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Foreign language capabilities remain a priority

Posted May 24, 2012 by By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON — A senior U.S. defense official suggested before Congress Monday that a lack of foreign language capabilities in the federal government could potentially pose a national security risk. “Let me begin by stating that Defense Secretary [Leon E.] Panetta has long believed that having a strong language ability is critical to national security,” Laura…

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Air Force: Deployed Airmen jump in to help Jordanians with comm issues

Posted September 27, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade

Members from the 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron installed communications equipment for Jordanians service members on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Sept. 7.

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Army: Tobyhanna lands Gray Eagle Ground Control Station repairs

Posted March 14, 2014 by Justin Eimers

Repairs on the Ground Control Stations for Gray Eagle (MQ-1C) Unmanned Aircraft Systems are scheduled to begin at Tobyhanna Army Depot in fiscal year 2016. TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — The Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy have named Tobyhanna Army Depot as the Depot Source of Repair for the Gray Eagle (MQ-1C) Unmanned…

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Same-sex couples can claim new benefits by October

Posted February 15, 2013 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON — Military members and retirees with same-sex partners will qualify for up to 24 new benefits under policy changes Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Monday. In a memo to the service chiefs outlining the new policy, Panetta noted the department has “essentially completed” repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that barred…

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Resale chiefs emphasize value of Exchange benefits

Posted November 27, 2013 by Donna Miles

WASHINGTON — When looking for savings in light of budget cuts and sequestration, don’t take arbitrary chunks out of the military exchange services that provide important morale and quality-of-life benefits to service members and their Families, the executives who oversee them urged Congress this week. “At the very time of our community’s greatest need, these…

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Mortgage relief available for service members

Posted August 2, 2013 by Legal Assistance Office

On Feb. 9, 2012, the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs released a document which detailed a joint federal-state agreement to compensate service members whose homes were wrongfully foreclosed upon. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, or SCRA, and its predecessor, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act, or SSCRA, have been protecting members of…

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DoD to mandate documentation for lost, stolen CAC cards

Posted February 14, 2014 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON — Later this year, the Department of Defense will begin fully enforcing a previously optional policy regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards, a defense official said here Tuesday. Sam Yousef, a program manager for identity and benefits policy at the Defense Human Resources Activity, discussed an update to the current…

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Rental agreements — SCRA protects Soldiers

Posted June 7, 2012 by Staff Judge Advocate

Soldiers often find they have to move out of rental property sooner than expected due to reassignment, deployment, or other military-related relocation events. This can be a strain on the wallet because most leases include extra fees for early termination. However, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act…

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Marines: Marine Corps, Army collaborate to support joint force

Posted September 27, 2013 by U.S. Army Materiel Command

Two experts at keeping military fighting forces supplied and ready exchanged their experiences and ideas, Sept. 12.

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DoD: Hagel details new security actions after Navy yard shooting

Posted March 21, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Six months after a disturbed federal contractor shot 12 fellow workers to death at the Washington Navy Yard, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday detailed steps the Department of Defense is taking based on reviews of security standards in place at the time.

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