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No Changes to Military Retirement Anytime Soon, Officials Say

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2011 – The military retirement isn’t going to change any time soon, Defense Department officials said.
“There’s no immediate plan to affect retirement,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told service members at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 31.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said any changes to military [...]

Biden Praises Kaneohe Bay Marines, Families

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2011 – Vice President Joe Biden visited Marine Corps Base Hawaii late yesterday to thank members of the 3rd Marine Regiment, some preparing to deploy to Afghanistan, and to pledge continued support for them and their families.

Stopping at Kaneohe Bay after wrapping up his trip to China, [...]

Patriot Award Honors Outstanding Spouse Employers

By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2011 – When Army 1st Lt. Sean Blacker of the Idaho National Guard was tapped to attend officer basic training in Oklahoma, his wife, Michelle, felt prepared for the five-month separation. But then she learned her husband would follow up that training with a year-long deployment [...]

Tuskegee Airmen Observe 70-Year Legacy

By Air Force Master Sgt. Tracy DeMarco
Air Force District of Washington
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2011 – More than 650 people gathered Aug. 3-7 for the 40th annual Tuskegee Airmen convention, which featured events throughout the national capital region.
This year’s theme, “70 Years of Aviation Excellence: Then, Now, the Future,” celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Tuskegee [...]

McKinley: America Must Preserve Tuskegee Airmen’s Legacy

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2011 – As the accomplishments of the World War II-era Tuskegee Airmen fade into U.S. history, a grateful nation must work to keep their legacy alive, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said at the 40th annual Tuskegee Airmen convention.
“The reality of human behavior is that [...]

Demand Will Increase for Special Ops Forces, Olson Says

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2011 – Special operations forces will become more important in the future, said Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson, who turned over the reins of U.S. Special Operations Command today.
Navy Adm. William H. McRaven succeeded Olson, who will retire from the Navy later this month.
Olson was the first [...]

Family Matters Blog: Compact Eases School Transitions

By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2011 – Nearly a year ago, I made the move from Virginia to Maryland and enrolled my children in their new school.
As in past moves, I immediately ran up against some school-transition roadblocks. My son wanted to join the after-school science club, but had missed the sign-up [...]

‘Military Line’ Works to Boost Financial Fitness

By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2011 – A young service member saddled with debt and in need of some quick cash doesn’t have to go far. Lenders offering same-day loans sit outside the gate of nearly every military installation in the nation.
But the lure of fast and easy cash can lead strapped [...]

DOD to Resume Restructured Military Spouse Career Program

The Department of Defense announced today the resumption of a restructured military spouse career advancement account program – MyCAA, following a comprehensive review.  The program will be available to spouses of service members in the pay grades of E1-E5, W1-W2 and O1-O2 beginning October 25 at 8 a.m. EDT. 
                “The changes announced today reflect a [...]

Wounded Warrior Web Site Upgraded

The Department of Defense announced today that its National Resource Directory (NRD) Web site for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans, their families and those who support them, recently received a comprehensive system upgrade to provide users with easier access. 
This Web site is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs (VA) [...]