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DOD works to ensure access for special needs families

Posted April 5, 2013 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Defense Department officials are working to standardize a program designed to help service members get care for family members with chronic health issues or special needs who otherwise might face forgoing an assignment or having to cut short a deployment because of an inability to find such care. The Exceptional Family Member…

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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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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for civilians

Posted April 5, 2013 by Nick Simeone

Courtesy Photo Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon March 28. Hagel and Dempsey discussed the ongoing sequester affecting the Defense Department’s budget. WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of…

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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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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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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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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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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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Department of Defense expands sexual assault prevention efforts

Posted October 5, 2012 by By Secretary of Defense Public Affairs

WASHINGTON — On Sept. 25, as part of the Department of Defense’s efforts to confront the crime of sexual assault in the military, the department announced improvements to prospective commander and senior enlisted training and a review of the initial military training environment in every service. First, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has instituted higher…

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DOD, VA release mobile app targeting post-traumatic stress

Posted August 3, 2012 by By Air Force News Service

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released a free Apple and Android smartphone mobile application for use with post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. The app is called PE Coach; PE stands for “prolonged exposure.” Psychologists at the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2, and the VA National…

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