Air Force

August 23, 2013

Air Force News – August 23, 2013

DOD announces extending same-sex spouse benefits

The Defense Department announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and DOD civilian employees, according to a DOD news release recently issued.

After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and in consultation with the Justice Department and other executive branch agencies, the DOD will make spousal and family benefits available no later than Sept. 3, 2013, regardless of sexual orientation, as long as service member-sponsors provide a valid marriage certificate.

The DOD remains committed to ensuring that all men and women who serve in the U.S. military, and their families, are treated fairly and equally as the law directs.

Entitlements such as TRICARE enrollment, basic allowance for housing and family separation allowance are retroactive to the date of the Supreme Court’s decision. Any claims to entitlements before that date will not be granted. For those members married after June 26, 2013, entitlements begin at the date of marriage.

The DOD recognizes that same-sex military couples who are not stationed in a jurisdiction that permits same-sex marriage would have to travel to another jurisdiction to marry. That is why the department will implement policies to allow military personnel in such a relationship nonchargeable leave for the purpose of travelling to a jurisdiction where such a marriage may occur.

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/466844

Honduras

A six-person mobile surgical team from Joint Task Force-Bravo’s Medical Element performed four surgeries Aug. 7 at a hospital in Comayagua. They provide relevant, responsive care while enhancing the capabilities of partner nations.

Illinois

Air Mobility Command’s chief scientist credited birds, dolphins and surfers for the success of recent ground-breaking C-17 Globemaster III flight tests expected to save the Air Force millions in annual fuel costs.

Washington D.C.

The Defense Department Health Affairs recently announced a new countermarking video competition targeting tobacco as an enemy of the military called “Fight the Enemy.” The competition will run until Oct. 15 and is open to all uniformed military members.

Sri Lanka

Seventeen engineers from the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps use skills honed in their jobs to give back to a community in need during Operation Pacific Angel-Sri Lanka, a joint and combined humanitarian and military civil assistance mission.




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