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DOD, TSA partner to provide military TSA Precheck at 100 Airports

Posted December 12, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as reservists and National Guard members are eligible for expedited Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, screening beginning Dec. 20. As part of the ongoing effort to move away from a one size fits all security approach and provide more of the traveling…

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Pentagon seeks less for construction, more for conservation

Posted March 23, 2012 by

The Defense Department is asking for less money for military construction and more for energy conservation in its fiscal 2013 budget request, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a Senate panel March 21. Dorothy Robyn said her staff uses joint planning and rigorous analysis to ensure that the right mix of…

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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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DOD to mandate documentation for lost, stolen CAC cards

Posted February 14, 2014 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON — Later this year, the Defense Department will begin fully enforcing a previously optional policy regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards, a defense official said in Washington, D.C., Feb. 11. Sam Yousef, a program manager for identity and benefits policy at the Defense Human Resources Activity, discussed an update to…

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DOD requires more base closings, official says

Posted March 29, 2013 by

Courtesy graphic A graphic illustrates two military facilities in Nevada which could be subject to Base Realignment and Closure considerations. The DOD is seeking latitude to realign bases following recent force drawdowns. A 2005 BRAC process led to $4 billion in annual savings. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department possesses more real estate than it…

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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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Commission seeks service members’ compensation preferences

Posted June 6, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences. Alphonso Maldon Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, said understanding service members’ compensation preferences is central to the commission’s effort to craft modernization recommendations. “Our primary…

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Predator passes 20,000-hour mark in Afghanistan

Posted May 31, 2013 by Capt. Brian Maguire

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Snowalter An MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft prepares for takeoff in support of operations in Southwest Asia. The Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft that conducts armed reconnaissance against critical targets. KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — An MQ-1 Predator assigned at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, recently became…

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New year is perfect time to update contact information, records

Posted December 13, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — With the new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time for Airmen to double check and, if necessary, update their contact information, secure web account access and emergency records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The traditional move season is over, so some Airmen may have…

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Military wives eligible for vocational scholarships

Posted May 11, 2012 by By Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic

(AFNS) — Operation Homefront and the Women’s Self Worth Foundation will offer the Saban Military Wife Educational Scholarship to wives of uniformed service members who attend certain vocational training programs in the medical field and meet eligibility requirements.

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