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DOD girds for more budget reductions, Carter says

Posted July 26, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin,

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ten days after unpaid furloughs began nationwide for many DOD civilian employees as a measure to meet sequester cuts, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday the department is planning for similar budget cuts that may continue into fiscal year 2014 and perhaps beyond. Carter spoke with David Sanger, the chief Washington…

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Experts recover military personnel records 40 years after fire

Posted July 19, 2013 by Donna Miles

Forty years ago an enormous fire erupted at the National Personnel Records Center in suburban St. Louis. Burning uncontrollably for almost 24 hours, it destroyed some 16 million to 18 million military personnel records including official documents veterans need to apply for the benefits they’ve earned.

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SecDef: DOD welcomes Supreme Court decision

Posted July 5, 2013 by Armed Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defense Department officials will move forward in making benefits available to all military spouses, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today in a statement issued after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which had prevented federal agencies from offering all of the same benefits to spouses in same-sex…

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Military One Source monthly focus

Posted July 5, 2013 by

“Space-A” Travel on Military Flights For service members and their families, traveling Space Available — or Space-A — on military flights can be a great benefit, but you have to be flexible. Military flights are unpredictable and subject to delays and cancellations. You’ll need to be ready both financially and emotionally to change your plans…

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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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