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Commissaries partnering with food banks

Posted July 11, 2014 by Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Va. — The Defense Commissary Agency, DECA, has established a formal process covering diversion of unsellable but edible food to local food banks. The program now involves 110 stateside commissaries that will divert qualifying food to 77 food banks approved by the Department of Defense, but both numbers will continue to rise. “During…

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Air Force offers potential model for future MWR programs

Posted August 23, 2013 by Donna Miles

For a glimpse into how the military services might provide quality morale, welfare and recreation services and programs despite continuing budget pressures, the transformation program the Air Force Services directorate has been rolling out for the past two and a half years is worth a look.

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TSA expands expedited screening to include Civilian employees

Posted March 28, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — Beginning April 15, Defense Department and Coast Guard civilian employees will be able to take advantage of the TSA Pre-check expedited screening program at more than 115 airports across the country. All military and Coast Guard personnel, including those in the reserves and the National Guard, already are eligible for the program, which…

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Air Force: AF uses lasers to preserve space history

Posted September 5, 2014 by Jennifer Schneider

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — The site of one of America’s proudest achievements is now little more than a weed-riddled concrete pad, surrounded by twisted, rusting metal. Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 14 is best known as the launch site for NASA’s “Friendship 7,” the flight that brought John Glenn fame as the first American…

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U.S.-Afghanistan alliance important to DOD, spokesman says

Posted July 12, 2012 by By Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government’s designation of Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally is “extremely important” to the Defense Department, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Monday. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the designation Saturday after meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the Afghan capital of Kabul. It is intended to provide a…

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Air Force: Civil engineers reunite Alaska families with sled dogs

Posted October 4, 2013 by Breanne Smith

For six days a week, a small 30-passenger, chartered plane touched down on the runway in Galena, Alaska

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Air Force: Operation Christmas Drop continues as Pacific tradition

Posted December 13, 2013 by Senior Airman Marianique Santos

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AFNS) — Base volunteers here have teamed up with Airmen from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to conduct humanitarian airdrops over the remote islands of Micronesia in the Western Pacific this week. Volunteers here have been spreading the holiday cheer to surrounding islands since December 1952. Operation Christmas Drop is the…

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Marines: Corps tests new energy-harvesting gear

Posted May 16, 2014 by Lance Cpl. Kathy Nunez

A Marine prepares to test out the lightning pack during the Experimental Forward Operating Base ‘14 at Camp Pendleton, California, Tuesday. The pack converts normal walking movement into electrical power using a generator. ExFOB ‘14 is taking place this week and offers Marines the opportunity to evaluate technologies that could possibly be used in 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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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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