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New school directory guides parents of special-needs kids

Posted July 11, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — A permanent-change-of-station move prompts its own challenges, but family members with special-needs children face another complexity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said July 2. Ed Tyner, acting deputy director of DOD’s special needs program, told DOD News that service members and their families can find…

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Commission seeks service members’ compensation preferences

Posted June 6, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences. Alphonso Maldon Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, said understanding service members’ compensation preferences is central to the commission’s effort to craft modernization recommendations. “Our primary…

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Dempsey: Decision on troop levels in Afghanistan matches objectives with resources

Posted May 30, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued the following statement today following President Barack Obama’s announcement of the post-2014 U.S. troop commitment to Afghanistan: “Looking ahead to 2015, it’s clear that Afghanistan will be challenged with the multiple tasks of seating a new government, confronting persistent threats from those…

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Take ‘FIVE’ to get free money for your TSP account

Posted May 23, 2014 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Thrift Savings Plan has launched the “Take FIVE for Your Future” educational campaign encouraging civilian employees to take advantage of free government TSP matching contributions by putting at least 5 percent from each paycheck into their account.  “Employees who fail to do this are losing out on thousands of dollars…

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Morale, welfare, recreation customer survey

Posted May 16, 2014 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — Does your base fitness center need new equipment? Do you want more recreational traveling opportunities? Do you think there aren’t enough recreational opportunities for single service members, or do you think there are too many? You have your chance to make a difference by answering the Defense Department’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Customer Satisfaction…

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Trial by fire, SecAF marks first 100 days in office

Posted April 25, 2014 by Senior Airman Alexander W. Riedel

U.S. Air Force photo by Desiree N. Palacios Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James smiles during an interview in her office April 18 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Sworn in on Dec. 20, 2013, James recently passed her 100th day in office, March 30. WASHINGTON — Deborah Lee James, who took over…

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DOD releases report on estimated sequestration impacts

Posted April 18, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials today released a report that documents the cuts to military forces, modernization and readiness that will be required if defense budgets are held at sequester-levels in the years beyond fiscal year 2015. The report fulfills a commitment made by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel “to provide details on the effects of…

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Helpline marks 3 years of aiding sexual assault victims

Posted April 18, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON – The DOD Safe Helpline — a crisis-response resource that provides sexual assault victims with an anonymous and confidential system of support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from anywhere in the world – marks three years of operation this month. Since 2011, more than 20,000 people have sought one-on-one sexual assault…

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SecAF addresses women in national security

Posted April 4, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James addressed the topic of women serving in combat roles during a Women In International Security-sponsored event to celebrate Women’s History Month at the Stimson Center, March 28. “In the Air Force, we were already leading the pack in terms of integration of women,” said James, who…

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Commissaries showcase fruits, veggies for ‘Little Heroes’ in April

Posted March 28, 2014 by Sallie Cauthers

To honor military children, commissaries have fun ways for parents and their “little heroes” to learn about the nutritious value of fruits and vegetables.

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