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Military Report - Week of June 25, 2007

#31 Postby boardman » Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:11 am

Military Report - Week of June 25, 2007

Air Force Seeks to Expand Mentoring Program
The Air Force Cadet Officer Mentor Action Program (AFCOMAP) has mentored young Air Force officers and cadets for nearly two decades. Currently, there are 12 active chapters. Officials at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) say they would like to see more AFMC bases initiate chapters. Membership consists mainly of Air Force active duty and retired officers and officer candidates. However, civilians, enlisted personnel and officers from other branches of service are all welcome. AFCOMAP's operations manual and complete instructions on how to establish a new chapter can be found online at the (http://www.afcomapnational.org/) AFCOMAP website.

DoD Fights Online Information War
Stars and Stripes reports that the Department of Defense is fighting the information war on the World Wide Web through two U.S. European Command (EUCOM)-sponsored websites, its (http://www.magharebia.com/) Magharebia website and its (http://www.setimes.com/) Southeast European website. The websites target audiences in two contentious regions, northern Africa and southeastern Europe. The Magharebia site targets northern Africa and is translated into Arabic, French and English. The Southeast Europe Times site was launched in 1999 to counter anti-NATO propaganda in the former Yugoslavia. EUCOM is weighing the cost-effectiveness of forming similar websites for different parts of the African continent.

Featured Job: Security Officer
LMC Security is now looking for a full-time Security Officer in Montvale, New Jersey. Starting at $9.25 per hour, the ideal candidate will work the overnight shift and must work weekends. Apply at: 200 Belleville Tpke, North Arlington, Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm. For more information, view the (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 062507_Job) official job posting.

To access the largest veteran job board in the world, visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/Careers/Home/0,13373,,00.htm) Career Center.

New Jobs Initiative for Guard, Reserve
A new transition assistance program (TAP) resource called TurboTAP has launched to help members of the National Guard and Reserve, as well as veterans find jobs. Through TurboTAP National Guard and Reserve personnel will be able to access employment information, build a resume on-line, do a job search, and contact their local One-Stop Career Center for employment assistance. For more information, visit the (http://www.transitionassistanceprogram.com/register.tpp) TurboTAP website.

To access the largest veteran job board in the world, visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/Careers/Home/0,13373,,00.htm) Career Center.

Ground Beef Recalled
A California firm, United Food Group LLC, recalled some of its ground beef products for possible E. coli contamination. The labels of the products recalled bear the establishment number "EST. 1241" inside the USDA mark of inspection or printed on the package. DeCA health and safety officials have determined that the recalled products are no stocked on commissary shelves, but they advise consumers to check their freezers for the recalled products, which they might have purchased earlier either at a commissary or from another source. Recalled products should be returned to their place of purchase for a refund. For more information, visit the (http://www.commissaries.com/news/breaki ... recall.cfm) DeCA recall webpage.

Air Force Challenges College Concept
Historically, Air Force supervisors have required Airmen to finish their job specialty training before going on to take classes or obtain college credit through standardized tests. The Air Force is now challenging that tradition. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) Rod McKinley encourages Airmen to quickly pursue associate degrees through the Community College of the Air Force. This guidance comes in response to a report from the air force personnel center citing it takes an average of 10 years for Airmen to complete their CCA, a number the chief said he wants to reduce to about four years. For more information on the Community College of the Air Force, (http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/ccaf/index.asp) visit its website.

Navy E-Learning Afloat Achieves Milestones
The Navy's e-Learning Afloat (NEL Afloat) program recently reached two milestones. Averaging 220 course completions per day since the capability was deployed, NEL Afloat surpassed 100,000 total course completions in early June 2007. Also, ships reported 22,775 course completions during May, the highest monthly total of completions reported to date. NEL Afloat began in April 2006 as a method to provide Sailors on board ships and submarines with online courses similar to those available through the Navy e-Learning platform ashore. For more information on NEL Afloat, visit the (https://www.netc.navy.mil/) Naval Education and Training Command website.

Remember: Not applying for scholarships is like turning down free money. Get started on your search for scholarships today - visit the Military.com (http://aid.military.com/scholarship/sea ... arships.do) Scholarship Finder.

Naval Postgraduate School Distance Learning
Naval Post Graduate School Distance Learning Programs are 12- to 24-month, part-time programs for mid- to senior-grade military officers and DoD civilians. Graduate certificates are also available to qualified enlisted personnel when such certificates are required for the performance of their duties. The application deadline for distance learning programs is August 15, 2007. Fall classes begin on Sept, 24, 2007. (https://www.nps.edu/admissions/dlcandidate/dlrf/) Student application forms are available. For more information, visit the (http://www.nps.edu/DL/index.asp) Naval Postgraduate School website.

Remember: Not applying for scholarships is like turning down free money. Get started on your search for scholarships today - visit the Military.com (http://aid.military.com/scholarship/sea ... arships.do) Scholarship Finder.

New Bonuses for Marine Re-enlistment
Effective through fiscal year 2008, Marines who re-enlist on or after June 24, 2007, may be eligible for flat rate incentives ranging from $10,000 to $80,000 cap, depending a military occupational specialty, grade, and time in service. The flat-rate bonuses are authorized based on a Marine's grade on the date of re-enlistment. In addition, Marines ranking sergeant and below currently serving in the operational forces who agree to remain with a deployable unit for at least 12 additional months will be authorized another $6,000. Also, the $10,000 end strength incentive remains in effect until Sept. 30, 2007. Marines re-enlisting between June 24 and Sept. 30 must choose between the $10,000 or the flat-rate bonus.

To find complete information on current cash enlistment incentives (signing bonuses) and reenlistment bonuses offered by each of the Armed Forces, visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/recruiting/bonus-center/) Bonus Center.

Program Keeps Families Driving
Havoline with Deposit Shield motor oil brand is partnering with Operation Homefront to launch a national program called Operation Havoline Star, which will provide 1,000 free conventional oil changes, including lube and filter, at participating Texaco Xpress Lube locations. Eligible military families can receive one gift certificate for one free oil change redeemable at participating Texaco Xpress Lube locations across the country through Dec. 31, 2007. Military dependants with an active-duty servicemember currently deployed overseas are eligible for the program and can apply through one of Operation Homefront's 31 local chapters or on the (http://www.operationhomefront.net/) Operation Homefront website.

To find more deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) http://www.military.com/deployment.

Uniform Officials Warn Airmen
Commercial manufacturers have begun to advertise sale of the new Airman Battle Uniform at various online websites. Air Force officials warn Airmen these uniforms are not the authorized items provided by the Air Force's official source and may not meet the service's stringent specifications, potentially sacrificing the safety and quality. The new uniforms are scheduled to be available for purchase at Army and Air Force Exchanges Service (AAFES) locations in October 2007. The ABU is being issued to Airmen scheduled to deploy and those already in deployed locations. The mandatory wear date is in 2011.

Airmen Can Earn Bachelor's Degrees
Airmen can now apply their Community College of the Air Force credits toward a bachelor's degree from a variety of universities and colleges by participating in the new Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative program (AU-ABC). Registrants must be active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard. Students use their Common Access Cards for identification and go to the (https://www.my.af.mil/faf/FAF/fafHome.jsp) Air Force Portal to access the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC), which links a prospective student to the AU-ABC. All information about admissions, AU-ABC enrollment and other AU-ABC program information is available on the site.

Visit the Military-Friendly School Finder and (http://schools.military.com/schoolfinde ... schools.do) search our database of 4,000 schools and their military attributes. Find the right school for your education needs.

Army Reenlistment Bonuses Available
Soldiers who act before July 6 can take advantage of the new Army Enhanced Selective Reenlistment Bonus Program that pays a maximum bonus up to $33,500. The Enhanced SRB applies to: (1) Soldiers with a contractual ETS date prior to Oct. 1; (2) Soldiers with a contractual ETS date between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30, 2008, who possess a "critical skill" military occupational specialty; and (3) Soldiers assigned to a military transition team or a unit that is deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq, or Kuwait and possessing a critical skill. For more information pertaining to bonuses and eligibility requirements, please contact your unit Career Counselor or Retention NCO.

To find complete information on current cash enlistment incentives (signing bonuses) and reenlistment bonuses offered by each of the Armed Forces, visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/recruiting/bonus-center/) Bonus Center.

Servicemembers Save with Offers from ASMBA
The Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association (ASMBA), established in 1963, provides comprehensive, affordable life insurance coverage to military personnel and their families. Membership in the Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association is open to all ranks, both officers and enlisted. Active duty, reserve, and retired of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard under age 65 are eligible to apply for membership. New members receive $3,000 FREE Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance. There are no dues or assessments beyond the life insurance premiums. To request free, no-obligation information (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 2507_ASMBA) click here.

Air Force Announces Promotion Rates
The Air Force recently selected 6,002 of 24,115 eligible technical sergeants for promotion to master sergeant, and 7,314 of 39,797 eligible staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant. "The promotion quota was significantly higher this year, which directly relates to the increased promotion percentage," said Chief Master Sgt. Rusty Nicholson, enlisted promotion branch chief at the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC). "A smaller eligibility pool, coupled with increased promotion quota allows the opportunity to promote more enlisted Airmen." For more information, including overall averages, visit the AFPC's (http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/eprom/) enlisted promotions Webpage.

Join the American Legion
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3 Tips for Getting a Degree Faster and Cheaper
The cost of getting a degree is expensive and the costs can sometimes by over $50,000. Here are 3 tips to get your degree faster and cheaper.
Tip #1: Test Out
You can challenge a course by examination - if you pass the test, you get the credit for the course. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... g_A_Degree) More.

Tip #2: Go Online
Online courses offer the advantage of allowing you to take a course from anywhere; all you need is access to the Internet. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... g_A_Degree) More.

Tip #3: Get Someone Else to Pay For It
Tuition Assistance (TA) is available to all active duty personnel. TA will pay up to 100% of all tuition fees, special fees, and lab fees. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... g_A_Degree) More.
The Military.com " (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... ool_Finder) School Finder" is a quick and easy way to get free information about online courses from "Military Friendly" schools that have the programs you need to get your degree.

Free SAT-ACT Software for Military Families
For the second year, a group of NFL, NFL Europe, AFL and CFL football players have sponsored several million dollars worth of $199 SAT and ACT test prep programs to every family in the U.S. Military (all branches-active or retired). Specifically, the sponsorship allows any military person (active or retired) to request as many programs as they need for the students in their lives. The Department of Defense has created a secure website to quickly confirm a person's military status. Personnel can access the confirmation and request pages through several military related associations and organizations, including: (http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/) Military Home Front website for families, offers access to the forms to confirm military status and process the order. Programs ship to domestic U.S. addresses and APO addresses. The sponsorship covers the regular purchase price of $199 and the family pays only the S&H. To learn more about the program and the NFL/CFL players who are providing this offer visit: (http://sat.eknowledge.com/military.asp) http://sat.eknowledge.com/military.asp.

To learn more about military education benefits, visit the Military.com (http://education.military.com/education-home/) Education Channel.

Rotary Joins Forces to Support Families of Fallen
Numerous Southern California Rotary Clubs within District 5320 are joining forces with MilitaryConnection.com, TAPS, Homefront America, Soldiers Angels and ThanksUSA in a joint effort to support the families of the fallen by forming Operation One Family. Details of the program and registration information for families in Southern California and Nevada can be found at (http://www.operationonefamily.org/) www.operationonefamily.org. Operation One Family is a proud member organization of America Supports You.

DoD Launches Online Moving Tools
The Department of Defense has launched two online tools to aid servicemembers and their families who are moving. (http://apps.mhf.dod.mil/pls/psgprod/f?p ... 0093079220) PlanMyMove is a set of organizational tools that includes a customizable calendar, "to do" lists, arrival and departure checklists, information on moving overseas, as well as information on moving with a special needs family member. (http://www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil/ismart/MHF-MI/) MilitaryINSTALLATIONS gives addresses, telephone numbers, directions, installation overviews, local weather and much information.

For moving and relocation services, visit the Military.com (http://benefits.military.com/misc/reloc ... n_Main.htm) Relocation Center.

4th of July Celebration on the USS Hornet
Celebrate this exciting patriotic holiday on a ship that affected the course of history. The USS Hornet Museum in Alameda hosts its annual Independence Day Party on July 4 from 10:00am to 9:30pm. The family event features live music on the flight deck, interactive games for all ages, and a bounce house for kids. Tours of the famous aircraft carrier will be available throughout the day. In the evening visitors can watch panoramic views of Bay Area fireworks from the flight deck. Tickets are $25 for adults ($20 in advance) and $10 for children ages 5-17; museum members receive free admission. Family Membership for one year is $75. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 510-521-8448 x 282 or visit (http://uss-hornet.org/dance/) http://uss-hornet.org/dance/.

Power Wheelchairs for the Military
ClickOnHealth works with Medicare and your secondary insurance providers to get you a new Power Wheelchair at little or not cost. They will take care of all the details and work directly with your doctor to find the wheelchair that's best for you. You won't be bothered with confusing insurance paperwork and they offer free home delivery. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... heelchairs) Get more info here.

Air Force Encourages Survey Participation
To promote candid feedback from workers on topics ranging from work environment to available counseling resources on Air Force bases, the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) is offering an updated Wingman Wellness Survey online through June 29. Individuals can access the (https://survey.afms.mil/wws07/survey.htm) Wingman Wellness Survey at work or from home. Active-duty members, Reservists, and civilians within AFMC are eligible to take the survey. For most people, the survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete and their inputs are anonymous.

Behavioral Health Clinic Opens in New York
A new behavioral health clinic called "Mountain Community TRICARE Behavioral Health Clinic" has opened in Fort Drum, NY. The clinic, located on the Fort Drum base, offers behavioral health care services addressing stress, anxiety, grief, and marital issues, as well as other services for family members of active-duty servicemembers. This clinic is specifically targeted to the Fort Drum community's non-active duty TRICARE beneficiaries; whereas, the active-duty servicemembers will be directed to seek care from the Fort Drum MEDDAC (U.S. Army Medical Department Activity) Behavioral Health Services.

To learn more about TRICARE, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricare) www.military.com/benefits/tricare.

Changes Coming for Air Force Uniform
The Air Force uniform board is working to resolve Airmen's issues with the Air Force physical training uniform. The board received nearly 500 inputs from Airmen including suggestions on ways to improve the uniform, and some of those changes are in the works. One of the biggest issues is the lining in the shorts. Another issue Airmen addressed was the weight of the PT running suit. The Air Force Clothing Office is making changes to these items. The board has also decided to introduce other optional PT uniform items within a year, including shorts geared for long-distance runners, a long-sleeve T-shirt, medium-weight sweatshirt and fleece vest with a zipper.

Navy Exchanges Offer New Service
Navy and Marine uniforms that require embroidered items can now be purchased with those items already sewn on through the Navy Exchange's Uniform Support Center. The initiative provides Sailors and Marines with the option to order uniforms ready-to-wear with nametapes, warfare, collar devices and rating badges already sewn on. Uniform items requiring embroidery will be processed and shipped within 48 hours of being ordered. Regular shipping is free, with delivery taking 10-14 days in the United States. For more information, visit the (http://www.navy-nex.com/) Navy Exchange (NEX) website or call the Uniform Support Center toll free in the Continental United States at 1-800-368-4088.

Sock Monkey Ministries
Sock Monkey Ministries, Inc. lets servicemembers know they are not forgotten with handmade sock monkeys. A card accompanying the monkey explains its purpose and encourages servicemembers to pass it on to a child who could use a lift. To date, 1,500 volunteers have made 5,200 sock monkeys. The morale-boosting primates have been sent to civilians and servicemembers alike around the world. In a tribute to the families of the fallen, Sock Monkey Ministries also makes what it calls the "Fallen Hero" sock monkey, which carries a special note that offers appreciation and gratitude for the family's sacrifice. For more information, visit the (http://www.sockmonkeyministry.com/) Sock Monkey Ministries website.

Find ways to support and honor U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who protect our security and freedom. Visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/benefits/resour ... our-troops) Support our Troops webpage.

DoD Receives Task Force Results
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently received the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health's results and forwarded them to the Congress. The department will have six months to develop and implement a corrective action plan. Significant findings include: (1) mental health care stigma remains pervasive and is a significant barrier to care; (2) mental health professionals are not sufficiently accessible to servicemembers and their families; (3) the military system does not have enough resources, funding or personnel to adequately support the psychological health of servicemembers and their families. The entire report can be viewed in .pdf format on the (http://www.ha.osd.mil/dhb/mhtf/MHTF-Report-Final.pdf) health affairs website.

How do you feel about this action? (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/alert ... 81&type=CO) Let your public officials know how you feel!

Air Force Marathon Coming in September
The eleventh annual United States Air Force Marathon will take place on Sept. 15, 2007, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. One change to the marathon this year is the date and location of the five-kilometer race, will take place on the evening of Sept. 14. Marathoners will also experience an altered race route this year, which is a Boston Marathon qualifier. For more information, visit the (http://www.usafmarathon.com/) USAF Marathon website.

Member Survey: Your Opinion Counts
Military.com is conducting a survey to find out what matters most to you. Take this (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 507_Survey) 15 minute survey and let your voice be heard.

Air Force Authorizes New Medals
Airmen who served in a NATO unit for 30 continuous or accumulated days (or were wounded and evacuated) and were listed on a Combined Joint Statement of Requirements may be awarded either the NATO medal for Operation Eagle Assist, Operation Active Endeavor, International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan or the Balkans. To update their medals in the Personnel Data System, Airmen must provide a source document, such as a certificate signed by the NATO secretary general, to their command support staff personnel. Specific eligibility and approval requirements are available by contacting base military or civilian personnel flights.

Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center Moves
The Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center will move personnel to the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. The AEF Center became a direct reporting unit of AFPC on Aug. 4, 2006. The move will take place over a period of 18 months and is expected to be complete by September 2008. Combining the AEF Center and AFPC synergized and focused operations by bringing together permanent authorizations, wartime requirements and assignments under a single commander. The new construct allows the Personnel Center to ensure war-fighting commanders in the field and combatant commander have the right Airmen at the right place at the right time.

Deal of the Week: Military Discounts
Tremendous spring sale on all Samsung phones. What you need and at great prices: our discounted prices are even lower! Choose 3G speed, MP3 player, email, video capture, flip or bar styles. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 62507_Deal) Shop 24/7.

2nd Annual USS Hornet Golf Tournament, Auction & Dinner
The USS Hornet Museum is hosting their 2nd Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament, Auction & Dinner on July 30th at the Claremont Country Club in Oakland, California. The tournament will be Individual Net by Flights, Team Best Net 2 Ball and much more. Following the event there will be cocktails, dinner, awards and auction. The entry fee is $185 a person for players and $85 per non-playing dinner guest. You can sign up at (http://www.uss-hornet.org/golf/) http://www.uss-hornet.org/golf/. Your participation in this fundraiser, or your valuable donation, will permit Hornet to expand its community service programs and reach a broader spectrum of Bay Area Society.
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Military Report - Week of July 02, 2007

#32 Postby boardman » Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:35 pm

Military Report - Week of July 02, 2007

Rapid Care for Warriors in Transition
Army hospitals will soon provide routine tests and treatment more rapidly for Warriors in Transition and Soldiers within 90 days of deploying or within 180 days of return from deployment. The new policy shortens the access for routine primary care to three working days, for specialty care to seven working days, for diagnostic tests to seven days and for medically indicated non-emergency surgeries 14 days. Warriors in Transition are defined as Soldiers who meet the qualifications for medical hold, medical holdover or active-duty medical extension; and Active Component Soldiers who require a medical evaluation board or have complex medical needs. The changes should be in effect by the end of July.

To find career resources for the severely injured, visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/support) Severely Injured Career Center.

Easy Access to Medical Board Information Coming
Injured soldiers whose military futures are being considered by Medical Evaluation Boards will soon have a means to track the process and ensure accuracy of relevant information through the MyMEB page on Army Knowledge Online (AKO). MyMEB can be (https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/417118) reached online using a soldier's AKO user identity and password. If a Soldier finds something inaccurate or questionable in the information, he or she should contact their assigned Physician Evaluation Board Liaison Officer (PEBLO). A limited release of the MyMEB occurred on June 15 to solicit feedback from a focus group of injured soldiers prior to full release.

Naval War College Conducts Reading Survey
Are you reading the books from the Navy Professional Reading Program? The Navy Personnel Research, Studies and Technology (NPRST), under the sponsorship of the Naval War College in Newport, is conducting a reading survey to find out. The voluntary survey -- available online at the NPRST website to those who receive an invitation -- includes questions about individual reading habits, preferred subjects, and the NPRP itself. Participation in the NPRP is not required to take the survey. Your opinion will still provide leadership with valuable information. For more information on the NPRP, visit (http://www.navyreading.navy.mil/) http://www.navyreading.navy.mil. For more information on the NPRP Survey, contact the NPRST Survey Operations Center at 1-877-270-2162.

Retired Soldiers Bring New Recruits
Retired Soldiers can receive a $2,000 bonus for referring someone with no prior military experience through the Referral Bonus Pilot Program. The bonus is paid in two lump sums. To make a referral, call the Army Referral System - Sergeant Major of the Army Recruiting Team (ARS SMART) at 1-800-223-3735, ext. 6-0473 or visit the (https://smart.goarmy.com/dana-na/auth/url_6/welcome.cgi) ARS SMART website. The bonus is not paid to those referring immediate family members, including spouses, children, parents, stepparents and siblings.

To find complete information on current cash enlistment incentives (signing bonuses) and reenlistment bonuses offered by each of the Armed Forces, visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/recruiting/bonus-center/) Bonus Center.

Retiree Appreciation Days
Retiree Appreciation Days (RADs) are gatherings held at major Army installations and other sites that give Retired Soldiers and families up-to-date information. Many RADs include representatives from numerous organizations. Since each RAD is different, you should contact the RAD host for details. You can find a list of RADS and contact information at the Army's (http://www.armyg1.army.mil/rso/docs/rads.pdf) Retirement Services Officer website.

Hampton Celebrates Founder's Day on July 9
Join us in celebration of Hampton Founder's Day. After years or dedicated effort, Old Glory will fly high in the Hampton Roads harbor beginning July 9! A public dedication ceremony takes place at Fort Monroe's Continental Park in view of the 30' x 42' American flag as it's raised atop a 90' pole across the channel at Fort Wool. The program begins promptly at 9 a.m., with the flag-raising at 9:30 a.m. A complimentary shuttle will run from the parking area at Fort Monroe's Walker Airfield to the ceremony site. Identification and vehicle registration are required for entrance to the active military post. Attendees are encouraged to bring beach chairs, blankets and bottled water. For additional information, call Erin McMahon, 757-726-5437 or email (mailto:emcmahon@hampton.gov) emcmahon@hampton.gov.

Featured Job: Alion Science and Technology
You have the experience, skills and enthusiasm. Find out just how far you can go with a company that is committed to your success. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 070207_Job) View jobs at Alion Science and Technology.

To access the largest veteran job board in the world, visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/Careers/Home/0,13373,,00.htm) Career Center.

Program Targets Reserve Component Employers
The Department of Defense has established a Civilian Employment Information (CEI) program that requires reservists to provide information about their civilian employment. The Department of Defense will use the information to communicate with employers about their rights and responsibilities as employers of Reserve Component personnel. For more information, visit the (https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/esgr/privacyAction.do) Guard and Reserve Web Portal.

To access the largest veteran job board in the world, visit the (http://www.military.com/Careers/Home/0,13373,,00.htm) Military.com Career Center.

Career-enlisted Aviator Positions Open
The Air Force has openings for first-term Airmen to retrain into the flight engineer, flight attendant and aerial gunner specialties. Also, staff and technical sergeants may retrain under the NCO Retraining Program into boom operator, flight engineer, loadmaster, airborne mission systems, aerial gunner and cryptologic linguist career fields. Interested Airmen can contact their orderly room for more information, or call Sergeant Bergin at DSN 227-1717 or (703) 697-1717. To view the retraining advisory, please log into the Virtual Military Personnel Flight (vMPF) and click on the request retraining link.

DoD Guide Helps Military Survivors
"A Survivors Guide to Benefits" is a Department of Defense publication that helps spouses of deceased active-duty servicemembers understand their rights and benefits as military survivors. The guide explains the casualty assistance process and the financial and medical benefits to which survivors are entitled. The Guide also lists organizations that can provide spouses with further assistance. The Guide may be downloaded in a PDF version from the (http://www.taps.org/download/DODSurvivorsGuide.pdf) TAPS website. TAPS, the (http://www.taps.org/) Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, is a non-profit organization that provides counseling referral services, crisis information, caseworker assistance, and online resources.

(http://www.military.com/benefits/survivor-benefits) Learn more about Survivor Benefits.

Exchanges Debut New Military Gifts Catalog
Exchange shoppers can now order from the new 2007 Exchange Military Gifts & Collectibles catalog which features more than 100 service-specific items to commemorate a special occasion, recognize an important milestone or display treasured memorabilia. The catalog is available at all main stores and online at (http://aafes.com/) aafes.com. Prices in this all-services catalog are valid through Sept. 15, 2007 for any authorized exchange customer. Orders can be placed by mail, fax or phone. Toll free orders can be placed from the United States, Puerto Rico or Guam at 800-527-2345. The Exchange Catalog center is open around the clock, seven days a week.

Freedom Walk Coming in September
As the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, America Supports You is gearing up for its third annual Freedom Walk on Sept. 9 in the nation's capital. This year's National Freedom Walk will be held in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at 9:00 a.m. Local Freedom Walks will be held across America from Sept. 8-11 in cities, workplaces and schools. Anyone is welcome to host or organize a Freedom Walk or participate in a walk in their local community. For more information, visit the (http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/freedomwalk) America Supports You Freedom Walk website.

Preserving History with Playing Cards
The Defense Department will issue decks of playing cards to deployed troops starting July 31. The cards are training aids designed to help the servicemembers understand the archaeological significance of their deployed locations. Each card has a picture of an archeological site, artifact or a brief statement about actions that should be taken upon discovering an archeological site. Officials are hoping that this new program will inform troops about the importance of protecting the past and respecting the things that are important to the Iraqi and Afghanistan cultures. The program not only will include the playing cards, but also will incorporate Web-based training and simulated event training.

To find more deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) http://www.military.com/deployment.

More Sailors Eligible for Incentive Pay
Navy Personnel Command has announced expansion of the Sea Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP) program, making more Sailors eligible for the extra pay. The Navy originally introduced SDIP in March, which pays up to $750 per month extra, to give Sailors an incentive to extend their sea duty or shorten their shore tours and return to sea early. Additional rates and grades have now been added. Detailed information regarding the SDIP Program, including the recently revised SDIP PDM 006A-07, is available at the (http://www.npc.navy.mil/CAREERINFO/PAYANDBENEFITS) Nay Personnel Command Pay and Benefits website.

All military pay information can be found in (http://www.military.com/benefits/military-pay) Military.com's Pay Section.

Navy Outlines Body Modification Policy
The Navy Uniform Matters Office has clarified what is acceptable for servicemembers regarding body modification. According to the Navy Uniform Regulations, any mutilation of the body is prohibited. The Navy Uniform Regulations Manual gives several examples of mutilation: (1) forking the tongue; (2) enlarged or stretched holes in the ears; (3) foreign objects under the skin that create a design or pattern; (4) intentional scarring; (5) intentional burns; and (6) dental ornamentation. Body piercings are prohibited while in uniform, working in any Navy-related capacity or while on any military property. Women, however, are allowed to wear one ball-studded earring in each ear.

Pet Safety Tips for July 4th
Each year, some pets run off from their homes due to the noise from fireworks. Here are some tips to protect your pet not only during the Fourth of July, but also during storms, summer parties and other potentially stressful events: (1) never ignite fireworks near your pets; (2) during firework displays, keep pets indoors in a confined area--close blinds and turn on a TV or radio to cover the noise of the fireworks; (3) keep identification on your dog and cat at all times; (4) bring cats and horses inside; and (5) do not tie up your dog outside. If your pet does run off be sure to call your local police department, animal control and animal shelter right away.

Coast Guard Seeks Mariner Feedback
The U.S. Coast Guard's Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee is seeking ongoing feedback on the mariner licensing and documentation program and the relocation of the National Maritime Center. "The committee is reaching out to organizations such as trade associations, labor unions, and educational institutions to obtain their feedback, as well as mariner feedback, on how implementation of the plan is affecting their constituents," said Andrew McGovern, committee chairman. "This process includes an early warning e-mail contact system so problems warranting immediate action can be brought to the Coast Guard's attention." Those wishing to provide feedback should e-mail the committee at (mailto:MERPACfeedback@gmail.com) MERPACfeedback@gmail.com.

Army to Join Human Resources System
The Army is changing the way it manages human resources with its new Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS), which will go live in early 2008. DIMHRS is a secure, self-service web system that will give Soldiers 24/7 access to personnel data and the ability to update and review key personnel and family information without seeing a personnel specialist. Soldiers will be able to request assignments, training, retirement, record updates, awards, family-member travel, transition from the Reserve to Regular Commission, enlistment extensions, various waivers and enlisted commissioning programs. For more information, visit the (http://www.armydimhrs.army.mil/) Army DIMHRS Program Office's website.

