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DOD: Defense Department celebrates Military Family Month in November

Posted November 7, 2014 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON — November in America traditionally is a month of thankfulness, and the Defense Department chose this month to recognize those who support the nation’s armed forces but who don’t wear the uniform: military Families. Barbara Thompson directs the department’s Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, and Special Needs. She recently spoke with DOD…

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Navy: Sailors’ artwork showcases Naval service

Posted November 7, 2014 by Navy Seaman Everett Allen

Navy Aerographer’s Mate 3rd Class Kristena Huck, from Deming, Wash., left, and Machinist’s Mate Fireman Elizabeth Bowmer, from Astoria, Ore., pose beside a mural they painted on the aft mess decks of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington. The George Washington and its embarked carrier air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready…

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Dempsey, Battaglia explain rationale for post-Africa deployment Ebola Virus Disease monitoring

Posted November 7, 2014 by Jim Garamone,

WASHINGTON — The 21-day controlled monitoring program for U.S. Service members returning from West Africa is a conservative and prudent approach, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his senior enlisted advisor said Oct. 30. Gen. Martin Dempsey and Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia said they see the reintegration program troops will…

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USNORTHCOM plans to support response to EBOLA cases in US

Posted October 31, 2014 by Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DOD), at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced last weekend that U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) is providing a 30-person medical support team to quickly, effectively and safely respond in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States. USNORTHCOM is the military’s geographic command…

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Radar site techs: First line of defense 24/7, 365

Posted October 31, 2014 by Capt. Anastasia Wasem

The Tin City Long Range Radar Site, Alaska, as seen Oct. 1, sits on top of the highest peak of a mountain range in the region. The Tin City LRRS, along with 14 additional radar sites across the rugged terrain of Alaska, scans the airspace above 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, searching…

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Marines: Passing of Corps; Dunford becomes 36th commandant

Posted October 24, 2014 by Cpl. Dylan Bowyer

Gen. James Amos, the 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr., Oct. 17, at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

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DOD: Travel regulation changes affect PCS moves, travelers

Posted October 24, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON — Big changes are happening with the Joint Travel Regulations, and they could affect your next permanent-change-of-station move or how you are reimbursed for temporary duty assignments. As of July 25, Army uniformed and civilian travelers are directed to use their government travel credit cards for PCS moves, Harvey Johnson, the director of the…

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DOD recognizes commitment to prevent sexual assault

Posted October 17, 2014 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department Wednesday honored exceptional groups and individuals from each military component who contributed an innovative idea or approach to positively impact sexual assault prevention and response programs. The Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award recognizes Service members and DOD Civilians whose work in support of service members has been particularly noteworthy. “The…

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Air Force: AF to implement TDY policy changes

Posted October 10, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Amanda Dick

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) — The Air Force recently implemented two TDY policy changes that will impact travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change, which took effect Oct. 1, made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations, Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per diem expenses…

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Marines: Diversity to Corps — Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted October 10, 2014 by Cpl. Bradley Carrier

Americans take time to recognize Hispanic and Latino American’s contributions and celebrate their heritage and culture during National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sep. 15 to Oct. 15.

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