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Spouse employment effort surpasses goal more than 2 years early

Posted August 9, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – A White House and Defense Department challenge to hire 50,000 military spouses by the end of 2015 surpassed its goal Aug. 1, the acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness told members of the Defense Department’s Military Family Readiness Council at the Pentagon today. The effort to hire 50,000 spouses reached fruition…

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No decisions yet on cutting furlough days, official says

Posted August 2, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. These unpaid days…

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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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CID warns of social networking, dating site scams

Posted August 2, 2013 by CID Public Affairs

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, or CID, continues to warn the greater Army community and the American public, to be vigilant of Internet scams and impersonation fraud, especially within popular social networking and dating websites.

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Department of Defense will muscle through furlough period

Posted July 12, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – As the Department of Defense, or DoD, enters the furlough period, the department will concentrate on the core mission of defending the United States and its interests, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Monday. “That’s where our center of gravity is during this furlough period,” Little said. Because of sequestration, Defense Secretary Chuck…

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Dempsey calls on DOD leaders to mitigate sequester effects

Posted July 12, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – Sequestration is causing problems in the Defense Department, but military and civilian employees are working together to get through this period, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday. In a videotaped message to the department posted on his Facebook page, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said that solid leadership at all…

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Commissary here plans for Tuesday furloughs

Posted May 31, 2013 by Kevin Robinson

FORT LEE, Va. – When furloughs are implemented, most military commissaries will close one day a week on Mondays, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA. The closures will be for up to 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 30. Closing commissaries on Mondays would be in addition to…

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Eleven-day FY 13 furlough to begin July 8

Posted May 17, 2013 by Scout Reports

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel released Tuesday a memorandum to the Department of Defense on civilian furloughs. The memo directs defense managers to prepare to furlough most Department of Defense, or DoD, civilians for up to 11 days. (Hagel’s message on civilian furloughs appears on page 2 of today’s “Fort Huachuca Scout.”) Major budgetary shortfalls…

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

Posted April 26, 2013 by Chanel S. Weaver

Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is specifically set aside to allow an opportunity to empty medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, purses and pillboxes of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs, and take them to authorized collection sites in local communities.

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Hagel eliminates ‘Distinguished Warfare Medal’

Posted April 19, 2013 by Jim Garamone,

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has eliminated the Distinguished Warfare Medal, DoD officials announced, April 15.

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