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Commissaries to start scanning IDs

Posted November 8, 2013 by DeCA Public Affairs Division

Commissaries will soon begin scanning customers’ Department of Defense ID cards at checkouts as the Defense Commissary Agency continues its pursuit to deliver a 21st century benefit.

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Hagel: Future requires hard decisions, disciplined priorities

Posted July 26, 2013 by Donna Miles

Disciplined priorities and tough choices will be needed to guide the Defense Department’s historical transition aimed at maintaining strong, capable and ready forces in the stark post-conflict fiscal environment, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said July 22.

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DOD to preserve historic images

Posted January 24, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

The Defense Imagery Management Operations Center recently signed a $5 million agreement to digitize, store and provide access to hundreds of thousands of historical images. DIMOC is the Defense Department’s central repository for visual imagery. It exists to preserve visual records first for the DOD, and then for other agencies and members of the public,…

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Do’s and Don’ts for Airmen during political season

Posted October 26, 2012 by Maj. Jennifer Clay

(AFNS) — With the 2012 general presidential election only weeks away, keep in mind that special ethics rules apply to active-duty Airmen regarding their political activities. The purpose of these rules is to ensure the Department of Defense does not influence our nation’s electoral process. Violation of these rules can have serious consequences and could…

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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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Automated system reduces ID card waiting time

Posted May 10, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When Fort Carson, Colo., reduced its identification card waiting time from 45 minutes to five minutes, it was a mile marker in the Defense Department’s goal to cut the waiting process, a DOD official said. Carson won a DOD award for its numerous successes in the ID card program, known as RAPIDS,…

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Hagel: Six priorities shape future defense institutions

Posted November 8, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON — In the months since the 2012 defense strategic guidance first reflected a new budget reality, Pentagon officials and military leaders have been working on the department’s longer-term budget and strategy, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said here Nov. 5. In the keynote address before the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Global Security Forum,…

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No decisions yet on cutting furlough days, official says

Posted August 2, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said July 30. More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. These unpaid…

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DOD focuses on healthy, active lifestyle for kids

Posted January 24, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — With the national rate of childhood obesity increasing, the Defense Department wants to ensure children in military families lead healthy and active lifestyles, the Defense Department’s director of the office of family policy and children and youth said. In a recent interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Barbara Thompson…

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DOD prepares for potential sequestration

Posted December 14, 2012 by Senior Master Sgt. David Byron

(AFNS) — The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3. “We are at the very start of this process,” said Dr. George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, during a Pentagon press…

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