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Financial managers get certification program
Air Force financial managers are joining forces with sister services to create a more effective training and certification program.
The new Defense Department Financial Manager Certification Program will affect nearly 10,000 Air Force active-duty officers, enlisted and civilian financial managers. The certification will help build a training plan and ensure proper levels of knowledge and competencies are met in each position that is filled.
“The DOD FM Certification provides a standardized career development roadmap for building the skills financial managers need to perform their jobs better and supports professional development of the FM workforce in an increasingly complex financial environment,” said Shar Kaina, Director of Workforce Development & Executive Services for the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Financial for Management & Comptroller.
The major command FM will work with base comptrollers and personnel as needed to map positions to the appropriate certification levels based on position and rank.
VA announces $300 million to help homeless veterans
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki recently announced the award of nearly $300 million in grants that will help approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The grants have been awarded to 319 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
“With these grants, we are strengthening our partnership with community nonprofits across the country to provide Veterans and their families with hope, a home and a future,” Shinseki said. “The work of Supportive Services for Veteran Families program grantees has already helped us prevent and end homelessness among tens of thousands of homeless veterans and their families, but as long as a single veteran lives on our streets, we have work to do.”
Under the SSVF program, VA is awarding grants to private nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income veteran families living in — or transitioning to — permanent housing. The SSVF program supports VA’s efforts to prevent at-risk veterans from becoming homeless and rapidly re-house those who have recently fallen into homelessness.
Principal military official stops moves to Egypt
Military officials have temporarily halted movement of personnel, to include permanent change-of-station moves and most temporary duty assignments to Egypt, due to the State Department’s ordered departure of all dependents and nonmission essential personnel from Egypt.
The stop movement order, initiated by the principal military official at the American Embassy in Cairo, is in effect until further notice and will be updated as the situation dictates.
“The order affects all military and civilian Air Force members scheduled for a permanent change-of-station or temporary duty to Egypt,” said Ron Gallucci, AFPC assignment programs and procedures branch. “However, active-duty members with a projected permanent change-of-station slated to report in July or August should check with their local military personnel section for specific instructions.”
Stateside-based Airmen projected to move to Egypt, and those who have out-processed but have not departed from their current duty station must not depart or proceed. Airmen stationed overseas who have a projected assignment to Egypt and a July or August return from overseas date that have not yet departed the overseas area must consult with their current base personnel section.
Hagel calls DOD education support strategic priority
The Defense Department’s commitment to military families and to quality education for military children is a strategic imperative that leaders will maintain, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in remarks July 9.
During closing remarks at the Military Child Education Coalition’s 15th National Training Seminar, Hagel announced that the department has selected the first round of schools that will receive DOD educational partnership grants for the upcoming school year. A total of nearly $20 million will go to 15 public school districts that serve 23 military installations across the country, he said.
“These grants to school systems from California to Texas to Maryland will bolster science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, as well as foreign language studies,” Hagel told an audience of teachers, school liaisons, program directors and other education professionals. “This year’s grant selection process is continuing, and we look forward to making more awards in the weeks to come.”