College Scholarships for Children of Military Heroes
Freedom Alliance provides college scholarships to dependent children of military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. We are accepting applications for the 2007-2008 Academic year. Download the (http://www.freedomalliance.org/fa/index ... &Itemid=15) application or call (800) 475-6620. Please forward this message to someone you think qualifies.

Remember: Not applying for scholarships is like turning down free money. Get started on your search for scholarships today - visit the Military.com (http://aid.military.com/scholarship/sea ... arships.do) Scholarship Finder.

Take the TRICARE Survey
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is conducting a web-based survey to identify specific localities around the country where TRICARE beneficiaries are experiencing difficulty finding a doctor who will accept TRICARE patients (or in the case of Tricare For Life (TFL) beneficiaries, doctors who will accept Medicare). You can help MOAA improve TRICARE access by (http://www.moaa.org/tricaresurvey) taking the survey.

MOAA needs a full cross-section of the population affected by TRICARE access problems and would like tens of thousands of inputs from TRICARE beneficiaries of all kinds. With this information, MOAA will work with the Department of Defense and Congress to improve TRICARE access.

Help MOAA help TRICARE beneficiaries and (http://www.moaa.org/tricaresurvey) take this survey.

Wounded Soldiers Family Hotline
The Army has established a Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline. The purposes of the hotline's call center are (1) to offer wounded and injured Soldiers and family members a way to seek help to resolve medical issues and (2) to provide an information channel of Soldier medically related issues directly to senior Army leadership. Soldiers can call a DSN version of the Hotline free. The "Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline" can be reached from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 1-800-984-8523. As additional personnel are trained to receive calls and refer them to the proper organization or agency for resolution, the hotline hours of operation will expand to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more Wounded Warrior news, visit (http://www.military.com/wounded-warriors) www.military.com/wounded-warriors.

Register for the San Francisco Career Fair
(ttp://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/out ... 07_JobFair) Military.com Career Fair is coming to San Francisco on July 11, 2007. This event will feature top employers seeking the valuable skills you learned in service to your country. You can also attend employment workshops focused on helping you leverage your military experience in the civilian job market.

To access the largest veteran job board in the world, visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/Careers/Home/0,13373,,00.htm) Career Center.

Some Reservists Will Not Have to Repay GI Bill
Some Air Force Reserve Airmen who are no longer able to participate due to Base Realignment and Closure or Program Budget Decision 720 actions, will not be required to repay a portion of their (http://education.military.com/money-for ... sers-guide) Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve entitlement. Members unable to participate through no fault of their own and who do not reside within the 100-mile "valid offer" commuting distance of another AF Reserve location, or who reside within the 100-mile radius, have applied for reassignment, but did not receive a job offer, may apply for the waiver. More information is available through wing training offices.

To learn more about military education benefits, visit the Military.com (http://education.military.com/education-home/) Education Channel.

Turner Classic Movies to Air Aviation Films
Leading up to the Air Force's 60th anniversary, Turner Classic Movies will broadcast aviation-themed films for 24-hours each Tuesday throughout July. Films focusing on the military will be broadcast primarily on July 24 as part of their "Military Aviation Day." Films will also be broadcast from approximately 6 a.m. beginning July 3 until approximately 6 a.m. July 4th. In addition to July 3, other broadcast dates are July 10, 17, 24 and 31. Other military service branch related films will be broadcast as well as will popular civilian aviation related films throughout the month. For a complete schedule go to the (http://www.tcm.com/) TCM link and then click on the dates July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Law Changes Increase Benefits
Because of recent law changes, families of Soldiers who die on active duty are receiving greater (http://www.military.com/benefits/surviv ... -explained) Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) benefits. Spouses of Soldiers who die in the line of duty receive VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). A Spouse SBP benefit is reduced, dollar-for-dollar, by DIC. However, a Child Only SBP benefit is not offset by DIC. DIC payments are usually increased annually; however, at the current rate of $1,067 a month, a Child Only election could bring more than $280,000 to the fallen Soldier's family over the next 22 years. This law change has brought increased benefits to 1,706 children who are part of 920 families. For more information, contact your Retirement Services Officer ( (http://www.armyg1.army.mil/rso/rso.asp) RSO).

(http://www.military.com/benefits/survivor-benefits) Learn more about Survivor Benefits.


Deal of the Week: Free Magazines for Soldiers
Sporting Classics is giving Active-duty servicemembers a (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 70207_Deal) free one-year subscription. You can also give a gift subscription for only $20 (reg. $28.95). Ten percent of the proceeds will go to TAPS.

Find more great discounts on products for military servicemembers only in the Military.com (http://img.military.com/misc/DC/DealIndex.jsp) Discount Center.

4 Ways Servicemembers Can Get Money For College
The military encourages servicemembers to use all programs available, whether they are from federal, military-related, or private sources. There are many out there, and you'll likely find more than one to suit your educational needs.
Here are a few places to get you started.

* (http://education.military.com/money-for ... m-overview href=) Tuition Assistance (TA): A financial assistance program providing active-duty personnel 100 percent funding of tuition costs.
* (http://education.military.com/money-for ... ur-gi-bill href=) TheMontgomery GI Bill (MGIB): Provides up to 36 months of education benefits during active duty and is payable for 10 years following your last release from service.
* (http://www.finaid.org/military/fafsa.phtml href=) Federal Student Aid: Federal loans, grants, and tuition programs are available to meet a variety of financial needs and education levels. Work-study programs are also available.
* (http://aid.military.com/scholarship/sea ... arships.do) Military Scholarships: There are over $300 million worth of scholarships for servicemembers, veterans and their families.

Find schools that give credit for military training and experience! Military.com's (http://schools.military.com/schoolfinde ... schools.do href=) School Finder lets you search 4,000+ institutions by the military benefits they offer.

Servicemembers, Veterans Compete in Rodeos
The Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association (PAFRA) has circuits worldwide so that cowboys and cowgirls can compete regardless of where they may be stationed. Membership is open to active-duty military members and their dependents, retirees and their dependents, National Guard and Reservists. DoD civilians, and veterans. For more information, visit the (http://www.pafra2000.com/) PAFRA website or call Jeff Scott at (830) 298-4211. Membership requirements are outlined in detail on the website, as are the organization's rules and membership packages. Competition in the rodeo is not a requirement for joining.

Member Survey: Your Opinion Counts
Military.com is conducting a survey to find out what matters most to you. Take this (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 207_Survey) 15 minute survey and let your voice be heard.

Free $10 Gift Card
If you have diabetes and are currently paying for your testing supplies out of pocket, you should know that your diabetes testing supplies may be covered when your healthcare costs are covered by Medicare.

The Diabetic Alliance Group can help you find a way to save on your diabetic testing supplies. Get your diabetic testing supplies at little or no cost to you and receive a $10 gift card when you qualify. This gift card can be used at over 100 participating merchants including Amazon.com, Starbucks, and Macy's. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 7_GiftCard) Find out more here.

Air Force History Through Art
The Air Education and Training Command is presenting an exhibit titled "Heritage to Horizons: U.S. Air Force History Through Art" at the University of San Antonio's Institute of Texan Cultures through Aug. 12, 2007. The collection features paintings depicting various eras of aviation history from the dawn of man-powered flight to today's space missions in honor of the Air Force's 60th Anniversary. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. at UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures. For more information, visit the website of The Museum at the (http://www.texancultures.com/museum/Her ... izons.html) UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures.

Lowe's Offers 4th of July Discounts

Lowe's Companies, Inc. announced today it will offer all active, reserve and retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store purchases made during the July 4th holiday. The discount is available June 28-July 8. The discount is available on in-stock purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service such as a VA card, VFW card, veteran's ID or discharge papers. Excluded from the discount are online sales, previous sales, installation and delivery fees, extended protection plans, gift cards, select Fisher & Paykel appliances and John Deere.

Find great discounts on products for military servicemembers only in the Military.com (http://img.military.com/misc/DC/DealIndex.jsp) Discount Center.


Program Helps Army Trainees Transition
A new program for those separating from the Army because of medical, mental or discipline issues is helping Initial Entry Training Soldiers transition back to civilian life. ONTRAC is a three-day program that gives Soldiers an outlook on their future and provides them the resources and tools to be competitive in the job market as they transition back into society. In the program, Soldiers take a variety of classes to help them complete resumes, build interview skills and conduct job searches. Other classes focus on education, grants and scholarships. The vast majority of those separating from the Army are due to medical and mental-health discharges with the rest leaving because of failure to adapt, discipline and physical-training failure.

FRA Offers Free Guide on Contacting Officials
Attention all USN, USMC and USCG enlisted personnel and family members: You should have a "how-to" guide to communicate with your lawmakers.

If you want to make sure your pay, benefit and quality of life needs are being heard on Capitol Hill, you need FRA! As a professional military advocacy association, we make sure members of Congress understand the unique challenges of military service and give voice to our members' concerns about:

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To contact your elected officials today and voice your opinion on current military legislation, visit the (http://capwiz.com/military/dbq/officials/) Military.com Legislative Center.

New Career Coaching Program for Spouses
Spouse Employment Assessment, Career Coaching and Assistance is a new Department of Defense initiative that helps military family members seeking work. Professional, certified career coaches will be able free of charge to help military spouses set career goals, write resumes and cover letters, and search for jobs. Learn more by calling 1-800-768-3480 or by visiting Military.com's (http://www.military.com/spouse) Military Spouse Career Center.

Great Getaways Sweepstakes
Authorized Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons have a chance to win an all-inclusive Great Getaways vacation package for two at any of the four Armed Forces Recreation Centers, and other prizes, sponsored by the Stars and Stripes newspaper. To win the Great Getaways Sweepstakes grand-prize, participants must visit (http://www.afrcresorts.com/sweepstakes) www.afrcresorts.com/sweepstakes and register for the contest before Aug. 31. Contestants can also win other prizes, such as Sony digital cameras, Sony PlayStation Portables, a set of golf clubs or $100 gift cards. Servicemembers and authorized MWR patrons can also book reservations for any AFRC by visiting (http://www.afrcresorts.com/) www.afrcresorts.com.

Scholarships for Military Dependents
Earlier this month, Hire A Hero announced that it is offering 122 academic scholarships to active and transitioning military personnel, veterans, National Guard Members, Reservists and their spouses. That scholarship offering has been expanded and is now also available to dependents of military personnel and veterans. "When announcing our Hire A Hero scholarship opportunities to the public, we received a large amount of interest from dependents of military personnel and veterans," stated Dan Caulfield, Hire A Hero Executive Director. "Because of that interest, we have decided to open up the scholarship opportunities to dependents. Like those who have served, they too have sacrificed and deserve the opportunity to gain scholarships to help pay for their higher education studies." All American service members, veterans and spouses are encouraged to apply for the scholarships. The application process involves registering on the Hire A Hero website for free at (http://www.hireahero.com/) www.hireahero.com and uploading a written essay or short video. All applications are due on or before August 17th and winners will be announced in late August.

Remember: Not applying for scholarships is like turning down free money. Get started on your search for scholarships today - visit the Military.com (http://aid.military.com/scholarship/sea ... arships.do) Scholarship Finder.

Navy Creates New Task Force
The Navy recently announced the formation of Task Force Life/Work (TFLW) to develop and implement polices, programs and changes to enhance Sailors' life/work balance. TFLW will be made up of representatives from across the fleet, Navy enterprises, and officer/enlisted communities. The task force's first meeting is scheduled for July 11. In the next year, TFLW will focus on initiatives to enhance healthy life/work balance, such as telework and off-on ramps. The group will also be seeking input directly from the fleet.
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Military Report - Week of July 09, 2007

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Military Report - Week of July 09, 2007

Household Goods Shipment Update for Europe
Installation Management Command-Europe continues to work through one of the highest household goods shipment demand surges in more than a decade. Due to capacity limitations, customers in Heidelberg, Mannheim, Darmstadt, Baumholder, Wiesbaden, and Hessen areas who have not yet scheduled their moves can expect pick-up services after August 3. Customers PSCing from one of these impacted communities this summer are urged to visit their local transportation office immediately and before making travel plans and financial commitments. Customers are urged to stay in close contact with their local transportation office regarding the status of their move.

For moving and relocation services, visit the (http://benefits.military.com/misc/reloc ... n_Main.htm) Military.com Relocation Center.

Get the Credit You Deserve
Thanks to the American Council on Education (ACE) you can take academic credit for most of the military training and experience you have received, including Basic Training (boot camp). In fact ACE has evaluated military schools, correspondence courses, and occupations to determine their value in academic credit since 1942. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 070907_ACE) Learn how to apply ACE credits.

Remember: Some schools may choose not to recognize the ACE recommendations for ME credits, and may choose not to grant any credit for your military experience. That is why it is critical to shop around for the fully accredited school that will give you the credit you deserve.

Military.com can help you get in contact with several schools by (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 907_GIBill) filling out one simple online form. Most importantly, get started as soon as you can; the longer you delay, the further away your goals will be.

TRICARE Dental Care Oversea
Currently, host nation dentists often require military families to make full payment up front, and then wait for reimbursement from United Concordia, the administrator of the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP). Now, TRICARE has modified their dental contract in an effort to eliminate the problem by seeking out host nation dentists who will not expect the total payment for treatment in advance. In light of this change, TRICARE encourages beneficiaries to remain enrolled in the TDP when they move overseas. In the near future, beneficiaries will be able to see the list of TRICARE Preferred Dentists on the (http://www.tricaredentalprogram.com/) United Concordia website.

To learn more about TRICARE, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricare) www.military.com/benefits/tricare.

Defense Commissary Agency Sponsors Survey
Officials at the Defense Commissary Agency want customer feedback on potential expansion of its Virtual Commissary. Customers can provide comments using a short, (https://www.commissaries.com/online_grocery_survey.cfm) three-question survey that is posted online. The survey is available now and will remain posted until mid-July. Customers access Virtual Commissary through DeCA's official Website, (http://www.commissaries.com/) www.commissaries.com. The link is located under the "Shopping" tab. Authorized shoppers log on using their last name, Social Security number and date of birth. The information is verified by DEERS, the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System.

Information Session for Veterans and Active Duty
California State University, East Bay is hosting an information session for current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces on Saturday, July 21 from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Welcome Center on the University's Hayward Hills campus. Active duty and retired servicemembers and their families are encouraged to attend and learn more about academic programs, admission, financial aid, and applying for veteran benefits. To learn more and RSVP, call (510) 885-3214 or visit the (http://esweb.csueastbay.edu/Polaris/Def ... ?tabid=135) California State University website.

In addition to attending this session, you can (http://schools.military.com/schoolfinde ... schools.do) request free information from other schools that are approved by the VA. It's a great place to start your search for a school.

Thunderbirds Begin European Goodwill Tour
Ireland was the first stop on the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron's 2007 European Goodwill Tour. Many spectators commented on the precision, grace or thunderous sound of the team's performance. After Ireland, the team departed last week for Poland. The "Ambassadors in Blue" will continue on to perform in Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, France and the United Kingdom. For more information, including a tour schedule, visit the (http://thunderbirds.airforce.com/) U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds website.

Featured Job: Border Patrol Agents
The Border Patrol is recruiting Border Patrol Agents. Apply online at: (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 070907_Job) www.BorderPatrolAgentsApply.com. Individuals, who have applied for or would like to apply for a Border Patrol Agent position, can also call toll-free: 1-877-BP-INFO-1.

To access the largest veteran job board in the world, visit the (http://www.military.com/Careers/Home/0,13373,,00.htm) Military.com Career Center.

Family Network Launches Program
Army Reserve Family Programs launched a pilot project to connect Army Reserve Families via e-mail. If getting connected to other Army Families in your area by e-mail sounds good to you, then the Family Network might be for you. You must be willing to receive e-mails from Army Reserve Family Programs staff members notifying you that a family in your area is requesting to make a connection with you. To learn more and join the Army Reserve Family Network Project, visit the (https://www.arfp.org/skins/ARFP/display ... c9ccbc7559) Family Network Project webpage.

'Gifts From the Homefront'
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service's (AAFES) "Gifts From the Homefront" can be sent to deployed troops by visiting (http://www.aafes.org/) www.aafes.org or calling (877) 770-4438. From there, the gift certificates are sent to individual servicemembers (designated by the purchaser) or distributed to "any servicemember" through the various aid organizations. "Gifts From the Homefront" gift certificates can be redeemed at exchange facilities worldwide. Recent reports indicate troops shopping at their contingency exchanges are buying beauty items, soft drinks, snacks, Military Exchange Global prepaid calling cards, magazines, and movies.

Find ways to support and honor U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who protect our security and freedom. Visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/benefits/resour ... our-troops) Support our Troops webpage.

Study Seeks Army Reserve Participants
Army Reserve Families are being sought to participate in study: "Impact of Reunification on Soldier Families - A Longitudinal Study." The study will look at the impact of the reunification process on Soldier's families 3 months prior to the Soldier's homecoming from Iraq, and 12 months post return. The families will only need to answer surveys that will be sent to them in pre-paid envelopes during the study. Families will be given a small token of appreciation in the form of two $10 gift certificates during the course of the study. Families interested in participating in this study should contact Dr. Peggy McNulty at 808-956-5226 or email (mailto:mmcnulty@hawaii.edu) mmcnulty@hawaii.edu.

For deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) www.military.com/deployment.

New Nursing Site Available
Servicemembers and spouses who are employed or interested in nursing and healthcare have a new online resource, NursingLink.com. NursingLink provides free resources to nurses, including daily news, job listings, training guides, education opportunities and career networking. The site also offers videos & entertainment, along with thriving discussion boards where nurses can connect with each other, share experiences and answer questions. Membership at NursingLink is free. To sign up, go to (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... ursingLink) NursingLink.com.

Naval Reserve Launches E-mail List
Reservists and others interested in the Navy Reserve Force can sign up for Navy Reserve Forces Command's (CNRFC's) list server for reserve-related information via e-mail. The list server will replace the current force e-mail distribution list (FEDL). People can subscribe for up to 13 e-mail groups at (https://listserv.navyreserve.navy.mil/) https://listserv.navyreserve.navy.mil. The service is open to everyone. Topics include news, training and mobilization opportunities, benefits and family issues. People can also unsubscribe from any list whenever they choose. CNRFC staff expects to complete migration to the list server and end use of the FEDL by Aug. 1.

Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that assists severely injured Servicemen and women and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and coordinating the process of building a new home or adapting an existing home for handicapped accessibility. The organization has another 20 houses in progress, each of which will include features geared toward each individual servicemember's specific injury. The group is anticipating taking on another 10 to 15 houses in the near future. For more information, visit the (http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer) Homes for Our Troops website.

Navy Announces New Controls
The Navy has implemented management controls for the Tuition Assistance (TA) program and Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE). To participate in TA or NCPACE courses, Sailors (1) must have taken and passed the most recent advancement exam if they are advancement-eligible; (2) must not be under instruction in initial skills or in a duty under instruction (DUINS) training status; (3) must not have been awarded any non-judicial or courts-martial punishment in the previous six months; and (4) must be recommended for promotion or advancement. Additional information on the Navy College Program can be found at the (https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/) Navy College website.

To learn more about (http://education.military.com/money-for ... m-overview) Military Tuition Assistance, visit the Military.com Education Channel.

NLU Reduces Tuition for Servicemembers
Beginning Fall Semester 2007, National-Louis University (NLU) is reducing the per credit hour cost of its tuition for active military personnel, veterans, military spouses and dependents, National Guard and Department of Defense employees. Tuition is now $167 per credit hour for undergraduate degree programs and $250 per credit hour for graduate degree programs. The new rate is covered by the Tuition Assistance (TA) for active military and is only available for programs offered online, on base and off site through NLU's Virginia campus. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,141707,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

Remember: Not applying for scholarships is like turning down free money. Get started on your search for scholarships today - visit the (http://aid.military.com/scholarship/sea ... arships.do) Military.com Scholarship Finder.



Webb Seeks Time Off for Deployed
Freshman Sen. (http://capwiz.com/military/bio/?id=5121 ... &chamber=S) Jim Webb, D-Va., introduced an amendment to the 2008 defense budget that proposes 1-to-1 dwell time for all U.S. military personnel, his spokeswoman, Jessica Smith, told Stars and Stripes. The new law will guarantee all servicemembers one month at home for every month they are deployed. The bill "is basically going to say that on the active side, however long an individual has been (http://www.military.com/deployment) deployed, they have to be allowed to stay home at least that long before you send them back," Webb said in a Friday speech on the Senate floor. If you're Guard and Reserve, however long you've been deployed, you have to be able to have been at home at least three times that length before you're sent back, because of the nature of the Guard and Reserve. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,141350,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

How do you feel about this action? (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/alert ... 61&type=CO) Let your public officials know how you feel!

Power Wheelchairs for the Military
ClickOnHealth works with Medicare and your secondary insurance providers to get you a new Power Wheelchair at little or not cost. They will take care of all the details and work directly with your doctor to find the wheelchair that's best for you. You won't be bothered with confusing insurance paperwork and they offer free home delivery. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... heelchairs) Get more info here.

Military Scholarship for Dependents
Stars and Stripes reports that Lincoln Education Services has expanded its offer of more than $500,000 in military scholarships to include children and other dependents of active-duty troops, reservists and veterans. Previously the education grants were open only to military, veterans or their spouses. The scholarships are part of the Armed Forces Support Foundation's Hire a Hero program. For more information, and to apply for a scholarship, visit (http://www.hireahero.com) www.hireahero.com. Applications are due by Aug. 17, 2007.

Remember: Not applying for scholarships is like turning down free money. Get started on your search for scholarships today - visit the (http://aid.military.com/scholarship/sea ... arships.do) Military.com Scholarship Finder.

Medical Hotline Aids Soldiers, Families
The Army's three-month-old "Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline" has already taken thousands of calls from Soldiers and concerned family members. Fifty-two percent of almost 1,000 issues generated by nearly 3,500 calls received by the hotline since its inception have involved medical issues. The issues are broken down into medical, finance, legal, and other categories. Military veterans have raised 28 percent of the issues on the hotline with some veterans receiving callbacks from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials. The Army's Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline can be accessed at 1-800-984-8523.

For more Wounded Warrior news, visit (http://www.military.com/wounded-warriors) www.military.com/wounded-warriors.

Navy Knowledge Online Alerts Users
The Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola warns users of the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) Web portal to watch out for an Internet phishing scam. The current phishing scheme claims to be from the NKO administration department and advises users of a non-existent server outage. The phony e-mail directs NKO users to a false mirror site in order to obtain users' legitimate log-on information. NKO users should not reply to the phishing e-mail or click on any associated links or buttons in the e-mail/false NAVADMIN. Further guidance and assistance is available from the (https://www.nko.navy.mil/) NKO home page.

Thank You Foundation
The Thank You Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to expressing gratitude and appreciation to the men and women in the United States Armed Forces past and present. The Foundation has developed high-quality business cards that can be presented to any individual who is on active-duty, in a reserve unit or a veteran of the armed services, as a means of saying "Thank You." The Foundation also recently started the Tickets for Troops program where complimentary tickets to professional sporting events, concerts, amusement parks and art events are presented to these servicemembers. For more information, visit the (http://www.thethankyoufoundation.org/) Thank You Foundation website.

Find ways to support and honor U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who protect our security and freedom. Visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/benefits/resour ... our-troops) Support our Troops webpage.

Airmen and Family Readiness
Military life presents a wide range of stressors for Airmen and their families. One resource available is the Airmen and Family Readiness Center, which offers individual relationship consulting services. Family Advocacy has a variety of formal programs. The chapel reaches more than 9,000 military and family members across the Air Force every month through pastoral counseling. Finally, the Mental Health Clinic, formerly the Life Skills Support Center, is yet another avenue for Airmen seeking ways to strengthen their relationships. Mental Health has clinical social workers, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists on staff to provide counseling to members and their families.

Navy Recruiters Get Text Messaging
The commander of Navy Recruiting Command (CNRC) has authorized Navy recruiters the full use of text messaging. Although text messaging has never been against the rules in recruiting, it has always been "strongly discouraged" due to cost issues. Recent budget approvals have allowed for the recruiting districts to authorize official cell phones with text messaging plans, typically allowing a recruiter 1,000 text messages a month. However, the messages are not without normal restrictions. Texting falls under normal "official government business" use rules.

TRICARE for Students
TRICARE coverage for military children normally ends at age 21. But full-time students enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education with a sponsor providing more than 50 percent of financial support may be eligible for TRICARE coverage until age 23, or when their full-time student status ends, whichever comes first. To prevent a lapse in TRICARE coverage, students should call or visit the nearest uniformed services ID card-issuing facility before turning 21 and ask about documentation needed to extend benefits beyond their 21st birthday. The nearest ID card-issuing facility can be located at the (http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/owa/home) Rapids Site Locator.

To learn more about TRICARE, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricare) www.military.com/benefits/tricare.

Marine Corps Family Conference July 26-29
The Marine Family Conference has some new and exciting speakers this year and some old friends returning. The Friday night reception will focus on Fallen Marines and Military Men and Women. To end the evening on an upswing, Comics on tour will perform one of their shows similar to those they do for Marines overseas. During Saturday afternoon, Canaan Brumley, director of Ears Open, Eyeballs Click and the featured DI, Michael Nichols Ret. USMC, will be present for a question and answer period following the screening of the boot camp documentary. Also, Saturday afternoon, Bob Calvert with the radio program, "Talking with Heroes," will do a live broadcast from the conference featuring several outstanding guests. To learn more and register, visit (http://www.marineparentsunited.com/) http://www.marineparentsunited.com/.

Foundation Stands Beside New Marines
Finances are no longer a reason to keep a Marine's family from attending his or her basic training graduation thanks to the Marine Graduation Foundation. The Foundation allows families who want to attend their son's or daughter's graduation at Camp Pendleton, Calif., or Parris Island, S.C., to request a grant from the Missouri-based organization through an online form. The average grant is $250 and can be awarded to a grandparent, parent or spouse of the recruit. The nonprofit organization accepts donations to help fund the grants. For more information, visit the visit the (http://www.usmcgrad.org/) Marine Graduation Foundation website.

Remember: Not applying for scholarships is like turning down free money. Get started on your search for scholarships today - visit the (http://aid.military.com/scholarship/sea ... arships.do) Military.com Scholarship Finder.

TRICARE Implements Enhanced Coverages
TRICARE will implement coverage for anesthesia services and associated costs for dental treatment for beneficiaries with developmental, mental or physical disabilities, and children age 5 or under beginning July 1, 2007. Additionally, TRICARE encourages beneficiaries who received these services between Oct. 17, 2006 and July 1, 2007 to contact their TRICARE regional contractor for help with reimbursement. The change in statute does not provide coverage for the actual dental care services, which are available through the TRICARE Dental Program and the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program.

To learn more about TRICARE, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricare) www.military.com/benefits/tricare.

Army Child and Youth Services
Army Child Care and Youth Services (CYS) provides quality, available, affordable, and predictable child and youth programs. Army On-Post Child Development Centers offer facility-based child care for children six weeks through kindergarten in full-day, part-day and hourly care programs. Special needs care is also available. School Age Services and Deployment Support Child Care Services on Army installations provide extended care hours to support longer work days, respite care for parents, and reduced child care fees for deployed Soldiers. For more information on child care, visit the (http://www.naccrra.org/) National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies website.

Deal of the Week: Military Discounts
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Military Report - Week of July 16, 2007

#34 Postby boardman » Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:24 pm

Military Report - Week of July 16, 2007

Military Spouse Magazine Art Director Designs Spouse Monument
The Military Spouse Legacy Association announced the Military Spouse Monument in Norfolk, VA this past Monday. The monument will symbolize the military spouse and her strength and courage. This monument honors the spouse and window, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War to today and to all spouses of the future. Military Spouse Magazine is proud to announce that art director, Ted Demianczyk, designed the monument. (http://www.wvec.com/video/military-inde ... 5992&shu=1) Click here to watch a video about the announcement and design of the monument. Please look for more information on page 58 of the July/August issue of Military Spouse Magazine.

For military spouse resources, visit (http://www.military.com/spouse) http://www.military.com/spouse.

Deal of the Week: Laptops for Military
Find brand name and custom laptops for as low as $75 a month at MilitaryTechSource.com. Free shipping. No sales tax. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 71607_Deal) Shop here or call 800-697-5805.*

Defense Department Offers $1 Million Prize
A typical dismounted troop going out for a four-day mission carries as much as 40 pounds of batteries and rechargers in their packs. The Defense Department launched its "wearable power" $1 million prize competition to come up with new innovations to lighten warfighters' loads. The goal is to reduce the weight for the power system to about 2 pounds per day. Information about the technical details, contest rules and qualification requirements is posted on the Defense Department's (http://www.dod.mil/ddre/prize/) Research and Engineering Prize website. A forum to be held in Washington in September will review these details for potential competitors.

