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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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Program Offers Museum Visits to Service Members, Families

Posted May 29, 2015 by Shannon Collins

WASHINGTON – From Memorial Day through Labor Day, service members and their families can visit more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa courtesy of collaboration among the Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Defense Department. At the Phillips Collection art museum…

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Pentagon spokesman: Up to 250 more U.S. forces to deploy to Syria

Posted May 6, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Up to 250 additional U.S. personnel are being deployed to Syria to support local forces on the ground and build on successes of U.S. forces already deployed there in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon’s press secretary said April 25. The additional personnel include special…

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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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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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“Month of the Military Child”

Posted April 10, 2015 by

(U.S. Air Force photo staff Sgt. Amanda Grabiec) During April’s Month of the Military Child, the Defense Department recognizes the support provided by and sacrifices made by military children, said Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office of family policy/children and youth. Since 1983, DOD has recognized military children for the support they provide to their…

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Del Toro inspires others during Invictus Games, earns gold at shot put

Posted May 12, 2016 by Shannon Collins

ORLANDO, Fla. (AFNS) — Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro is all about smiles and inspiring others as he competes at the Invictus Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Throughout the week, more than 500 wounded, ill and injured service members from 15 nations have been competing in 10 sporting events…

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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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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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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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