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Data thieves use smartphones to gain personal info

Posted September 13, 2013 by Nick Pollarine

Smartphones can perform many of the functions of a personal computer. Keep it secure from data thieves with these tips: • Set a secret pin and password to prevent unauthorized access to the phone’s home screen to prevent others from using it. Set your smartphone to lock after five minutes when idle. • Do not…

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Don’t let stigma keep you from seeking help

Posted September 6, 2013 by Bill Niemyer

I have been employed by the Army for more than 39 years. During my career, I’ve seen Soldiers be ridiculed because they went on sick call or singled out because they had problems. I know the frustrations leaders face when they are trying to complete a mission and they have Soldiers who are unavailable for…

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Did you forget to care for your Family?

Posted September 5, 2013 by retired Sgt. Maj. Bill Hursh

No one forgets to care for his or her Family on purpose. It just happens – more often than one might think when it comes to the military Survivor Benefit Plan, or SBP. Most often, retired Soldiers don’t know the federal law and the time limits it imposes on maintaining their SBP elections. If a…

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Secretary of Defense memorandum on integrity of military justice process

Posted August 23, 2013 by

This memorandum reiterates my expectations and those of the President regarding the integrity of the military justice process. Every military officer and enlisted member of the Department of Defense is to be made aware of its contents. Military justice is an essential element of good order and discipline, the indispensible ingredient that allows our Armed…

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CSA sends: Leaders must check leaders

Posted August 16, 2013 by Raymond T. Odierno General

Nationally, deaths in private motor vehicle accidents peak during August, a trend our Army generally follows. While Army accidental fatalities are down 17 percent from this time last year, we’ve lost 14 Soldiers to motorcycle accidents since the beginning of June. That number represents half of all motorcycle fatalities for fiscal year 2013, occurring within…

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Lewis-McChord Soldier to be awarded Medal of Honor

Posted August 16, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Chapman

Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, Aug. 26, for his courageous actions while deployed to the Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, in October 2009. He was a cavalry scout assigned to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort…

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel message on reducing civilian furloughs

Posted August 9, 2013 by

When I announced my decision on May 14 to impose furloughs of up to 11 days on civilian employees to help close the budget gap caused by sequestration, I also said we would do everything possible to find the money to reduce furlough days for our people. With the end of the fiscal year next…

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‘Good debt’ can bolster earning potential, official says

Posted August 2, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – Establishing “good debt” can be valuable for future earning potential, particularly in today’s challenging economy, a Defense Department official advised here recently. Obtaining a student loan for a college education or a higher degree to pursue a professional career is an example of good debt for service members and their Families when they…

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Hagel calls on vets to partner in reshaping military

Posted July 26, 2013 by Donna Miles

WASHINGTON – Opening his address Monday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention with a tribute to Korean War veterans, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called on the nation’s 22 million veterans to become partners in helping the Defense Department work through “historic transition and change.” Every major conflict in U.S. history has been followed…

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Collection Act provides debtors protection

Posted July 5, 2013 by Legal Assistance Office

Anyone who uses a credit card, owes money on a personal loan or is paying on a home mortgage is a debtor. Those who fall behind in repaying their creditors or have an error made on their accounts may be contacted by a debt collector. In either situation, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act requires…

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