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Tax tips for military personnel

Posted March 21, 2014 by Capt. Nicholas Reyes

The tax season is well underway and, so far the Edwards Tax Center has processed more than 200 returns and gotten our Edwards members more than $450,000 in refunds. If you have not yet filed your taxes, and would like to use our free tax filing services, please call the Edwards Legal Office at (661)…

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2014 QDR presumes future includes more risk, less money

Posted March 14, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review isn’t like previous reviews, a senior Defense Department official said March 10. Christine E. Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The QDR is a congressionally mandated review of DOD strategy and priorities. It is intended to…

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DOD to mandate documentation for lost, stolen CAC cards

Posted February 14, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Later this year, the Defense Department will begin fully enforcing a previously optional policy regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards, a defense official said in Washington, D.C., Feb. 11. Sam Yousef, a program manager for identity and benefits policy at the Defense Human Resources Activity, discussed an update to the current…

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DOD electronic health records help VA disability claims

Posted February 14, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has made troops’ health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a DOD health information technology official said. Now in place for service members who have separated or discharged from the military since Jan. 1, the Health Artifact and Image Management…

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DOD releases new religious accommodation instruction

Posted January 24, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Department released a new instruction Jan. 22 that details its updated policy on making religious accommodations requested by service members, Pentagon spokesman Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nathan J. Christensen said. A DOD instruction implements a policy or prescribes the manner or plan of action used to carry out a policy, operate a program or…

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Obama calls military sexual assaults ‘profound injustice’

Posted January 24, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama today addressed what he called the “profound injustice” of sexual assaults in the military. During a White House Council on Women and Girls event in the East Room, the president reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to preventing sexual violence in America. With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other Cabinet members on…

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Scholarships for Military Children program opens Dec. 3

Posted November 27, 2013 by Cherie Huntington

FORT LEE, Va. – Applications for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children Program become available Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at http://www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 28, 2014. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods,…

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Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced

Posted November 22, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 - when the AF354 will be rescinded  – to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The AF354 was a card-stock…

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Commissaries to start scanning IDs

Posted November 8, 2013 by DeCA Public Affairs Division

Commissaries will soon begin scanning customers’ Department of Defense ID cards at checkouts as the Defense Commissary Agency continues its pursuit to deliver a 21st century benefit.

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Hierarchy tool critical in aligning supervisors, employees

Posted October 25, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Civilian employees who are not accurately aligned under their supervisors in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System might have delays in processing important personnel actions, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The position hierarchy maintenance tool, accessible via DCPDS, allows supervisors to accurately align themselves with their employees in DCPDS. If the position hierarchy is…

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