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JPMorgan Chase to pay millions in restitution, fines

Posted December 4, 2015 by Submitted by OSJA

On Nov. 2, 2015, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced a stipulated judgment resolving allegations that JPMorgan Chase committed credit card debt-collection abuses against tens of thousands of Californians. The settlement specifically addresses debt collection wrongdoing that includes collecting incorrect amounts, selling bad credit card debt, and running a debt collection mill that involved…

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Weed Army Community Hospital rolls out new DoD-wide outpatient survey system

Posted October 7, 2016 by Kristen Schabert

Patients at Weed Army Community Hospital are now reporting their experiences and satisfaction with their healthcare in a new survey. This outpatient survey program, launched by the Army in June, is called the Joint Outpatient Experience Survey, or JOES. This survey is standardized across all services, and will enable the Department of Health Affairs to…

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Ghost Brigade readies its Soldiers for hybrid threats at NTC

Posted June 1, 2018 by By Staff Sgt. Samuel Northrup

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Since 1980, military personnel have come and gone through the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, to prepare for missions around the world. These month-long rotations are usually geared to prepare a unit for an upcoming mission. For the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, their April 2018 rotation to…

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Special Victim Counsel Program advocates for sexual assault victims

Posted September 4, 2015 by By Capt. Nick Bartholomew, Special Victim Counsel

Sexual assault is one of the most pressing and difficult issues in today’s Army. As part of the Army’s efforts to combat sexual assault within our ranks, the Special Victim Counsel Program was developed to strengthen our support of victims of sexual assault and enhance their rights within our military justice system, while neither causing…

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Know your part, do your part, be an active bystander

Posted April 3, 2015 by By Maj. Robyn Boehringer, SHARP manager

April is recognized by the Department of Defense as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The campaign offers a unique opportunity to build on the existing momentum within our community to eliminate this crime and ensure all serving in the Army and affiliated with the Army are treated with dignity and respect. The DoD theme…

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Fitness devices can provide locations of soldiers

Posted January 30, 2018 by

An interactive map found online can show the locations and activities of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit, raising security concerns about soldiers and other people who are at U.S. military bases in sensitive areas. The Global Heat Map, published by the GPS tracking company Strava, uses satellite information to map the locations…

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California law strengthens protections for service members

Posted October 4, 2018 by Jessaka Menzie

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill No. 3212, a measure that will strengthen California’s existing consumer protections for military families, including California National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, under the California Military and Veterans Code.  Specifically, the law extends the length of time that service member’s are protected against foreclosures, evictions, repossessions, and default…

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Brotherhood of professionals protecting lives, property

Posted August 7, 2015 by Story and photo by Gustavo Bahena

Approximately 2,000 firefighting personnel served to suppress the recent Lake Fire (which as of July 15 was 98 percent contained) in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California. Those personnel, part of a firefighter brotherhood, included four staff from the Fort Irwin Fire Department. The department received a call for assistance in fighting the…

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3rd ID brings Bystander Intervention to NTC

Posted February 6, 2015 by By Maj. Robyn Boehringer, SHARP Program Manager

The Chief of Staff of the Army’s guidance to take on the fight against sexual assault and sexual harassment as a primary mission is resonating throughout the force. The National Training Center’s response to this difficult problem-set is the Bystander Intervention program developed by 3rd Infantry Division Raider Initiatives Group. The powerful interactive and dynamic…

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Gateway to SOCAL: Town of Needles survives the rise and fall of train travel and Route 66

Posted May 4, 2018 by By Ken Drylie

NEEDLES, Calif. — In 1850, the US Army established Camp Colorado on the east bank of the Colorado River near the present day city of Needles, California. The Army built the installation to protect settlers moving through the area to various locations in California. Some settlers would head for the gold fields of Northern California,…

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