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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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2014 QDR presumes future includes more risk, less money

Posted March 14, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review isn’t like previous reviews, a senior Defense Department official said March 10. Christine E. Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The QDR is a congressionally mandated review of DOD strategy and priorities. It is intended to…

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DOD to mandate documentation for lost, stolen CAC cards

Posted February 14, 2014 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON — Later this year, the Defense Department will begin fully enforcing a previously optional policy regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards, a defense official said in Washington, D.C., Feb. 11. Sam Yousef, a program manager for identity and benefits policy at the Defense Human Resources Activity, discussed an update to…

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DOD electronic health records help VA disability claims

Posted February 14, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has made troops’ health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a DOD health information technology official said. Now in place for service members who have separated or discharged from the military since Jan. 1, the Health Artifact and Image Management…

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Dempsey makes case for slowing manpower costs

Posted January 24, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department must slow the growth of its manpower costs to avoid a crisis in the future, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said last week. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told NPR’s Tom Bowman that if military manpower and personnel costs continue growing at current levels there won’t be money for…

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