TRICARE Beneficiaries Skip Some Co-Pays
A two-year test allows some TRICARE beneficiaries to substitute over-the-counter (OTC) versions of certain prescription drugs (such as proton-pump inhibitors) without a copayment. For now, the test includes the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy only. Plans call for eventual expansion to retail network pharmacies. TRICARE encourages beneficiaries who have not used the mail order pharmacy in the past, but take medications included in the test, to get information on how to sign up at the (http://www.tricare.mil/mybenefit/home/P ... tions/TMOP) TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy website. Medication classes under consideration for future testing include topical anti-fungals and non-sedating antihistamines.

To learn more about TRICARE, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricare) www.military.com/benefits/tricare.

Featured Job: Maintenance Mechanic
A position is now open for a full-time Maintenance Mechanic responsible for preventive maintenance and repairs on industrial equipment in a food manufacturing facility. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of experience in vacuum pumps, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, electronics, conveyor, HVAC equipment and systems, electrical and general building maintenance. It is preferred that the candidate has training and/or experience using a work order maintenance system. To learn more and apply, (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 071607_Job) view the official job posting.

To access the largest veteran job board in the world, visit the (http://www.military.com/Careers/Home/0,13373,,00.htm) Military.com Career Center.

Military Spouse Magazine Announces 2007 Who's Who
The 2007 Who's Who of Military Spouses list recognizes military spouses who have made significant contribution in the military community for all military spouses. The leaders of the military spouse community were chosen based on their service-wide appeal, commitment to military spouses and professional development. Military Spouse magazine, a Victory Media, Inc. publication, is proud to be the resource to bring you this comprehensive list of deserving spouses in the world of the military. Learn more about the (http://www.military.com/spouse/fs/0,,fs ... ho,00.html) 2007 Who's Who of Military Spouses list at the Military Spouse Center.

To find more resources for military spouses, visit (http://www.military.com/spouse) http://www.military.com/spouse.

Senate Rejects Time Off for Deployed
The Senate has rejected the proposal to guarantee all troops a month home for every month they are deployed into a combat zone. The Senate fell four votes short of the 60 needed to end debate on the topic, preventing Democratic leaders in the chamber from bringing the issue up for a full vote and effectively forcing them to drop it. The dwell-time proposal was part of the Senate's debate over the $649 billion (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/alert ... 56&type=CO) 2008 defense authorization bill, which sets military funding priorities and limits for next year. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,142121,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

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Get the 2007 Military Benefit Guide
Military.com has released the 2007 Military Advantage benefit guide on Amazon.com. The book lays out everything you need to know about your benefits including the GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, Military Pay, VA Loans, TRICARE and more. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... fits_Guide) Buy one today.

To learn more about military benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/Benefits/0,14972,,00.htm) Military.com Benefits Channel.

Education Benefits Run Out for Too Many
More than 40 percent of Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits go unused each year because G.I. Bill benefits have an expiration date. Currently, the program pays more than $1,000 a month for 36 months to eligible candidates. And, with the new G.I. Bill buy-up program, individuals pay an extra $600 to receive an additional $5,400 in education benefits. "Get in contact with the VA, they will let you know if the school is accredited by their terms," says Tan Johnson, VA representative. "Then you'll get in contact with the certifying official at that school and provide documents showing you've paid into the G.I. Bill and that you'd like to use it." More information about the G.I. Bill is available online at the (http://www.gibill.va.gov/) G.I. Bill website.

Help extend the time veterans have to take advantage of their G.I. Bill benefits and (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/alert ... 86&type=CO) contact your elected officials today.

Use the education benefits you've earned. Request (http://edu.military.com/gibill/page1.do) free G.I. Bill information from military-friendly schools.

Free Fitness DVD for Servicemembers
RMAX International is showing their appreciation for the armed forces by offering all active duty servicemembers a free fitness DVD called FlowFit. The program addresses each of the 6 degrees of human movement. It's available to all skill and fitness levels, no two workouts are the same and it only requires 14 to 18 minute sessions, 3 times a week. The DVD retails at $39.95. It's free; all you have to pay are the shipping costs of $6.95. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... FitnessDVD) Get your free DVD here.

Landstuhl Heroes Deserve Your Support
Recovering troops at the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany need your help. During a recent visit there, American Legion National Commander Paul A. Morin and American Legion Auxiliary President JoAnn Cronin found these war heroes are in need of comfort items and essentials that could improve their quality of life.

The National Commander, the National President and Sons of The American Legion Commander Earl Ruttkofsky are asking your help in raising at least $50,000 for this cause. Don't let the well-deserved media attention given to Walter Reed Army Medical Center detract from the needs of the heroes at Landstuhl. These veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars must not be forgotten as America is engaged in a war on terror to protect all of our freedoms.

(https://www.members.legion.org/cgi-bin/ ... TARY(A0010):Y) Click here to read their report and to donate to this worthy endeavor.

For information on how to join The American Legion, go to (http://www.legion.org/join) www.legion.org/join.

Exchanges Offer Disc-Like Gift Certificates
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's (AAFES) newest series of flat, disc-like gift certificates known as "POGs" are being introduced to servicemembers at more than 60 Base/Post Exchanges throughout Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. While POGs can be redeemed at any AAFES exchange in the world, they are only distributed at contingency BX/PX operations due to the expense of transporting heavy coins into a war zone. POGs received the attention of numismatic and military collectors across the globe. A complete inventory of all 10 AAFES POG series are available by logging in at the (http://odin.aafes.com/core/docs/pogcollect.asp) Exchange Online Store.

Senator Murray Hires Veterans to Fill Key Positions
U.S. Senator Patty Murray announced that she has filled two key staff positions in her state offices. Kim Brown, Command Master Chief (MCPO) 13th District of the U.S. Coast Guard is now Senator Murray's Senior Constituent Services Representative for Veterans and Military Casework. In addition, Rita Beal has been hired as Senator Murray's Northwest Washington Director. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,142181,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

TRICARE Redesigns Website
Beneficiaries should find it easier to find answers to their TRICARE questions at the newly-redesigned My Benefit portal at the (http://www.tricare.mil/) TRICARE website. A key feature of the redesign is that users will now receive personalized information about their health care benefits by answering a few simple questions about their location, beneficiary status and current TRICARE plan. The website's Plan Wizard helps new beneficiaries who may not be sure which TRICARE plan they are enrolled in and offers a list of plans for which they may be eligible. An online tutorial is available at the Using the (http://www.tricare.mil/overview) New TRICARE.mil for Beneficiaries website.

To learn more about TRICARE, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricare) www.military.com/benefits/tricare.

Bigger Military Raise, Better Benefits Hit
With President Bush's popularity scraping bottom in opinion polls, with U.S. casualties rising in Iraq in a force surge that has stretched soldier tours to 15 months, the Bush administration July 10 said it "strongly opposes" key military pay and benefit gains tossed into their fiscal 2008 defense bill. Initiatives the administration "strongly opposes" include:

* A military pay raise for next January of (http://www.military.com/military/benefi ... ts,00.html) 3.5 percent versus 3 percent endorsed by the White House.
* Lowering the age-60 start of reserve retirement annuities for reserve component members by the length of their future mobilizations.
* Expanding eligibility for Combat-Related Special Compensation to service members forced by combat disabilities to retire short of 20 years.
* Directing pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide the Department of Defense with same price discounts for TRICARE retail pharmacy network that are provided already on medicines dispensed from base pharmacies.

To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,142117,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

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Foundation Supports Families
The 9-11 Help America Foundation's mission is to recognize and support the families of fallen and wounded warriors. For the past six years, the foundation focused on providing monthly financial support to wounded servicemembers and families of the fallen. That support comes in the form of $200 a month for an 18-month period. Visits with the troops and their families are regular occurrences, as are outings that bring families together. For more information, visit the (http://www.911helpamerica.com/) 9-11 HelpAmerica Foundation website.

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H&R Block Offers Free Tax Course for Military Spouses
See if you'd enjoy earning extra income preparing taxes. If you're a military spouse, our beginning course will get you started at no charge, with no previous training required. Even if you don't go on to become a tax professional, you'll be able to complete your own return and help others with theirs. To learn more about this special offer, view the (http://images.military.com/spouse/HR07M ... arship.pdf) H&R Block Free Tax Course PDF.

To find more resources for military spouses, visit (http://www.military.com/spouse) http://www.military.com/spouse.

VA Guarantees Home Loans
Servicemembers returning to the states from overseas can take advantage of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) home buying guarantee. Servicemembers apply for home loans through a bank or lender as they normally would. Then, the VA loan guarantee is like having a guaranteed co-signer for the servicemember's loan. If the loan defaults for any reason, VA guarantees the bank or lender a percentage paid back. By using VA, some homes can be purchased with no money down, which often means more money in the pocket of servicemembers to buy necessities for their new home. For information about VA home loan guarantees, visit the VA's (http://www.homeloans.va.gov/) Home Loan Guaranty Services website.

Learn more about using your (http://www.military.com/Finance/HomeBuying/) VA Loan benefit at Military.com.

Pentagon Channel Debuts Documentary
They take on military assignments impossible for humans, and even robots, to perform. They are rewarded with fresh food, protection from predators and loving human contact. These unheralded, unknown, and often misunderstood marine mammals save countless lives during their underwater missions. Now, a new edition of the Pentagon Channel's monthly documentary, "Recon," offers a rare glimpse at the work of dolphins and sea lions who act as true "Sentinels of the Sea." The documentary is available throughout July via podcast and video on demand at (http://www.PentagonChannel.mil) www.PentagonChannel.mil.

Air Force Annual Training to be Shortened
Effective Oct. 1, Air Force ancillary training requirements will be reduced to 90 minutes, instead of a nine-hour spread per Airman throughout the year. The initiative is part of Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century, an Air Force-wide program where organizations re-examine their own procedures and processes to find ways to save time and money. Under the new 90-minute "block instruction" plan, Airmen will save almost an entire workday, or about 8.65 hours per person. For even greater convenience, units will have several options for completing all three blocks. Also, there will continue to be additional, specific training for select Airmen.

Foundation Raises Awareness
"The Greer Foundation raises public awareness of the sacrifices of serving the nation through outreach and commentary on the war on terror," said Steve Greer, the group's founder. While the Greer Foundation's main focus is educating the public about the troops' sacrifices through radio and TV commentary and speaking engagements, it administers two award programs: one honors those killed in action, and the other recognizes children affected by war and conflict. For more information, visit the (http://www.greerfoundation.org/Awards.html) Greer Foundation website.

Make Kids Wear Life Jackets
The U. S. Coast Guard reminds parents that their children should always wear a life jacket while boating. In fact, in most states, children under 13 must wear life jackets -- it is the law. According to the (http://www.usa.safekids.org/tier3_cd.cf ... der_id=300) National SAFE KIDS Campaign, drowning remains second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14. The Coast Guard and National SAFE KIDS Campaign strongly recommend adults always wear life jackets as well - not only to keep themselves safe, but to demonstrate safe behavior for their children.

Military Spouse Employment Study
The RAND Corporation is conducting research for the Department of Defense to study the occupational choices of military spouses and recommend actions to support military spouse employment. RAND is conducting interviews with military spouses who are female, at least 18 years old, married to an Active Duty Enlisted Service Member, currently residing in the U.S., and currently employed in one of the following career fields:

* Nursing (e.g. RNs, LPNs, home health aides, nursing aides)
* Education (e.g. teachers, teacher aides, professors, lecturers)
* Financial/Accounting (e.g. accountants, bookkeepers, auditors)
* Information Technology (e.g. computer programmers, software technicians)

If you are interested in participating, please visit (https://milspouse.rand.org/milspousestudy.php) https://milspouse.rand.org/milspousestudy.php for more information.

To find employment resources for military spouses, visit (http://www.military.com/spouse) http://www.military.com/spouse.

GI Bill Buy-Up Program
If you are an eligible active-duty servicemember the (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... GIB_Buy_Up) GI Bill Buy-Up program can help you get up to an extra $150 a month added to your standard MGIB "pay rate." This could increase your total benefits by as much as $5,400.

Remember, many schools offer free information packets they will mail you. You can request information from multiple schools at once by filling out a form on Military.com. With no obligation or cost, learning about different schools is a great way to take the first step. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... _MGIB_Form) Click here to request information.

Army Efforts Aid the Bald Eagle
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the removal of the bald eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species. The action will become effective July 28. Army environmental stewardship efforts have played an important role in bringing the bald eagle back from the brink of extinction, according to Michael Dette, chief of natural resources at the U.S. Army Environmental Command. Army installations apply a number of different natural resource-management practices to protect the bald eagle and its habitat. America formally adopted the bald eagle as its national symbol in 1782. For more information on the bald eagle, including educational materials, visit the (http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/baldeagle.htm) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website. 
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Military Report - Week of July 23, 2007

#35 Postby boardman » Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:25 pm

Military Report - Week of July 23, 2007

Air Force Cyber Command Coming this Fall
The Air Force's newest major command, the Air Force Cyber Command, will come to fruition this fall. "Unlike other services where you can actually walk up to people and at least see them, we are doing operations globally -- we are a global service. And, the way we connect all this together is through cyberspace," said Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder Jr., commander of 8th Air Force and the joint functional component commander for Global Strike and Integration for U.S. Strategic Command. "For us to be able to use our precision weapons, for us to be able to do the kinds of quick responses that deal with multiple targets, for example -- it is all tied to how we work in cyberspace."

Studies Link Stress Disorder and Pain
A recent issue (Volume 44, No. 2) of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development lists several new findings related to the long-term management of pain in veterans. One researcher found a possible link between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain problems. Treatment for PTSD lessened pain symptoms. Sixty-six percent of veterans who were being treated for PTSD reported experiencing chronic pain. Another article explored new approaches to the treatment of trauma-related pain in troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both articles can be downloaded in full from (http://www.rehab.research.va.gov/jour/0 ... tents.html) the journal's website.

To find information and resources for PTSD, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/resour ... d-overview) www.military.com/benefits/resources/ptsd-overview.

Home Defense Foundation Helps Families
The National Homeland Defense Foundation has distributed more than $500,000 in temporary financial assistance to more than 300 families of deployed military personnel. The foundation also offers military families educational and emotional support through its outreach programs. The foundation conducts an annual symposium on homeland defense and homeland security and will hold a one-day first-responders conference before this year's symposium. There is no registration fee for the conference. For more information, visit the (http://www.nhdf.org/) National Home Defense Foundation website. To find more deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) www.military.com/deployment.

To learn about personal finances, visit the (http://www.military.com/Finance/) Military.com Finance Center.

Beware of 'Phishy' Bank of America E-mail
There is a new "phishy" e-mail scam. The e-mail is purported to be from Bank of America, which issues the government travel card used by federal employees. Part of the recent Bank of America phishing e-mail included: "With this upgrade, you are required to update your online account to avert any technical error with our processors. Go to the link bellow to update your account." The messages direct you to a website that tries to trick people into divulging their personal information. If you get an e-mail that asks for personal or financial information, do not reply. Bank of America provides customers with a variety of tools to identify and report fraud at (https://www.bankofamerica.com/privacy/C ... mail_fraud) Bank of America's website.

To learn about personal finances, visit the (http://www.military.com/Finance/) Military.com Finance Center.

Navywide Food Service Survey Begins
Sailors and their family members, Department of Defense employees, and military retirees are invited to participate in the 2007 Navywide Food Service Customer Satisfaction Survey, which is being conducted online at (http://www.research-online.us/s17710) www.Research-Online.us/s17710 through July 27. In appreciation for completing the 10-minute online survey, customers will have the chance to enter into a drawing to win one of three prizes: a 42-inch HDTV LCD Flat Panel TV, an Apple iPod (with video) and an Apple iPod Nano. Winners will be selected at random by CNIC and NEXCOM Sept. 30, 2007. No purchase is required.

Exchanges Sponsor iPod Giveaway
In conjunction with their annual back to school sale, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is partnering with Mead to give military shoppers a chance to win one of nine iPod Nanos. From now through Aug. 30, troops and their families can fill out an entry form at their local BX/PX for the opportunity to win a super slim 2GB iPod Nano. Nine 2GB iPod Nanos, each capable of holding up to 500 songs, will be given away, with three winners in CONUS, Europe and the Pacific. No purchase is necessary and the exclusive "military only" drawing will take place on or about Sept. 21.

Find great discounts on products for military servicemembers only in the (http://img.military.com/misc/DC/DealIndex.jsp) Military.com Discount Center.

Military Retirement Pay Cap is Lifted
Retiring military personnel - who have had due 30 years of service or more - will no longer have their retirement pay capped at 75 percent of base pay thanks to changes in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. For example, a member who served 32 years will receive 80 percent of their (http://www.military.com/benefits/milita ... y-overview) retired pay base and a member who has served 42 years will receive 105 percent of their retired pay base. More detail about the new retirement pay schedule is available from the (http://www.dfas.mil/retiredpay/retiredpaycap.html) Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

All military pay information can be found in (http://www.military.com/benefits/military-pay) Military.com's Pay Section.

Army to Launch Educational Program
Within 90 days, all Soldiers will receive information to help them identify symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder ( (http://www.military.com/benefits/resour ... d-overview) PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury, and they will be urged to seek treatment if necessary. By Oct. 18, an educational supplement will have been presented to active-duty, reserve and National Guard Soldiers throughout the force. Soldiers will learn to identify basic symptoms in themselves and other Soldiers. Afterwards, health professionals will answer troops' questions. Soldiers and their families will be able to learn more about the program at (http://www.army.mil/) www.army.mil. Also, the Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline can be reached at 1-800-984-8523, or via e-mail at (mailto:wsfsupport@conus.army.mil) wsfsupport@conus.army.mil.

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Semper Fit Seeks Rugby Applications
The All-Marine Rugby Training Camp will be help Oct. 13-22, 2007 at MCB Camp Lejeune, NC, and the Armed Forces Rugby Championship will be held Oct. 23-28 at Camp Lejeune. Interested Marines must submit a sports application no later than Aug. 15, 2007. Applications can be found at the (http://www.usmc-mccs.org/SPORTS/) MCCS Sports webpage. Applications must contain command endorsement stating the Marine will be made available to attend all events. Marines stationed at a command with a local MCCS Semper Fit must also send their applications through their Semper Fit athletic director.

Navy Sharpens Competition for Advancement
The Navy has changed the way they calculate the Multiple Scores (FMS), which gives Sailors more control over their own advancement and improves competition. The changes will affect E-4 through E-6 rating exams by placing a higher percentage of weight on evaluation performance mark average (PMA). For Sailors taking the E-4 and E-5 rating exams, PMA points will rise from 36 percent to 43 percent of the FMS. For those taking the E-6 rating exam, PMA points will also get a 7 percent boost to nearly half of the FMS at 48.5 percent. Exam scores will also be given more consideration. For E-4 and E-5 test takers, exam scores will count for 38 percent and 33.5 percent for E-6s.

Finding Employment for Navy Dependents in Japan
Staff members of the Human Resources Office on board forward-deployed operating base Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) are working around the clock to make it as easy as possible for dependents of Sailors overseas to find employment during a permanent change of station. Human Resources on board CFAY can help find dependents employment that works for their lifestyles and backgrounds, or at least point them in the right direction. Dependents enrolled in high school or college may also find employment through the Human Resources office. The Human Resources office on board CFAY is has eight satellite offices throughout Japan including Okinawa. For deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) www.military.com/deployment.

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Featured Job: Northrup Grumman - "It's a Vision Thing"
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Power Wheelchairs the Military
ClickOnHealth works with Medicare and your secondary insurance providers to get you a new Power Wheelchair at little or not cost. They will take care of all the details and work directly with your doctor to find the wheelchair that's best for you. You won't be bothered with confusing insurance paperwork and they offer free home delivery. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... heelchairs) Get more info here.

Air Force Clarifies New E-mail Accounts
The Air Force officials have begun sending notifications about the new E4L, or "E-Mail for Life" accounts. This has led people to misunderstand that they must somehow start managing this new account. Capt. Jason Fields, an E4L project manager, says that there is no real need to manage the account at this point, and that all e-mails are forwarded to an individual's current location-based e-mail address. For those who have not received their E4L address notification or would like to verify where their E4L address is forwarding, they can visit the Air Force Portal and click on the E4L link. Under the E4L initiative, everyone is receiving a (mailto:new@us.af.mil) new@us.af.mil address.

Organization Provides Reconstructive Surgery
IraqStar, a nonprofit organization based in California, is helping troops wounded in Iraq by offering free cosmetic surgery from some of the Los Angeles area's top plastic surgeons. The surgeons specialize in treating shrapnel scars, burns and other disfiguring injuries sustained in combat. The organization's founder, Maggie Lockridge, is a former Air Force nurse who now specializes in cosmetic surgery and aftercare. For more information, visit the (http://www.iraqstar.org/) IraqStar website.

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Family Assistance Centers
The National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Command (JFHQ)
within each state and territory coordinates family assistance for all military dependents under the guidance of a State Family Support Program Director (SFPD). The Family Assistance Centers (FACs) in each state and territory are important to support families of deployed Guard and Reserve servicemembers as well as family members of geographically dispersed active-duty families. These centers are also critical to demobilizing servicemembers and to the long-term health and welfare of the family unit. For more information on the Family Assistance Centers, visit the (http://www.guardfamily.org/) National Guard Family Program website.

For deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) www.military.com/deployment.


Commissaries Pull Gerber Cereals
Commissaries worldwide have removed from their shelves all packages of 8-ounce Gerber ORGANIC Rice and ORGANIC Oatmeal cereals due to a potential choking hazard. The following UPC numbers can be found on the bottom right side of the box: (1) Gerber ORGANIC Rice, UPC Code 15000 12504, and (2) Gerber ORGANIC Oatmeal, UPC Code 15000 12502. Commissary patrons who have either of these products at home should stop using it and return the product to the store from which they purchased it for a full refund. Consumers can also call the Gerber Parents Resource Center 1-800-443-7237 or 1-231-928-3000 to return the product and receive a full refund.

Radio Program to Give Troops a Voice
Mike Broomhead, host of the "Mike Broomhead Show" on News Talk KFYI in Phoenix will dedicate one hour of his two-hour Sunday evening show to "Voice of the Troops," which will also be sponsored by Operation Homefront of Arizona. The segment debuted July 15 and will begin as a monthly feature. Those with Internet access will be able to hear the program on the station's website at (http://www.kfyi.com/) www.kfyi.com. The program will provide a way for servicemembers to share their stories from the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, visit the (http://www.operationhomefront.net/Chapt ... apter_ID=3) Operation Homefront of Arizona website.

Golfers 4 Freedom
The San Diego-based group Golfers 4 Freedom holds regular golf tournament fundraisers that benefit other nonprofit groups that offer direct support to military families. The first tournament, held in 2006, raised more than $9,000 for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, which grants scholarship to children of servicemembers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. The group also presented children of these servicemembers with Christmas gifts through the American Christmas Foundation. Golfers 4 Freedom also runs an all-year program that provides golf equipment to U.S. military camps in Iraq. For more information, visit the (http://www.golfers4freedom.org/) Golfers 4 Freedom website.

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Marines Tighten Up on Civilian Attire
As the summer temperatures rise, many start dropping clothes in an effort to beat the heat. All Marines - officer and enlisted, male and female - should ensure their dress and personal appearance are in accordance with the standards of the Marine Corps, according to Marine Corps Order 10120.28. Items such as bandanas, plain white t-shirts, and shower shoes are prohibited. Fashion trends such as bare midriffs or earrings on males are not allowed. Males need to keep their haircut up, wear belts, and no baggy clothing. Plain green undershirts cannot be worn out in town either.

Problems Found in Electronic Absentee Voting Initiative
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified several weaknesses in the Department of Defense's Internet-based absentee voting initiatives. The GAO's report in (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07774.pdf) PDF format noted several technological problems with the electronic voting systems, including a lack of security features to protect personal information, and found that instructions on how to use the system were inadequate. Congress mandated that the DoD begin developing an online voting program in 2004 because mailed ballots often arrived too late to be counted towards an election.

DoD to Expand Military Family Life Consultants Program
The Department of Defense (DoD) is planning to expand its Military Family Life Consultants Program, which provides short-term, non-medical counseling services to military families. Military and Family Life Consultants currently service more than 40 locations inside and outside the Untied States, and the program has recently been extended to Korea. Since the launch of the pilot program in 2004 more than 100,000 military personnel and their families have benefited from its counseling services. As a result of the pilot's success, the DoD has decided to extend the program for another five years. To reach a consultant, family members should contact their nearest family center.

Educational Programs Aid Air Guard, Reserve
The Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) Air Reserve Component Seminar Program increases professional military education (PME) opportunities for Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve officers. Participants spend the initial two weeks in seminar at ACSC on Maxwell and then complete the remainder of the program via distance learning. For more information on the ACSC ARCS program, contact Colonel Guthrie at (334) 953-9820. The Air War College Air Reserve Component Seminar is also conducted for Guard and Reserve Air War College Distance Learning participants. For more information on the AWC ARCS program, contact Col. Steve Hagel, AWC Reserve Liaison at (334) 953-4367. To learn about military education benefits, visit the (http://education.military.com/education-home/) Military.com Education Channel.

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Changes Made to Senior Enlisted Academy Course
The distance learning element of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) Non-Residence Course (NRC) is now separate from the in-resident element. When a student's required distance learning studies are complete, the in-resident seating requirement will be scheduled within a 12-month period from the start of the distance learning element. If a Sailor makes at least two attempts to gain a seat in the in-resident element and cannot attend during the 12-month window, a waiver for the 12-month requirement can be granted by the SEA CMC. For more information on the Senior Enlisted Academy, visit the Center for Naval Leadership page on (http://www.nko.navy.mil/) navy knowledge online.

Committee Holds Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury
Members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee met recently discuss ways to provide treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is considered by many to be the signature injury of the war in Iraq. Among veterans and servicemembers from Iraq and Afghanistan treated at Walter Reed for injuries of any type, approximately 65 percent have TBI as a primary diagnosis or simultaneous injury. Medical doctors, neuropsychologists, researchers and family members attended the symposium to discuss the health care needs of our returning servicemembers. This symposium continues the series of roundtable discussions that the Committee will hold throughout the 110th Congress.

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Top 10 Spouse Friendly Employers
Military Spouse Magazine has published their list of the "Top 10 Military Spouse Friendly Employers." Topping the List was USAA, which was noted on the list for exemplary policies designed for maximum flexibility to accommodate military spouse employee specific issues like deployments, mobilizations, and transfers. Rounding out the top 10 after USAA, in order of rank, were AAFES, RE/MAX, The Home Depot, Wachovia, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Sears Holdings, Kelly Services, Lockheed Martin, and Starbucks. Visit (http://www.milspousemag.com/top10pr) www.milspousemag.com/top10pr to learn more.

Medical Evaluation Board Information Now Online
Injured Soldiers can now track the progress of their Medical Evaluation Boards through the MyMEB page at on Army Knowledge Online ( (https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/417118) AKO) using a Soldier's AKO user identity and password. Individual board information will be available only with matching a Social Security number. Medical Evaluation Boards (MEB) are conducted at medical treatment facilities to determine if injured Soldiers meet medical retention standards set in Army Regulation 40-501.

(http://www.military.com/wounded-warriors) Wounded Warrior News

Navy Changes Individual Augmentee Detailing Process
The Navy plans to streamline individual augmentee (IA) assignments. The plan will shift IA assignments from mid-tour deployments to detailed IAs at the Sailor's Projected Rotation Date (PRD) and be implemented in three phases. Under these plans, Sailors would volunteer for an IA assignment at their PRD and do a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to either San Diego or Norfolk where they will be attached to the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center while they carry out their temporary duty GWOT Support Assignment (GSA). For more information about IA detailing, visit (http://www.npc.navy.mil/) www.npc.navy.mil and read NAVADMIN 147/07.

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GI Bill or TA - Use Your Benefits Wisely
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Bigger Military Raise and Benefits Hit
The Bush administration said recently that it "strongly opposes" key military pay and benefit gains tossed into their fiscal 2008 defense bill. The initiatives the administration "strongly oppose" include: (1) a military pay raise for next January of 3.5 percent; (2) lowering the age to 60 to start the reserve retirement annuities for reserve component members by the length of their future mobilizations; and (3) expanding eligibility for Combat-Related Special Compensation to servicemembers forced by combat disabilities to retire short of 20 years. For more information, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,142117,00.html) read the article on the Military.com website.

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Exchanges Issue New Catalog
The new 2007 Affordable Luxury all-services catalog from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) features reputable and familiar brands such as Waterford, Dale Tiffany, TAG Heuer, Samsonite, Sony, Apple and more. The catalog is available at all main stores and online at (http://www.aafes.com/) aafes.com. Prices in this all-services catalog are valid through Oct. 31, 2007, for any authorized exchange customer. Orders can be placed by mail, fax or phone. Toll free orders can be placed from the United States, Puerto Rico or Guam at 800-527-2345.

