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DOD announces recertification of imminent danger areas

Posted January 10, 2014 by

WASHINGTON — Today, the Defense Department announced the recertification of some locations as imminent danger pay areas while discontinuing that designation for others. A periodic review and recertification was conducted for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) purposes and was made in coordination with the joint staff, combatant commands and military services. The combatant commands conducted in-depth…

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Resale program provides important benefits, officials say

Posted June 15, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite the prospect of major defense cuts early next year, the Defense Department remains committed to resale programs that provide valuable benefits to uniformed members and employment for family members and veterans, a senior department official told the House Armed Services Committee. Robert L. Gordon, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military…

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Official explains tuition assistance quality assurance program

Posted June 14, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON, D.C. — 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, June 12. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Frederick E. Vollrath said…

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DOD values civilian employees’ contributions

Posted May 16, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department greatly appreciates the contributions of its civilian employees as it works toward achieving more efficiency across the workforce, a senior personnel official told a Senate homeland security and governmental affairs panel May 6. Paige Hinkle-Bowles, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for civilian personnel policy, appeared before a subcommittee…

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DOD recognizes Hispanic-American achievements

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON D.C. — National Hispanic Heritage Month gives the Defense Department an opportunity to recognize the significant contributions made by the nation’s Hispanic-Americans, said Stephanie Miller, DOD’s Diversity Management director. The observance, which begins Sept. 15 and runs to Oct. 15, also provides the department an opportunity to reflect on diversity and inclusiveness, Miller said…

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DOD Announces Same-Sex Spouse Benefits

Posted August 16, 2013 by

Today, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, and in consultation with the Department…

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Ceremonial swearing-in set for Defense Secretary

Posted March 15, 2013 by by Donna Miles and Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A ceremonial swearing-in for the new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took place at the Pentagon March 14, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little announced. Hagel already has been baptized by fire during his first weeks on the job: facing sequestration immediately after his arrival, an eventful visit to Afghanistan and a litany of…

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DOD to preserve historic images

Posted January 24, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

DOD photo/Staff Sgt. Lance Cheung A view from the top rear of the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) located at the Defense Visual Information Center, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The DIMOC, which digitizes and stores existing media to preserve visual records from all services, is running out of storage space at the March…

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Panetta salutes gay, lesbian service members’ dedicated duty

Posted June 22, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON D. C. — The pursuit of equality is fundamental to the American story, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in a video message released June 15, to thank gay and lesbian service members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civilians for their dedicated service to the nation. Recognizing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and…

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Comptroller offers glimpse of post-sequester options

Posted June 21, 2013 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The budget storms assailing the Pentagon are unprecedented, the Defense Department’s chief financial officer said in Washington, D.C. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale told an audience attending the 2013 Defense Communities National Summit, “and I hope we never see it again.” Hale asked attendees how many of them…

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