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Defense Logistics Agency injects revenue into small businesses

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When small businesses struggle to navigate the world of government contracts or a government buyer seeks out responsible vendors, the Defense Logistics Agency and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers work to bring the parties together. Funded through cooperative agreements with DLA, the PTACs have a local presence in 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and…

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B-52s to receive communications upgrade

Posted July 3, 2013 by Mike W. Ray

Installation of a communications system upgrade earmarked for the venerable U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleet is scheduled to start at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., in July. The Combat Network Communications Technology system will enable aircrews to send and receive information via satellite links, allowing them to change mission plans and retarget weapons while…

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Centcom undertakes massive logistical drawdown

Posted July 3, 2013 by Donna Miles

Two years ago, as commander of U.S. Forces-Iraq, Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III was marching against a strict Dec. 31, 2011 deadline to complete the largest logistical drawdown since World War II.

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Luke AFB civilian furloughs begin next month

Posted June 28, 2013 by 2nd Lt. CANDICE DILLITTE

Federal budget cuts have hit home for Luke Air Force Base as hundreds of civilian employees will face furloughs beginning next month. Starting July 8, approximately 702 employees at Luke will be furloughed two days per pay period, for a total of 11 days through the end of September. This unpaid time off will cut…

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Official explains tuition assistance QA program

Posted June 14, 2013 by af.mil

WASHINGTON — To increase stewardship and optimize service members’ educational experiences, Defense Department officials have developed a multifaceted quality assurance program to improve tuition assistance, the assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management said on Capitol Hill Wednesday. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Frederick Vollrath said new policies will…

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F-35A instructor pilots qualify in aerial refueling

Posted May 24, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

Air Force photo by MSgt. John Nimmo An F-35A Lightning II approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling May 13, 2013, near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The initial cadre of Air Force F-35 instructor pilots at the 33rd Fighter Wing recently qualified in aerial refueling for the joint strike fighter. The 33rd FW is…

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Mississippi submits proposal for drone test site

Posted May 24, 2013 by Jeff Amy

Mississippi is bidding for one of six sites nationwide to test unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. The state submitted its proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration May 6, according to a Mississippi Development Authority. State officials say the FAA should choose Mississippi because it has three manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well…

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Hagel issues memo directing preparations for civilian furloughs

Posted May 24, 2013 by

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced May 14 that he has signed a memorandum directing defense managers to prepare to furlough most Defense Department civilian employees for up to 11 days between July 8 and the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. Here is the text of the memo in its entirety: This memo directs…

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Academic help just a click away

Posted May 10, 2013 by tutor.com

The pressure is on for students (and their parents) as the final weeks of school and everything that comes with them, including standardized tests, end-of-term papers and final exams. Decrease your family’s stress levels and improve your children’s grades with personalized tutoring service that is free to children in military families. All Kindergarten-12 students in…

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Report helps military deal with sexual assault problem

Posted May 10, 2013 by af.mil

WASHINGTON — Sexual assault is a long-term problem for the military, and it will take time for military efforts to combat it, the director of the Defense Department’s sexual assault prevention and response office said. “We are not satisfied with where we are at today,” said Army Maj. Gen. Gary Patton in an interview before the…

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