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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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Furlough Raises Questions on Civilian Leave, Pay

Posted October 11, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — Only those Defense Department civilians recalled from furlough under the Pay Our Military Act may take annual and sick leave, a Pentagon spokesman said Oct. 8. “Employees who remain on furlough are in a nonpay, nonduty status, so there is no leave to take,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen explained. So a civilian…

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Hagel receives update on shutdown from service leaders

Posted October 11, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s top leadership, including the service secretaries and service chiefs, updated Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Oct. 7 on the impact of the ongoing government shutdown, Pentagon officials reported. In a statement summarizing the meeting, officials said Hagel was pleased that most DOD civilians are returning to work this week, and that…

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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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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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