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Pentagon to lift rule excluding women from combat

Posted January 24, 2013 by Staff

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to announce the lifting of the direct combat exclusion rule for women in the military, a senior defense official said today. The policy change will begin a process in which the services…

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IG hotline reports spike in complaints

Posted November 14, 2013 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON – Complaints to the Defense Department’s inspector general hotline have climbed by 125 percent over the past four years, a senior official in the office said, and the cases include everything from abuse in the workplace to the multi-million-dollar contracting investigation now underway within the upper reaches of the Navy. “We are marketing and…

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SecDef calls for culture of dignity, respect

Posted May 9, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFPS) – Allegations of misconduct against an Air Force officer in charge of the service’s sexual assault prevention and response effort underscored the importance of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s effort to prevent sexual assault across the military. Hagel began his Pentagon news conference Tuesday by discussing the incident in which the officer was arrested by Arlington…

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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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AAFES names new Director and CEO

Posted June 7, 2012 by

DALLAS – After a rigorous process led by executive search firm Reffett Associates, Ltd, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Board of Directors has selected military and retail veteran Tom Shull to lead the Department of Defense’s (DoD) oldest and largest Exchange Service. Shull will be the first civilian Director and Chief Executive Officer…

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DOD facilities gear up to issue ID cards to same-sex couples

Posted August 22, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — DOD facilities are gearing up to issue identification cards to same-sex spouses beginning Sept. 3, Pentagon officials said today. “All spousal and family benefits, including ID cards, will be made available no later than September 3, 2013,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen. The Supreme Court decision to overturn portions of the…

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DOD, USDA partner in ‘win-win’ distance learning program

Posted January 31, 2013 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON – A new education program offers a “win-win” approach to helping military community members further their careers while aiding the Defense Department’s family support and child and youth development services, a Pentagon official said. Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office for family policy, children and youth, explained the Military Academic Advancement Program to the…

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Shutdown cost DOD $600 million

Posted November 14, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Furloughs of civilian employees as a result of the government shutdown cost the Defense Department at least $600 million in productivity, the Pentagon’s top financial officer said. During a Pentagon news conference, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale said that in addition to the lost productivity, the shutdown generated a number of other costs that have…

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DOD counters Internet posts on religion issue

Posted May 9, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Internet posts making the rounds claiming that the Defense Department will court-martial service members who espouse Christianity are not true, a Pentagon spokesman said today. “The Department of Defense places a high value on the rights of members of the military services to observe the tenets of their respective religions and respects, (and supports…

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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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