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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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Hagel initiatives take aim against sexual assault

Posted May 10, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is vowing to change the culture that allows sexual assault to be a serious problem for the Defense Department. In a memo released May 7, Hagel announced a number of initiatives to eradicate sexual assault. “While the department is putting in place important new programs to combat this crime,…

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Deputy Secretary of Defense bids farewell to Nellis AFB Airmen

Posted November 8, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard Dr. Ashton Carter, United States Deputy Secretary of Defense speaks to Airmen at the Thunderbird Hangar Nov. 6 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.  Carter visited Nellis AFB to tour the installation and thank Airmen for continuing to do their jobs during challenging times. NELLIS…

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Military Exchanges remove 891 magazines from stores

Posted August 2, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is permanently removing 891 magazines from its stock, an assortment that includes The Saturday Evening Post, SpongeBob Comics, the Home Buyers Guide, Playboy and many others. AAFES officials said they want to reduce space for the magazine product category in exchange stores by 33 percent beginning July 31….

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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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Longest serving Airman also longest serving African-American in DoD

Posted February 15, 2013 by Air Force News Service

U.S. Air Force graphic by Sylvia Saab Maj. Gen. Alfred K. Flowers, the Air Force’s longest serving Airman, who retired this past January after nearly 47 years of service, is also the longest serving African-American service member within the Department of Defense. (AFNS) — The Air Force’s longest serving Airman, who retired this past January…

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Dempsey gives hints on priorities for future

Posted October 4, 2013 by Jim Garamone

In his first two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey hasn’t blinked when facing challenges that would make some men quit

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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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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for DOD employees

Posted May 17, 2013 by Nick Simeone and Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After weeks of review, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded budget cuts will require most of the department’s civilian employees to be furloughed beginning in July, but that because of other efforts to deal with the shortfall, only half of the 22 days originally envisioned as temporary layoffs will now be necessary. During…

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Scholarships for Military Children program opens Dec. 3

Posted November 27, 2013 by Cherie Huntington

FORT LEE, Va. – Applications for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children Program become available Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at http://www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 28, 2014. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods,…

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