Readiness key to Air Force responsiveness

April 17, 2014


WASHINGTON — Air Force readiness is critical, especially as the time or place of the next crisis is never certain and is rarely what was expected, the Air Force vice chief of staff told a House panel April 10.

The range, speed and agility of the Air Force enables it to respond in hours, not days, when called upon, Gen. Larry O. Spencer told members of the readiness subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee.

SecAF, CSAF testify on Air Force posture

April 17, 2014



WASHINGTON — The fiscal and security challenges triggered by budgetary constraints are posing problems for Air Force strategy, the service’s secretary told the Senate Armed Services Committee April 10.

Deborah Lee James said tomorrow’s Air Force requires investing in the right technologies and platforms to be prepared to operate in a volatile and unpredictable world, “in which we cannot take for granted that we will continue to command the skies and ... space.”

Transportation official urges planning before PCS moves

March 27, 2014



WASHINGTON — With warmer weather comes peak moving season, so when orders are in hand, people should plan ahead to ensure the most hassle-free relocation, a senior official who oversees personal property moves for military families said in a recent interview.

‘Transition GPS’ helps troops re-enter civilian world

March 20, 2014



WASHINGTON — Feedback on “Transition GPS,” which prepares service members to enter the civilian workforce, indicates it improves on the program it replaced, the director of the Defense Department’s Transition to Veterans Program office said here March 11.

Transition GPS — for goals, plans and success — is a redesigned, weeklong curriculum that replaces the Transition Assistance Program with a more in-depth approach that is a “significant improvement,” Susan S. Kelly said.

Officials update Congress on military space policy, challenges

March 20, 2014



WASHINGTON — If potential adversaries are to challenge the United States, they must do so in the space domain, the Defense Department’s top space policy official told Congress here March 12.

Douglas L. Loverro, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, joined by Gen. William L. Shelton, the commander of Air Force Space Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee on the department’s space program posture.

DOD to mandate documentation for lost, stolen CAC cards

February 13, 2014

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.

MyICP gives military spouses new career planning tool

January 30, 2014

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.

Dempsey: No plans to close military

January 30, 2014

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.

Military blood program director urges generosity

January 9, 2014

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.

Housing allowance to rise average of 5 percent

December 26, 2013

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.

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