WASHINGTON, D.C. — Later this year, the Defense Department will begin fully enforcing a previously optional policy regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards, a defense official said here today.
Sam Yousef, a program manager for identity and benefits policy at the Defense Human Resources Activity, discussed an update to the current CAC issuance policy during an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel.
WASHINGTON — Military spouses who need guidance on education and careers have a new online tool at their fingertips, a program analyst for the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, or SECO, said in an interview last week.
“My Individual Career Plan,” allows spouses to build a virtual career roadmap based on their specific goals and objectives, Lee McMahon said.
MyICP launched Jan. 10 on Military OneSource’s MySECO website, the primary access point for the Defense Department’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, McMahon said.
WASHINGTON — Contrary to some news reports, there are no plans to close military commissaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
But Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey added that the budget environment is forcing the department to look for savings anywhere possible.
The chairman first addressed this issue during his Facebook town hall meeting last month.
WASHINGTON — Air Force Col. Richard H. McBride wants all service members to be part of a new arms race.
McBride, the director of the Armed Services Blood Program, wants service members to roll up their sleeves and donate blood to help their fellow service members and their families.
Historically, blood levels shrink around the holidays, and since 1970 January has been declared National Blood Donor Month.
WASHINGTON — The 2014 basic allowance for housing rates for service members released today represent an average increase of 5 percent, or up to $75 to $80 per month, the Defense Department’s BAH program manager said.
The new rates will take effect Jan. 1 at a cost of about $20 billion for the Defense Department program, which will affect nearly 1 million service members, Cheryl Anne Woehr said. The allowance differs by pay grade, location and whether or not service members have dependents.
WASHINGTON — The Air Force mission that calls for it to dominate the air, transport troops and materiel and provide communications and intelligence are all critical to American military success, but performing them is hard for the public to visualize because much of this goes on behind the scenes, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said.
WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense has transitioned to the next phase of recovery efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, DOD spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said Nov. 25.
WASHINGTON — In the months since the 2012 defense strategic guidance first reflected a new budget reality, Pentagon officials and military leaders have been working on the department’s longer-term budget and strategy, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Nov.
WASHINGTON — Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Nov. 5 assured military and civilian employees at Hill Air Force Base that despite the changing posture of the military, the Hill will continue to play a significant role in the nation’s security.
Carter traveled to Hill to remind those working for Utah’s largest single-site employer that the base is set to host the military’s newest warplane, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, and that despite the end of more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, "Hill has a very bright future."
WASHINGTON — Service members who deploy or are otherwise separated from their families due to mission needs now have an online resource allowing them to hone their parenting skills as they reconnect with their children.
Pam Murphy, the Defense Department’s lead psychologist for the website, said the launch of http://www.militaryparenting.org offers unprecedented, comprehensive and free computer-based training from a service member’s perspective on parenting and building strong relationships with their children.