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Tuition programs demonstrate hard choices, official says

Posted March 30, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuition assistance is an important program, but should be weighed against the military’s imperative requirement to maintain readiness, a Defense Department spokeswoman said. Both houses of Congress have passed legislation, now awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature, that would require the services to fund tuition assistance programs through this fiscal year. The programs…

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Jackson outlines Reserve priorities during House caucus

Posted March 30, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Katie Spencer

Service chiefs from the Reserve and Guard components met with members of House National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus on Capitol Hill, March 14.

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Pentagon delays furlough notices to civilian workforce

Posted March 30, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

Photo by Senior Airman Perry Aston Defense Department officials have delayed sending furlough notices to civilian workers. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pentagon officials have put off sending furlough notices to civilian employees until they’ve had a chance to analyze how pending legislation that would fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year will…

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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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SecDef directs review of Distinguished Warfare Medal

Posted March 15, 2013 by by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In light of recent discussions concerning the new Distinguished Warfare Medal and its order of precedence relative to other military decorations, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the award, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. Little said, Hagel directed Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs…

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Moving in right direction with electric government vehicles
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Electrifying: Where can I plug in my EV?

Posted March 8, 2013 by by Maj. Jenelle Walden

The goal of a healthy environment, reduced dependence on foreign oil and skyrocketing gas prices has inspired many people and organizations to purchase electric vehicles. The Department of Defense has expanded their fleet of electric vehicles to more than 3,000 cars. As a matter of fact, many members of the Air Force are choosing electric…

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Sequestration to affect DOD schools, commissaries

Posted March 8, 2013 by by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Civilian personnel at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the Defense Commissary Agency will be affected by sequestration, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, Mar. 4. The department will struggle to ensure DODEA — which serves 84,000 students at 194 schools — maintains an accredited school year, Little said. “We’re mindful…

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Dempsey: Allowing women in combat strengthens Joint Force

Posted February 1, 2013 by By Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rescinding the policy that excluded women since 1994 from serving in direct ground combat positions will strengthen the military, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, Jan 24. U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey joined Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta at a Pentagon news conference to announce the decision and…

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New resource helps troops, families plan deployments

Posted January 25, 2013 by by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Defense Department launched a new resource to help troops and their families plan for the “before, during and after” of deployments. Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office for family policy, explained “Plan My Deployment” during an interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service. “This is a new, interactive, online tool…

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New process improves household goods shipments

Posted December 21, 2012 by by Donna Miles

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., — A system being implemented at U.S. Transportation Command is making permanent-change-of-station moves more convenient ...

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