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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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New DOD agency focuses on improvised threats

Posted July 17, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Because it takes a network to defeat a network, the Defense Department’s newest agency to stay at the forefront of improvised threats made its debut here July 13. DOD’s Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency, or JIDA, is built from what had been the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. It is a combat support…

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Hagel Announces Reduction in Civilian Furlough Days

Posted August 9, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees who have had to take a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to six, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Aug. 6. Here is the complete text…

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Dempsey makes case for slowing manpower costs

Posted January 24, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department must slow the growth of its manpower costs to avoid a crisis in the future, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said last week. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told NPR’s Tom Bowman that if military manpower and personnel costs continue growing at current levels there won’t be money for…

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DOD implements secure program for mobile devices

Posted March 1, 2013 by Nick Simeone

The Defense Department is rolling out a program that will allow users of a range of mobile devices -- working anywhere from remote battlefields to the Pentagon to rapidly share classified and protected data across all components.

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