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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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Predator passes 20,000-hour mark in Afghanistan

Posted May 31, 2013 by Capt. Brian Maguire

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Snowalter An MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft prepares for takeoff in support of operations in Southwest Asia. The Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft that conducts armed reconnaissance against critical targets. KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — An MQ-1 Predator assigned at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, recently became…

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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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Military wives eligible for vocational scholarships

Posted May 11, 2012 by By Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic

(AFNS) — Operation Homefront and the Women’s Self Worth Foundation will offer the Saban Military Wife Educational Scholarship to wives of uniformed service members who attend certain vocational training programs in the medical field and meet eligibility requirements.

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Missions continue despite furlough

Posted August 16, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The onset of sequestration and civilian furloughs has shifted activities across the base as organizations take steps to maintain operational readiness with tighter budgets and without their civilian workforce one day a week. Due to the numerous missions being carried out by different squadrons on the installation, civilian furlough…

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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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DOD works to ensure access for special needs families

Posted April 5, 2013 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Defense Department officials are working to standardize a program designed to help service members get care for family members with chronic health issues or special needs who otherwise might face forgoing an assignment or having to cut short a deployment because of an inability to find such care. The Exceptional Family Member…

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Communication key in protecting security clearance during financial hardships

Posted October 11, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON — As the government shutdown continues, Air Force leadership wants their civilian workforce to communicate well and often as possible financial challenges arise – something that could impact one’s security clearance. With such a large number of civilians possessing security clearances, including many workers in the space and cyber theaters, leaders want the civilian…

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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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Commissaries plan for Monday furloughs

Posted May 31, 2013 by Kevin L. Robinson

FORT LEE, Va. — When furloughs are implemented, most military commissaries will close one day a week, on Mondays, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. The Nellis commissary will close for up to 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 30. Closing commissaries on Mondays would be in addition to any day stores…

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