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Armed Services YMCA is Awarded Funds
The Armed Services YMCA ( (http://www.asymca.org/) ASYMCA) was awarded $1.9 million by the Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund to provide programs and services for children of junior enlisted military personnel who are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. These programs include: scholarships to summer camp, tutoring and mentoring services for young children, and safe and reliable transportation to and from support programs. The grant money will also be used to expand "Operation Hero," a successful tutoring and mentoring program that has helped more than 5,000 children ages 6-12 who experience difficulty in school due to a parent's deployment.

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Amendment Would Increase Education Benefits
U.S. Senator (http://capwiz.com/military/bio/?id=206&lvl=C&chamber=S) Larry Craig, the lead Republican on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, has introduced an amendment (number 2101) to the (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/alert ... 56&type=CO) National Defense Authorization Act that contains three key provisions to expand and enhance educational benefits for members of the National Guard and Reserve. The amendment would allow Guard and Reserve personnel to participate in an accelerated payment program and also participate in the Reserve Educational Assistance Program ( (http://education.military.com/money-for ... ogram-reap) REAP) to contribute up to $600 in order to receive an additional $150 per month in educational benefits. The Senate has been debating the defense bill on the floor of the Senate.

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Potential TRICARE Data Compromise
According to TRICARE officials a limited amount of beneficiary data may have been placed at risk through a violation of internal computer security practices at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Initial reports are that there is a small chance that data was actually compromised. Approximately 580,000 households will receive a letter informing them of the potential risk. The letters will include the toll-free number and a unique identification number to contact the SAIC call center. The call centers will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to midnight ET until further notice. The call center phone number for the United States: 1-888-862-2680; and International (collect): 1-515-365-3550. You can read the full story at (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,143124,00.html) www.military.com/features/0,15240,143124,00.html.

Find a Construction Job with Helmets to Hardhats
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Air Education and Training Command Symposium
The 2007 Air Education and Training Command Symposium will feature four tracks of instruction: Expeditionary Warfighter, Deciphering Culture, The Long War, and Accelerating Change. The Symposium is scheduled for Sept. 5-7, 2007 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio. The AETC, Air University, 2nd Air Force, 19th Air Force, and Air Force Recruiting Service commanders will field questions from the audience during a general officer panel. Those interested in attending may register and get more information at the (https://www.2007aetcsymposium.com/) 2007 Air Education & Training Symposium website.

Who Should Receive a Meningococcal Vaccination
Students bound for college should receive a meningococcal vaccination. Dr. (Lt. Col.) William P. Corr, the Europe Regional Medical Command's consultant for preventive Medicine recommends the meningococcal vaccine for: (1) adolescents entering middle school (11-12 year olds) or high school (15 years old); (2) a child or adult without a spleen; (3) children and adults who lack "complement proteins"; (4) people exposed to someone infected with meningitis types A, C, Y, or W-135; and (5) children and adults traveling to sub-Saharan Africa between December and June. Contact your local medical treatment facility for more information about receiving the meningococcal vaccine.

Wounded Warrior Sports Program Begins
Servicemembers severely wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will participate this summer in sport rehabilitation clinics offered by Disabled Sports USA, its chapters and the Wounded Warrior Project. This year's summer activities for the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project will include a series of more than 30 "learn-to" clinics in cycling, golf, outrigger canoeing, kayaking, scuba, rock climbing, camping, water skiing, wake boarding, track and field, and other sports. For schedules and additional information, visit the (http://www.dsusa.org/programs-wwdsp-about.html) Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project webpage or call (301) 217-9840.

(http://www.military.com/wounded-warriors) Wounded Warrior News

Guarding Against Identity Theft
A recent story published in USA Today highlighted the increased risk of identity theft for military personnel because of the common practice of using Social Security numbers on ID cards and other personal documents. To protect themselves and their families from identity theft, servicemembers who are deployed or activated may place an active duty alert on their credit reports. Alerts stay in effect for one year but can be extended if a deployment lasts longer. For more information on active duty alerts, preventing ID theft, and what to do if your personal information has been lost or stolen, visit the (http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consume ... idt04.shtm) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website.

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DoD Increases Rest and Recuperation
The Department of Defense approved a policy change to the U.S. Central Command Rest and Recuperation Leave Program, increasing the time provided to military servicemembers for rest and recuperation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom from 15 to 18 chargeable days for those servicemembers deploying to the OEF and OIF area of operations for 15 months. The amended policy applies to military personnel only and is not retroactive. Servicemembers will not be charged for their travel days. Servicemembers serving one-year tours will continue to receive 15 days of chargeable R&R leave. For more information, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,142909,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

For deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) www.military.com/deployment.

Air Force Streamlines Evaluation Forms
Air Force officials are introducing new officer and enlisted evaluation forms. The change also includes the much anticipated addition of physical fitness documentation to both evaluation and feedback forms. Implementation dates for the new evaluation forms for active-duty Airmen vary according to rank. The implementation date for the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard (airman basic to chief master sergeant) is Aug. 15, 2007. The new IMT performance report and performance feedback worksheets are available on the (http://www.e-publishing.af.mil/) Air Force e-Publishing website. Questions should be directed to HQ AFPC/DPPPEP, evaluations programs management branch at DSN 665-2571.

Army Child and Youth School Transition Services
Army Child and Youth School Transition Services consist of a variety of programs and initiatives that provide strategies and resources for garrisons, school districts, parents/guardians to face the changes associated with transitioning from one school to another in support of the Army's mission. The School Transition Plan is designed to develop and implement school transition strategies that will assist the transition of more than 55,000 military-connected students in and outside of the Continental United States to school systems in new locations. For more information, visit the (http://www.army.mil/aps/07/infopapers/49.html) Army Child and Youth School Transition Services webpage.

Army Extends Family Readiness Support Assistants
The Army's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, at the request of senior Army leadership, is expanding the Family Readiness Support Assistant program to reach all the way to the battalion level, Army-wide, to support deployed Soldiers and their families. The plan calls for an end-state of as many as 1,100 FRSAs throughout the Army, placing a support assistant in each deployable battalion, brigade, division and corps headquarters. The FRSAs will remain a component of the unit commander's Family readiness program and their primary duties will be to provide administrative assistance in support of the unit's family readiness programs and activities.

Deal of the Week: Refurbished PDA Sale!
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Cuts Showing Up in Paychecks in Italy
Stars and Stripes reports that troops stationed at some bases in Italy are receiving up to $150 a month less in their paychecks thanks to an adjustment in the cost of living allowance ( (http://www.military.com/benefits/milita ... -allowance) COLA). The allowance is based partly on how much people who respond to the survey spend off base. The less they spend, the less COLA they receive. The exact amount of COLA a servicemember receives is based on a number of factors including rank, time in service, location, number of dependents and whether he or she lives off base. For the latest COLA rates, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/milita ... #calculate) Military.com COLA Payment Calculator. For more information, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,142641,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

New Fall/Winter Catalog Available
The Exchanges have released their 2007 Fall/Winter all-services catalog. With nearly 600 pages of quality items, the exchanges' newest catalog features gifts and collectibles, home furnishings, sports and fitness, jewelry, electronics, and appliances. The 2007 Fall/Winter catalog is available at all main stores and online at (http://www.aafes.com/) aafes.com. Prices in this all-services catalog are valid from July 17, 2007 through Jan. 14, 2008, for any authorized exchange customer. Orders can be placed by mail, fax or phone. Toll free orders can be placed from the United States, Puerto Rico or Guam at 800-527-2345. The Exchange Catalog center is open around the clock, seven days a week.

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Military Report - Week of July 30, 2007

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Military Report - Week of July 30, 2007

Army Sponsors Teaching Program
Estimates show that approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of Soldiers returning from combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan may suffer with symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The Army and Army Medical Department has launched a PTSD/MTBI Chain Teaching Program across the Army. All Army components must complete the training within 90 days of launch, or by no later than Oct. 18. The training information is available to Army leaders and Soldiers on the (https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/442200) Army Knowledge Online website, the (http://www.army.mil/news/health/) Army homepage, and the (http://www.army.mil/-news/2007/07/18/40 ... index.html) Army's PTSD/MTBI Chain Teaching Program news webpage.

Operation Landstuhl
The American Legion National Commander has authorized the immediate purchase of $25,000 of telephone calling cards to be given to U.S. troops recovering at Landstuhl (Lond Stool) Regional Medical Center in Germany. The hospital is a stopping point on the journey home for many wounded servicemembers, who are injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. During peak fighting periods, the hospital often accepts more than 900 new patients per month.The cards are just the start of Operation Landstuhl, an American Legion initiative with the goal of raising $50,000 for comfort items to be purchased and sent to the troops at Landstuhl. Those interested in helping the American Legion reach their goal, can make credit card donations online at (http://www.legion.org/) www.legion.org mail a check to Operation Landstuhl, c/o The American Legion, P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1055.

Army Encourages Bi-Lingual Capabilities
The Army is pursuing a variety of initiatives to enhance its capability in cultural awareness and foreign language. Language specialists primarily attend the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) which offers online sustainment training through its Global Language Network ( (http://www.lingnet.org/) http://www.lingnet.org) and its Global Language Online Support System ( (http://gloss.lingnet.org/) http://gloss.lingnet.org). The Army provides online basic language training with Rosetta Stone,(r) a state-of-the-art commercial software product intended for use by all Soldiers and Army civilians. For more information, visit the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center's website at (http://www.dliflc.edu/) http://www.dliflc.edu/.

Deal of the Week: Free Magazines for Servicemembers
Sporting Classics is giving Active-duty servicemembers a free one-year subscription. You can also give a gift subscription for only $20 (reg. $28.95). Ten percent of the proceeds will go to TAPS . (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 73007_Deal) Click here to start your subscription.

Mental Health Program Expands
The Mental Health Self-Assessment Program (MHSAP) now provides a pre-recorded, interactive telephone self-assessment for those military families and servicemembers who do not have access to the Internet. The toll-free number is (877) 877-3647. At the end of every assessment servicemembers are provided with individualized results and information about further resources. Further enhancements to MHSAP this year also include a pilot Spanish language version of the program and programs to address youth depression and suicide. For more information, visit the Mental Health Self-Assessment Program's website at (http://www.militarymentalhealth.org/) http://www.militarymentalhealth.org.

Operation Wheels of Freedom
Operation Wheels of Freedom brings high performance American-made vehicles to the troops for a hands-on look. It also provides them the opportunity to develop safer driving habits. The organization sponsors exciting driving events on military bases. Considering the high rate of vehicle-related injury and death among active-duty personnel returning from deployment, the program is more important than just the entertainment value. Operation Wheels of Freedom also is available to family members. For more information, visit the Operation Wheels of Freedom website at (http://www.operationwheelsoffreedom.com/) http://www.operationwheelsoffreedom.com/.

Air Force to Test New Service Coat
Air Force officials begin fit and wear tests of the new service coat for Airmen this fall. About 1,000 Airmen will be selected for the initial fit test to find candidates with a variety of body types. Once those Airmen are identified, about 400 of them will actually participate in the 90-day wear test in the spring of 2008. Air Force leaders settled on a design similar to the uniform worn by Gen. Hap Arnold. Once feedback has been received from the Heritage Coat wear test, the Air Force Uniform Board will make final decisions on the new coat's details and, with approval from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley, send it into production. View the (http://www.af.mil/news/story_media.asp?id=123061371) New Air Force Service Coat design.

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How to Use Your Education Benefits Wisely
If you are on active duty, you have several options for how to pay for college. Making the right choice is critical for two reasons: one, you want to avoid out of pocket expenses and excessive student debt. And two, you want to have the greatest amount of benefits when you leave the service. Military.com has an easy to follow decision flowchart, explaining common academic terms. It also offers a direct comparison of your Active Duty benefit options, all designed to help you make the right choice for your given situation and educational goals. Your benefit options may include: Military Tuition Assistance, GI Bill Top-Up, GI Bill (Chapter 30), Federal Financial Aid, and Scholarships and Grants. (http://education.military.com/money-for ... its-wisely) Click here to view the chart.

Some TRICARE Beneficiary Data At Risk
Data for nearly 600,000 households enrolled in TRICARE stored on a government-contractor's unprotected computer server could have been exposed to hackers. The Department of Defense and the Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) are mailing letters to beneficiaries whose data was put at risk. An incident response center has been set up and can be reached toll free within the United States at 1-888-862-2680, or collect at 1-515-365-3550 from outside the United States. Information on steps TRICARE beneficiaries can take to protect themselves from identity theft is available at the (http://www.tricare.mil/tmaprivacy/itpr.cfm) TRICARE ID Theft: Resources webpage.

VA-DoD Disability Reforms
After months of top-level negotiations, the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are only weeks away from testing a plan to streamline and partially merge their separate disability rating processes. This is the result of the President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors, which released its final report Wednesday, recommending getting "DoD completely out of the disability business" by giving VA sole responsibility for setting disability ratings and awarding compensation. Visit Military.com for the (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,143756,00.html) Full Story.

Bowling Tournament Set for January
The 4th annual Retired Military Bowling Championships take place January 20 - 25, 2008 at the Gold Coast Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The 2008 event is expected to set a new entry record in what is described as the largest retired military bowling event in the world. The 2008 tournament will award more than $80,000 in cash and prizes. This scratch event has two divisions based on age: the regular retired division includes bowlers age 59 and younger; and the senior retired division for bowlers age 60 and older. Entry forms are available online at the (http://content.military.com/Admin/News/ ... nships.com) Military Bowling Championships website or by phone at (800) 257-6179.

USAF Partners with Better Business
The Air Force and the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CCCB) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will benefit Airmen with consumer-related issues. The 114 Better Business Bureaus and 50 branches throughout the United States will work with the Airman & Family Readiness Centers on Air Force installations. The CBBB also has developed the (http://www.airforce.bbb.org/) BBB Air Force Line website that is dedicated to provide Air Force members information on where they can access BBB services and specialized Air Force consumer services. For more information, contact your local Airman & Family Readiness Center or visit the (http://www.airforce.bbb.org/) BBB Air Force line website.

Enlisted Village Plans Open House
The Air Force Enlisted Village?s Grandparent's Day Open House is set for Sept. 8, 2007, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bob Hope Village, Teresa Village and Hawthorn House in Shalimar, Fla. The event features entertainment, informational booths, apartment tours and many more activities. Food will be available for purchase at all locations. For a complete schedule of events and directions to the three locations, visit the Air Force Enlisted Village website at (http://www.afenlistedwidows.org/) http://www.afenlistedwidows.org/ or telephone the AFEV marketing department at (850) 651-3766.

Operation Troop Aid
Operation Troop Aid provides deployed servicemembers with a link to home and the gratitude of the American public through care packages and letters it sends. The group's primary mission of sending servicemembers things they need is coupled with raising awareness about supporting the men and women defending the country. The group accepts donations of cash or care package items, and also works with the entertainment industry to generate donations. "My dream is to turn (Operation Troop Aid) into the premier care package provider to deployed U.S. troops," says Mark Woods, the group's president. For more information, visit the Operation Troop Aid website at (http://www.operationtroopaid.org/) http://www.operationtroopaid.org/.

Spec Ops Warrior Foundation Scholarships
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) provides free college scholarship grants for tuition, books, fees, room and board, along with financial aid and educational counseling, to the children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel who were killed in an operational mission or training accident. The foundation currently has nearly 700 children in its program, and provided $1.5 million in college scholarship grants, educational, financial aid and family counseling for 109 students who attended 73 colleges and universities in 2006. For more information, visit the (http://www.specialops.org/programs.asp) Special Operations Warrior Foundation's Scholarships webpage.

The Art of Compassion for Families
Project Compassion's sole mission is providing an 'heirloom legacy of courage' to families of fallen servicemembers. That heirloom comes in the form of an 18-by-24-inch, gallery-quality, oil-on-canvas portrait of any servicemember who has died in the global war on terrorism. The portraits, painted from photographs, are presented to servicemembers' families at no cost to the families. More than 600 portraits have been completed so far. Families who have lost a servicemember, regardless of the cause, since Sept. 11, are eligible to receive a portrait. For more information, visit the (http://www.heropaintings.com/kzindex.aspx) Project Compassion website.

Featured Job: Own Your Own Business
Interested in owning a Meineke? Join the approximately 900 other Meineke owners. (https://secure.military.com/franchisefinder) Find out more about how you can own your own business here.

Military Families Work at Exchanges
More than 10,000 spouses and children of Soldiers and Airmen are part of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service's (AAFES) workforce across the globe. To attract and retain military spouses and dependents, AAFES offers a reinstatement program and a Spouse Employment Preference program. AAFES is currently recruiting for entry-level positions and management positions worldwide in Retail, Information Systems, Finance & Accounting, Logistics, Food Service/Restaurant Management, Contracting & Procurement, and occasionally other career fields. For more information, including a listing of current job openings, click on the AAFES 'employment' link at the AAFES website at (http://www.aafes.com/) www.aafes.com.

Online Resources for Reserve Families
The website of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs at (http://www.defenselink.mil/ra) http://www.defenselink.mil/ra has some new resources for Reserve Component families. Visitors to the website can download a Commander?s Toolkit and a Family Toolkit, which provides Reserve families with information on how to plan for deployment, financial management, legal affairs, and reintegration. Also, the website has new and updated versions of Guard and Reserve Benefits Guide and the Education and Retirement Guides. Fore more information, visit the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs at (http://www.defenselink.mil/ra) http://www.defenselink.mil/ra.

Hotline Available for Wounded Soldiers
The Army's new 'Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline' offers wounded and injured Soldiers and family members a way to seek help to resolve medical issues. The 'Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline' can be reached from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 1-800-984-8523. As additional personnel are trained to receive calls and refer them to the proper organization or agency for resolution, the hotline hours of operation will expand to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Soldiers with world-wide access on a Defense Switching Network (DSN) telephone can call a DSN version of the hotline free.

Website Offers PTSD and TBI Information
The (http://www.behavioralhealth.army.mil/) U.S. Army's new Behavioral Health website provides information for Soldiers and their families on behavioral-health needs before, during and after deployments. Topics on the website include pre- and post- deployment health assessments; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)and symptoms; suicide prevention; Battlemind training; and resources where Soldiers and families can get help. Links and points of contact are also provided for additional information.

The #1 Reason to Supplement Your SGLI
The purpose of carrying life insurance is to protect your family of when you die, not just the first year after your death - but long enough to ensure that your children can go to college, your spouse doesn't lose the house, and collection agents don't come knocking at the door. In fact, if you are married, life insurance is not a choice; it's your responsibility.

A recent congressional study of the current military cash compensation rates (base pay, special pay, BAH, subsistence, etc.) showed that an E-6 with dependents is paid more than $56,000 annually. Over ten years that's $560,000, not including inflation. When you factor in income replacement, inflation, debt elimination, and burial expenses, a 30-year-old E-6 should be insured for at least an additional $600,000.

So what is the number one reason to consider supplementing your SGLI? It's your responsibility! If you're an active duty Sailor, Marine or Coastie contact a (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... =MR_073007) Navy Mutual Aid Association representative today to get a FREE rate quote and to learn how they can help you meet your insurance responsibilities.

Traumatic Brain Injury Legislation Passes
Legislation offered by U.S. Senators Larry Craig and Daniel Akaka to provide better treatment for those with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) was unanimously adopted recently on the floor of the U.S. Senate and is now a part of the National Defense Authorization Act currently being debated in the Senate. Under the amendment, VA officials would be able to place veterans with brain injuries into medical facilities outside the VA hospital system. It also requires that an initial mental health evaluation be provided to veterans or returning servicemembers no later than 30 days following a request for such an evaluation.

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USAF Releases Service Demographics
The Air Force Personnel Center here recently published its demographics report offering a snapshot of the service's active-duty and civilian force, as of June 30. More information can be found at the Air Force Personnel Center's analysis branch website at The Air Force Personnel Center here recently published its demographics report offering a snapshot of the service's active-duty and civilian force, as of June 30. More information can be found at the (http://wwa.afpc.randolph.af.mil/demographics/) Air Force Personnel Center's analysis branch website and the (http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/pubaffa ... asp?src=ql) Service Demographics. 336,081 individuals are on active duty in the Air Force. The average age of the officer force is 35; for the enlisted force it is 29. Active duty members supported 514,217 family members.

Drum and Bugle Corps Goes Cellular
Buglers and drummers from the Oldest Post of the Marine Corps have created the most up-to-date setting for Marine music -- the cellular telephone. "The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps now features MP3 ringtones, which can be downloaded from any personal computer. As the first in the U.S. Armed Forces to offer cell phone ringtones, the drum & bugle corps personally recorded a diverse mixture of public domain music, to include drum cadences, bugle calls, marches, and their most notable stylings in jazz. For more information, visit "The Commandant's Own" website at (http://drumcorps.mbw.usmc.mil/) http://drumcorps.mbw.usmc.mil.

Free Respite Care for Some Army Children
Army families with a child enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) can now take advantage of up to 40 hours of respite care for each certified EFMP child. EFMP ensures that that the military personnel assignment process takes into consideration the housing, educational and medical needs of a special needs family member. Currently, enrollment in EFMP is limited to active duty Army families. For more information, visit the Exceptional Family Member Program webpage on the (http://www.myarmylifetoo.com/skins/malt ... 90de934a56) MyArmyLifetoo.com website. Family members can also contact their local Army Community Service center for more information.

Beach Homes for the Brave Program Begins
"Beach Homes for the Brave" is a new program for military veterans and those wounded while serving in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The program provides the war veterans with a complimentary weekend getaway to Palm Island, Fla. The program includes free ferry transportation to the island, lodging in a fully furnished beachfront home, meals at the Palm Island Resort's Rum Bay Restaurant, complimentary golf carts and other resort-like privileges on the island. For more information about the program, e-mail Lt. Col. Michael Kiser at (mailto:Michael.kiser@us.army.mil) Michael.kiser@us.army.mil or Sgt. Maj. Steve Valley at (mailto:Stephen.valley@us.army.mil) Stephen.valley@us.army.mil.

Free or Discounted Vacation Offers
Through its network of more than 125 sponsors, Operation Open Arms provides opportunities for free or discounted vacation activities for active-duty servicemembers on leave from a foreign duty station and Marines who are not granted leave during deployments. Participants must provide proof they have recently been assigned to a foreign duty station. Eligible servicemembers who wish to participate should visit the Operation Open Arms website at (http://www.operationopenarms.com/) www.operationopenarms.com and follow the instructions. Participants must contact and make arrangements directly with the sponsors. Servicemembers will be required to provide a military identification card, as well as leave documents.

Freedom Alliance Offers Scholarships
The Freedom Alliance is accepting applications from dependent children of U.S. military personnel who have been killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty during the War on Terror (Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines, etc.). Students must be enrolled at an accredited college, university or vocational school. For more information and to download an application, visit the (http://www.freedomalliance.org/fa/index ... &Itemid=15) Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund webpage or telephone the Freedom Alliance at (800) 475-6620. The application deadline for the 2007-2008 academic year is July 31, 2007.

Passport Confusion Calms Down
Stars and Stripes reports that after weeks of worrying about passport delays in the face of impending military moves, Yokota Air Base, Japan's passport office is getting back to normal. Passport applications that normally take six weeks began backing up there in late Spring because of a new policy requiring more air travelers entering America to carry a passport. When you get orders "permanent or temporary" to another country, find out immediately what you will need at the (https://www.fcg.pentagon.mil/) DoD's Electronic Foreign Clearance Guide webpage. Information about "official" and "no-fee" passports is available on the (http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html) U.S. Department of State's Passport website.

Bugles Across America
The playing of taps is a hallmark of a military funeral. However, since World War II, budget constraints have limited the number of military buglers available to attend veterans' funerals. To make up for that shortfall, Bugles Across America recruits volunteers from high schools, colleges, honor guards and drum-and-bugle corps to be buglers. Volunteers now play taps at about 1,000 funerals a month. For more information, including to request a bugler or to volunteer to be one, visit the (http://xeml.buglesacrossamerica.org/index.xeml) Bugles Across America website. Information about eligibility requirements for military funerals is available from the (http://www.militaryfuneralhonors.osd.mil/eligpage.html) Department of Defense's Military Funeral Honors webpage.
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Military Report - Week of August 06, 2007

#37 Postby boardman » Sat Aug 11, 2007 8:50 am

Military Report - Week of August 06, 2007

USAF Marathon Adds New Elements
In response to runners' requests, Air Force Marathon race officials have adjusted awards categories for this year's half-marathon race. They are now broken into five-year age increments rather than 10. The change is part of a growing list of new elements for this year's Air Force 60th Anniversary event, which is to be held Sept. 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. All participants completing the race will receive a 60th Anniversary commemorative finisher's medal. For more information or to register, visit the (http://www.usafmarathon.com/) United States Air Force Marathon website.

Marines Issue Uniform Restrictions
A recent All-Marine Message reiterated that the Marine Corps combat utility uniform is to be worn only in the field and Garrison, not in a civilian environment. Marines are forbidden to visit local military-affiliated establishments off base such as the USO, Navy or Marine Federal Credit Union and day care while in their field uniforms. Drive-through establishments such as ATMs, fast food restaurants or dry cleaners are authorized, as long as Marines do not leave their vehicle. During the summer season, Marines will wear desert uniforms with sleeves rolled up. Woodlands will be worn in the Winter. Commanders will prescribe the appropriate uniform for the field and tactical environment.

Exchanges Sponsor Elvis Sweepstakes
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Hershey's are offering military shoppers the chance to win the "rock and roll" trip of a lifetime to Graceland. AAFES shoppers have until Aug. 25, 2007 to register for the "Hershey's Elvis Sweepstakes" at participating BX/PXs around the globe The sweepstake's grand prize includes roundtrip airfare for four, four tickets to Graceland, hotel accommodations and $500 spending money. The prize package will be awarded on or about Sept. 28, 2007. No purchase is necessary to enter. Winners need not be present to win. Visit your local AAFES Exchange to learn more.

No Co-Pay on TRICARE OTC Meds
TRICARE co-payments on mail order OTC (over-the-counter drugs), are now free. As part of a two-year test, TRICARE beneficiaries are now able to substitute over-the-counter versions of certain prescription drugs without a co-payment. The test is currently limited to the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy only. However, plans call for expanding this test to retail network pharmacies once the program details are ironed out. (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,144840,00.html) Read the full story at Military.com.

Eagle Cash Helps Deployed Troops
Thousands of servicemembers deployed overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom are now using "EagleCash" cards when making financial transactions. The Army is encouraging Middle East-deployed soldiers to use EagleCash, since use of the card eliminates having to wait in long lines to cash paper paychecks. For more information, visit the (http://www.fms.treas.gov/eaglecash/index.html) Eagle Cash webpage.

Survivor Benefit Plan Update
Effective October 1, 2008, SBP participants who reach 70 years of age and have made 360 payments (30 years), will no longer have to pay premiums for continued SBP coverage and will be placed in "Paid-up SBP" status. No action is required of SBP participants to be placed in Paid-up SBP status. Once the eligibility criteria has been met, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service will automatically stop deducting premiums from qualifying military retired pay accounts.

(http://www.military.com/benefits/surviv ... p-premiums) Read the full article at Military.com.

DoD SMART Scholarship
The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program provides selected applicants full tuition, money for books, and different levels of salaries, or stipends, depending on the level of education being pursued. The program is targeted toward individuals seeking a career in science, engineering, and research and development. Upon graduation from the program, participants are required to work for one year at DoD laboratories, or other federal agencies, for each year they were enrolled in the program. For more information, visit the SMART website at (http://www.asee.org/smart) www.asee.org/smart.

Fund Memorializes Soldier
Each spring the Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund presents cash leadership awards to graduates entering military service. More than 15 such awards were presented to ROTC and high school students in 2006 alone. The fund also sponsors a troop gift package program. For more information, visit the Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund website at (http://www.soldiersmemorialfund.org/) http://www.soldiersmemorialfund.org/.

Deal of the Week: 15% Off Flowers
1-800-Flowers.com is giving servicemembers and their families 15% off flowers and gifts. A portion of the proceeds goes to a charitable organization managed by Military.com. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 80607_Deal) Save on flowers and gifts now.

Featured Job: Border Patrol Agents
The Border Patrol is recruiting Border Patrol Agents. Apply online at: (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 080607_Job) BorderPatrolAgentsApply.com. Individuals, who have applied for or would like to apply for a Border Patrol Agent position, can also call toll-free: 1-877-BP-INFO-1.

Contaminated Noodles and Chili Recalled
Servicemembers and their families are being warned by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to check their home food supplies to ensure they do not eat recently recalled food products made by Castleberry Food Co. and noodles made by Nissin Foods. Commissary patrons who have any of the products dispose of them and return the product label to the store from which they purchased it for a full refund. For more information on the latest food product recalls, visit the (http://www.commissaries.com/press_room/ ... /index.cfm) DeCA Food Alerts web page.

