Commentary

January 17, 2014

Dollars and Sense

Tax season is upon us. Tax statements are available via myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx) according to the 2013 myPay Tax Statement Schedule:

Available now

Annuitant 1099-R

Retiree 1099-R

Civilian W-2 (Defense Department and non DOD)

Reserve Component Air Force, Army and Navy W-2

Army Student Loan Repayment Program W-2

Army Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Civilian W-2

Active/Reserve Component Marine Corps W-2

Available Thursday

Savings Deposit Program 1099INT

Available Jan. 24

Active Component Air Force, Army, and Navy W-2

Available Jan. 31

Travel/Miscellaneous W-2

Coyote quote: “There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune. Go there with a large one.”




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Chaplain’s thoughts

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AF needs Airmen to maintain identity

Some of us may remember playing the pool game “Marco-Polo.” Some of us may still use this game to entertain our children at the pool today. One player closes his or her eyes and repeatedly shouts out “Marco” while the other players tread water and respond “Polo.” All the while, they attempt to shift quickly...
 
 

New evaluation system calls for accountability

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