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Prepare now for tax season, DOD official advises

Posted December 5, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — With a month left before the start of tax season, service members should begin gathering documentation to file their 2013 taxes, said the director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth said. In a recent interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Barbara Thompson suggested…

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Officials offer advice for peak moving season

Posted June 26, 2014 by Mitch Chandran

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Help is available for service members, civilians and their families making a permanent-change-of-station move this summer, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command officials here said. SDDC, a component of U.S. Transportation Command, provides global deployment and distribution services to meet the nation’s objectives and deploys or sustains about 90…

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Scholarships for Military Children

Posted December 18, 2014 by

FORT LEE, Va. – As the Scholarships for Military Children Program enters its 15th year, more than 8,000 students have shared nearly $13 million in scholarships. Applications for the 2015-2016 school-year awards become available starting Dec. 15 at commissaries worldwide or on the Scholarships for Military Children website. As one of last year’s recipients said,…

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Commissary surcharge helps patrons improve benefit

Posted April 30, 2015 by

FORT LEE, Va.– There’s a lot to learn about the commissary surcharge just by considering four new commissaries opened last year on Army, Navy and Air Force installations. Thanks to the surcharge – the 5 percent added to every commissary customer’s receipt – the military communities at Naval Support Activity Annapolis, Md.; Fort Polk, La.;…

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Unemployed vets receive training to enhance job skills

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved more than 36,000 applications for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), a new training and education program for unemployed Veterans to upgrade their skills for in-demand jobs. “The tremendous response illustrates how important this program is in providing Veterans the opportunity to find employment in a…

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TSP officials warn against unsanctioned app

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WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk, program officials warned. A notice on the Thrift Savings Plan website says the “TSP Funds” app, which asks participants for their account login information, is not sanctioned. “This app is not being…

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Officials strive to protect MWR programs

Posted August 22, 2013 by Donna Miles

WASHINGTON — Committed to preserving quality-of-life offerings despite ever-tighter budgets, military morale, welfare and recreation officials are scaling back in some areas as they introduce innovative approaches to delivering services and programs. Military fitness centers, swimming pools, lodging facilities and outdoor recreation offices might sound to some like a footnote among competing budget requirements. But Ed Miles,…

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MyICP gives military spouses new career planning tool

Posted January 30, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Military spouses who need guidance on education and careers have a new online tool at their fingertips, a program analyst for the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, or SECO, said in an interview last week. “My Individual Career Plan,” allows spouses to build a virtual career roadmap based on their specific goals…

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Air Force revamps AEF

Posted September 25, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1. The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a…

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A call to mentorship

Posted February 5, 2015 by Senior Airman Jensen Stidham

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — A good Airmen seeks out personal and professional development to ensure their growth as a wingman, leader and warrior. January is National Mentorship Month and ensuring “excellence in all we do” means making mentorship a part of every day. “I’m where I am today because people took the time to mentor…

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