Shopping Online Can Earn Gifts
Stars and Stripes reports that online shoppers can use their purchases to help earn gift certificates for troops through a new website called MyTroops.com. Online shoppers must register on the site and can accrue points by making purchases from one of the 372 merchants affiliated with MyTroops. Shoppers then assign those points to troops registered on the website. The company earns a small commission for every purchase. For more information, visit the (http://www.mytroops.com/) MyTroops.com website.

What Comes After SGLI?
Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage ends 120 days after you leave active duty service. Do you have plans for how you are going to meet your life insurance needs once your SGLI expires? Navy Mutual has been dedicated to serving the men and women of the Sea Services. No other provider can claim over 129 years of experience in providing for the insurance needs of Sailors, Marines Coastguardsmen, and their families. You can turn to Navy Mutual for assistance with determining your insurance needs. Contact a representative today to (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... NavyMutual) get a FREE rate quote and to learn how they can help you meet your insurance responsibilities.

Proud Patriots Sends Care Packages
Proud Patriots, Inc. sends care packages, cards and letters to servicemembers. Proud Patriots currently supports ten Marine units, eight Army units, two field hospitals, seven Navy ships, six Reserve/National Guard units, and two Air Force squadrons. Donations to Proud Patriots are shipped to these various units, which are in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Africa. For more information, visit the Proud Patriots website at (http://www.proudpatriots.org/) http://www.proudpatriots.org/.

The Coming Home Project
The Coming Home Project offers free support and stress management workshops and retreats, including psychological counseling, for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans and their families. The organization also offers care providers training and self-care. For more information, visit (http://www.cominghomeproject.net/cominghome/) The Coming Home Project website.

Enter the ROTC Blog Contest
All ROTC affiliated members are invited to enter a monthly Blog Contest by responding to the following question, "What would you tell a high school senior who is considering ROTC?"

The entry with the most votes will win a Nikon D40, 6.1 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera Kit. Runners up will be awarded an iPod nano. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... _ROTC_Blog) Enter the contest or vote for your favorite entry now.

Female Veterans Face Added Challenges
A recent program on National Public Radio's program "Talk of the Nation" included a discussion about access to mental health care and other issues female military servicemembers and veterans face after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. According to remarks made by experts during the program, female veterans are susceptible to job instability and homelessness and are more likely than men to experience post-traumatic stress disorder. An audio segment of the broadcast is available at the (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... d=12201273) NPR website.

Exchanges Celebrate Back-to-School
AAFES is hosting a variety of back to school specials including deals on Toshiba and Compaq computers, backpacks from $7.99-$19.99, 30 percent off L'Oreal and Revlon cosmetics, a wide assortment of Nike products priced from $5.50 to $20, two-for-one deals on select health and beauty items, 50 percent off select Armitron watches and much more. These back to school specials end Aug. 24, 2007. For more information, visit the (http://www.aafes.com/) AAFES website.

Group's Horses Benefit Wounded Troops
The nonprofit organization Back in the Saddle Bit by Bit (BITS) helps wounded military heroes and their families regain physical and mental fitness by riding and working with horses. BITS operates as a clearinghouse that identifies qualified programs around the country so wounded warriors can participate in these programs close to home. The Colorado-based group also works to help veterans in its program find employment. The group's officials hope to expand its program to reach as many servicemembers as possible through fundraising efforts. For more information, visit the BITS website at (http://www.bitsbybit.org/) http://www.bitsbybit.org/.

SCRA Troop Protections Under Review
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is designed to give broad financial and legal protections to active-duty troops and their families. However, recent reports indicate that the SCRA has fallen short of its intended goal. Citing numerous cases in which servicemembers have not received the required protections under SCRA, lawmakers are considering more than a dozen changes to the bill, covering issues such as preventing child custody changes while troops are deployed and allowing troops to suspend their cell phone accounts while they're overseas. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,144498,00.html) read the full story at Military.com.

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First Airman Receives New Combat Medal
Staff Sgt. Paxton, recently became the first airman to receive the new Air Force Combat Action Medal. The medal was created to recognize Air Force members who were engaged in air or ground combat off-base, in a combat zone including those who were under or engaged hostile forces with direct and hostile fire. Award eligibility is retroactive to Sept. 11, 2001, including posthumous awards. Personnel no longer on active duty can submit packages to the Board for Correction of Military Records. Airmen should contact their local military personnel flight or the Air Force Contact Center at DSN 665-5000 or (800) 616-3775.

TRICARE Reserve Select Update

TRICARE Reserve Select, the health plan for qualified National Guard and Reserve members, will be completely restructured as of Oct. 1, 2007. Changes include expanded eligibility, removal of the three-tier system, and the ability to sign up at anytime. In addition eligible members of the Guard and Reserve may have the opportunity to purchase TRICARE Reserve Select under the restructured plan as early as Aug. 11, 2007.

Visit Military.com's (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricar ... -explained) New TRICARE Reserve Select Explained web page to learn more about the changes to the TRICARE Reserve Select health care plan and how they will affect you and your family.


Return to Honor
Return to Honor provides three day retreats for service men and women, dealing with reintegration and combat stress. The organization also offers other programs and outreach efforts for servicemembers and returning veterans. Fore more information, visit the Return to Honor website at (http://www.returntohonorworkshop.com/) http://www.returntohonorworkshop.com/.

Kid's Deployment Show Nominated for Emmy
The television special "When Parents Are Deployed" has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program. The program looks closely at challenges military families face when a parent is deployed. The primetime special, hosted by actor Cuba Gooding Jr., evolved from the Sesame Workshop's initial outreach initiative, "Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment," a DVD distributed to military families with the help of Wal-Mart and MilitaryOneSource. The entire program can be watched or downloaded at the " (http://www.sesameworkshop.org/wpad/) When Parents are Deployed" website.

Presidential Commission Issues Report
The commission tasked with fixing the wounded servicemembers' health care system has presented its final report to President Bush. Their suggestions are to: (1) create comprehensive health recovery plans; (2) simplify the way disabilities are determined; (3) improve the system for diagnosing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries; (4) significantly strengthen support for families; (5) develop "My eBenefits," a one-stop information website; and (6) keep Walter Reed staffed with first-rate professionals. The entire final report is available in .pdf format on the (http://www.pccww.gov/) President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors website.

Retirement Appreciation Day in Michigan
The Lower Michigan Area Council of the Fort McCoy Retiree Affairs Office is having its Retiree Appreciation Day at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., on Sept. 29. Pre-registration is required and will be closed once there is a maximum of 650 participants. Registration forms can be downloaded from the (http://www.selfridgemwr.com/community/rso.htm) Selfridge Retiree Affairs Office website and mailed to the RAO at 44200 Jefferson Avenue, Building 780, Room 6, Selfridge ANGB, MI 48045-5263. The office is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and its staff can be reached by calling (586) 307-5580 and toll free at (800) 645-9416 Ext. 5580.

Naval Medical Center Needs Blood
The Naval Medical Center of San Diego reports an urgent need for donations of AB and O negative blood types. Active-duty military, reservists, dependants, retirees and government employees may donate to the medical center every 56 days - all donations go to direct military affiliates. Personnel recently returning from deployment may not be eligible to donate for 12 months after returning to the U.S. depending on the location of their deployment. For more information, or to donate, contact Doreen Rekoski at 619-532-6651. To make an appointment online, visit (http://www.militaryblood.dod.mil) www.militaryblood.dod.mil.

Admission Deadlines Approaching -- Have you Found the Right School?
There are many factors to consider when choosing a military-friendly school; these include available degree options, the school's policy for using (http://education.military.com/timesavin ... on-program) CLEP and (http://education.military.com/timesavin ... experience) military experience (ACE) credits, accreditation, and the cost of tuition.

There are thousands of schools that can be considered military-friendly. The trick is to find the one that offers exactly what you need, in a way that fits your lifestyle. You can find a school that matches your education needs through Military.com. It's a great place to start your search and it enables you to quickly (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... do?ESRC=MR _080607 _GIBILL) search schools and request more information.

Navy's Individual Augmentees Go Online
The (http://www.nko.navy.mil/) Navy Knowledge Online's (NKO) Individual Augmentee Community of Practice (IA COP) is a road map of resources and training for any Sailor heading to an individual augmentee (IA) assignment. The website contains 12 pages of deployment, combat training, uniform, cultural awareness, and combat theater information. Each page contains a discussion thread and a feedback mechanism so Sailors can ask questions and share information. The IA COP is the official information hub where IAs share deployment knowledge and complete pre-deployment online courses, and the website's content is updated on a weekly basis.

TRICARE Unveils HealthBeat
TRICARE has unveiled HealthBeat, its first online beneficiary newsletter, making it easier for beneficiaries to find TRICARE news and information when they need it. HealthBeat will reside on the My Benefits portal of the redesigned TRICARE website. Beneficiaries do not have to be a subscriber to get HealthBeat, however, they may sign up on the HealthBeat webpage. Additionally, TRICARE will periodically send HealthBeat news flashes on benefit issues. To view or subscribe to HealthBeat, visit the (http://www.tricare.mil/HealthBeat/) HealthBeat E-Newletter.

Army Reserve Recruiting Assistance Program
Pvt. Dustin McMore of Conway, Ark., became $2,000 richer recently as the first recipient of the Army Reserve Recruiter Assistance Program (AR-RAP) bonus. To qualify for the bonus, Pvt. McMore recruited his friend, Pvt. Trent Harris, into the Army Reserve. The Army Reserve launched the AR-RAP last month. Recruiter assistants earn $2,000 for helping identify qualified recruits. To become a recruiter assistant, Soldiers must first complete online training at the (http://www.ar-rap.com/) AR-RAP website. So far more than 5,000 Army Reserve Soldiers have signed up for the online training.
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Military Report - Week of August 13, 2007

#38 Postby boardman » Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:37 am

Military Report - Week of August 13, 2007

Sign up for the Freedom Walk
In 2005, Pentagon employees created The America Supports You Freedom Walk to commemorate the attack on the Pentagon and honor all lives lost on September 11. What began as a small gesture has become a new national tradition. Last year, over 135 Freedom Walks of all types and sizes were held across the U.S. to honor the victims of September 11, reflect on the freedoms we have in America, and pay tribute to our veterans, past and present.

The National Freedom Walk will be held in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, September 9, 2007, at 9:00 a.m. Local Freedom Walks will be held across America from September 8-11 in cities, workplaces and schools. Anyone is welcome to host or organize a Freedom Walk, or participate in a walk in their local community.

Interested walkers can log on to (http://www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil) http://www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil.

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Strength for Service
Strength for Service provides the daily devotional book "Strength for Service" for military personnel. More than 1 million copies of this book were first distributed during World War II and the Korean conflict before it went out of print. Fifty years later, a young boy named Evan Hunsberger was inspired by his grandfather's worn copy and began working to republish the book as his Eagle Scout project. Since "Strength for Service's" release in 2002, the book has been distributed to 250,000 people of all denominations including troops deploying to the Middle East and caring for the wounded. For more information, visit the (http://www.strengthforservice.org/index.html) Strength for Service website.

To find more deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) http://www.military.com/deployment.

Suicide Hot Line Begins Operations
The Department of Veterans Affairs national suicide prevention hot line for veterans has begun operations. The toll-free hot line number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). VA's hot line will be staffed by mental health professionals in Canandaigua, N.Y. who will take toll-free calls from across the country and work closely with local VA mental-health providers to help callers. To operate the national hot line, VA is partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services.

(http://www.military.com/benefits/resour ... d-overview) PTSD News and Resources

Coming Home Project
The San Francisco-based "Coming Home Project" is devoted to providing compassionate care and support for veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The organization is made up of veterans, psychotherapists, and interfaith leaders. These individuals offer workshops and retreats as well as psychological counseling by licensed therapists for veterans and family members. The group also offers training and advice for caregivers. All programs are free and confidential. For more information, visit the (http://www.cominghomeproject.net/ComingHome/) Coming Home Project website.

New Teacher Site Available
Servicemembers and spouses who are employed or interested in teaching have a new online resource, TheApple.com. TheApple provides free resources to teachers of all ages and stages, including daily news, job listings, lesson plans, articles, education opportunities and career networking. TheApple also offers videos and a bookstore, along with discussion boards where educators can connect, share experiences and learn. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 7_TheApple) Membership at TheApple is free.

Operation Give a Hug
Operation Give a Hug provides children of deployed parents a special doll with a photo of the deployed parent on the face of the doll. The program is sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Greater Tacoma Foundation located in Tacoma, Wash., where the program was originally launched. To date, Operation Give a Hug has distributed more than 14,000 dolls through family readiness groups, family liaison officers, family programs coordinators, school counselors, casualty assistance officers, Fort Lewis Fisher House, and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). For more information, visit the (http://www.operationgiveahug.org/) Operation Give a Hug website.

To find more deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) http://www.military.com/deployment.

VA-DoD Disability Reforms
The President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors, in releasing its final report, recommended getting "DoD completely out of the disability business" by giving VA sole responsibility for setting disability ratings and awarding compensation. Disabled service members would see the current "confusing, parallel systems of ratings and compensation" replaced by a single, simple and more generous system. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,143756,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

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Legislation Would Allow Salute to the Flag
Legislation sponsored by U.S. Senator (http://capwiz.com/military/bio/?id=481&lvl=C&chamber=S) Jim Inhofe ( (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/bills/?bill=10173166) S.1877) clarifies U.S. law to allow veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag. Current law (US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and servicemen not in uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether they can or should salute the flag. The bill passed in the Senate recently by unanimous consent.

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Personal Marine Information Compromised
Active and reserve Marines who conducted rifle re-qualification during recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., between January 2004 and December 2006 should expect a letter from Marine Corps officials about a compromise of personal information that occurred in June. Names and Social Security numbers of nearly 8,500 Marines were unintentionally posted on the Internet for 10 days by Pennsylvania State University, who acquired the information under a research and study contract with the Marine Corps. Marines can also access the (http://www.consumer.gov/IDTHEFT) Federal Trade Commission's website for guidance on protective action against identity theft.

Army's Hot Line Aids Soldiers, Families
The Army's four-month-old "Wounded Soldier and Family Hot Line" provides a more direct way for wounded soldiers and their families to obtain information for medical issues. Since its inception in March, 2007, the hotline has fielded more than 5,000 calls, involving more than 1,300 issues. Callers' issues are distributed to subject-matter experts for resolution. The hotline staff later contacts callers to ensure they have been helped. The hot line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Army's Wounded Soldier and Family Hot Line can be accessed at 1-800-984-8523. Overseas customers can call the hotline via the Defense Switched Network, or DSN, at 312-328-0002.

(http://www.military.com/wounded-warriors) Wounded Warrior News

Officers Get New Qualifications System
As of Oct. 1, the new Joint Qualification System, will offer an additional "experience-based" track with a point system for recognizing joint service. The original track remains in place, but the second track awards partial credit for an expanded list of joint positions. All original educational requirements remain in place, but some credit can be given for additional education, training and exercises. A key change is the ability to award credit to reserve component officers, which was previously not allowed. For more information, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,144697,00.html) read the article on the Military.com website.

Fisher-Price Recalls Toys
A voluntary recall has been announced of 967,000 Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and other children's toys manufactured by Fisher-Price Inc. Surface paints on the toys could contain excessive levels of lead. The toys were sold in retail stores nationwide May 2007 - August 2007. Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Fisher-Price. Consumers will need to return the product and will receive a voucher for a replacement toy of the consumer's choice up to the value of the returned product. For additional information contact Fisher-Price at (800) 916-4498 anytime or visit the (http://www.service.mattel.com/us/recall ... l_id=52430) Mattel website.

West Coast Program Saves Food Dollars
The Golden Self-Help and Resource Exchange Foods program, known as Golden SHARE Foods offers fresh, high-quality fruits, vegetables and meats once a month and saves shoppers up to 50 percent off similar products and groceries. Packages offered include vegetables, meat and grill packages and monthly specials ranging from $5 to $25. Packages get put together by SHARE and are delivered to each site location. The program is currently available in California and in Las Vegas. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. is one of the host sites where food can be picked up by participants. For further information, visit the (http://www.goldensharefoods.com/) Golden SHARE Foods website.

Find great discounts on products for military servicemembers only in the (http://img.military.com/misc/DC/DealIndex.jsp) Military.com Discount Center.

Company Offers Free Test Preparation Products
eKnowledge is an online- and CD-ROM-based learning program that teaches test-taking techniques for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT). The company is offering their test-preparation products free-of-charge to servicemembers and their families. Servicemembers interested in receiving free eKnowledge products can complete an online request form at (http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/) www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil by following the link to "Donation: VSG/NFL Players." Requests can also be made by calling eKnowledge at 951-256-4076 or via e-mail at (mailto:support@eknowledge.com) support@eknowledge.com.

Visit the Military-Friendly School Finder and (http://schools.military.com/schoolfinde ... schools.do) search our database of 4,000 schools and their military attributes. Find the right school for your education needs.

Navy Launches Diversity Course
A new General Military Training (GMT) topic titled, "Diversity is Our Strength" was recently launched by the Navy's Center for Personal and Professional Development. Commands will begin receiving compact discs around Aug. 17, and the training is currently accessible on (https://wwwa.nko.navy.mil/portal/splash/index.jsp) Navy Knowledge On-line (NKO). "Diversity is Our Strength" introduces Sailors to diversity in the Navy, highlighting what diversity is and why it is important.

Tuition Assistance Pays $4,500
Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members.

Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. (http://education.military.com/money-for ... m-overview) View the service breakdown and pay outs.

Additionally active duty members may elect to use the (http://education.military.com/money-for ... up-program) MGIB "top-up" in addition to their service provided TA to cover high cost courses.

TA is not a loan; you get $4,500 and it should be viewed as money you have earned just like your base pay. Get your education paid for. Take the fist step and (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... do?ESRC=MR _081307 _GIBILL) request free information from schools that work around your schedule and needs.

Premium Change for Some Retirees
Participants in the Uniformed Services Survivor Benefit Plan for retired military members face some changes. Effective Oct. 1, 2008, SBP participants who reach 70 years of age and have made 360 payments (30 years), will no longer have to pay premiums for continued SBP coverage and will be placed in "Paid-up SBP" status. Also, there will be a paid-up status for participants in the Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan once they reach 70 years of age. No action is required of SBP participants to be placed in Paid-up SBP status. More information on Paid-up SBP, should be available at the (http://www.dfas.mil/retiredpay.html) DFAS website within the next several months.

(http://www.military.com/benefits/survivor-benefits) Learn more about the Survivor Benefit Plan.

Army Boosts Enlistment Bonuses
Army officials are implementing a new bonus for recruits who sign up by the end of this fiscal year. The $20,000 "quick-ship" bonus is for aspiring recruits with no prior military service who enlist for at least two years of active duty and report to basic training within 30 days of enlistment. The program ends Sept. 30.

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Battleship Missouri Commemorates Birthdays
Every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces recognizes its official "birthday." The Battleship Missouri Memorial is offering complimentary admission to all retired military and active-duty personnel throughout the week of their respective service birthday. Immediate family members will enjoy 50 percent off admission. Qualified visitors must present a valid military I.D. during their corresponding service birthday week at the Missouri's ticket window on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. The remaining birthday dates during 2007 are Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, and Dec. 8. For more information, call toll-free 1-877-MIGHTYMO (1-877-644-4896) or visit (http://www.ussmissouri.org/) www.ussmissouri.org.

Traffic Laws in Germany
While the process of getting a driver's license in Germany is far different for U.S. Army Europe personnel than for German citizens both must obey the same traffic laws. Both German drivers and USAREUR drivers are subject to a system that rates traffic violations and assesses points against their licenses for offenses. The worse the offense, the more points that are added. When a driver accumulates six points, a notice is sent to his chain of command so the driver can be counseled about his driving habits. While the German law dictates that the penalty for going over the point limit of a license is 180 days, the unit chain of command may assess penalties that would suspend the license for up to a year.

Hire a Hero
An online nonprofit group, Hire a Hero, is helping servicemembers preparing to transition to the civilian work world connect with solid job opportunities. The organization currently has 5,000 former servicemembers signed up for help with job hunting. Participants are asked to complete a profile about their situation -- for example, what skills they have, how close they are to separating, and where they hope to live once they've left the military. Those who register with Hire a Hero also can search and apply for jobs with "military-friendly employers" on the website. For more information, visit the (http://www.hireahero.org/) Hire a Hero website.

(http://www.helmetstohardhats.org/) Helmets to Hardhats is the fastest way for Military, Reservists, & Guardsmen to transition from active duty to a career in the construction industry.

Exchanges Sponsor 'Mini' Sweepstakes
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and SoBe beverages are giving military shoppers an opportunity to win a 2007 Mini Cooper. Authorized BX/PX shoppers can enter the "SoBe Mini Cooper Giveaway" at AAFES main stores and shoppettes worldwide from Aug.1 - Aug. 31st. Drawing for a 2007 Mini Cooper with an approximate retail value of $18,500, or the cash equivalent, will be held on or about Sept. 28, 2007. No purchase necessary to enter. Winners do not need to be present to win.

New Competition Debuts at Marathon
A new type of competition for active-duty Air Force servicemembers debuts at this year's U.S. Air Force Marathon on Sept. 15, 2007. The Major Command, or MAJCOM, Challenge is a new feature intended to spur friendly competition among Airmen assigned to the Air Force's nine major commands. The MAJCOM Challenge winner will be the Air Force major command with the highest participation rates and best performances in the full- and half-marathon races. Active-duty members are authorized permissive temporary duty to participate, if their supervisors approve. For more information, visit the (http://www.usafmarathon.com/) Air Force Marathon website.

House Approves 3.5% Pay Raise
The House approved modest changes to President Bush's record Pentagon budget proposal. The House's $459.6 billion version of the defense budget, approved on a 395-13 vote, would add money for equipment for the National Guard and Reserve, provide for 12,000 additional soldiers and Marines, and increase spending for defense health care and military housing. The bill would provide $2.2 billion to cover a (http://www.military.com/military/benefi ... ts,00.html) 3.5 percent pay raise for servicemembers. The administration objects and says its recommended 3 percent pay increase is sufficient. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,145210,00.html) read the article at Military.com. All military pay information can be found in (http://www.military.com/benefits/military-pay) Military.com's Pay Section.

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2007 DoD Employer Support Freedom Awards
The Department of Defense has announced the 2007 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipients. This year's list of award recipients includes Augustine and Sons, Inc., Con-way Inc., Creative Healthcare Solutions, Custom Hardware Engineering, Inc., Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Gantts Excavating & Contracting Inc, General Motors Corporation, New Hampshire State Police, Nucor Corporation, Sierra Pacific Resources, Sodexho USA, State of Tennessee, Turbocam, Ultra Machining Company, Wilmington VA Medical Center.

Previous recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award include Starbucks Corporation, American Express, General Electric, Harley-Davidson, The Home Depot, Las Vegas' MGM Mirage, the State of Vermont, Strategic Solutions Incorporated, and the Sprint Corporation.

More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at (http://www.esgr.mil/) www.esgr.mil or by calling the ESGR office at (800) 336-4590.

V Corps Seeks Officer Candidates
The U.S. Army V Corps based in Heidelberg, Germany is looking for 14 corps Soldiers who would like to attend Army Officer Candidate School. The program gives Soldiers an opportunity to attend OCS via direct selection, rather than undergoing a board process. Each interested applicant compiles a packet consisting of items such as personnel records; security clearance information; an official photo and other items. That packet is reviewed by the corps commander and selections are made. The deadline to apply for the program is September 30. For more information, call the personnel actions branch of the V Corps personnel division at DSN 314-370-5748.

NEW Online Voter Registration
The DoD's Federal Voting Assistance Program makes it possible to servicemembers to save completed (http://www.fvap.gov/pubs/onlinefpca.html) Online Federal Post Card Application (OFPCA) and (http://www.fvap.gov/pubs/onlinefwab.html) Online Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (OFWAB) forms on a computer for future use. This will help those who may move frequently between now and the November 4, 2008 election to be prepared for sending mailing address updates to their local election official. Servicemembers that have questions can reach the FVAP toll-free at 1-800-438-8683. If calling from outside the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, members can call one the international (http://www.fvap.gov/services/tollfree.html) toll-free numbers listed on the FVAP website (http://www.fvap.gov/) www.fvap.gov. Or by email at: (mailto:vote@fvap.ncr.gov) vote@fvap.ncr.gov.

Deal of the Week: Military Discounts
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Translators Offered Big Cash Bonuses
The Army is now offering individuals who speak certain Middle-Eastern languages a $10,000 enlistment bonus for enlisting as a Translator Aide in the U.S. Army Individual Ready Reserve. Individuals without previous military service who enlist in the active Army or Army Reserve may also be eligible for an Army Civilian Skills bonus of $5,000 for the Army or $15,000 for the Army Reserve. These bonuses may also include an additional $20,000 Quick Ship bonus for those who are willing to report to basic training within 30 days. This $20,000 quick-ship bonus may be combined with the Army's other cash enlistment bonuses for a maximum combination of $40,000 for those who enlist for at least four years.

Note: In addition to regular pay and benefits, Army Translators also qualify for up to $1,000 a month in Foreign Language Proficiency Pay.

Contact an (https://secure.military.com/Recruiting/ ... cialty=09L) Army Recruiter to learn how you can become an Army Arabic Translator and earn bonuses of up to $40,000.

All military pay information can be found in (http://www.military.com/benefits/military-pay) Military.com's Pay Section. To find complete information on current cash enlistment incentives (signing bonuses) and reenlistment bonuses offered by each of the Armed Forces, visit the (http://www.military.com/recruiting/bonus-center/) Military.com Bonus Center.
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Military Report - Week of August 20, 2007

#39 Postby boardman » Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:42 am

Military Report - Week of August 20, 2007

Bill Would Allow Vets to Salute the Flag
The Senate has introduced a bill ( (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/bills/?bill=10173166) S.1877) clarifying U.S. law to allow veterans and service personnel not in uniform to salute the flag. Current law (US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and servicemembers not in uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether they can or should salute the flag.

Editor's Note: There are wide spread false reports claiming that this bill has passed. This bill has not yet gone to the House for a vote, which is not expected to happen until Congress returns from summer recess in September.

Current status according to the Library of Congress: 7/26/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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Foundation Offers Thanks
The Thank You Foundation is saying "thank you" to America's servicemembers and veterans through its Thank You Card and Veterans Certificate Programs. The Thank You cards can be given to anyone who is serving or has served in the military. The organization has arranged for cards to be sent in care packages to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and to veterans in nursing homes. The Certificates of Appreciation are presented at homecomings and other events honoring Veterans and Active Duty Personnel. The organization also sponsors similar program and special activities. For more information, visit the (http://www.thethankyoufoundation.org/index.php) Thank You Foundation website.

Find ways to support and honor U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who protect our security and freedom. Visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/resour ... our-troops) Military.com Support our Troops webpage.

TRICARE Formulary Update Announced
TRICARE announced the placement of 17 additional, non-formulary (or third tier), medications on the TRICARE Uniform Formulary. For a complete list of medications, their formulary status and where they are available, visit the (http://www.tricareformularysearch.org/d ... fault.aspx) Formulary Search Tool. Beneficiaries can ask providers if establishing medical necessity for the third-tier medication is appropriate; and the forms and criteria are available on the (http://www.tricare.mil/pharmacy/medical ... mulary.cfm) TRICARE website. Beneficiaries may find more information on the TRICARE Retail Pharmacy and locations, and the (http://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE) TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy. They may also call 866-363-8779 for the retail pharmacy or 866-363-8667 for the mail order pharmacy.

To learn more about TRICARE, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricare) www.military.com/benefits/tricare.

Sign up for the Freedom Walk
In 2005, Pentagon employees created The America Supports You Freedom Walk to commemorate the attack on the Pentagon and honor all lives lost on September 11. What began as a small gesture has become a new national tradition. Last year, over 135 Freedom Walks of all types and sizes were held across the U.S. to honor the victims of September 11, reflect on the freedoms we have in America, and pay tribute to our veterans, past and present.

The National Freedom Walk will be held in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, September 9, 2007, at 9:00 a.m. Local Freedom Walks will be held across America from September 8-11 in cities, workplaces and schools. Anyone is welcome to host or organize a Freedom Walk, or participate in a walk in their local community.

Interested walkers can log on to (http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/) http://www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil.

The Fleet Reserve Association Offers Free Guide For Sea Service
Get your FREE guide "Communicate With Your Elected Officials!"
Attention all USN, USMC and USCG enlisted personnel and family
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You should have a "how-to" guide to communicate with your lawmakers.

If you want to make sure your pay, benefit and quality of life needs are being heard on Capitol Hill, you need FRA! As a professional military advocacy association, we make sure members of Congress understand the unique challenges of military service and give voice to our members' concerns about:

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* health care
* survivor benefits
* education
* housing
* child care
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Air Force Seeks Nursing Program Applicants
Due to a shortfall in the number of qualified applicants, a supplemental board is scheduled for October 2007 to select 50 additional candidates to attend the Air Force's Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program for the spring 2008 start date. Airmen must advise AFPC of their intent to apply by Sept. 24, submit transcripts for an academic evaluation by Oct. 5, and submit their completed application by Oct. 15 to: AFPC/DPAMW, 550 C Street West, Suite 27, Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4729. Airmen who successfully complete the nurse training program will be commissioned as second lieutenants. For more information on applying for the supplemental board, call the Air Force Contact Center at (800) 616-3775.

