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J.D. Leipold
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Army signs ‘Shifting Gears’ training partnership with GM, Raytheon

Posted August 1, 2014 by J.D. Leipold

J.D. Leipold The Shifting Gears Automotive Technician Training Program proclamation is displayed after being signed by representatives from the Army, General Motors and Raytheon at a Pentagon ceremony, Tuesday. From left, the signatories are: Lynn Dugal, president of Raytheon intelligence, information and services; Steve Hill, GM North American vice president of U.S. sales and service…

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David Vergun
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Army

Senior leaders explain Army’s drawdown plan

Posted August 1, 2014 by David Vergun

David Vergun No commander is happy when notified that a Soldier from his or her command has been identified for early separation. But commanders personally notify those Soldiers and ensure participation in the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program. WASHINGTON — The drawdown, particularly involuntary separations, is a huge issue for the Army, officials said,…

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Online tool provides ‘voice’ for installation customers

Posted August 1, 2014 by Gabrielle Kuholski

When it comes to providing feedback on services provided by various organizations throughout the Department of Defense, the Interactive Customer Evaluation, or ICE, system allows customers to voice their feedback. ICE is a Web-based tool that collects feedback through online comment cards designed to improve customer service by allowing managers to monitor the satisfaction levels…

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Ship ‘docks’ temporarily at Fort Huachuca

Posted August 1, 2014 by Scott Vasey

The fully restored 36-foot replica of the USS Arizona battleship ‘docks’ at the Fort Huachuca Main Exchange last weekend as part of the 119th anniversary celebration of the Post Exchange System. Wanda and Perry Sartain, former military veterans, rescued the decaying model and spearheaded its restoration as an educational tool to honor and respect veterans…

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Civilian of the Month

Posted August 1, 2014 by

Civilian of the Month: Christine Ritzer Agency: Communications Security Logistics Activity, Information Security Division Position and duties: Analyze classified communications security data How long at current assignment: 2 years in November How long in government service: 8 years Residence: Sierra Vista, originally from New Jersey Family: Parents, Victor and Chong Alequin, brother Mike, and husband,…

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National park tourism to Cochise County creates nearly $8 million in economic benefit

Posted August 1, 2014 by National Park Service

COCHISE COUNTY, Ariz. – A new National Park Service, or NPS, report shows that 141,665 visitors to the three parks in Cochise County spent $7,907,200 in communities near the parks in 2013 which supported 104 jobs in the local area. The NPS sites in Cochise County are managed as the “Southeast Arizona Group” and include…

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Retiree Council shares news, notes Learn about Social Security, military benefits

Posted August 1, 2014 by retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Roberts

Military service, Social Security Excerpts from Social Security Administration Publication No. 05-10017, dated January 2014 Earnings for active duty military service or active duty training have been covered under Social Security since 1957. Social Security has covered inactive duty service in the armed forces reserves (such as weekend drills) since 1988. Those who served in…

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U.S. Army IMCOM photo by Amanda S. Rodriguez
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Civilian mentor program shapes Army installation management’s future

Posted July 25, 2014 by Amanda Kraus Rodriguez

U.S. Army IMCOM photo by Amanda S. Rodriguez U.S. Army Installation Management Command mentors and mentees work on teambuilding skills, building a block tower in total silience, during the IMCOM Headquarters Centralized Mentoring Program three day orientation, which started July 15. SAN ANTONIO – U.S. Army Installation Management Command walks the talk, increasing its investment…

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DFAS reminds DoD employees to review tax withholdings

Posted July 25, 2014 by Maranda Flynn

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service gave U.S. Department of Defense employees a friendly reminder to review withholdings from their paycheck, in an email last week. If a large tax refund was received or you owed a large amount in taxes during the recent tax season, you may need to look over your federal and…

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Odierno: Information, instability travel at similar speeds

Posted July 25, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

ASPEN, Colo. – As the world has become more interconnected and information travels faster than ever before, it also has become more unpredictable and dangerous, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said here last night. “People now understand more about what other people might have, what they might want, how much control they want…

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