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Congress probes military pilot shortage

Posted April 5, 2017 by Karen Parrish

A shortage of pilots across the U.S. military is most acute in the Air Force, senior military officials told Congress March 29.

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Military aviation leaders discuss readiness, urge budget certainty

Posted November 13, 2017 by Lisa Ferdinando

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles A Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet departs after receiving fuel from an Air Force 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Oct. 14, 2017. The F/A-18E is capable across the full mission spectrum: air superiority, fighter escort,…

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DOD releases new for harassment prevention, response policy

Posted February 9, 2018 by

On Feb. 8, the Department of Defense announced the release of DOD Instruction 1020.03, “Harassment Prevention and Response in the Armed Forces,” effective immediately.  The comprehensive policy for service members addresses harassment, including sexual harassment and harassment through social media. The policy strengthens and reaffirms the department’s position that it does not tolerate any kind…

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Free tax software, support available for Soldiers, families

Posted February 6, 2017 by Lisa Ferdinando

With the tax season upon us, service members and their families can access free tax-filing software and consultations to help them navigate the task of submitting their annual taxes. Military members and their families can visit the Military OneSource website or call 1-800-342-9647 for the no-cost “MilTax” software, explained Erika Slaton, a program analyst with…

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DOD ramps up training on blended retirement system

Posted June 3, 2016 by by Karen Parrish

The Defense Department’s new retirement system will affect some 2.2 million people who all need to get smart on what it will mean. Two subject-matter experts from the departmentís personnel and readiness branch described the issues involved to DOD News: Army Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas Jr., senior enlisted advisor to the Defense Department’s Manpower and…

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Filing a household goods claims

Posted July 14, 2017 by Capt. Alexander Quagge

Although many “household goods” moves occur without incident every day, unfortunately, some service members experience lost or damaged goods during their moves and are unsure of the reimbursement process. With PCS season right around the corner, it is important to be aware of the claims process in case the move is not as smooth as…

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‘Be There’ suicide prevention theme resonates with troop values

Posted September 14, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

Preventing suicide requires the commitment of all in the Defense Department, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a videotaped message at the Sept. 7 Suicide Prevention Month kickoff at the Pentagon. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert R. Ruark, military deputy to the acting Secretary of Defense for…

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Pentagon embraces survivors at TAPS event

Posted June 3, 2016 by by Jim Garamone

The military is a family, and not even death can end those familial bonds. This truism was demonstrated again May 28 as Defense Secretary Ash Carter threw open the doors of the Pentagon to more than 350 members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, commonly known as TAPS. These are the families who have…

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Farewell message from Secretary Hagel

Posted March 6, 2015 by DoD News Release

To the men and women of the Department of Defense: When I joined the United States Army 48 years ago, I could not have imagined one day serving as secretary of defense. It has been a tremendous privilege to serve with you. As I leave office, I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished…

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Security clearance investigations to include social media activity

Posted June 17, 2016 by Paul Stevenson

People who use social media are constantly reminded to be careful when posting and sharing information because it's almost impossible to know who might be monitoring their activity.

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