Enlisted Aviator Fields Open for Retrainees
The Air Force has openings for first-term Airmen to retrain into the flight engineer, flight attendant, and aerial gunner specialties. Staff sergeants and technical sergeants can also retrain under the NCO Retraining Program into boom operator, flight engineer, loadmaster, airborne mission systems, airborne battle management, aerial gunner, and cryptologic linguist careers. Interested Airmen can contact their command support staff for more information. To view the retraining advisory, visit the (http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/) virtual Military Personnel Flight (vMPF) and click on the request retraining link.

State-by-State Guide to Disability Resources
Visitors to the DisabilityInfo.gov website can locate disability programs and information for their state. To browse through state information, select one of the nine subject tabs at the top of any DisabilityInfo.gov page. Then click on the State and Local Resources map on the right-hand side bar to find information on that subject in your state. You can also subscribe to receive e-mail updates on information and resources in your state. For more information, visit the DisabilityInfo.gov website at (http://www.disabilityinfo.gov/) http://www.disabilityinfo.gov.

To learn about veterans state benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/vetera ... -directory) Military.com State Veteran's Benefits Directory.

Army Leader Handbook Looks at Combat
"CALL Leader's Handbook No. 07-27, The First 100 Days," a new handbook published by the Center for Army Lessons Learned at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., looks at the first 100 days of combat when leaders and Soldiers are adjusting to the tactical environment, the enemy and each other. The information for the handbook came from more than 1,700 Soldiers and company-level leaders with battlefield experience. The handbook, designed to fit in the cargo pocket of the Army combat uniform, is the second in a series of three. The leader's handbook is available at (http://call.army.mil/) http://call.army.mil. For more information, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,145204,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

To find deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) http://www.military.com/deployment.

Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2007
The Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2007 would allow the receipt of both military retired pay and veterans' disability compensation with respect to any service-connected disability (currently, only a disability rated at 50 percent or more). The proposed legislation ( (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/bills/?bill=10192011) S. 439 and (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/bills/?bill=10192031) H.R. 303) would make individuals who were retired or separated from military service due to a service-connected disability eligible for the full concurrent receipt of both veterans' disability compensation and either military retired pay or combat-related special pay.

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Translators in High Demand
Our nation's defense has always depended on the military's ability to glean information from foreign language newspapers, magazines, radio broadcasts and other sources. Nowhere is this more important than in the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army needs speakers of Middle-Eastern languages to serve as interpreter/translators on both active and reserve duty. Being an Army linguist gives Soldiers the opportunity to learn new languages or hone their current language skills while serving a vital role in our nation's defense. (http://www.military.com/Careers/Content ... =Reference) Learn more about becoming an Army Linguist.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Scholarships
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society sponsors several education programs designed to assist eligible Navy and Marine Corps family members in pursuing their academic goals. Through the society's Travers Scholarship and Loan Program, children and spouses of active duty and retired Navy and Marine Corps personnel can qualify for grants ranging from $500 to $2,500. The society also oversees the Spouse Tuition Aid Program which is available to the spouses of military members stationed outside of the United States. For more information about the society's education programs, visit (http://www.nmcrs.org/education.html) www.nmcrs.org/education.html.

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Customer Service at MACH Speed
The Air Force Personnel Center now provides personal assistance to officials in the field through its new Management Advisory Clearing House program (MACH). The MACH has a primary goal of increasing customer service between AFPC and the people at base-level trying to fill personnel positions. MACH teams now speak directly with their customers to help them fill job vacancies and provide personal assistance during the hiring process. MACH provides verbal feedback or discussion about the process and is now the "face" of AFPC to the hiring managers in the field. For more information on MACH, contact AFPC/DPID at DSN 665-1680, or commercially at (210) 565-1680.

The Armed Services Blood Program
The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) accepts donations from active-duty military, their immediate family, retirees, and government employees. Blood Donor Centers are located on military installations with sizeable donor populations. Strict quality control, testing and processing procedures (stricter, even than what FDA guidelines require) must be met. For information on how and where to give blood, visit the (http://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/) Armed Services Blood Program website.

TRICARE Prime Travel Reimbursement
TRICARE Prime beneficiaries referred by their primary care manager for specialty services at a location more than 100 miles from their provider's location may be eligible to have their reasonable travel expenses reimbursed by TRICARE. This can be requested at the military treatment facility (MTF) or from the TRICARE Regional Offices (TRO) if the doctor is a TRICARE network provider. For more information, access the (http://www.tricare.mil/Factsheets/viewf ... cfm?id=181) TRICARE fact sheet or contact your local MTF or TRO beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinator (BCAC) or travel POC, which can be located on the (http://www.tricare.osd.mil/bcacdcao/) TRICARE website.

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$20,000 Bonus for Army Recruits
The U.S. Army's Recruiting Command has announced a $20,000 "quick-ship" bonus for aspiring recruits. The bonus applies to new recruits with no prior military service who enlist for at least two years active duty in America's Army. They must agree to report to basic training within 30 days of enlistment. The program ends Sept. 30. The $20,000 quick-ship bonus can be combined with the Army's other cash enlistment bonuses, up to a maximum combination of $40,000 if an enlistee signs up for at least four years. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... neric_Form) Learn more about Military service opportunities.

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Facility Offers Post Graduate Education
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Distance Learning at Trident Training Facility (TTF), Naval Base (NB) Kitsap, Bangor, has announced its upcoming schedule for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program for nuclear trained officers. The NPS distance learning program is a 24-month, part-time program in which students take one course per quarter for eight quarters. Fall courses offered through TTF Bangor will begin the last week of September as part of the full eight-quarter program. For more information, visit the (http://www.nps.edu/) Naval Postgraduate School website.

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168,000 to Lose TRICARE Prime Coverage
More than 168,000 (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricar ... e-overview) TRICARE Prime enrollees -- those in managed care networks set up more than 40 miles from a military base or a base closure site -- could lose access to those networks and therefore pay higher out-of-pocket costs under new TRICARE support contracts to take effect in 2009. (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,146137,00.html) Read the full story at Military.com.

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Post Office Reissues Purple Heart Stamp
The U.S. Postal Service issued the 41 cent Purple Heart stamp for public sale earlier this month. According to the Postmaster General, the stamp commemorates servicemembers' sense of duty, dedication to service, spirit of valor, and willingness to sacrifice. The 41-cent stamp is the third issue of the Purple Heart postage stamp, which honors the Purple Heart medal and those who wear it. Aug. 7, 2007 marked the 225th anniversary of the Purple Heart. For more information about the medal, including educational materials for students, visit the (http://www.purpleheart.org/) Military Order of the Purple Heart website.

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Full Replacement Value Begins Soon
Servicemembers will soon be eligible for full replacement value protection on most DoD-funded personal property shipments. Under the full replacement value program, the transportation service provider is liable for the greater of $5,000 per shipment, or $4 times the net weight of the shipment, in pounds, up to $50,000. Customers must provide notice of loss and damage on a DD Form 1840, listing all damage discovered at delivery, or DD Form 1840R listing all damage discovered after delivery, to the provider within 75 days of delivery. The (http://www.sddc.army.mil/) Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command website has full replacement value guidelines that govern coverage.

Virtual Food Pantry Offers Assistance
The Armed Services Young Men's Christian Association (ASYMCA) is working to bring assistance to Sailors through the Virtual Food Pantry program. The Virtual Food Pantry provides Sailors and their families with commissary gift certificates to help with food costs. Since the program started in 2004, it has provided emergency food for more than 90 families. For additional information about the Virtual Food Pantry, telephone the Armed Service YMCA at (800) 597-1260.

Deal of the Week: Free Magazines for Soldiers
Sporting Classics is giving Active-duty servicemembers a free one-year subscription. You can also give a gift subscription for only $20 (reg. $28.95). Ten percent of the proceeds will go to TAPS. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 82007_Deal) Get your free subscription or donate one here.

New Loans, New Business for You
Servicemembers can take advantage of the United States Small Business Administration's new Patriot Express loan program, which will produce faster loan turnaround times of the agency's SBA Express loans, but with lower interest rates, larger loan limits and higher government guarantees. Loans are available to veterans, reservists and active-duty servicemembers who are leaving the military, their spouses, and the spouses of military personnel who died during service or died of a service-connected disability. Loans of up to $500,000 will be available through the program. This new program is only slated to run through Dec. 31, 2010. For more information, visit the (http://www.sba.gov/patriotexpress/) SBA Patriot Express website or telephone the SBA at 800-827-5722. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,145173,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

Army Puts 'Temporary' Back in Orders
The Army is putting the "temporary" back into temporary change of station orders that authorize and fund assignments for Soldiers in contingency support positions that are not in a combat zone. Effective Aug. 15, TCS orders will be issued only for assignments of 180 days or less, unless a waiver is granted. Additionally, Soldiers will not be approved for two sets of 180-day orders within the same 365-day period. Being on TCS or Temporary Duty Station orders entitles Soldiers to lodging and per diem reimbursements, in addition to their normal housing allowance. For more information, access the (http://www.army.mil/-news/2007/08/09/4340-fact-sheet/) fact sheet and (http://www.army.mil/-news/2007/08/09/43 ... questions/) FAQs.

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Servicemembers Save with ASMBA
The Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association (ASMBA), established in 1963, provides comprehensive, affordable life insurance coverage to military personnel and their families. For example, you can get an extra $100,000 worth of coverage for only $19 a month. It's an inexpensive way to have half a million dollars worth of coverage. New members receive $3,000 FREE Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance. There are no dues or assessments beyond the life insurance premiums. To request free, no-obligation information (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... _082007.nl) click here.

Air Force Launches Retraining Program
The Air Force's 2008 Noncommissioned Officer Retraining Program began earlier this month. NCOs notified of their vulnerability to retrain must submit their shortage career field choices no later than Sept. 21. Vulnerability listings by grade and Air Force Specialty Code are posted on the (http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/) virtual Military Personnel Flight (vMPF). By clicking on their grade or projected grade, NCOs may view their rankings on the vulnerability list and apply for retraining through the vMPF as needed. For more information, Airmen should contact their CSS personnel, their base career assistance advisor or the Air Force Contact Center at (800) 616-3775.

TRICARE Reserve Select Coming
Beginning Oct. 1, 2007, National Guard and Reserve members will be able to purchase health care coverage under the new TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) and all will pay the same low monthly premium. For some, it means they will pay a third of what they are paying today. To begin the application process, reservists should visit the (https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/tsa/index.jsp) Guard and Reserve Web portal. Note, this is a restricted site. For more specific information, people can go to the (http://www.tricare.mil/reserve/reserveselect) TRICARE Reserve Select website. Air Force Reserve and Guard members can contact the Air Reserve Personnel Center toll free at 800-525-0102 or DSN 926-6730.

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Add $5,400 to Your GI Bill
If you are an eligible active-duty servicemember the GI Bill Buy-Up program can help you get up to an extra $150 a month added to your standard MGIB "pay rate." This could increase your total benefits by as much as $5,400.

To apply you must have joined the military for the first time after June 30, 1985, still be on active duty, and elect to contribute up to an additional $600 before you separate. You may elect to contribute any amount from $20 to $600 in increments of $20. Each $20 contributed earns you an extra $180 in total benefits. To participate you must contribute through your military branch using form (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... _MGIB_Form) DD-2366-1 to process your request.

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Military Report - Week of August 27, 2007

#40 Postby boardman » Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:44 am

Military Report - Week of August 27, 2007

Army to Launch New Game
America's Army will declare war on the fictional country of Ganzia Sept. 27 when it launches "True Soldiers" for X-Box 360, the latest evolution of the popular Army-sponsored computer game. Players create a Soldier, go to basic and advanced weapons training, then deploy to Ganzia, an American ally overrun by a rebel militia. Each mission comes complete with a set of battle orders providing background information, objectives and intelligence. "True Soldiers" accurately depicts the Army. Training and marksmanship tests reflect real Army standards, and uniforms, guns and other equipment model the real thing. For more information, the (http://www.americasarmy.com/) America's Army website.

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Career Program for Undesignated Sailors
Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT) is a program designed to enlist Sailors into a monitored general apprenticeship program, which provides Apprentice level formal training and on-the-job training that leads to a viable career field within two years on board their first Permanent Duty Station. Undesignated Seamen will be accessed into the PACT Program commencing FY-08. Apprentice Airmen and Firemen will participate in FY-09. The Career Information Management System (CIMS) will be used to monitor Career Development Boards and Fleet RIDE rating eligibility screening will continue to be mandated to ensure PACT Sailors are placed into career paths they are eligible for.

Program to Eliminate Sizing Shortfalls
Sizing shortfalls in clothing and equipment distributed at central issue facilities is soon to be a thing of the past with the new Uniform System for Improved Tariffs (USFIT) program. The USFIT program uses 3-D, whole-body scanners to record the shape of Soldiers' bodies. The data is archived in the Integrated Database for Engineering Anthropometry of Soldiers to provide a better overall description of the user population. The information may eventually be loaded onto common access cards so Soldiers and supply sergeants can simply scan the card when ordering uniforms and equipment from around the world.

Group Takes Action for Servicemembers
Members of the group, "Operation: Action Packed!" sends boxes of letters, snacks, phone cards and other small items troops serving in hostile and remote areas of the world. Packages are personalized to match individual requests. Servicemembers interested in receiving packages can register on the (http://www.operationactionpacked.org/index.htm) Operation: Action Packed! website. A form allows them to provide general information about living conditions and make special requests. The nonprofit, charitable organization also receives donations via its website.

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Mattel Recalls More Toys
Stars and Stripes reports that Mattel's second toy recall this month affects dozens of toy sets sold at military exchanges. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) have pulled the recalled toys from the shelves. Parents will have to contact Mattel to get a refund for the items as AAFES stores will not provide refunds or exchanges for the items. Customers can call the company at (888) 597-6597 for information on getting a refund or visit (http://service.mattel.com/us/recall.asp) http://service.mattel.com/us/recall.asp. Additional information is available at the (http://www.cpsc.gov/) Consumer Product Safety Commission's Website.

Army Releases New Study
The Army has announced the results of a recently completed study that identified positive, measurable links between Soldiers' use of recreation and Family programs and readiness and retention. The study - funded by the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command - found a direct link between active-duty Soldiers' use of recreation and Family programs and their desire to stay in Army and their satisfaction with Army life. These links also held true for programs used by the spouses of active-duty Soldiers. Study findings will be integrated into future recreation and Family program resource and marketing decisions.

Marine Given Guidelines on Dwell Time
The Commandant of the Marine Corps recently set a deployment to dwell ratio of 1-to-2. This means that for every four months spent deployed, the Marine will have eight months at their home base or station. The 1-to-2 deployment to dwell ratio applies specifically to active-duty Marines. Marines serving in the reserves have a 1-to-5 deployment to dwell ratio. For active-duty components, the deployment must last a minimum of four consecutive months. Deployment time starts as soon as boots hit the ground. Training, deployment certifications, pre-deployment exercises and other routine local operations may occur during the dwell period.

To find deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) http://www.military.com/deployment.

Nominations Sought for Engineering Awards
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is seeking nominations for its Golden Torch Awards now through Oct. 1. The Golden Torch Awards are designed to highlight the accomplishments of distinguished black engineers and technical professionals. NSBE will present the awards March 22, 2008, at the NSBE Golden Torch Awards in Orlando, Fla. Award nominations are to be submitted no later than Oct. 1, by regular mail to NSBE, 205 Daingerfield Road, Alexandria, Va., 22314. For more information, visit the (http://national.nsbe.org/Programs/2008G ... fault.aspx) National Society of Black Engineers website.

Survival Training to be Required of All Airmen
Air Force leaders plan to broaden the focus of SERE (survival, evasion, resistance and escape) training for all Airmen due to the threat of isolation and capture for Airmen supporting the war on terrorism. SERE training teaches Airmen principles, techniques and skills to survive in any environment, avoid capture, resist and escape if captured. SERE training is currently conducted on three levels. All Airmen receive entry-level, or A-level, training. B-level is provided to those with a moderate risk of capture and C-level is reserved for those with a high risk of capture. B- and C-level training is provided primarily to aircrew members and those in higher risk duties.

Air Force to Honor Women's Contributions
In conjunction with its 60th anniversary celebration this year, the Air Force is paying tribute to female servicemembers through its 2007 Air Force Heritage to Horizons Women's Training Symposium scheduled for Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 at the Waterford Receptions center in Springfield, Va. The symposium will feature keynote speakers, an exhibit hall, and several professional development forums. The symposium is open to women and men who have served or are serving and for Department of Defense civilians. For more information, visit the (https://maxlogin.maxwell.af.mil/airforcewomenssymposium) 2007 Air Force Heritage to Horizons Women's Training Symposium website.

Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read is a Boston based national literacy program created to make literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care. The organization provides books to children at pediatric check ups. For more information and to find a Reach Out and Read program near you, visit the (http://www.reachoutandread.org/) Reach Out and Read website.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) was designed to help friends and families who have lost loved ones serving in the armed forces. TAPS was founded in 1992 in Anchorage, Alaska, and has been helping friends and families cope for more than 14 years. The program is now helping 10,000 friends and family reconnect and share support nationwide. The support program is sponsored by TRICARE, the military medical provider, and accepts donations to keep the program running. For more information, visit the (http://www.taps.org/) TAPS website.

To learn about Survivor Benefits, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/survivor-benefits) http://www.military.com/benefits/survivor-benefits.

Paying Back Premiums Unavoidable
Stars and Stripes reports that roughly 56,000 servicemembers owe the Defense Department an estimated $25 million for failing to pay premiums for life insurance they did not realize they had. The DoD estimates some 23,000 active-duty troops in dual-military marriages and 33,000 reservists owe the Pentagon an average of about $446 each in unpaid FSGLI premiums. A recent United States Army Europe (USAREUR) memo concludes that the Army's actions to recoup unpaid insurance premiums from Soldiers are, in the opinion of the judge advocate general, "compulsory, mandated by law."

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Organization Debuts New Mobile Canteens
One of three United Service Organizations' (USO) mobile canteens recently visited Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. during drill week as part of an effort to reach out to servicemembers who are not often exposed to the USO. The USO, famous for taking the show on the road, is using the new set of wheels to help the agency travel to military installations around the country. The Mobile USO is a specially outfitted recreational vehicle that includes a TV lounge, five Xbox game-playing stations, and set up outside the RV, various goodies, snacks cold drinks and coffee that are the hallmark of any USO location. For more information on USO programs and services, visit (http://www.uso.org/) www.uso.org.

Staff Sergeant Promotion Rates
The Air Force selected 15,130 of 36,608 eligible senior Airmen for promotion to staff sergeant. The staff sergeant selection rate was 41.33 percent. Score notices are available on the (http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/) virtual Military Personnel Flight and the Air Force Portal. The complete list of selectees is available on (http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/eprom/) Air Force Personnel Service's enlisted promotions webpage. There are 4,894 enlisted Airmen that are still due to WAPS test, primarily due to deployment. Upon their return, they will be provided the 60-day study time prior to testing and then automatically be considered via the monthly supplemental process.

Immigration Information for the Military
Stars and Stripes reports that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has launched a military-specific hot line to help troops and their families better navigate the agency's paperwork and processes. The telephone number is (877) 247-4645 and is toll-free for stateside callers. The staff of the hot line have been trained in military-specific immigration issues. Also, the agency has launched a (http://www.uscis.gov/military) military-specific website where troops will be able to e-mail questions to those same experts.

Retired Airmen Teach Cadets
Air Force Junior ROTC instructors must be retired military from any Air Force specialty with at least 20 years of active duty and have good morale character. All instructors actually work for the school system in the areas in which they teach, and a member's retirement pay is supplemented by the local school board or district. Air National Guard and Reserve members can also participate in the program. For more information, call Ms. Jo Alice Talley, chief of JROTC instructor management at Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools (AFOATS), at 1-866-235-7682, ext. 7742, and visit the AFJROTC webpage from the (http://www.afoats.af.mil/) AFOATS Website.

Health Care Benefits Improve for Reserve
A streamlined TRICARE Reserve Select ( (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricar ... t-overview) TRS) health care program launches Oct. 1, 2007. The revamped version is affordable and simpler, with one premium level instead of the current three-tier system. Monthly premiums are $81 for the servicemember and $253 for member and family coverage. TRS offers coverage comparable to TRICARE Standard and Extra. Members of the Selected Reserve can find out more about TRS and locate their TRICARE regional contractor contact information by entering their profile at the "My Benefits" portal at (http://www.tricare.mil/) www.tricare.mil. National Guard and Reserve members can contact their Reserve Component points of contact if they have additional questions.

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Navajo Code Talkers Recognized
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently met with a group of "Navajo code talkers" to commemorate their outstanding service during World War II. The Marine veterans used their native Navajo language to baffle the Japanese during the War. More than 400 Navajo code talkers were trained in 1942-45 to take part in Marine operations in the Pacific Theater. The code was so successful that it was not declassified until 1968. For more information, including educational materials, visit the (http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq61-2.htm) Navajo Code Talkers: World War II Fact Sheet at the (http://bingaman.senate.gov/features/codetalkers/) Navajo Code Talkers website, and (http://www.thenavajocodetalkers.com/index.htm) America's Native Heroes: the Lives and Times of the Navajo Code Talkers.

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Firefighters Fund Helps Servicemembers
The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was founded in memory of its namesake, a decorated member of Rescue 4 of the New York Fire Department and chief of the Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department, who killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The fund offers education and financial assistance to servicemembers and firefighters. Servicemembers in need of this type of assistance can apply directly through the (http://www.terryfarrellfund.org/) Terry Ferrell Firefighters Fund website. In addition, the fund sends care packages to servicemembers serving in combat areas.

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Commissaries Promote Family Day
Commissary officials are urging military families to enjoy a meal together often, but especially on Family Day, Monday, Sept. 24, 2007. During the month of September at commissaries around the world, customers can enter to win a commissary gift certificate to help defray the cost of groceries for family meals. Each store will have a ballot box and entry forms near the Coke display. DeCA and Coca-Cola are also collaborating on the production of special Family Day recipe cards to inspire moms and dads to make dinner from scratch, a healthier option than restaurant take-out and fast-food, drive-through meals. For more information, visit the official (http://www.casafamilyday.org/index.html) Family Day website.

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Exchanges Expand Shipping Services
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) has been aggressively extending packaging, shipping and business services to Army and Air Force installations throughout the United States. To date, AAFES operates 29 UPS Stores, Postal Annex + and Parcel Plus facilities throughout CONUS, Hawaii and Alaska. Two additional AAFES-operated postal/business locations are scheduled to open in Colorado, and another agreement is being pursued to offer similar services at Kirtland AFB. AAFES operated postal and business facilities generate revenue for the military community as roughly two-thirds of AAFES earnings are paid to Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs.

Meet the Challenge: Landstuhl Heroes Deserve Your Support
Recovering troops at the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany need your help. During a recent visit there, American Legion National Commander Paul A. Morin and American Legion Auxiliary President JoAnn Cronin found these war heroes are in need of comfort items and essentials that could improve their quality of life.

The National Commander, the National President and Sons of The American Legion Commander Earl Ruttkofsky are asking your help in raising at least $50,000 for this cause. Don't let the well-deserved media attention given to Walter Reed Army Medical Center detract from the needs of the heroes at Landstuhl. These veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars must not be forgotten as America is engaged in a war on terror to protect all of our freedoms.

(https://www.members.legion.org/cgi-bin/ ... TARY(A0010):Y) Click here to read their report and to donate to this worthy endeavor.

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Register for the Boston Career Fair
The Military.com Career Fair is coming to Boston on September 5, 2007. The event will feature top employers seeking the valuable skills you learned in service to your country. You can also attend employment workshops focused on helping you leverage your military experience in the civilian job market. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... areer_Fair) Register today.

Military Spouse Employment Study
The RAND Corporation is conducting research for the Department of Defense to study the occupational choices of military spouses and recommend actions to support military spouse employment. RAND is conducting interviews with military spouses who are female, at least 18 years old, married to an Active Duty Enlisted Service Member, currently residing in the U.S., and currently employed in one of the following career fields:

* Nursing (e.g. RNs, LPNs, home health aides, nursing aides)
* Education (e.g. teachers, teacher aides, professors, lecturers)
* Financial/Accounting (e.g. accountants, bookkeepers, auditors)
* Information Technology (e.g. computer programmers, software technicians)

If you are interested in participating, please visit (https://milspouse.rand.org/milspousestudy.php) https://milspouse.rand.org/milspousestudy.php for more information.
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Military Report - Week of September 17, 2007

#41 Postby boardman » Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:50 pm

Military Report - Week of September 17, 2007

Come to Fleet Week in San Francisco
Join us Oct. 4-9 at the San Francisco Pier to help celebrate the men and women of our armed forces. A spectacular weekend family event featuring the Navy Blue Angels, a Parade of Navy ships and other exciting demonstrations. Visit the (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... _FleetWeek) Fleet Week page for a schedule of events and more information.

Thrift Savings Plan Improves Security
The Thrift Savings Plan will begin using account numbers to improve individual account holder security effective in October 2007. TSP officials are mailing new account numbers to participants in September replacing the use of Social Security numbers. Account holders will use their account number and TSP Web password or ThriftLine personal identification number to log into the Account Access section of the (http://www.tsp.gov/) TSP website or the ThriftLine. To prepare for this change, all account holders should make sure the TSP has their correct mailing address. Active-duty military members can update their address via the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx) myPay Web application.

Learn more about the (http://www.military.com/benefits/milita ... vings-plan) Thrift Savings Plan at Military.com.

Featured Job: Senior Principal Database Analyst
ManTech IS&T is looking for people to solve the toughest IT and security challenges facing our Nation today. If you enjoy tackling tough challenges and working with some of the best people in the industry, we have a place for you at (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 091707_Job) ManTech IS&T. Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance with CI Poly required. Req# 18467BR. Vienna, VA

Army Bonuses Still Available
The $2,000 Referral Bonus Program (called ESAR or Every Soldier a Recruiter) enables Soldiers and Army retirees to get a $2,000 bonus for every potential recruit they refer who enlists, completes basic training, and graduates advanced individual training. Submit referrals by calling the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) at 800-223-3735 ext. 6-0473. To refer people to the Army National Guard, visit the (http://www.1800goguard.com/esar) ESAR webpage. Also, the $20,000 Quick Ship bonus applies to those who report for basic training before Sept. 30, 2007. Prospective recruits can learn more about the Army's opportunities by visiting a recruiter or logging on to (http://www.goarmy.com/) www.goarmy.com.

To find complete information on current cash enlistment incentives (signing bonuses) and reenlistment bonuses offered by each of the Armed Forces, visit the (http://www.military.com/recruiting/bonus-center/) Military.com Bonus Center.

'Defense Health Agency' Unveiled
A Department of Defense plan to put the Army in charge of all military medical training and research could be pulled soon in favor of establishing a new Defense Health Agency to handle these responsibilities and more. The Defense Health Agency, or DHA, would assume oversight of all medical training and research as well as management of TRICARE and responsibility for some "shared" medical activities across the services. For more information, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,148317,00.html) read the article on the Military.com website.

Navy Officer Photo Deadline Approaches
With the Sept. 30 deadline approaching, U.S. Navy officers are reminded they are required to have a full-length color photograph in their official military file. The preferred uniform will be service khaki without a cover. When service khaki is unavailable, any regulation uniform is acceptable. Photographs must be attached to NAVPERS 1070/884. This form and MILPERSMAN 1070-180 are (http://buperscd.technology.navy.mil/bup ... 70-180.htm) available for download. Photographs must be mailed to: Navy Personnel Command, Pers-312C, 5720 Integrity Dr., Millington, TN 38055-3120.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Sponsor Scholarships
Every year, hundreds of thousands of students participate in the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition and the Patriot's Pen Essay Contest, garnering more than $3.4 million in scholarships and incentives. The 2007-2008 theme for the Patriot's Pen essay contest is "Why I Am An American Patriot." The entry deadline is Nov. 1, 2007. For more information, visit the (http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.le ... n=20181600) Veterans of Foreign Wars Scholarship Programs webpage.

Remember: Not applying for scholarships is like turning down free money. Get started on your search for scholarships today - visit the (http://aid.military.com/scholarship/sea ... arships.do) Military.com Scholarship Finder.

Deal of the Week: $500 Jeep Military Incentive
Jeep salutes your dedication to our freedom by offering active and retired military personnel a $500 cash allowance on the purchase or lease of a new Grand Cherokee, Liberty or Commander. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 91707_Deal) Save Now.

