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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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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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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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Department of Defense releases 2013 BAH rates

Posted December 21, 2012 by

Washington (AFNS) — The Department of Defense released today the 2013 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, which take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Overall rates will increase an average of 3.8 percent this year. For members with dependents, average increases in BAH are approximately $60 per month. A typical E-6 with dependents, for example, will…

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