the military’s top noncommissioned officer said here yesterday. “United Through Reading has made it possible for every parent, teacher, mentor and leader in our all-volunteer force to instill a…

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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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DOD Safe Helpline gives sexual assault victims additional resource

Posted October 19, 2015 by Holly Logan-Arrington

OBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — The Defense Department has given sexual assault victims a resource that helps them take control of their recovery process. Established in 2011, the DOD Safe Helpline is a crisis support service for members of the DOD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one support and…

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Obama adjusts troop levels for continuing Afghanistan mission

Posted October 16, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — President Barack Obama announced at the White House Oct. 15, that he will keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan through 2016 and a lesser number into 2017 to sustain coalition efforts to train and strengthen Afghan forces. Joining Obama at the podium were Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine…

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