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Welsh: Budget Woes Force Cuts to Some Base Facilities

Posted December 6, 2013 by Jim Garamone

GRAND FORKS, N.D — In this time of sequestration, the Air Force must focus on its primary mission of being able to fight and win the nation’s wars, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said here yesterday. Family programs that support that mission will receive funding, but “nice-to-have” facilities will…

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Partnership means faster airport screening for service members

Posted November 22, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defense Department and Transportation Security Administration officials today announced a partnership to expand “TSA Precheck” expedited screening benefits to all U.S. armed forces service members, including those serving in the Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard, during their official or leisure travel. As a result of the agreement, these individuals will be…

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Commissaries to start scanning IDs

Posted November 22, 2013 by DeCA Public Affairs Division

FORT LEE, Va. – Commissaries will soon begin scanning customers’ Department of Defense ID cards at checkouts as the Defense Commissary Agency continues its pursuit to deliver a 21st century benefit. The commissary at Fort Lee, Va., became the first store to scan ID cards on Oct. 22 as the first part of an agency-wide…

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Service chiefs testify on risks of sequestration

Posted November 14, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFPS) – As they face the prospect of another year of deep cuts to their budgets, the military’s service chiefs testified November 8th before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the impact sequestration is having on the ability to organize, train and equip their service members. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Naval…

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Hagel Thanks Fisher House for Death Gratuity Payments

Posted October 18, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greatly appreciates the generosity of the Fisher House Foundation in making $100,000 death gratuity payments and providing other funds to the families of fallen service members, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement released today. The Fisher House Foundation offered to make the death gratuity payments…

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Hagel Announces Recall of Most Defense Department Civilians

Posted October 11, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Oct.5, that he is recalling most of the Defense Department civilians who were placed on furlough as a result of the government shutdown which began Oct. 1.

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Military OneSource remains available despite government shutdown

Posted October 11, 2013 by

Military OneSource continues to be available to service members and their families during the shutdown that has affected much of the federal government. The Military OneSource website will remain fully operational, as will its services such as confidential non-medical counseling, financial counseling, specialty consultations and Health and Wellness Coaching. Military OneSource can be accessed through…

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The Stolen Valor Act makes a comeback

Posted August 16, 2013 by Aaron Brynildson

On June 3rd, 2013, the President signed into law an updated version of the Stolen Valor Act, making it unlawful for “whoever, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds oneself out to be a recipient” of certain medals and distinctions.

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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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SecDef: Civilian furloughs reduced to six days

Posted August 16, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When I announced my decision on May 14 to impose furloughs of up to 11 days on civilian employees to help close the budget gap caused by sequestration, I also said we would do everything possible to find the money to reduce furlough days for our people. With the end of the…

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