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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, VA to speed integration of health records

Posted February 8, 2013 by Jim Garamone

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad McNeeley Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki address reporters after meeting at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Monday. The secretaries announced that Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will accelerate the timetable to enable service members to transfer their electronic health care records from one…

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New resource helps troops, families plan deployments

Posted January 11, 2013 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has launched a new resource to help troops and their Families plan for the “before, during and after” of deploying. Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office for family policy, explained “Plan My Deployment” during a recent interview. “This is a new, interactive, online tool that supports service members and their…

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DoD clarifies post-secondary education expectations

Posted December 20, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has issued new policy guidelines intended to provide better protection for members of the military and veterans who seek tuition assistance for post-secondary degrees. The department’s revised voluntary education partnership policy specifies the expectations and agreements that colleges, universities and technical schools must adhere to in order to receive DOD…

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DIA director stresses importance of intel

Posted September 20, 2012 by Natalie Lakosil

Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, spoke at last week’s Intelligence Senior Leadership Conference where he stressed the importance of military intelligence and discussed his vision for the years to come. Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, stressed the importance of military intelligence and discussed his vision…

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FM 2-22.3 Human Intelligence Collector Operations released

Posted September 7, 2012 by USAICoE History Office

R.D. Ward, Department of Defense Lt. Gen. John Kimmons speaks at the press conference officially releasing FM 2-22.3 to the public. Several events, peaking with the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, underscored the need for changes to Human Intelligence, or HUMINT, policy. The 2004 Department of the Army Inspector General Report…

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Panetta urges work, sacrifice to honor Aurora victims

Posted July 26, 2012 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — In a message issued Monday night, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta paid tribute to the military victims of the July 20 shooting spree in Aurora, Colo., and urged Defense Department personnel to honor the victims’ memory through hard work and sacrifice. Here is the text of the message:   To all Department of Defense…

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Panetta: Program will help transitioning troops get jobs

Posted July 26, 2012 by By Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON — A redesigned program for service members separating from the military will help veterans better apply the experience they’ve gained in uniform, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. President Barack Obama announced the revamped program, called “Transition GPS,” in a speech Monday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Reno, Nev. “I applaud…

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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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Understanding Inspector General inspections

Posted June 21, 2012 by By Capt. Marty Bishop

The Inspector General Office has a duty to provide its commanding general information concerning how units are functioning in regards to assorted responsibilities. IG inspections are usually conducted to provide this key officer a means of insight of how his units are performing with a…

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