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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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Hagel announces reduction in civilian furlough days

Posted August 9, 2013 by

Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees who have had to take a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to six, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today. Here is the complete text of the secretary’s…

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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354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 - when the AF354 will be rescinded  – to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.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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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 announces same-sex spouse benefits

Posted August 16, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON ñ 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 department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of…

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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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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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