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Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced

Posted October 17, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 — when the AF354 will be rescinded — to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel…

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AF integrates TAP into new Military Lifecycle Model

Posted October 2, 2014 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The redesigned Transition Assistance Program is in its third and final stage and will be integrated into the new Defense Department Military Lifecycle Model, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The MLC, which was implemented Oct. 1, is the latest in a series of improvements to the Transition…

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New process cuts GI Bill claims processing times

Posted March 22, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As part of its ongoing transformation from paper-based to electronic claims processing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has continued to improve the automated payment of benefits for Veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program. As a result, VA is now providing benefit payments to currently enrolled students in an average…

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Pentagon announces upcoming changes to imminent danger pay

Posted January 9, 2014 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department announced Jan. 3, changes in imminent danger pay, or IDP, that will go into effect June 1, DOD spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters here. “This is a process that began (in 2011),” he said, and “included in-depth threat assessment from the combatant commands. It was made in…

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Military wives eligible for vocational scholarships

Posted May 10, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — Operation Homefront and the Women’s Self Worth Foundation will offer the Saban Military Wife Educational Scholarship to wives of uniformed service members who attend certain vocational training programs in the medical field and meet eligibility requirements. Overall, 22 vocational training scholarships will be awarded, totaling $237,500. Two $30,000…

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MWR officials urge furloughed civilians to tap programs

Posted August 8, 2013 by

WASHINGTON – With furloughs now in full swing and many Defense Department civilian employees finding themselves with more time on their hands but less money in their pockets, morale, welfare and recreation officials are encouraging them to check out some of the programs offered right where they work. Every military service provides fitness, recreational and educational services,…

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Building relationships through Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Posted May 1, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Heather Redman

The largest personnel recovery exercise in the world helps foster international relationships by combining joint, coalition, and interagency partners. Exercise ANGEL THUNDER is an annual exercise that supports the DoD’s training requirements for personnel recovery, but also helps in building trust and relationships between joint, interagency, and coalition partners. This year’s exercise will occur from…

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DOD clarifies civilian overseas assignment policy

Posted October 11, 2012 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department wants to clarify a personnel policy — generally known as the “five-year rule” — that establishes time limits for civilian overseas assignments, an official said here today. Sheila Dent, the department’s acting director of human resources for operational programs and advisory services, spoke to the Pentagon Channel and American Forces…

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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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