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2016 Federal Benefits Open Season runs through Dec. 12

Posted December 2, 2016 by Kat Bailey

The Office of Personnel Management has set the dates for the 2016 Federal Benefits Open Season from Nov. 14 through Dec 12, which includes the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance program and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts program. Open season gives federal employees and retirees the opportunity to…

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Two-year probationary period now in effect for new civilians

Posted November 22, 2016 by Richard Salomon

All new federal employees appointed within the Department of Defense to permanent positions in the competitive service are now required to serve a two-year probationary period.  The new requirement took effect Nov. 26, 2015, as part of the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The change does not apply to employees appointed prior to that…

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Scholarship applications available for military children, spouses

Posted November 7, 2016 by

Applications for 2017 educational scholarships are now available from Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation–the charitable arm of Corvias. Applications for the scholarships for high school seniors must be submitted by Feb. 9, 2017. These scholarships will be awarded to students with plans of attending a four-year university or college. These scholarships are awarded in…

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‘Be There’ suicide prevention theme resonates with troop values

Posted September 14, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

Preventing suicide requires the commitment of all in the Defense Department, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a videotaped message at the Sept. 7 Suicide Prevention Month kickoff at the Pentagon. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert R. Ruark, military deputy to the acting Secretary of Defense for…

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DOD makes last-minute push for food donations in ‘Feds Feed Families’

Posted August 24, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

"There were many times that we would go without just to feed the kids," Diane Carter said at the Pentagon today at a charity fair for the Feds Feed Families initiative.  "And at one point in time ... I had sold everything in my house, all my furniture and everything, just to feed the kids.

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Security clearance investigations to include social media activity

Posted June 17, 2016 by Paul Stevenson

People who use social media are constantly reminded to be careful when posting and sharing information because it's almost impossible to know who might be monitoring their activity.

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Carter ‘remains optimistic’ about defense spending bill, spokesman says

Posted June 8, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

DOD photograph by Air Force SMSgt. Adrian Cadiz Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks about pending budget legislation during the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition at National Harbor, Md., May 17, 2016. At a June 16, 2016, news conference, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said Carter remains optimistic that Congress will pass a budget the Defense Department…

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Exchange has military motorcyclists covered with personal protective equipment

Posted April 1, 2016 by Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

DALLAS–With the weather warming up to ideal outdoor activity temperatures this spring, many Soldiers and Airmen are taking to motorcycles as their recreational activity of choice. But riding a motorcycle isn’t without its dangers: According to a 2015 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 4,668 fatal motorcycle crashes on United States…

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Exchange’s ‘You Made the Grade’ program rewards military students

Posted March 25, 2016 by Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

DALLAS–For military students, making multiple moves with their active-duty parents is just a part of life. In fact, military children typically move six to nine times by the time they’ve completed 12th grade, according to the Military Child Education Coalition. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service appreciates the sacrifices military students make and is…

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Licenses from 5 states banned at DOD bases

Posted January 22, 2016 by Jim Garamone

Defense Department installations will no longer accept driver’s licenses from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington as proof of identity, DOD officials said.   Federal policy The ban, which also includes licenses from American Samoa, is a consequence of the REAL ID Act of 2005. The REAL ID Act grew out of the Sept….

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