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Military must slow growth for military pay, health care

Posted October 4, 2013 by Jim Garamone

SEOUL, South Korea – The military has to look at the entire package of compensation, health care and retirement, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told a U.S. Forces Korea Town Hall meeting in Seoul, South Korea Oct. 1. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife, Deanie, spent an hour answering question…

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Memo prepares DOD employees for government shutdown

Posted September 27, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — Although Defense Department officials believe a government shutdown can be avoided when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, they want DOD employees to be prepared for the possibility, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a memo issued to the workforce Sept. 23. The fiscal year ends Sept. 30, and Congress has…

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Commissaries offer extra savings in September

Posted September 13, 2013 by DeCA Public Affairs Division

FORT LEE, Va. — Commissaries continue to offer special savings such as sidewalk events and “door buster” sales with discounts up to 50 percent on certain items to help fill the void from cancelled case lot sales. “Although we aren’t offering worldwide case lot sales in September, our customers will still find plenty of savings…

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Official notes progress in suicide prevention effort

Posted September 6, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Making sure people know where to turn for help during a time of crisis is the continuing goal of the Defense Department’s suicide prevention program, the Pentagon official in charge of the effort said here Aug. 30. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Jacqueline Garrick said…

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DOD facilities gear up to issue ID cards to same-sex couples

Posted August 23, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, D.C. — DOD facilities are gearing up to issue identification cards to same-sex spouses beginning Sept. 3, Pentagon officials said Aug. 20. “All spousal and family benefits, including ID cards, will be made available no later than September 3, 2013,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen. The Supreme Court decision to overturn portions of…

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Airmen asked to participate in DOD anti-tobacco video competition

Posted August 23, 2013 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

Department of Defense photograph The Department of Defense, Health Affairs, has recently announced a new tobacco countermarketing video competition aimed to target the message of tobacco being an enemy of our military as it degrades their health, fitness, mission readiness and work productivity. The competition entitled, “Fight the Enemy”, will run from now until Oct….

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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 announces same-sex spouse benefits

Posted August 16, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued Aug. 14. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage…

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Hagel Announces Reduction in Civilian Furlough Days

Posted August 9, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees who have had to take a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to six, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Aug. 6. Here is the complete text…

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TRICARE moves forward with prime service area reductions

Posted August 9, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Defense Department officials will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options….

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