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DOD releases new religious accommodation instruction

Posted January 24, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department released a new instruction Jan. 22 that details its updated policy on making religious accommodations requested by service members, Pentagon spokesman Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nathan J. Christensen said. A DOD instruction implements a policy or prescribes the manner or plan of action used to carry out a policy, operate a…

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DOD focuses on healthy, active lifestyle for kids

Posted January 24, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — With the national rate of childhood obesity increasing, the Defense Department wants to ensure children in military families lead healthy and active lifestyles, the Defense Department’s director of the office of family policy and children and youth said. In a recent interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Barbara Thompson…

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DOD to preserve historic images

Posted January 24, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

The Defense Imagery Management Operations Center recently signed a $5 million agreement to digitize, store and provide access to hundreds of thousands of historical images. DIMOC is the Defense Department’s central repository for visual imagery. It exists to preserve visual records first for the DOD, and then for other agencies and members of the public,…

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Obama calls military sexual assaults ‘profound injustice’

Posted January 24, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama today addressed what he called the “profound injustice” of sexual assaults in the military. During a White House Council on Women and Girls event in the East Room, the president reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to preventing sexual violence in America. With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other Cabinet members on…

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Military OneSource offers free tax services

Posted January 17, 2014 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON — If it hasn’t arrived yet, your 2013 W-2 wage and tax statement likely is on its way, and with it the countdown toward the April 15 tax filing deadline. As preparations begin for the upcoming tax season, military families are being offered a free service to ensure they can meet that deadline from…

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New price study validates 30 percent savingst

Posted January 17, 2014 by Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Va. — Commissary savings are now being measured against a wider range of retailers that sell groceries, and the comparison confirms the value of the benefit, according to the Defense Commissary Agency’s 2013 price comparison study. For the first time, the expanded comparison survey allowed DeCA to look beyond traditional grocery stores to…

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New law brings changes to Uniform Code of Military Justice

Posted January 10, 2014 by David Vergun

The National Defense Authorization Act passed last month requires sweeping changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, particularly in cases of rape and sexual assault.

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Battaglia presents first armed forces NCO, Petty Officer Book

Posted December 20, 2013 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON — The military’s top enlisted service member debuted a new noncommissioned officer and petty officer book here today in what he called a significant moment for all enlisted leaders. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was joined by the chairman, Army Gen. Martin…

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New year is perfect time to update contact information, records

Posted December 13, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — With the new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time for Airmen to double check and, if necessary, update their contact information, secure web account access and emergency records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The traditional move season is over, so some Airmen may have…

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DOD, TSA partner to provide military TSA Precheck at 100 Airports

Posted December 12, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as reservists and National Guard members are eligible for expedited Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, screening beginning Dec. 20. As part of the ongoing effort to move away from a one size fits all security approach and provide more of the traveling…

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