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Officials weigh resource priorities during sequester

Posted June 20, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

ARLINGTON, Va. – In light of recent budget woes, Defense Department officials are weighing resource priorities and moving toward the decision phase for the fiscal year 2014 budget, a Pentagon official said at the National Defense Industrial Association National Logistics Forum in Arlington, Va., June 14. During the strategic choices management review designed to plan a timeline over the…

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DOD helps support dependents in school

Posted February 20, 2014 by Airman 1st Class K. Nagle

Attending new schools and adjusting to new teachers, are part the moving process for children of Service members. With those changes come possible difficulties, but the Department of Defense provides a program called Tutor.com to help ease the transition. Tutor.com is a website used by military families that allows students to connect to a live,…

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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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Fisher House steps forward to aid DOD in paying death benefits

Posted October 10, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Fisher House Foundation has stepped in to aid the Defense Department so families of fallen service members can receive the full set of benefits they have been promised, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said here today. The Fisher House Foundation and DOD entered an agreement that includes the $100,000 death gratuity payment….

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Know your POV shipping entitlements

Posted September 5, 2014 by

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) — Many service members may not know of their entitlements when shipping personal vehicles as they move overseas or return stateside, according to U.S. Transportation Command officials. “Our customers have reasonable expectations on the delivery of their vehicles,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul H. Guemmer. “I know I…

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Panetta signs memo extending benefits to same-sex partners

Posted February 14, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members. Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the…

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DOD adds synthetic marijuana to random drug testing

Posted December 19, 2013 by Army Sgt. 1st Class T. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has expanded its zero tolerance for the use of illicit drugs to include synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice,” the director of DOD’s drug testing and program policy said here today. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Army Lt. Col. Tom Martin said that…

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Officials complete new tuition assistance policy memo

Posted April 26, 2012 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON – When a new policy takes effect — probably this summer — schools will need to have a signed memorandum of understanding to participate in the Defense Department’s Tuition Assistance Program, Pentagon officials said. A 90-day extension that expired March 30 allowed DOD officials to work with stakeholders to address issues associated with the…

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DOD contractors to get new whistleblower protections

Posted July 5, 2013 by Nick Simeone and Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON – Beginning July 1, whistleblowers working for Defense Department subcontractors will begin receiving protection against reprisals through a new law intended to better protect those who expose possible wrongdoing. In addition, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, contractors who report suspected waste, fraud and abuse within their company…

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DOD anti-tobacco video contest now open for public voting

Posted February 27, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force community is encouraged to kick off 2014 by voting online for the best anti-tobacco video in the Department of Defense-sponsored Fight the Enemy until March 14. Five finalists have been selected for public voting, including two Air Force entrants. The contest videos capture the theme of tobacco use as the “enemy”…

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