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Edwards DOD employees begin receiving furlough notices

Posted May 31, 2013 by Kenji Thuloweit

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, and Michelle Lovato, Edwards AFB Civilian Personnel officer, answer questions from supervisors during the last of three meetings announcing the furlough notices to be handed out beginning May 28. Edwards AFB leadership began handing out furlough letters to the base’s…

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Commissaries plan for Monday furloughs

Posted May 31, 2013 by Kevin L. Robinson

When furloughs are implemented, most military commissaries will close one day a week on Mondays, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. The closures will be for up to 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 30. Closing commissaries on Mondays would be in addition to any day stores are routinely closed….

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for DOD employees

Posted May 17, 2013 by Nick Simeone and Karen Parrish

After weeks of review, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded budget cuts will require most of the department’s civilian employees to be furloughed beginning in July, but that because of other efforts to deal with the shortfall, only half of the 22 days originally envisioned as temporary layoffs will now be necessary. During a town…

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Hagel to make furlough decision soon, press secretary says

Posted May 3, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a decision soon on the scope of civilian furloughs in response to sequestration spending cuts, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said May 2. Hagel is reviewing analysis on the budget “and he’ll reach a decision in the near future,” Little told reporters. Little acknowledged news reports that some services…

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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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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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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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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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DOD to begin review of family, military community programs

Posted February 1, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

A new task force will start work next month on a 120-day review of all family and military community programs across the Defense Department to determine their effectiveness and identify gaps and potential efficiencies, a senior defense official said. Charles E. Milam, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, will…

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DOD prepares for potential sequestration

Posted December 14, 2012 by Senior Master Sgt. David Byron

The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3.

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