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Black History Month 2014, Civil Rights Act to turn 50

Posted February 7, 2014 by Sean Dath

Courtesy Photo President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law, July 2, 1964. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. During the observance of this year’s Black History Month, America will celebrate 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed into…

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President proclaims November as Military Family Month

Posted November 9, 2012 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “In our military families, we see the best our country has to offer. They demonstrate the virtues that have made America great for more than two centuries and the values that will preserve our greatness for centuries to come,” President Barack Obama said in his proclamation issued declaring the month of November…

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Thrift Savings Plan officials warn against unsanctioned app

Posted March 15, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan, available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk, program officials warned. A notice on the Thrift Savings Plan website says the “TSP Funds” app, which asks participants for their account login information, is not sanctioned. “This app is not being…

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May is Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted May 11, 2012 by by Alic Nelson

DEOMI Illustration / Peter Hemmer JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — May is Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This year’s theme is “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion.” Representatives Frank Horton and Norman Y. Mineta introduced a resolution to the House…

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It’s Washington’s Birthday, not President’s Day

Posted February 14, 2014 by Joe Davidson

President’s Day goes by with little notice, except for some schools and federal employees getting to ‘observe’ the holiday. Supermarkets and retail stores advertise President’s Day sales hoping to draw in those lucky enough to have the day off. However, do you know what the legal name for the holiday is, how it became a…

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Pearl Harbor: Air Force legacy on day that would ‘live in infamy’

Posted December 14, 2012 by by Tom Budzyna

FORT MEADE, Md. — “It was the first time I had ever seen a plunging dive bomber and it was an awesome sight. Nothing in warfare is more frightening,” said Pvt. Wilfred D. Burke, 72d Pursuit Squadron, Wheeler Field, whose experience in the attacks on Pearl Harbor are recorded in 7 December 1941: The Air…

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Sequestration pinch includes tuition assistance suspension

Posted March 15, 2013 by by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Though budget woes led the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force to suspend their tuition assistance programs and the Navy continues to consider its options, the program is important to the Defense Department and to service members, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. “The program enables the professional and personal development of…

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Panetta salutes gay, lesbian service members’ dedicated duty

Posted June 22, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON D. C. — The pursuit of equality is fundamental to the American story, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in a video message released June 15, to thank gay and lesbian service members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civilians for their dedicated service to the nation. Recognizing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and…

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Tax season deadline looms, free filing available

Posted April 11, 2014 by Richard Johnson

On April 15, the regular tax season comes to an end. Unless you qualify for an automatic extension (deployed anytime from Jan. 1 – April 15, 2014), or you file for an extension, you need to have filed your return. Why not let your March ARB Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center prepare and e-file…

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Fiscal cliff legislation affects military, civilian paychecks

Posted January 11, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The legislation President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2, postponed the fiscal cliff and means changes to military and civilian paychecks, Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials said, Jan. 4. The legislation increases Social Security withholding taxes to 6.2 percent. For the past two years during the “tax holiday,” the rate was 4.2 percent. The increase in…

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