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Commissaries showcase fruits, veggies for ‘Little Heroes’ in April

Posted March 28, 2014 by Sallie Cauthers

To honor military children, commissaries have fun ways for parents and their “little heroes” to learn about the nutritious value of fruits and vegetables.

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Sexual assault has no place in DOD, official says

Posted April 5, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Sexual assault has no place in the Defense Department, a senior Pentagon official said April 2 here, calling on the workforce to be part of the solution. In a keynote address kicking off Aberdeen Proving Ground’s observance of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and…

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Civilians see impacts on paychecks, leave hours following recall

Posted October 18, 2013 by Benjamin Newell

Some excepted civilians who worked during the Oct. 1-5 furlough may not be paid this week for those hours due to coding errors on their timesheets.

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Obama: Nation pours resources into mental health care for vets

Posted June 7, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Veterans Affairs Department is improving access for veterans to mental health services, President Barack Obama said June 4 in remarks that opened the National Conference on Mental Health. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hosting the conference at the White House as part of the administration’s effort to increase understanding of…

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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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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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SecAF addresses women in national security

Posted April 4, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James addressed the topic of women serving in combat roles during a Women In International Security-sponsored event to celebrate Women’s History Month at the Stimson Center, March 28. “In the Air Force, we were already leading the pack in terms of integration of women,” said James, who…

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Program launches to educate communities on family needs

Posted April 26, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new publication series designed to educate civilians on the specialized needs of military and veteran families in their neighborhoods launched April 15. Charles E. Milam, the acting assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, spoke at the launch event at the Army-Navy Club for the “How to Help…

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Military parenting website assists communication

Posted October 25, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON — Service members who deploy or are otherwise separated from their families due to mission needs now have an online resource allowing them to hone their parenting skills as they reconnect with their children. Pam Murphy, the Defense Department’s lead psychologist for the website, said the launch of http://www.militaryparenting.org offers unprecedented, comprehensive and free…

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Defense contractors will share burdens of furloughs, Hagel says

Posted June 14, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Defense Department is reviewing all of its contracts, and DOD contractors will share the burden of spending cuts, including the furloughs facing the department’s civilian workforce, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told senators June 11. Hagel testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee this morning. “Contractors are part of any institution,” he…

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