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Annual charity donation drive suspended indefinitely

Posted October 17, 2013 by Benjamin Newell

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., — The annual Combined Federal Campaign, responsible for raising $258.3 million for charities in 2012, has been suspended across the DOD due to the partial government shutdown. Susan Yarwood, the director of the DOD’s CFC campaign said in a memorandum that a legal review of the charity drive found it to be…

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DoD takes steps to aid absentee voters

Posted October 2, 2014 by Mandi Richmond

WASHINGTON – As the Nov. 4 midterm election nears, Defense Department officials are taking steps to ensure absentee voting is even easier for service members, their families and overseas citizens via FVAP.gov. In coordination with the military services and State Department, Absentee Voting Week begins today, aiming to raise awareness and remind voters of important…

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Women’s Equality Day commemorates history, bridges future leaders

Posted August 27, 2015 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, not only commemorates the ratification of the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment — which solidified women’s voting rights — but it also coincides with current milestones for women in service, a Pentagon official said in an Aug. 24 DoD News interview. Juliet Beyler, the officer and…

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DOD requires more base closings, official says

Posted March 29, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department possesses more real estate than it needs and is looking to close additional bases and installations in the United States and abroad, a senior DOD official told a House panel March 14. Air Force leaders agree, according to Kathleen I. Ferguson, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics….

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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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Nearly 100 items to be added to Value Brand Program

Posted February 12, 2015 by

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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Families list retirement, pay as top issues

Posted May 10, 2012 by Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Military families regard the possible change of military retirement benefits as their top concern, according to the results of a major survey re-leased today. The 2012 Military Family Life-style Survey also shows that pay and benefits, the impact of deployments...

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SecDef announces furlough change

Posted August 8, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Unites States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Aug. 6 that furlough days for Department of Defense appropriated fund civilian employees have been cut down from 11 to 6. The furlough began July 8, and civilian employees were mandated to take one, unpaid, day off from work each week for up to 11 weeks. For those…

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Permissive TDY allowed for voluntary force management separation

Posted June 5, 2014 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Airmen who separate under voluntary and involuntary force management programs may be eligible for permissive TDY. Airmen should check their separation orders to ensure the statement is included in the remarks block. The statement should read “Member separating voluntarily under force management program and may be eligible for (permissive)…

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DOD launches Integrated Lodging Program Pilot

Posted June 18, 2015 by Defense Travel Management Office

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department will launch an Integrated Lodging Program Pilot June 15, which will provide quality government and commercial lodging, with greater safety and security and better services at reduced rates. Travelers TDY, for 30 days or less, to select DOD locations will be directed to book lodging in the Defense Travel…

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