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Selva Confirmed as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

Posted August 6, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin,

The Senate last week confirmed Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva as the 10th vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The nation’s second-highest-ranking military officer is a pilot and most recently was commander of U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

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New military retirement system gets Pentagon OK

Posted June 19, 2015 by Andrew Tilghman

After months of official silence, the Defense Department on Wednesday sent to Capitol Hill its formal recommendation for transforming military retirement benefits, a move that is likely to clear the way for major changes to become law.

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Robert Sekula, man of many hats

Posted May 22, 2015 by George A. Smith

Robert Sekula’s ever-present hat is as much a part of him as a toe or finger, but his top cover doesn’t do him justice. He should be wearing eight or nine nested together.

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Senate panel backs smaller military pay hike, retirement reform

Posted May 15, 2015 by Leo Shane III,

Senate lawmakers on Tuesday shook hopes for a larger military pay raise next year by recommending only a 1.3 percent hike in their draft version of the 2016 defense authorization bill, a move that could further widen the “pay gap” between troops and their civilian counterparts.

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Sacrifices of the military child recognized during April

Posted April 17, 2015 by Amaani Lyle,

To highlight the year-round contributions, courage and patriotism of the military community’s youngest members, the Defense Department observes April as the Month of the Military Child, said a Pentagon official.

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New Exchange EXTRA app puts savings and more at shoppers’ fingertips

Posted February 6, 2015 by AAFES News Release 15-004

DALLAS – With the swipe of a finger, military shoppers can launch a brand-new way to connect with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service through its free Exchange EXTRA app. The app gives shoppers quick access to information on the latest Exchange promotions, contests, coupons, BE FIT information and more. The free app is…

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DOD releases 2015 military pay, compensation rates

Posted January 16, 2015 by DOD News,

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members Dec. 22, with most service members receiving a 1 percent increase in basic pay. The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing (BAH), basic allowance for subsistence (BAS), and the cost of living allowance (COLA) rates…

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President Obama expresses gratitude to troops, civilians

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President Barrack Obama expressed his gratitude to service members and Defense Department civilians for their service to their country during an event held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Dec. 15.

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Thanks for giving to the red, white and blue

Posted December 19, 2014 by Jessica Pellegrini

January is National Blood Donor Month, and this year, the Armed Services Blood Program would like to thank you for “giving to the red, white and blue.” “2014 was a great year for the Armed Services Blood Program,” Navy Capt. Roland Fahie, ASBP director, said. “We have you – our donors, volunteers, staff members and…

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as Defense Secretary

Posted November 26, 2014 by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jake Richmond

Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s “class and integrity,” President Barack Obama has announced at the White House that Hagel will leave his post.

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