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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 [...]

Family Matters Blog: Spouses Can Honor Employers With Award

By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2011 – Civilian spouses of Reserve and National Guard members often must rely on the flexibility and support of their employers, particularly during deployments.
While most employers will grant a time-off request and, in some cases, a shift change for their spouse employees, others go above and beyond [...]

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, [...]

Family Matters Blog: My Husband’s Reintegration

American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2011 – In this post, Sheri Hall answers questions about how she supported her family while her husband, Army Maj. Jeff Hall, struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after his second tour in Iraq, and shares how she encouraged him to seek help through the Deployment Health Clinical Center’s specialized [...]

VA Outlines October Changes in Post-9/11 GI Bill

By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2011 – The third round of 2011 changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill will take effect Oct. 1, a Department of Veterans Affairs official said today.
October’s changes allow eligible students to pay for more education and training programs with the GI Bill, Keith Wilson, director of VA’s [...]

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 [...]