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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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Air Force creates Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center

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WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force is centralizing its installation support management within a newly created Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Air Force officials announced July 11. The change resulted from a comprehensive effort to reduce overhead costs; increase efficiencies; eliminate redundant activities; improve effectiveness and business processes; and will help meet 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 celebrates Military Family Month in November

Posted November 7, 2014 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON – November in America traditionally is a month of thankfulness, and the Defense Department chose this month to recognize those who support the nation’s armed forces but who don’t wear the uniform: military families. Barbara Thompson directs the department’s Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, and Special Needs. She recently spoke with DoD…

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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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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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Benefits of SCRA and MILITARY STAR Card don’t always intersect

Posted September 6, 2013 by

DALLAS – The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), introduced in 1940 as the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, was established to protect active duty service members from what might happen to their financial or legal obligations after they start military service. Decades later, the Military Star Card was established in response to military leadership’s…

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