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Spotlight Shines on Sports Programmers during Winter Olympics

Posted February 21, 2014 by George A. Smith

Two sports programmers for the American Forces Network Broadcast Center, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., scheduled hundreds of hours of Winter Olympic coverage for one-million U.S. service members and their families serving overseas. You’d think they’d be kicking back a bit. But that’s not the way the ball rolls.

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DOD expands family support network

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON D.C. — Much has changed in the 20 years since the Defense Department ramped up its family support programs by providing policy and guidance from the Pentagon to installations. Family support is continuing with many more programs, complemented with exercising a broader reach, DOD’s senior official for family support said July 13. “I’d like…

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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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Familiar American Forces Network voice leaving airwaves

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American Forces Network Television (AFN TV) is going to start sounding a lot different this August. Viewers will no longer hear the familiar, mellow baritone of Eric Tassill saying what’s coming up on AFN TV. He’s retiring.

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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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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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Thrift Savings Plan to offer new Roth option

Posted April 20, 2012 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Service members and Defense Department civilian employees who are eligible for the Thrift Savings Plan will soon have a new Roth option for retirement savings under the program, defense finance officials announced, April 13. The change will allow participants to contribute after-tax dollars to the federal government-sponsored retirement savings and investment plan,…

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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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Military Saves week approaches

Posted February 21, 2014 by

This year’s Military Saves Week begins 24 February and concludes 1 March. It is a great opportunity for service members and their families to insure financial readiness through incentivized savings accounts and available services at financial institutions, as well as the resources provided through the Military Saves Campaign. Military Saves is a social marketing campaign…

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Program will help transitioning troops get jobs

Posted July 27, 2012 by by Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON D.C. — A redesigned program for service members separating from the military will help veterans better apply the experience they’ve gained in uniform, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, July 24. President Barack Obama announced the revamped program, called “Transition GPS,” in a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Reno,…

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