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Carter enlists defense employees’ help for food drive

Posted June 28, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

U.S. Air Force photo/Darnell Gardner ommissary sales associate, March Air Reserve Base commissary donates a prepackaged paper bag of food, in support of the “Feds Feeds Families,” campaign, June 24. Each year, federal employees, keeping with their role as public servants, participate in food drives to collect and distribute non-perishable items to military families in…

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Hagel: Opening combat jobs to women the right thing to do

Posted June 28, 2013 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Opening more jobs in the military to women — in particular lifting the combat exclusion — is the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said recently, as he brushed aside any notion that the armed forces would have to lower standards to do so. Hagel’s comments came during a visit…

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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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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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Hagel stresses summer safety in message to Department

Posted May 31, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged servicemembers, civilian employees and their families to enjoy the upcoming summer, but to do so safely. In a message to all Defense Department activities, Hagel emphasized the need to make good decisions during a time of year that resulted in more than 80 percent of the department’s…

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DOD seeks leadership program candidates

Posted May 24, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Department of Defense officials are seeking active duty Air Force majors and major-selects for the academic year 2013-2014 Executive Leadership Development Program, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Applications are due to AFPC by June 10. Program orientation is slated for August and the first event will be held in October,…

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Active-duty officers and enlisted sought for attaché duty

Posted May 24, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Active duty officers ranking from captain to lieutenant colonel and enlisted, ranking from staff sergeant to senior master sergeant, interested in attaché duty could find themselves on an international affairs team in Switzerland, Venezuela, Burma or other exotic foreign country. Interested officers must submit their applications by June 20…

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Defense officials aim to reduce adverse effects of furloughs

Posted May 24, 2013 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s announcement that most Defense Department civilian employees will experience up to 11 furlough days from early July through September, senior defense officials emphasized their goal to reduce adverse effects on the workforce and the mission. Speaking to Pentagon reporters on background, two senior defense officials discussed details…

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Institute Chooses DOD Imagery for Cemetery Plaza Project

Posted May 10, 2013 by Lawrence A. Sichter

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Five pictures taken by Defense Department photographers have been selected to be a part of the Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla. The images competed with the work of some of the finest, award-winning photographers in the world, to get their shots of the U.S. military included in…

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Military Children Express Sacrifices through Art, Writing

Posted April 26, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

Life through the eyes of military children can be seen in the paintings, drawings and writings, on public display at the Education Department, during the month of April, in celebration of Month of the Military Child.

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