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Panetta signs memo extending benefits to same-sex partners

Posted February 15, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members. Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of ‘Don’t…

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I really shouldn’t be here

Posted February 6, 2015 by Capt. David Liapis

A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life. There was a time when I was an enlisted aircraft electrical and environmental systems specialist and was…

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DOD facilities gear up to issue ID cards to same-sex couples

Posted August 23, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DOD facilities are gearing up to issue identification cards to same-sex spouses beginning Sept. 3, Pentagon officials said Aug. 20. “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…

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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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Drivers continue to find road bumpy after answering automobile ads

Posted February 22, 2013 by

An individual or individuals claiming to be “Exchange Inc.” have been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’re purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense retailer. “This has been a problem for the past few months where someone is using the Exchange’s…

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DOD releases 2015 military pay, compensation rates

Posted February 6, 2015 by timchisham

The Department of Defense recently announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members, with most service members receiving a one percent increase in basic pay. The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing, basic allowance for subsistence, and the cost of living allowance rates for the contiguous United States will…

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Airmen asked to participate in DOD anti-tobacco video competition

Posted August 22, 2013 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

Department of Defense photograph The Department of Defense, Health Affairs, has recently announced a new tobacco countermarketing video competition aimed to target the message of tobacco being an enemy of our military as it degrades their health, fitness, mission readiness and work productivity. The competition entitled, “Fight the Enemy”, will run from now until Oct….

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Pentagon seeks less for construction, more for conservation

Posted March 23, 2012 by anradmin

The Defense Department is asking for less money for military construction and more for energy conservation in its fiscal 2013 budget request, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a Senate panel March 21. Dorothy Robyn said her staff uses joint planning and rigorous analysis to ensure that the right mix of…

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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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Message to department from Defense Secretary

Posted February 22, 2013 by The Honorable Leon E. Panetta

To all Department of Defense personnel, For more than a year and a half, the president, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I have repeatedly voiced our deep concerns over the half a trillion dollars in automatic across-the-board cuts that would be imposed under sequestration and the severe damage that would do both to this…

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