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Air Force implements civilian hiring freeze

Posted January 18, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force senior leaders directed a force-wide hiring freeze among other workforce actions in a memorandum sent to senior commanders Jan. 16. The actions are part of the Air Force’s efforts to pursue reversible or recoverable steps to avoid impacts to core readiness caused by the looming possibility of sequestration and budgetary shortfalls. Civilian pay…

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Panetta urges new focus for NATO

Posted January 18, 2013 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London, Jan. 18, 2013. Panetta is on a six-day trip to Europe to visit with defense counterparts and troops. As the International Security Assistance Force transitions to a sustaining role…

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Air Force officials anticipate pay delays for officers, enlisted Airmen promoted in March

Posted January 18, 2013 by TSgt. Steve Grever

Officers and enlisted airmen getting promoted in March will experience pay delays because of the Military Personnel Data System upgrade occurring that month. “Individuals getting promoted from Mar. 4 to Mar. 26 will not get their promotions updated in MilPDS because of the upgrade,” said Lt. Col. Shelley Strong, Air Force Personnel Center operations division…

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Army lays out Network path ahead at industry day

Posted January 16, 2013 by Claire Heininger

Facing both new missions and fiscal constraints, the Army will use the Network Integration Evaluations to respond to emerging requirements, make smarter acquisition decisions and keep pace with technological change, Army senior leaders told industry partners this week. Attended by approximately 200 industry representatives, with at least 45 percent of participants representing small businesses, the…

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DOD health official updates status of PTSD, TBI care

Posted January 16, 2013 by Nick Simeone

A top Defense Department health official told a Pentagon task force Jan. 15 that determining the impact of mental health programs across the military will be a key project this year for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. DCoE’s director, Navy Capt. Paul S. Hammer, listed accomplishments over the…

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In Europe remarks, Panetta stresses NATO commitment

Posted January 16, 2013 by Karen Parrish

NATO is an alliance that must remain strong and capable to meet 21st century challenges, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta emphasized in two European capitals Jan. 15. In a joint news conference here with Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes Eulate, and in an earlier event today with Portuguese Defense Minister Jose Pedro Aguiar-Branco, the secretary…

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NMCB 133 conducts first mission in Tajikistan

Posted January 16, 2013 by Lt. Kyle Schlais

U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 deployed to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in November as part of a Global Peace Operations Initiative, the first Seabee mission in Tajikistan. In support of the Office of Military Cooperation and Tajikistan Ministry of Defense, the Seabee crew began construction alongside the MOD’s construction force, the Stroibat,…

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Dempsey attends NATO chiefs of defense meeting

Posted January 16, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, is attending the NATO and Partners’ Chiefs of Defense Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, Jan. 16. The meeting, hosted by Danish Army Gen. Knud Bartels, chairman of NATO’s military committee, is being held at a particularly busy time for the alliance. NATO and…

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A Hush Rush keeps the T-45 flying

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Navy photograph The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divisionís Propulsion and Power test team keeps the T-45 Goshawk flying with the latest design of engine turbine blades. The T-45A aircraft is flown in intermediate and advanced Navy/Marine Corps pilot training for jet carrier aviation and tactical strike missions. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divisionís…

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Team Apache announces nickname for the Apache Echo Model

Posted January 16, 2013 by Sofia Bledsoe

The world’s most advanced and lethal attack helicopter received a nickname by Team Apache at the annual government-industry Team Apache meeting at the Boeing facility in Arlington, Va., Jan. 8. The Apache Project Office selected “Guardian” as the winning entry for the AH-64E Apache. The “AH-6E Apache Guardian” will be a distinction from the AH-64D…

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