Dixie Stampede Offers Free Admission
Throughout the month of September 2007, Dixie Stampede in Orlando, Fla. is offering free admission for active duty military, members of the National Guard & Reserve, retired military, and veterans with proof of Service (Honorable Discharge). Reservations must be booked through your on-base ITR or ITT office. The free admission offer applies to Sunday and Wednesday performances only and does not apply to military dependents. They must purchase Military Discounted reservations at the ITR/ITT discounted prices of $29.75 for adults and $16.50 for children. This offer applies to the Orlando, Fla. location only. For more information, call Dixie Stampede in Orlando at 866-443-4943.

Television Channel Features Wounded Warriors
The Home Box Office (HBO) television channel is presenting a new documentary, "Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq," now through Oct. 8, 2007 on HBO On Demand and through a streaming video on the HBO website at (http://www.hbo.com) www.hbo.com. The film documents the lives of six Soldiers and four Marines, and the physical and emotional cost of War in Iraq through the memories of wounded Soldiers' "Alive day," the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq. Their injuries range from triple-limb amputations to severe traumatic brain injury and blindness. The HBO website will also include Soldier profiles, personal videos and blogs, and exclusive portraits by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. For more information, visit the HBO website (http://www.hbo.com/) www.hbo.com.

(http://www.military.com/wounded-warriors) Wounded Warrior News

Bill Would Eliminate Requirement to Pay Into GI Bill
Military support groups hailed plans to expand military education benefits, VA home loans and small business grants for veterans under legislation under consideration on Capitol Hill. The measure was introduced in the Senate by presidential candidate Sen. (http://capwiz.com/military/bio/?id=1090 ... &chamber=S) Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and in the House by Iraq war veteran Rep. (http://capwiz.com/military/bio/?id=1525 ... &chamber=H) Patrick Murphy, D-Pa. The new legislation would eliminate the current requirement that servicemembers pay into the GI Bill program to receive educational benefits. Instead, any active-duty member who has served two consecutive years since 2001 would be eligible to receive eight semesters of tuition, based on the national average for college costs. The new bill also would expand the Veterans Microloan Program, designed to help former servicemembers start small businesses, by raising the maximum loan from $25,000 to $100,000 and capping interest rates at 2.5 percent.

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Personnel Center Launches Development Plan
The Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) recently launched its new Airmen Development Plan (ADP), which is a new web-based decision support tool designed to integrate numerous force development tools, including electronic records, duty histories and assignment preferences, into one platform. The ADP will apply to active-duty officers and will replace the transitional Officer Development Plan (T-ODP). Officers can access the ADP via the (https://wwa.afpc.randolph.af.mil/AFPCSecure/Default.asp) AFPC secure website and the (https://www.my.af.mil/) Air Force portal. The Air Force has also established a webpage on the (https://www.my.af.mil/) Air Force Portal where enlisted personnel can create their own development plan. The page can be accessed by typing "MyEDP" in the search function.

Pentagon Memorial Will Commemorate Sacrifice
When it is completed in about a year from now, the Pentagon Memorial in Washington, D.C. will commemorate the sacrifice of not only the 184 victims who died at the Pentagon, but also those who perished at the other Sept. 11, 2001 attack sites in New York City and Pennsylvania. The Pentagon Memorial will consist of 184 memorial units, each of which will be dedicated to an individual victim by its unique placement within the collective field. The field will be organized as a timeline of the victims' ages. For more information, visit the (http://www.pentagonmemorial.net/) Pentagon Memorial website.

New Ration Heading to Warfighters
A new compact, eat-on-the-move assault ration called the First Strike Ration (FSR) is on its way to warfighters' hands. The First Strike Ration provides a lighter, smaller package with eat-on-the-go items. These items are calorically dense and provide appropriate nutritional content and energy to warfighters for short durations of highly mobile, highly intense combat operations. The FSR is designed to be about half the size of the three MREs it replaces and it provides, on average, 2,900 calories per day. Because of its lower caloric content, the can only be used as a sole source of food for ten days or less. More information on the FDR is (http://nsrdec.natick.army.mil/media/fact/food/FSR.pdf) available in .pdf format.

Find news specifically for professionals at the (http://www.military.com/warfighters) Warfighter's Forum.

Free SAT-ACT Software for Military Families
For the second year, a group of NFL, NFL Europe, AFL and CFL football players have sponsored several million dollars worth of $199 SAT and ACT test prep programs to every family in the U.S. Military (all branches-active or retired). Specifically, the sponsorship allows any military person (active or retired) to request as many programs as they need for the students in their lives. The Department of Defense has created a secure website to quickly confirm a person's military status. Personnel can access the confirmation and request pages through several military related associations and organizations, including: (http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/) Military Home Front website for families, offers access to the forms to confirm military status and process the order. Programs ship to domestic U.S. addresses and APO addresses. The sponsorship covers the regular purchase price of $199 and the family pays only the S&H. To learn more about the program and the NFL/CFL players who are providing this offer visit: (http://sat.eknowledge.com/military.asp) http://sat.eknowledge.com/military.asp.

To learn more about military education benefits, visit the Military.com (http://education.military.com/education-home/) Education Channel.

VA Home Loan Update
The Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) recently announced that it has eliminated the $417,000 home loan limit on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mortgage loans. This policy change is designed to make it easier for lenders to help veterans and servicemembers use their (http://www.military.com/Finance/HomeBuying/) VA Home Loan benefit to finance homes in higher priced housing markets. For more information, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,149154,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

Historians Document 9-11 Pentagon Attack
Nearly six years after a terrorist-controlled plane slammed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people aboard the plane and in the building, Defense Department historians have published a book on the incident and its aftermath. "Pentagon 9/11" is a narrative history based on a multitude of information sources, including 1,300 oral histories gathered in the immediate aftermath of the attack. The book became available recently through the (http://bookstore.gpo.gov/) U.S. Government Bookstore and also through commercial vendors.

Navy Family Care Plan Policy Updated
The Navy has announced changes to its Navy Family Care Plan policy. Sailors with primary or shared physical custody of a minor child or children, and who are not married to the other natural or adoptive parent of the minor child or children, must now submit a family care plan. Both members of a married dual military couple where one or both have primary or shared physical custody of a minor child or children, shall submit a family care plan. Family care plans should include court orders or written agreements. Legal assistance offices should be contacted for advice on a proposed family care plan. Points of clarification should be directed to the unit/command family care plan coordinator.

(http://www.military.com/benefits/military-legal-matters) Understanding Military Legal Matters

Make the Perfect Transition: Become a Teacher
The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) is offering a $100 savings on the Passport to Teaching program. The program is ideal for military personnel and spouses who want become teachers. Passport to Teaching certification is affordable and flexible. Participants use preparation materials available from a variety of sources to prepare for certification on their own time and pace from any location in the world. Candidates for Passport to Teaching certification must hold a bachelor's degree, demonstrate mastery on examinations of subject area and professional teaching knowledge and pass a federal background check. No additional college courses are required to earn the Passport to Teaching certification. Currently, Passport to Teaching Certification is available in elementary education, English, mathematics, general science, biology, special education, chemistry, physics and U.S. History at a basic program fee of $650.

For more information, visit (http://www.abcte.org/) www.abcte.org or call 1-877-669-2228 today. To enroll, visit (https://mypass.abcte.org/) https://mypass.abcte.org and enter the code BTS100 on your enrollment form before September 30, 2007 to save $100.

Thousands May Lose Special-Duty Pay
Air Force leaders are considering cutting special-duty assignment pay for thousands of airmen by $75 per month. Budget constraints are forcing officials to review the special-duty assignment pay, or SDAP, program and reduce the allowance by one level for airmen working in 35 Air Force Specialty Codes, according to a news release. The news release was premature, Capt. Thomas Wenz, an Air Force spokesman, told Stars and Stripes; the cuts "are still under consideration." The Air Force's 2008 budget to Congress earmarked $29.5 million for the SDAP program. The cuts to the program, if made to all but the minimal level of $75 per month, would save the Air Force $7.4 million, according to the news release. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,148325,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

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Couponing at the Commissary
September is National Coupon Month, and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) wants to remind all patrons that their commissary gladly accepts manufacturer's coupons for the products it sells. Commissary shoppers save more than 30 percent on their grocery purchases compared to commercial grocery stores, but they can save even more by using coupons. Commissary shoppers have an additional coupon source - "military store only" coupons. Manufacturers provide these exclusively for use by commissary patrons - they are found at the front of commissary shelves next to the products they can be redeemed for. For more information on using coupons at your commissary, visit the (http://www.commissaries.com/links.cfm#IYSC) DeCA website.

Find great discounts on products for military servicemembers only in the (http://img.military.com/misc/DC/DealIndex.jsp) Military.com Discount Center.

Gifts from the Homefront
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's (AAFES') "Gifts from the Homefront" program makes it easy and affordable to support our troops. For a flat shipping and handling charge of just $4.95, Americans can send as much as they want through a lightweight gift certificate that can be redeemed for anything in BX/PXs worldwide. This minimizes shipping costs while enabling servicemembers to get exactly what they need. The gift certificates can be sent to deployed troops by visiting the AAFES website at (http://www.aafes.org/) www.aafes.org or by calling 877-770-4438. The gift certificates are sent to individual servicemembers (designated by the purchaser) or distributed to "any servicemember."

Find ways to support and honor U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who protect our security and freedom. Visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/benefits/resour ... our-troops) Support our Troops webpage.

'Jeopardy!' Celebrates Air Force Anniversary
In honor of the Air Force's 60th anniversary this year, the Sept. 27, 2007 episode of "Jeopardy!" will feature special video clues taped during host Alex Trebek's USO tour to Japan. During the end of each category, viewers will be treated to a fun and unique spotlight about the Air Force. There will also be an Air Force questions panel that will highlight current Air Force activities. "Jeopardy!" is a winner of 27 Emmy awards since its debut in 1984, and was recently inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most awards won by a TV Game Show. The series is the No. 1-rated quiz show in syndication. Please check your local television listings for the exact air time and date in your area.

South Dakota Pays $500 Cash Bonus
The state of South Dakota is paying a one-time veterans bonus of up to $500 to active-duty or honorably discharged veterans of the Armed Forces who were legal residents immediately preceding joining the military. To qualify, applicants must have served on active duty in an imminent danger pay area, or had been awarded any U.S. campaign or service medal for participation in combat operations between March 4, 1991 and Sept. 10, 2001. In addition, all servicemembers or veterans who served on active-duty during the Desert Storm/Shield dates of Aug. 2, 1990 and March 3, 1991 or have served on active-duty since September 11, 2001 qualify for a bonus payment.

Applicants living outside of South Dakota may obtain an application by email at (mailto:john.fette@state.sd.us) john.fette@state.sd.us. You may also request an application and instructions by writing to SD Veterans Bonus, 500 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501 or by calling 605-773-7251. (http://mva.sd.gov/download/VeteransBonu ... elease.doc) Download the Official Press Release.

Applicants living in South Dakota may apply through the nearest County or Tribal Veterans Service Officer.

Army Monitors Websites
Stars and Stripes reports that Army personnel in the Army's Web Risk Assessment Cell (AWRAC) have found, on average, more than two security violations for every Army site visited but only one such violation for every 23 blog sites researched. Documents released last month as part of a lawsuit by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights group, showed results of the Army's Web Risk Assessment Cell's (AWRAC) review of Army-run websites and Soldiers' blog sites between January 2006 and January 2007. For more information on the litigation including supporting documents, visit the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (http://www.eff.org/flag/070216EGS/) Surveillance of Soldiers' Blogs webpage.

Blood Program Seeks Donors
The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) is asking all AB donors to give blood. AB blood is a critical component used to treat patients during times of urgency since the universal plasma group AB can be given to anyone in an emergency. To find out where you can donate, visit the (http://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/WhereToGive) Armed Services Blood Program website. Because blood is perishable, blood donors of all types are in high demand to meet the needs of the military community.

Full Replacement Coverage Begins Soon
Servicemembers and DoD Civilians will soon be eligible for Full Replacement Value (FRV) protection on most DoD-funded personal-property shipments. To receive FRV, servicemembers must file their claim with the TSP instead of the Military Claims Office. As before, servicemembers will record loss or damage discovered after delivery on DD Forms 1840 or 1840R, and submit forms to the TSP within 75 days of delivery. Servicemembers must then file a claim with the TSP within nine months of delivery. If they miss that deadline, they are still eligible for depreciated value for up to two years from delivery. FRV guidelines are available at the (http://www.sddc.army.mil/) Surface Deployment and Distribution Command website.

For moving and relocation services, visit the (http://benefits.military.com/misc/reloc ... n_Main.htm) Military.com Relocation Center.

Holiday Greetings Program Begins
This year, the Army and Air Force Hometown News Service will have a camera team traveling throughout Europe in September and October, recording holiday greetings for broadcast on stateside television and radio stations. Those eligible to participate in the holiday greetings program are active duty, government civilians, retirees, Department of Defense Dependent School teachers and Family members stationed overseas who will not be home for the holidays. "Try to smile and have fun with it, and don't worry if you make a mistake because we will shoot it until you get it right," says Staff Sgt. Scott Malone, the European team chief, "So, please don't be nervous."

VA Increases the GI Bill Rates: $39,636
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that the GI Bill will soon be worth $39,636 - a total increase of nearly $1,000 over last year's rate. This total is based on the new monthly full-time student (http://education.military.com/money-for ... ment-rates) payment rate of $1,101 multiplied by the 36-month limit. If you are GI Bill eligible and have benefits remaining, you get this increase no matter when you became eligible or begin using it. The new rate is effective October 1, 2007.

Now is the time to start using your GI Bill benefits to pursue an undergraduate, graduate, technical degree or certificate. Learn more about the opportunities available and (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... _091707.nl) request free information from fully accredited schools today.

Senate Panel Approves 3.5% Military Pay Boost
The senate panel charged with funding the U.S. military approved a (http://www.military.com/military/benefi ... ts,00.html) 3.5 percent pay raise Wednesday, adding $118 million to fund military personnel over the Bush administration's budget request for the fiscal year beginning October 1. The Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee approved an increase in Army end-strength of 13,000 Soldiers, a Marine Corps 9,000 leathernecks larger and an Army Reserve and Guard boost of 6,300 troops. The subcommittee boosted defense health care by nearly $1 billion, adding $73 million to fund Wounded Warrior Act initiatives and reversed a planned $486 million reduction in military hospital funding. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,1 ... 61,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

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Weapons School Seeks Students
Since 1996, officers from Air Force Space Command have been attending the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Graduates are required to serve time in W-billets throughout the Air Force. Those interested in applying for weapons school can call Captain Phillip Verroco, AFSPC chief of tactics, at (719) 554-5341. The weapons school graduates two classes each year. More information on the U.S. Air Force Weapons School is available on the (http://www.nellis.af.mil/library/factsh ... sp?id=4098) Nellis Air Force Base website.

Habitat for Humanity to Build Homes for Veterans
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is looking for qualified families for 27 homes to be built in San Juan Capistrano, California over the next few years.

* Fourteen of the homes are being marketed to combat-disabled veterans and their families, and surviving families of veterans.
* Thirteen of the homes will be marketed to local families who live in Orange County and are looking for decent, affordable, ownership homes.

This neighborhood in Southern California will provide for military veterans with combat-related disabilities, and their families, a wonderful area in which to raise their families, and a helping hand to achieve the American Dream of homeownership. To learn about qualifications and how to apply, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,148365,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

Sports Project Aids Injured Troops
The Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project, created in 2003, is a partnership between Disabled Sports USA and the Wounded Warrior Project. It offers more than 14 sports -- both winter and summer -- and 70 events yearly. Sports include snow skiing, biking, water skiing, hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking, and a group of veterans recently earned their underwater diving certification. Though Disabled Sports USA's ( (http://www.dsusa.org/) http://www.dsusa.org/) programs are available for any individual with a physical disability, the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project is only for veterans of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. For more information, visit the (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/) Wounded Warrior Project website.

(http://www.military.com/wounded-warriors) Wounded Warrior News

Toys for Tots Makes Special Request
In response to recent events within the toy industry regarding unsafe toys manufactured in China, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is asking its loyal supporters to screen toys prior to purchase to ensure that only safe toys are donated to the upcoming 2007 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign. The toys identified as potentially unsafe can be found at the Mattel toy recall list at (http://service.mattel.com/us/) http://service.mattel.com/us/ and the (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/ ... 6371.shtml) CBS News Detailed SKU's website. For more information, call Mattel toll-free at (888)597-6597. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation does not purchase any toys directly from overseas vendors or manufacturers.

Georgia Group Keeps Troops Cooking
Care packages from one Georgia group are keeping troops in combat support hospitals cooking. Operation Stars and Stripes has sent mini-refrigerators, microwave ovens and hot plates to give troops some flexibility when it comes to mealtime. In addition to the support it offers the hospitals, the all-volunteer group sends smaller care packages of comfort items, cards and letters. "We are just a group of volunteer Americans who are proud of what our military is doing and feel that they should know that we support them and will not forget about them," says Meredith Kelly, chairman of Operation Stars and Stripes. For more information, visit the (http://www.operationstarsandstripes.com/Default.asp) Operation Stars and Stripes website.

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Operation Care Package Supports Troops
The United Service Organization's (USO) Operation Care Package delivers 'care packages' to members of the U.S. Armed Forces deployed around the world to show them they have not been forgotten and to provide a "touch of home." The care packages include a pre-paid international phone card, a deck of playing cards, a disposable camera, a hacky-sack, an edition of Reader's Digest and various snacks. With a donation of $25 you can sponsor a care package and include a personal message of support and encouragement. For more information, visit the (http://www.usocares.org/) USO's Operation Care Package website.

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Military Report - Week of September 24, 2007

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Military Report - Week of September 24, 2007

Cocktail Garnish Recalled
Commissaries have been directed to remove from their shelves 3.5-ounce packages of Rimmer Brand Mojito Cocktail Garnish (UPC: 7-80999-00046) due to an ingredient that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The voluntary recall involves about 5,000 cases of the garnish supplied by Van de Vries Spice Corp. with the best by codes 10/27/08, 10/30/08, 11/23/08, 12/01/08, 12/04/08 and 01/03/09 printed on the side of the tin. Commissary patrons who have purchased Rimmer Brand Mojito Cocktail Garnish with the best by codes listed above should not consume the product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the Company toll-free at 866-648-8239.

USAF Transforming Financial Services
Air Force financial services are undergoing a major change that will save millions of dollars. Over the next year, the new Air Force Financial Services Center (AFFSC) will consolidate routine transactions currently handled by 93 base finance offices worldwide to a single location. The new center will ultimately serve as a one-stop shop for Airmen's financial matters. These processes will move to the AFFSC one base at a time. The most visible change will take place during the second phase in October 2008, when the AFFSC will stand up a 24-hour contact center where Airmen with finance needs can contact a representative by telephone, e-mail or the Internet.

To learn more about personal finances, visit the (http://www.military.com/Finance/) Military.com Finance Center.

Army Aims to Recruit Arab Linguists
In its latest campaign to recruit Arabic linguists as translators, the U.S. Army has posted billboards in major American cities. Two billboards in Chicago have identical texts in Arabic that read: "In a land full of opportunity (Fi Ard Amira bil furas), here's one that may not have crossed your mind. A job with the U.S. Army." An estimated 30,000 Arab Americans live in Chicago's southwest suburbs. Similar billboards are in Dearborn, Mich., Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey and Florida. For more information, (http://www.military.com/Recruiting/Cont ... demand.htm) read the article at Military.com.

Exchanges Offer Military Keepsakes
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's (AAFES) "Patriot Family Connection" campaign will unveil a limited series of magnetic trading pins, specific to activities throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom, in late September 2007. Currently available only at AAFES BX/PX operations in Iraq, the first series of trading pins features 30 images unique to each location where a particular pin will be offered. The name of the Camp or Air Force Base each respective pin is offered will further differentiate each design.

Find great discounts on products for military servicemembers only in the (http://img.military.com/misc/DC/DealIndex.jsp) Military.com Discount Center.

Operations Moving to Air Force Personnel Center
AEF Operations, formerly called the AEF Center, will move to the Air Force Personnel Center by September 2008. Combining both organizations will bring together permanent authorizations, wartime requirements and assignments under a single commander. Work already has begun to facilitate the move, and nearly 200 authorizations will be transferred to AFPC. By the end of next spring, the AFPC's E-Wing will be turned into a personnel operations center capable of sustaining 24-hour operations. "The Air Force will have one personnel process for moving Airmen where they're needed, when they're needed," says Maj. Gen. Tony Przybyslawski, AFPC commander.

Featured Job: Maintenance Manager
As a Maintenance Manager at ARAMARK, you will be responsible for managing the employees of the Maintenance and Engineering Department and commissioning of the building systems. The Maintenance Manager will focus on true maintenance management of systems and staff- managing the day to day activities of the maintenance and project management staff. Ideal candidates will possess a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (and/or requisite industry & management experience) as well as technical knowledge of maintenance systems. To learn more and apply, view the (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 092407_Job) official job posting.

To access the largest veteran job board in the world, visit the (http://www.military.com/Careers/Home/0,13373,,00.htm) Military.com Career Center.

TriWest Offers Grief Support Program
TriWest Healthcare Alliance is offering a new program to help military leaders respond to families who have lost a loved one in service to our country. TriWest and noted author and nationally certified counselor, Joanne Steen will offer "Grief Solutions" to military leaders in communities hit hardest by casualties, to provide them with a deeper understanding of how to support and assist survivors. The programs will be offered to active duty, National Guard and Reserve units throughout the 21-state TRICARE West Region administered by TriWest Healthcare Alliance. For more information, visit TriWest's (http://www.triwest.com/) Behavioral Health Portal.

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Exchanges Sponsor Weekend for Retirees
Retired Soldiers and Airmen are invited to shop their exchange during the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's (AAFES') annual "Still Serving" weekend, Sept. 28-30, 2007. Retirees can visit BXs and PXs for special savings, prizes and events. Invitations, in the form of a 24-page mailer, are already hitting military retiree's mailboxes. At 36 percent, retirees represent the largest portion of the exchanges' authorized households. "Still Serving" is an annual effort to attract and retain loyal shoppers. Authorized exchange customers can learn more about activities planned for the weekend of Sept. 28 at their specific exchange by calling their local store manager. Contact information can be found online at (http://www.aafes.com/) aafes.com by clicking on the "store locator" link.

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Give, Bundle and Build Program Supports Troops
On the eve of the 6th Anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 250 franchise leaders from across the country gathered in Vail to stuff 500 pre-filled Rocky Mountain USO care packages with additional materials such as cameras, batteries, snacks, games, and in some cases, iPods. The event, called "Give, Bundle and Build," was created to ignite the teambuilding spirit within the franchising community and honor the men and women who serve our country. "Soldiers feel the support from home in the form of letters and gifts," said Lt. Col. Petty. "It creates a connection between the people they are fighting for, which is really positive." To learn more about this program, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,150141,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

FRA Launches Family Readiness Survey
The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) has launched an online survey for active duty and Reserve enlisted personnel in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, to determine the quality of family readiness in the sea services. The survey can be found on the home page of FRA's quarterly OnWatch publication, (http://www.fra.org/onwatch/) http://www.fra.org/onwatch/. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,150339,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

Make the Perfect Transition: Become a Teacher
The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) is offering a $100 savings on the Passport to Teaching program. The program is ideal for military personnel and spouses who want become teachers. Passport to Teaching certification is affordable and flexible. Participants use preparation materials available from a variety of sources to prepare for certification on their own time and pace from any location in the world. Candidates for Passport to Teaching certification must hold a bachelor's degree, demonstrate mastery on examinations of subject area and professional teaching knowledge and pass a federal background check. No additional college courses are required to earn the Passport to Teaching certification. Currently, Passport to Teaching Certification is available in elementary education, English, mathematics, general science, biology, special education, chemistry, physics and U.S. History at a basic program fee of $650.

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Officer Candidates to Train at Maxwell
Starting in October, Air Force Reserve Command will send all candidates for reserve line officer training to the Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Previously, only rated officer candidates -- pilots, navigators and air battle mangers -- attended OTS at Maxwell AFB. The first combined class of rated and nonrated Air Force Reserve officer candidates at Maxwell AFB starts Oct. 11 and graduates Jan. 18. Each year Air Force Reserve Command receives 155 officer candidate training slots for unit reservists, individual mobilization augmentees and Active Guard Reserve fulltime reservists. For more information on the school, visit the (http://www.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=4703) Officer Training School webpage.

$25,000+ Retention Bonus for Army Captains
A critical skills-retention bonus of $25,000 or more is available to more than 16,000 regular-Army captains who agree to remain on active duty. The basic $25,000 bonus is available to officers who were originally commissioned in air defense, engineer, finance, signal, quartermaster, nurse corps and select medical service areas. Those commissioned in adjutant general, armor, chemical, military police and ordnance are eligible for a $30,000 critical skills-retention bonus. Officers commissioned in aviation, transportation, infantry, field artillery, and military intelligence are eligible for a $35,000 CSRB. Additional CSRB information can be found in (https://perscomnd04.army.mil/milpermsgs ... enDocument) Military Personnel message 07-237. For more information, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,149817,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

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What Comes After SGLI?
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Preventing Overuse Injuries in Marines
As a result constant physical activity, Marines leave themselves open to sustaining overuse and overload injuries. Pushing your body too hard, too fast will result in an overload injury. The Marine Corps Community Services employees at the fitness facilities can offer advice on ways to prevent both overload and overuse injuries, thus ensuring your workout is doing more to help, rather than hurt. Underlying conditions such as running on too hard a surface, worn-out shoes or wearing the wrong type of shoe can be a major contributor to suffering an overuse injury. For more information concerning exercise programs and injury prevention techniques, visit your local Semper Fit facility.

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Postal Service Commemorates 60th Anniversary
Airmen have a unique opportunity to commemorate the Air Force's 60th anniversary now through Oct. 18. The Air Force and U.S. Postal Service have joined forces to offer a commemorative postmark that will be available for cancellation from now to Oct. 18 at 40 base post offices worldwide. The pictorial cancellation features the B-24 Liberator bomber, which was flown in every combat theater during World War II. The post office also offers a special edition postage stamp honoring Brig. Gen. James "Jimmy" Stewart, a World War II pilot and Hollywood actor. Find more information on the stamp honoring (http://www.usps.com/communications/news ... 07_032.htm) Brig. Gen. James "Jimmy" Stewart.

USAF Creates Quick Response Cell
The Air Force A1 staff recently formed the A1 Quick Response Cell (QRC) to help their Airmen in the field identify and revamp policies or processes that can be handled more effectively. Any question or suggestion concerning a policy initiative should be sent to the squadron commander, field operating agency commander, or major command director. In turn, the commander or director can send the query by e-mail to (mailto:afa1.quickresponsecell@pentagon.af.mil) afa1.quickresponsecell@pentagon.af.mil, and within 48 hours someone from the Air Force A1 QRC will send an interim response about the issue.

Navy Task Force to Visit Southeast
The Task Force Life/Work (TFLW) Roadshow will visit the Southeast Region from Sept. 26 - 28, hosting events at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport, and Naval Submarine Base (NSB) Kings Bay. These events provide an opportunity for everyone in the Navy to hear directly from the Task Force about current and future initiatives and to provide direct feedback. Sailors can also provide feedback to the Task Force at the (http://www.npc.navy.mil/commandsupport/ ... celifework) TFLW website and at the TFLW online community blog, accessed through the TFLW website. Anyone can request to join the blog by using a (dot)mil e-mail account.

Marines Re-enlist for Composite Score Points
Headquarters Marine Corps has added 60 reasons for first term active-duty Marines to consider re-enlistment. As of Oct. 1, 2007, qualifying lance corporals and corporals who re-enlist for 48 months could rate zero bonus points for their composite score. The new change retroactively impacts Marines who re-enlisted prior to Oct. 1, 2007. Those Marines who qualify will see the bonus points on their composite score for the fiscal year 2008 second quarter composite score calculations. Composite score bonus points generated by recruiters assistance and re-enlistment can not contribute more than 160 points to a Marine's cutting score. The changes do not apply to Marines serving on reserve duty.

To find complete information on current cash enlistment incentives (signing bonuses) and reenlistment bonuses offered by each of the Armed Forces, visit the (http://www.military.com/recruiting/bonus-center/) Military.com Bonus Center.

Some Veterans May Get TRICARE
Bush will ask Congress to provide lifetime TRICARE coverage to any servicemember discharged as "unfit" due to service-related physical or mental health conditions. In addition the White House is proposing that this TRICARE expansion be applied retroactively to veterans separated since 2001. This new TRICARE coverage would potentially open military healthcare to as many as 10,000 newly-disabled veterans each year. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,149951,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

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Captain, First Lieutenant Promotions Announced
The Air Reserve Personnel Center has announced the fiscal 2008 line and nonline captain and the first half of fiscal 2008 first lieutenant promotions. There were 499 Air National Guard and 1,435 Air Force Reserve officers selected for promotion to captain, and 231 Air National Guard and 105 Air Force Reserve officers selected for promotion to first lieutenant. Officers may not assume the higher grade until they reach their two year date-of-rank anniversary or Oct. 1, 2007, whichever is later. The complete captain and first lieutenant lists are available online at the Air Reserve Personnel Center webpage at (http://www.arpc.afrc.af.mil) www.arpc.afrc.af.mil.

