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Special days for each branch

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Special days for each branch

History of Army Day Army Day can be traced back to a little-known Defense Test Day, which was observed only twice: once in 1924 and once in 1925. Congress then disallowed any further observances of this day. In response, the Military Order of the World War under Col. Thatcher Luquer

Fewer cuts for JBLM

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Fewer cuts for JBLM

There was a collective sign of relief likely felt last week across the South Sound after the Army announced the cuts at Joint Base Lewis-McChord would be nothing as the forecasters warned.  In fact, as the dust settled, it's possible the 1,251 drawdown announced for here will be partially offset

Millions Of Dollars In Grants To Provide Job Training For Veterans

Veterans

Millions Of Dollars In Grants To Provide Job Training For Veterans

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $12 million in grants through the Veterans' Workforce Investment Program to provide job training and skills development services that will help approximately 6,000 veterans succeed in civilian careers. "These men and women served our country, and now it is

Maintaining Relationships with Loved Ones During Deployment

Spouses

Maintaining Relationships with Loved Ones During Deployment

Military spouses and significant others provide an invaluable source of support to today's service members.Loved ones can play a vital role in offering encouragement during a military career - especially during deployments when separation often goes hand-in-hand with concern for the safety of service members, coping as

DOD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Scaparrotti from the Pentagon

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DOD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Scaparrotti from the Pentagon

Good morning.  I'd like to welcome back to the Pentagon briefing room Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti, United States Army.  He is the commander of ISAF Joint Command, the deputy commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.  He joined us in October of last via DVIDS.  General Scaparrotti is

Defense officials announce fiscal 2013 budget priorities

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Defense officials announce fiscal 2013 budget priorities

Spending priorities in the forthcoming fiscal year 2013 defense budget request call for reductions in the end strength of the Army and Marine Corps, an increase in special operations forces and maintaining the number of big-deck carriers, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here today.

Military Personnel Get Free Help with Taxes

Military Resources

Military Personnel Get Free Help with Taxes

The military has a strong Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The Armed Forces Tax Council consists of the tax program coordinators for the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  The AFTC oversees the operation of the military tax programs worldwide, and serves as

Financial Adoption Assistance for Servicemembers

Military Resources

Financial Adoption Assistance for Servicemembers

Are you planning to or in the process of adopting a child? Federal law authorizes reimbursement for certain expenses associated with adoption to a maximum of $2000 per child and not to exceed $5000 per calendar year. Of course, there are requirements and limitations you must be

Education

DoD establishes new rules for colleges

Ensuring that service members have readily available opportunities to pursue a postsecondary education is just one of the many ways that the Department of Defense (DoD) works to improve the quality of life for service members and families. DoD knows that beginning or completing undergraduate or

Acupuncture Pinpoints Toward TBI Treatment

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Acupuncture Pinpoints Toward TBI Treatment

  Military field physicians are using the practice of acupuncture to treat cases of mild traumatic brain injuries (mild TBI), including concussions, and cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). "We think it's important to work on these as a team and address both issues at the same time to try to get

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Militarychildcare.com debuts

With April being the Month of the Military Child, the Department of Defense chose Thursday as the launch date for militarychildcare.com. The website is an online resource for military families to find child care and other useful information. The national online resource is expected to be a big help for Joint

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DoD opens online exchange shopping to veterans

The Defense Department announced Jan. 13 that veterans will soon be able to shop online at military exchanges. The policy change will extend limited online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the military, DoD officials said in a news release. The shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans

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New outreach efforts on discharges, records

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department Friday announced a renewed effort to ensure veterans are aware of the opportunity to have their discharges and military records reviewed, according to a DoD news release. Through enhanced public outreach; engagement with veterans' service organizations, military service organizations, and other outside groups; as well as

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DoD launches confidential peer-support service for soldiers, families

WASHINGTON - On Oct. 21, the Defense Department launched a new call and outreach center that offers confidential peer support to active-duty servicemembers, National Guardsmen, reservists and family members through 24/7 chat, phone and text. The Department of Defense "BeThere" Call and Outreach Center is staffed by peers who are veteran

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Commissaries handing out free reusable shopping bags to customers

Starting Friday, customers of Defense Department commissaries will receive a free reusable shopping bag courtesy of Military OneSource, according to a Military Community and Family Policy news release. This free distribution is part of an ongoing campaign between the Defense Commissary Agency and the office of Military Community and Family Policy

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DANTES provides faster exam reimbursement

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 - The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support has changed to an online electronic reimbursement request system that will expedite the exams reimbursement process for all servicemembers, according to Stacey Kirkpatrick, a DANTES education programs specialist. The policy change includes reimbursement of test fees for the following exams: General

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Commissaries to price competition more often

The Defense Commissary Agency is forming a new approach to calculating customers' savings, aligning it more closely with private-sector practice, according to a Defense Department news release issued this week. This better reflects what patrons experience daily with the products they routinely buy in the geographic regions in which they routinely

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Another female first

U.S. Army Capt. Kate Alfin, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade based at Ansbach, Germany, graduated from the Allied Winter Course at the Norwegian School of Winter Warfare here, Jan. 28. Alfin is the first female soldier from an allied NATO military to complete the

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BAH to increase in January

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense has released the 2016 Basic Allowance for Housing rates. Basic Allowance for Housing rates will increase an average of 3.4 percent when the new rates take effect Jan. 1. An estimated $21 billion will be paid to approximately one

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JBLM Special Forces Soldier killed

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.              Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom, 31, of Hayward, Calif., died March 21 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of wounds suffered from small arms fire March 18 in Paktika Province,

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