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Civilians contribute to Roth options

Posted July 26, 2012 by Kathryn Iapichino

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Department of Defense civilian employees eligible for the Thrift Savings Plan may begin to contribute to the Roth TSP. This new feature allows members to contribute on an after-tax basis and receive tax-free earnings when they withdraw funds from their TSP accounts. Air Force serviced civilians may make elections…

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DOD to improve voluntary education safeguards

Posted July 26, 2012 by Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is nearing completion of an agreement with post-secondary schools to ensure service members have the best possible experience in continuing their education, a senior Pentagon official said today. The department will release later this summer a memorandum of understanding to be signed by colleges, universities and technical schools to make…

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DOD officials explain sequestration dangers

Posted July 19, 2012 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – Pentagon officials continue to work to avoid the looming threat of sequestration, Frank Kendall, the new undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said here yesterday. Kendall spoke to Pentagon reporters in his office about sequestration, and the effect it would have on the department and the defense industrial base. Sequestration comes…

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Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Program debuts at D-M

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Service to the Armed Forces, an American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter program that provides support to military members, veterans and their families, opened a new satellite office on Davis-Monthan, June 13. In Southern Arizona, the SAF program offers essential human services to about 17,000 active duty personnel and members of all branches of the…

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Military members receive joint tactical training

Posted June 14, 2012 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

Members from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps came out for helicopter pre-deployment training here June 7. Lt. Col. Kjall Gopaul, 355th Mission Support Group deputy commander, led this...

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Policy change to allow reservists to carry leave balance

Posted June 7, 2012 by Col. Bob Thompson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force Reserve officials are working to change policy to allow reservists who earn days of leave to carry those days over from year to year. New laws and Department of Defense instructions permit reservists to carry over the leave days. However, policy and procedures have not caught up with the new…

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AAFES names new Director and CEO

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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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Program helps those leaving military

Posted June 1, 2012 by Senior Airman C.J. Hatch

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Leaving the military and entering the civilian world can be a hard transition for many people to make. The Transition Assistance Program is one way the military helps those leaving the service. The Defense Department’s TAP program was designed to smooth the transition of military personnel and family members…

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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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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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