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DOD contractors to get new whistleblower protections

Posted June 28, 2013 by Nick Simeone

Beginning July 1, whistleblowers working for Defense Department subcontractors will begin receiving protection against reprisals through a new law intended to better protect those who expose possible wrongdoing. In addition, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, contractors who report suspected waste, fraud and abuse within their company rather than…

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Panetta issues message to DOD workforce on sequestration

Posted March 1, 2013 by

With major, across-the-board defense spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Feb. 20 issued a message to the Defense Department workforce. Here is the secretary’s message: For more than a year and a half, the president, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I have repeatedly voiced our deep concerns…

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TRICARE moves forward with prime service area reductions

Posted August 9, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Defense Department officials will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options….

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Nation’s newest missile warning satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle payload fairing for March launch

Posted March 15, 2013 by

The second Lockheed Martin built Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-2) spacecraft was encapsulated into its payload fairing March 4 in preparation for a March 19 liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. SBIRS GEO-2, the most technologically advanced infrared surveillance satellite, will enhance the nationís missile…

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Deadline nears for completing SNCOA course

Posted August 9, 2013 by Phil Berube

Students enrolled in Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Course 14 Version 5 have until the end of September to complete the course or they will be automatically disenrolled and will have to complete the new version of the course. Airmen who haven’t completed version 5 by Sept. 30 will not receive credit for the coursework in…

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DOD looks at funding’s effect on personnel, programs

Posted March 29, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Department officials are looking at the recently signed continuing resolution that funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year to discern how the legislation affects personnel and programs, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said March 27. The legislation may mean fewer furlough days for defense civilian employees. “The full range of options…

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Commissary CEO shares sequestration consequences

Posted November 22, 2013 by Donna Miles

Offering a glimpse at what commissary and military exchange services could become in light of smaller and unpredictable budgets, the Defense Commissary Agency director and CEO described to Congress Nov. 21 the consequences sequestration and the government shutdown have already imposed. Customers packed commissaries Oct. 1, the first day of the government shutdown, Joseph H….

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Pentagon seeks less for construction, more for conservation

Posted March 23, 2012 by anradmin

The Defense Department is asking for less money for military construction and more for energy conservation in its fiscal 2013 budget request, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a Senate panel March 21. Dorothy Robyn said her staff uses joint planning and rigorous analysis to ensure that the right mix of…

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SecDef says furlough days reduced for civilians

Posted March 29, 2013 by Nick Simeone

The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 29. In addition, a senior Defense Department official speaking on background told reporters the start of the furloughs will be…

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Officer attache duty applications due Dec. 12

Posted November 22, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Active duty line of the Air Force captains, majors and lieutenant colonels interested in attache duty must submit an application by Dec. 12, Air Force officials said Nov. 19. The Air Force Personnel Center and the Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs office are accepting applications for senior…

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