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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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75 day leave carryover ends Sept. 30

Posted February 20, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

Effective Sept. 30, military members will no longer be able to carry more than 60 days of leave into the next fiscal year, in accordance with 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requirements. Unless they are approved for special leave accrual, Regular Air Force and Active Guard Reserve – or AGR – members who have more…

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DOD announces same-sex spouse benefits

Posted September 27, 2013 by

Aug. 14, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued today. After a review of the departmentís benefit policies following the Supreme Courtís ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act…

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Defense Acquisition University registration to open in May

Posted May 4, 2012 by by Linda Moore

Defense Acquisition University registration will open around May 17, 2012, and students should apply as soon as possible since classes fill quickly. Members’ applications will be processed by priority, supervisor approval date and class start date, with Priority 1 students taking precedence. Acquisition workforce members should regularly monitor the ACQ Now website (http://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/acqnowcl/registrar/) for the…

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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 releases fiscal 2014 defense budget proposal

Posted April 12, 2013 by

President Barack Obama April 10 sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $526.6 billion in discretionary budget authority to fund defense programs in the base budget for fiscal year 2014. The budget continues the department’s commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer dollars by seeking further consolidation of defense infrastructure, instituting a study of possible…

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Carter takes office as 25th Defense secretary

Posted February 20, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

Ash Carter became the 25th secretary of Defense Feb. 17, after having served previously as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs.

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Affordable Care Act will impact federal civilian employees

Posted October 4, 2013 by Gloria Kwizera

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return. Under, the Patient Protection and…

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Guidelines outline political activities for military, DOD civilian personnel

Posted May 18, 2012 by by 95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

With the start of the U.S. presidential election season upon the nation, the Air Force usually takes this time to remind its Airmen about what political activities are permissible for military members and federal civilian employees alike. While there may be guidelines that outline what constitutes a prohibited political activity, Air Force leaders along with…

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