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California governor announces landmark agreement to raise minimum wage statewide

Posted April 1, 2016 by by State of California Office of the Governor press office

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined legislators and labor leaders March 28 to announce a landmark agreement that makes California the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide. The Governor was joined at the announcement by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León; California Labor…

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First sergeant opportunities available now

Posted February 12, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. Heather Cozad Staley

Have you ever had in an interest in being a first sergeant? Now is your opportunity! There are seven vacancies across the 452nd Air Mobility Wing. Being a first sergeant is a unique opportunity to serve and make an impact in people’s lives. “Our mission is the welfare of the people. When you take care…

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As military integrates combat jobs, a new push to position women as leaders

Posted February 5, 2016 by by Leo Shane III

Women in the U.S. military will step into a host of new combat and command roles in coming months. Outside advocates want them to be leaders in the veteran’s community, too. Next week, officials from the Service Women’s Action Network will host a Washington, D.C., forum on integration of combat jobs and connected cultural changes….

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Blended Retirement

Posted January 29, 2016 by

The Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains a new retirement system (“blended military retirement system”). This system combines a reduced defined benefit, like the current retirement system, with a defined contribution component (automatic plus matching contributions to a member’s Thrift Savings Plan account) and continuation pay. The blended retirement system uses a…

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Seven new laws for 2016 are assisting Veterans

Posted January 22, 2016 by from www.calvet.ca.gov

Seven laws took effect on January 1, 2016, with the goal of improving the lives of California’s Veterans, service members, and their families. “I thank our Governor and Legislature for collaborating with CalVet on behalf of our 1.8 million Veterans living in California.” said Dr. Vito Imbasciani, Secretary, California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet). Assembly…

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Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) ends

Posted January 15, 2016 by by Curtis L. Coy, deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity

We would like to provide a brief heads up that affects members of the Reserve. On November 25, 2015, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2016 sunset the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP). The REAP program was originally created to provide benefits to members of the Reserve components who were called or ordered to…

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President Obama extols military might and restraint in his final State of the Union address

Posted January 15, 2016 by By Leo Shane III

President Obama isn’t running for office again this fall. But his final State of the Union address outlined his vision for national security for years to come and took shots at the military promises of his would-be Republican successors. “Our foreign policy must be focused on the threat from ISIL and al-Qaida, but it can’t…

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Human Trafficking Prevention Month: Raising awareness of a devastating crime

Posted January 15, 2016 by FBI.gov

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the FBI’s efforts to combat trafficking—part of the overall U.S. government effort—will continue unabated in 2016. The Bureau has two entities that conduct human trafficking investigations: Our Civil Rights Unit coordinates trafficking investigations involving both adult and juvenile foreign nationals who are forced or coerced…

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Receive your 1095 IRS tax form electronically

Posted January 8, 2016 by

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal government, state governments, insurers, employers, and individuals are given shared responsibility to reform and improve the availability, quality, and affordability of health insurance coverage in the United States. For the 2015 tax year, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) is required to furnish a Form 1095 to…

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Russian missiles ‘complicate’ Syria airstrikes

Posted December 4, 2015 by by Jeffrey Schogol

U.S. and coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State group will continue despite Russia’s decision to send advanced S-400 surface-to-air missiles to Syria, said the commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command. “Yes, it does complicate things a little bit, and we’ll put some thought to it, but we still have a job to do here, and…

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