Cpl. Donald Holbert,
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Navy: Secretary of the Navy visits Marines, Sailors aboard USS America

Posted August 22, 2014 by Cpl. Christopher Moore

Cpl. Donald Holbert, U.S. Marine Corps Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus addresses the Marines and Sailors of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force South and the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during an all hands meeting held in the hangar bay, Tuesday. Visits like this remind the Marines and Sailors…

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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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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade
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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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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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Marines: Semper Fit survey asks personnel about leisure needs

Posted May 9, 2014 by Cpl. Brytani Musick

NEW ORLEANS — Top Marine Corps leaders are researching interests of Marines, Family members, retirees and government Civilians concerning fitness, sports, and other recreational pursuits that contribute to an individual’s well-being. An online survey is being randomly sent to personnel asking what they find important to have on and around their military base and how…

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2nd Lt. Lauren Linscott, USAF
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Air Force: For Dyess maintainers, little shop pays big dividends

Posted October 3, 2014 by 2nd Lt. Lauren Linscott

Though simple parts or pieces can be fixed within other shops on base, sometimes the project is too complex to be easily resolved within one agency. That’s when AFREP Airmen are called in.

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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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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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Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton, U.S. Navy
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Chairman: Epitome of ‘jointness’ values separate services

Posted July 3, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Having separate military services brings perspectives to the table that are the epitome of “jointness,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here Monday.

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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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