New Legislation Targets Combat Eye Trauma
U.S. Representative (http://capwiz.com/military/bio/?id=4879 ... ;chamber=H) John Boozman (R-AR) has introduced critical legislation aimed at improving the care of American troops affected by combat eye trauma. (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/bills/?bill=10340401) H.R. 3558, the "Military Eye Trauma Treatment Act of 2007," would create a Center of Excellence within the Department of Defense specifically devoted to the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of military eye injuries. H.R. 3558 also requires a joint Defense-VA program for servicemembers and veterans affected by visual dysfunction related to traumatic brain injury (TBI). In the Senate, similar legislation ( (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/bills/?bill=10340421) S. 1999) has been introduced. To learn more about this legislation, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,150146,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

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Marines Introduce New Leadership Course
The commandant of the Marine Corps recently replaced the Marine Corps Institute course, Fundamentals of Marine Corps Leadership, with the new online Leading Marines Course. For lance corporals looking for promotion to corporal, enrollment and completion of the course by Oct. 1, 2008 is required. Only Marines in the grade of lance corporal may enroll in this course. Marines who enrolled and completed the Fundamentals of Marine Corps Leadership MCI before Sept. 1, 2007 are exempt from completing the new course. To enroll in the course, visit the (http://www.mci.usmc.mil/newmci) MCI Online webpage. For more information, contact the Marine Corps Institute at 800-624-8762.

Guard, Reserve Need to Make Switch
National Guard and Reserve members currently in the TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) health care plan must sign up for the restructured TRS by Sept. 30, 2007 in order to continue their coverage. All current members must follow the instructions at the (https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/trs/) Guard-Reserve TRS Program webpage to print out, sign and return a new TRS request form to their regional contractor by Sept. 30. National Guard and Reserve members can find out more about the restructured TRS through the (http://www.tricare.mil/) "My Benefits" portal. National Guard and Reserve members can contact their (http://www.defenselink.mil/ra/html/tricare.html) Reserve Component points of contact if they have additional questions about their eligibility for TRS.

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Why Commissaries Do Not Double Coupons
Commissary patrons continually ask one question: "Why doesn't the commissary 'double' coupons like civilian grocery stores do?" The answer is simple: Commercial stores operate at a profit by marking up the grocery items they sell. By law, commissaries must sell items at cost - not for profit. DeCA, has no profit margin to make up the difference for a doubled coupon, so commissaries honor only the amount on the coupon that the manufacturer will rebate. For more information about using coupons at your commissary, or to find coupons online, log onto (http://www.commissaries.com/) DeCA's website.

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Deal of the Week: Military Special Discounts
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Eagle Cash Comes to Southeast Asia
Deployed servicemembers in Southwest Asia can now access their funds anytime with the new, automated money management program called Eagle Cash. The program uses a type of payment card, referred to as a stored value card, along with automated kiosk devices located around the base where cardholders can access their personal checking or savings accounts by swiping the card in the kiosk machine. Once money is loaded or transferred to the stored value card, participants pay for transactions by swiping their card anywhere a credit or debit card is used on base. Eagle Cash cards are available to servicemembers at finance offices. For more information, visit the (http://www.fms.treas.gov/eaglecash/index.html) Eagle Cash webpage.

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Find Military Scholarships
While looking for money for school many servicemembers, veterans, and their families tend to overlook the over $300 million of military - and veteran - related scholarships and grants. The reason many go unclaimed is because servicemembers don't know where to look. Fortunately, there is a great online resource to help you find the scholarship and learn how, where, and when to apply. Visit (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... hip_Finder) Military.com's Scholarship Finder today and get started on your way to finding free money for school. (http://education.military.com/money-for ... holarships) Click here to get three quick tips to help your search.

Veterans' Data Still at Risk
Government investigators say that Veterans' personal data and health information remain at risk of identity theft because the Veterans Affairs Department has yet to implement several safety measures. The investigation found that the VA had not yet fully secured access to its computer network and department facilities nor worked to ensure that only authorized changes and updates to VA computer programs were made. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,149835,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

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Military Report - Week of October 01, 2007

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Military Report - Week of October 01, 2007

New Soldiers to Become Lifesaver Certified
Beginning Oct. 1, Soldiers entering Basic Combat Training will receive Combat Lifesaving Training and be CLS certified before graduation. Soldiers will learn how to perform advanced first aid and conduct potentially lifesaving procedures - from controlling bleeding, conducting CPR and reintroducing fluids into the body - to keep a serious injury from worsening until professional medical help arrives. Soldiers will learn how to start an intravenous unit. Previously, only 20 percent of Soldiers in each unit were required to be Combat Lifesaver certified. For more information on Combat Lifesaving Training, visit an (https://atiam.train.army.mil/soldierPor ... oc.htm#toc) online student self-study combat lifesaver course.

Come out to Fleet Week in San Francisco this Weekend
Join us Oct. 4-9 at the San Francisco Pier to help celebrate the men and women of our armed forces. A spectacular weekend family event featuring the Navy Blue Angels, a Parade of Navy ships and other exciting demonstrations. Visit (http://www.fleetweek.us/fleetweek/) http://www.fleetweek.us/fleetweek/ for more information.

Activists Want Change in Military Divorce Law
Military members and retirees applauded an unusual briefing at the Pentagon on a 1982 law that allows state courts to divide military retirement as property in divorce settlements. These members want the Defense Department to push lawmakers for reform of the law. The law was originally intended to protect stay-at-home women who faithfully followed their husband's military careers "from getting dumped for a trophy wife when he got promoted to colonel," Trish Larrabee, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who attended the seminar, told Stars and Stripes. "But times have changed since then," with the majority of spouses now working themselves, said Larrabee, who has become active in the effort to eliminate or at least significantly amend the act. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,150818,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

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Navy Features New Webpage
Commander - the Navy Installations Command's Fleet and Family Support Program - launched an online collection of resources and tools useful to Navy families interested in adopting a child. A link to the webpage is located on the (http://www.nffsp.org/) Fleet and Family Support Center's homepage. The webpage serves Navy families as a comprehensive guide through the adoption process and contains numerous links to resources specific to military families.

DoD Awards TRICARE Retiree Dental Contract
The Department of Defense (DoD) awarded the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) contract to Delta Dental of California, of Rancho Cordova, Calif. Delta Dental of California has the current contract for TRDP, and the new contract became effective Sept. 21, 2007. TRDP is available to eligible personnel retired from the uniformed services, to unremarried surviving spouses, eligible dependents, former members of the Armed Forces who are Medal of Honor recipients and their immediate dependents. For more information on the (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricar ... l-overview) TRICARE Retiree Dental Program, visit the Military.com website.

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College Credit for Military Experience
Your military service has likely earned you college credit. Many schools and colleges award military students credit towards a degree based on training, coursework, and occupational specialty. You've worked hard in the military -- now you can save tuition dollars and classroom time. Applying your military experience credits could save you as much as $600 and 5 months on a typical 3-credit college course. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... Experience) Get more information here.

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Commissaries Sponsor Scholarships
Each year, about 500 youths around the world win $1,500 scholarships in the Scholarships for Military Children program. Children of active-duty and retired military, Reserve and National Guard members may compete for the scholarships. Applications for the fall 2008 school year should be available on Nov. 1 either at your commissary or at the (http://www.militaryscholar.org/) Scholarships for Military Children website.

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Army Funding Crunch Coming
The Army, stressed and stretched by six years of conflict, needs continued and uninterrupted support and resourcing to maintain its current operational levels while preparing for the future, its top civilian and military leaders told Congress. Army Secretary Pete Geren said Sept. 27 he's frustrated that Congress is continuing to dither on approving the money he needs to run the service, with some reports indicating lawmakers might not be able to approve a (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/alert ... 56&type=CO) defense budget until January. Lawmakers plan to use a budgeting tool called a "continuing resolution" that will fund the overall government, including the Pentagon, at 2007 levels for only 45 days. That ambiguity hurts the Army's ability to purchase needed equipment, such as vehicle repair parts. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,1 ... 41,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

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2007 AcademyWomen Career Workshop and Fourth Annual Symposium
The Fourth Annual AcademyWomen Symposium will kick off Friday night, 26 October and run through Sunday, 28 October at the Women's Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. The theme for the Symposium is Where Do We Go From Here? Charting Our Course for the Next 30 Years. The weekend will include inspirational and informative panels, keynote speakers and workshops on a wide range of topics including Women at War, Charting Your Upward Trajectory, and Leading on All Fronts. For more details, (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... nSymposium) see the agenda.

The Career Workshop will be held Friday, 26 October and will be devoted to professional development. Trained coaches and experts will facilitate workshops on topics ranging from interviewing skills to strategic networking. Representatives from a wide range of companies and agencies will also be present (to include Cisco, Halliburton, Bearing Point, Wharton Business School, the United Nations, Lockheed, Raytheon, Mary Kay, and others). For more details, (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... erWorkshop) see the agenda.

Tough Road for GI Bill Reform
Soon after being sworn in, the 110th Congress brought a flurry of proposed GI Bill reforms to both houses of Congress. With a new party in charge and 24 GI Bill-related bills introduced on the floor, the political climate seemed right for real change. Each of the proposed bills address specific failings of the current Montgomery GI Bill, which includes arbitrary deadlines, mandatory payroll contributions, limited benefit transferability, inequity between active duty and reserve programs, and inadequate payment rates. However, to date, none of (http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,1 ... 79,00.html) proposed legislation has made it out of committee. It appears the initial spotlight on reform has dimmed and the calls for change have quieted. This lack of activity may indicate that 2007 will turn out to be just another year of missed opportunities. Learn more about the (http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,1 ... 79,00.html) proposed MGIB legislation at Military.com.

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Servicemembers Save with Offers from ASMBA
The Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association (ASMBA), established in 1963, provides comprehensive, affordable life insurance coverage to military personnel and their families. Membership in the Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association is open to all ranks, both officers and enlisted. Active duty, reserve, and retired of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard under age 65 are eligible to apply for membership. New members receive $3,000 FREE Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance. There are no dues or assessments beyond the life insurance premiums. To request free, no-obligation information (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 0107_ASMBA) click here.

Operation: Action Packed!
OAP! supports deployed servicemembers by allowing them to register online to request care packages that include many popular and hard to obtain items from home. OAP! provides troops with monthly care packages until they return to the United States. For more information, visit the (http://www.operationactionpacked.org/about.htm) Operation Action Packed! website. To find more deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) http://www.military.com/deployment.

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Western Off-Limit Areas Updated for Marines
Marine Corps Installations West has announced updated off-limit areas and areas of caution for the servicemembers who fall under its command. In San Diego, Sports Auto Sales located at 1112 National City Blvd is off-limits to all military personnel at all times. Marines are reminded that areas in Otay Mesa and Willie Henderson Park remain off-limits from sunset to sunrise. To visit Tijuana, Marines and Sailors must obtain permission from their chain of command, receive a briefing on the liberty pitfalls of Mexico, be with at least one other servicemember or adult and must carry a special request chit, signed by the chain of command, while in the Mexico Border Area. Violations are punishable under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

United Through Reading Offers Free Book
United Through Reading is launching a book offer that will take place through December 2007 in Target stores. Consumers can receive a free Simon & Schuster children's book with two proofs of purchase from any combination of Kellogg's cereals (Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Kellogg's Raisin Bran, and Kellogg's Rice Krispies). Additional books can also be ordered with a $5 donation. For more information, visit the (http://www.unitedthroughreading.org/kelloggs.htm) United Through Reading website. (http://read2kids.org/united.htm) United Through Reading's Military Program helps deployed parents make videotapes of themselves reading aloud, which can then be sent to their children.

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Relief Society Introducing Loan Program
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society recently introduced a loan program designed to offer Marines and Sailors an alternative to payday lenders. The program correlates with efforts by Marine Corps leaders to rein in the negative impact of predatory lending practices. The relief society's new program offers Marines and Sailors an interest free loan of up to $500. Currently, only relief society offices in the San Diego area offer the loan program, which is officially titled Quick Assist Loans. The relief society hopes to offer the program throughout the Navy and Marine Corps by the beginning of 2008. For more details, visit (http://www.nmcrs.org/) Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society website.

USAF Streamlines Retirement, Separation
Airmen with approved retirement or separation can now log into the Virtual MPF on the AFPC website and use the "Self-Service Application" to complete the majority of their DD Form 214 themselves. Should they require personal assistance, a qualified technician is accessible with a simple click of their mouse. To navigate to this new application, log on to the (http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/) AFPC website and click on vMPF Self-Service Applications in the Site Maps section. Retirees can also call toll free to (800) 616-3775, and select options 1, 1, 2. This phone line is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Exchange Catalog Features Holiday Shopping
The new 2007 Exchange Holiday Catalog offers more than 900 gift ideas, with many priced under $20. The catalog features gifts and collectibles from Disney, Waterford, Hummel, Bose, Apple, Sharp and more and is available at all main stores or online at (http://www.aafes.com/) aafes.com. Prices in this all-services catalog are valid through Jan. 1, 2007, for any authorized exchange customer. Orders can be placed by mail, fax or phone. Toll free orders can be placed from the United States, Puerto Rico or Guam at 800-527-2345. The Exchange Catalog center is open around the clock, seven days a week.

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Marine Corps Combatant Commanders Workshop
Marine lieutenant colonels and officers with higher rank, have until Oct. 22, 2007 to register for the 2007 Combatant Commanders Workshop, "Rapid Technical Support for the Warfighter," going Oct. 29-30 in Suffolk, Va. There are no registration fees; however, attendees are responsible for travel and lodging costs. Military attendees will wear the service B uniform. For details and registration, log on to the (https://www.enstg.com/Invitation) Online Conference Registration webpage and enter code 20069924.

Air Force Artists Document History
Since 1950, the Air Force Art Program has documented history and covered every major operation in which the service has been involved. The program currently has approximately 250 active artists. The works accumulated over the past 57 years represents hundreds. The art chosen for the program includes all forms including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylic paintings, and charcoal drawings. The program has about 9,500 pieces. To learn more about the Air Force Art Program, visit the (http://www.afapo.hq.af.mil/Presentation/main/Index.cfm) United States Air Force Art Collection website.

National Guard Provides Guide for Parents
The National Guard Bureau is providing its "Our Sons, Our Daughters: A National Guard Parent's" Guidebook to Deployment in PDF format on the (http://www.ngb.army.mil/resources/downl ... _guide.pdf) National Guard Bureau website. The Guide features information about the history of the Guard, family readiness groups, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, raising grandchildren, emergency notification, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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WWE PPV - No Mercy - October 7
Watch WWE No Mercy on Pay-Per-View, October 7th at 8pm ET/5pm PT as John Cena faces Randy Orton. Plus, World Heavyweight Champion, Batista faces the 7-foot monster, The Great Khali, in on of the most brutal matches in WWE history; A Punjabi Prison Match.

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New TRICARE Program Helps Wounded Warriors
The new Warrior Care Support Program in TRICARE's North Region provides wounded servicemembers with one point of contact, and allows eligible severely ill or injured servicemembers to participate through military treatment facility (MTF) referrals, records identification and servicemember requests. The criteria are not restricted to service-related injury and the program is voluntary. Health Net Federal Services, contractor for TRICARE North Region, serves the District of Columbia and 20 Northeast states plus portions of Tennessee, Missouri and Iowa. For more information about (http://www.healthnetfederalservices.com/) Health Net Federal Services visit its website. To learn more about TRICARE, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricare) www.military.com/benefits/tricare.

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Registration Open for Air Force Symposium
Air University officials have announced open registration to the 2007 Air Force Heritage to Horizons Women's Training Symposium scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2007. The symposium at the Waterford Receptions in Springfield, Va., is open to women and men who have served or are serving in the U.S. armed forces and Department of Defense civilians. The symposium strives to celebrate the accomplishments of women in the Air Force, share information and address issues relevant to women. People can register for the event by visiting the (http://afwomensymposium.afit.edu/) symposium's website and clicking "Register."

Servicemembers Urged to Set Up Accounts
Deployable and TRICARE Remote servicemembers should consider setting up Family Member Accounts enabling their family to access medical, pay and human resource websites in their absence. To obtain a Family Member Account, the active duty sponsor can log on to (https://sso.dmdc.osd.mil/famAcctMgr) https://sso.dmdc.osd.mil/famAcctMgr using his or her CAC or DFAS PIN. Family Member Account numbers and passwords will be accepted on TRICARE's new Beneficiary Web Enrollment system that is launching later this Fall. To find deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) http://www.military.com/deployment.

(http://www.military.com/tricare-news) More TRICARE News

Military OneSource to Offer New Consultation Program
Due to the need for increased counseling resources identified at the HQ EUCOM Quality of Life conference, OSD has contracted with Military One Source for a new consultation program. Starting October 15, 2007, Military OneSource will offer a Short-Term Solution Focused Telephonic (STSF-T) Consultation Program. The STSF-T Consultation Program will include up to six sessions per person per issue and will be consistent with the in-person counseling service available via Military OneSource in CONUS. The STSF-T Consultation Program is effective in helping individuals resolve issues such as: adjustment to situational stressors, stress management, decision making, communication, grief, blended-family issues, and parenting-skills issues. The toll-free numbers from each country as well as other information on Military One Source is available by logging on to (http://www.militaryonesource.com) www.militaryonesource.com.

Check for Counterfeit Coupons
Fake or counterfeit coupons are causing problems for unwitting commissary shoppers worldwide. Legitimate coupons can be found on manufacturers' websites, such as Commissaries.com, where coupons can be downloaded for the convenience of commissary patrons. Fake coupons are most often distributed via e-mail, traded in chat rooms and sold through online auction sites. The Coupon Resource Center at (http://www.veri-fi.com/) www.veri-fi.com instantly validates consumer coupons and works for almost all online coupons. To find coupons online, or for more information about using them at your commissary, visit the (http://www.commissaries.com/) DeCA website.

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Legal Assistance Helps Airmen
From completing powers of attorney to reviewing legal documents, the Air Force legal assistance program is there to help. Many Airmen are not aware that the legal office staff offers consultation services in family law matters such as divorce, child custody and support, adoption and more. They also can assist with financial issues ranging from bankruptcy and consumer fraud to tax assistance and identity theft. They can also assist with the (http://www.military.com/benefits/legal- ... a/overview) Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, a little-known tool that is designed to protect servicemembers from certain legal actions while they serve on active duty. For more information about legal services, contact a local base legal office or visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/military-legal-matters) Military.com Legal Matters webpage.

(http://capwiz.com/military/issues/alert ... 66&type=CO) Take Action: Congress to Revise Servicemember's Civil Relief Act Review

Fleet Reserve Association Online Survey
The Fleet Reserve Association is calling all enlisted active duty or Reservist Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard service members! FRA fights for you every day on Capitol Hill and we need your help with determining family readiness priorities for legislators by taking our short survey on the subject. We want to ensure you are receiving top-notch quality family readiness programs during your military career. Thank you in advance for your input. This survey should not take more than a few minutes to complete. Simply (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 100107_FRA) click here to participate.

Up to $300 Cash Back - Get the Facts
AT&T is offering up to $300 cash back available in 22 selected states; mostly in the Southeast, Southwest, Midwest and West. To get the discount you must order a "Bundle" of services, sometimes called a Quad Pack. It's a bundle of local/long distance, high-speed internet, wireless, and digital TV services. Even if you don't order all four services, you still get $50 cash back for each qualifying service. There are some restrictions, so check out the offers at (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 00107_AT&T) att.com/military and click on the " (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 00107_AT&T) Special Offers in Selected States" link.

New Center for Wounded Warriors
A new 12,000 square-foot Warrior and Family Support Center currently being built at Fort Sam Houston, Texas will be ten times the size of the current facility. The new fully wheelchair-accessible building will provide a "living room" environment, a place for social interaction and recreation between wounded warriors and their families, and include a computer classroom, kitchen, dining room, conference room, adequate bathrooms, and storage and social-gathering areas. It also will provide opportunities in training for new job skills. Construction of the $3.5 million building is scheduled for completion in 2008. For more information, visit the (http://www.returningheroeshome.org/) Warrior and Family Support Center website.

(http://www.military.com/wounded-warriors) More Wounded Warrior News

New Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Gordon H. Mansfield ( (http://www.va.gov/opa/bios/biography.asp?id=30) biography) began serving as Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Mansfield has served as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs since January 2004. He assumed the role of Secretary under the terms of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, where a Deputy Secretary begins to serve as Acting Secretary immediately and automatically when the Secretary position becomes vacant. Mansfield will serve as Acting Secretary until another individual is nominated by the president and confirmed by the United States Senate.

Navy Wear Testing New Uniforms
Selected officers and Sailors will begin limited wear testing of new uniform prototypes, service dress khaki for chiefs and officers, and service dress blue and white for E-6 and below late this fall or early winter. Uniform testing is expected to run for 90-120 days. Delivery of a single Navy working uniform for wear by all Sailors E-1 to O-10, and a year-round service uniform for all Sailors E-6 and below is on track to get to the Fleet in summer 2008. The new Navy PT uniform is on track for spring 2008. For more information on Navy uniforms, visit the (http://www.npc.navy.mil/CommandSupport/USNavyUniforms/) Navy Uniform Matters webpage.

Report Approves TRICARE Payments
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) states that TRICARE pays children's hospitals the right amount for beneficiary care. The GAO's conclusions appear self-evident in the title of the report, "Defense Health Care: Under TRICARE, Children's Hospitals Paid More than Other Hospitals after Accounting for Patient Complexity." In 1988, Congress directed the Department of Defense (DoD) to establish a payment differential for children's hospitals. The effect of the differential is to provide a significantly higher payment rate to 80 eligible hospitals nationwide. The (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07947.pdf) GAO report is available in .PDF format.

(http://www.military.com/tricare-news) More TRICARE News

Thousands of Retirees to See Health Costs Rise
Tens of thousands of working retirees will see their health costs rise from a law Congress enacted last year that prohibits companies as well as state and local governments from offering health plans or other incentives to encourage military retirees who work for them to drop employer-provided health plans and use their TRICARE benefits instead. Employers who offer a TRICARE supplement have saved themselves a lot of money, says the Congressional Budget Office. The intent is to reduce the cost to TRICARE by making retirees use company-provided benefits. Skeptic Ed Singer, executive vice president for Association and Society Insurance Company in Rockville, Md. ASI who administers TRICARE supplements, predicts the ban on company-paid supplements will drive more retirees into TRICARE Prime, the military's managed care plan. But Prime enrollees, he said, cost taxpayers 25 percent more than Standard users. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,150697,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

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Commissaries Offer Organic Foods
U.S. sales of organic foods have grown between 20 percent and 25 percent annually for the past seven years. During that time, DeCA commissaries more than tripled the number of organic products available on their shelves. To be labeled "organic," food must be produced without using most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients, bioengineering techniques, antibiotics, growth hormones or ionizing radiation. To find organic products in your local store, look for the circular green and white "USDA Organic" seal. For more information on choosing and using organic foods, read the DeCA Article (http://www.commissaries.com/press_room/ ... _75_07.cfm) Organic or Conventional - The Choice is Yours.

USAF Officers Have Alternate Qualification
Air Force officers can now gather joint experience points through deployments, exercises, other education, and training. The new joint qualification system (JQS) credits joint experiences using a point system that also takes the duration and intensity of the experiences into account. For more information on the JQS, visit the (http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/) Air Force Personnel Center webpage, and click on the link for "New Joint Officer Management Program," or contact the assignments and joint officer management branch at (210) 565-3720 or 565-3718.

Servicemembers Have a Voice
Congress is currently making decisions about veterans and military benefits. Without your input, they will rely on their own lack of military experience to determine which benefits can be cut. In today's political climate it is more important than ever for military servicemembers and veterans to be actively involved. The (http://capwiz.com/military/home/) Military.com Legislative Center makes it easier than ever to reach you elected officials and learn about current and pending legislation that will affect veteran and military benefits for generations to come. Get involved - visit the (http://capwiz.com/military/home/) Military.com Legislative Center today.

Deal of the Week: Exclusive Savings From Apple
Get your groove on. Exclusive savings for Military.com members. Additional savings on these refurbished products from Apple. Look for the red "SAVE" tag on the lower right side of the (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 00107_Deal) Apple online MPP store.

Pentagon Channel Seeks 'Grill Sergeants'
Cooking talents of some of the U.S. military's top chefs will be on the front burner of a new Pentagon Channel lifestyle program, "The Grill Sergeants." A nationwide search is under way for military members with a flair for food and a dynamic personality interested in showcasing their skills on the show. Military members are encouraged to send in their favorite regional recipe and photo of themselves to (mailto:info@pentagonchannel.mil) info@pentagonchannel.mil. "The Grill Sergeants" will debut later this fall on the Pentagon Channel and will be available via podcast and video on demand at (http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/) www.pentagonchannel.mil.
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Military Report - Week of October 08, 2007

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Military Report - Week of October 08, 2007

Europe Changes Policy on Arrivals
Soldiers and their Family members arriving for assignments in U.S. Army Europe will no longer have to wait days to reach their final destinations. Troops will reach their new USAREUR duty stations the same day they arrive in theater. Soldiers will still go to Hanau, Germany from the airport, but the daily schedule of buses leaving Pioneer Kaserne to installations throughout USAREUR has been adjusted to make same-day arrivals feasible. Changes to the reception program are expected to continue through next year. By the first of the year, USAREUR leaders hope to have a reception facility close to or in the airport.

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach Remembers Troops
The Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. sends care packages and letters of encouragement to our deployed servicemembers. The goal of the not-for-profit corporation is to encourage the men and women who fighting for our great nation abroad, and to inspire hope, strength and courage while they're separated from loved ones, families, and friends. For more information, visit the (http://www.forgottensoldiers.org/) Forgotten Soldiers Outreach website.

Find (http://www.military.com/deployment) deployment news and resources at Military.com.

Air University Plans for New Degrees
Air University officials are working with members of Congress for authorization to grant three new degrees - a doctorate of philosophy in strategic studies, master of flight test engineering and master of air, space and cyberspace. Because the university is a federal institution, Congress must first approve degree-granting authority to the university before it can pursue accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a process that can take up to two years. The new Ph.D. degree is intended to allow Air Force officers to stay current in their jobs while earning the degree. For more information on the Air University, visit its website at (http://www.au.af.mil/) http://www.au.af.mil/.

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Featured Job: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The FAA will be at two (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 100807_Job) College Career Fairs on Oct 24th from 10am - 2pm @ Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD and from 11am - 3pm at the Univ. of the Dist. of Columbia in WA, D.C. (in the Univ. Gym, Bldg#47).

Full Replacement Value Begins
Stars and Stripes reports that Department of Defense employees may now be able to recover enough to replace items lost or damaged during a DoD-sponsored move. The Office of the Judge Advocate General has announced the implementation of the Full Replacement Value (FRV) Act, requiring the DoD to provide full-replacement value insurance on every shipment of household goods. For more information on the FRV program, contact the Personnel Claims Unit Norfolk Help Line at 1-888-897-8217, or visit the (http://www.sddc.army.mil/) Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) website and click the "Full Replacement Value Protection" box.

For moving and relocation services, visit the (http://benefits.military.com/misc/reloc ... n_Main.htm) Military.com Relocation Center.

Helmets to Hardhats Helps Servicemembers with Employment
Helmets to Hardhats is a national program that connects National Guard, Reserve and transitioning active-duty military members with quality career training and employment opportunities within the construction industry. Visit (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 100807_H2H) HelmetsToHardhats.org to search for jobs, learn how to break into a trade, find apprenticeship programs and more.

Changes Coming for Mental Health Care
Servicemembers and their families can expect sweeping changes throughout the Defense Department's mental health care services during the next year. A report recently submitted to Congress by the DoD Task Force on Mental Health details hundreds of proposed actions that officials hope will make the system more patient-focused. Many of the major changes are slated to be in place by as early as May 2008. The task force reported that stigma attached to mental health care, difficult access, bureaucracy and a lack of resources contributed to a lack of adequate care for servicemembers and their families. The (http://www.ha.osd.mil/asd/downloads/MHT ... ngress.pdf) report is available in .pdf format. To learn more, (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,150702,00.html) read the article at Military.com.

(http://capwiz.com/military/issues/alert ... 11&type=CO) Take Action: TBI, PTSD Funding Bill

Free Non-lethal Weapons Course
A new course has been developed by Pennsylvania State University's Applied Research Lab and the Center for Community and Public Safety for all U.S. servicemembers looking to expand their knowledge on non-lethal weapons handling. The online course is offered to all active duty and reserve military personnel free-of-charge. The Non-Lethal Weapons: Policies, Practices and Technologies Non-Credit Certificate teaches proper procedures and safety on weapons like Oleoresin Capsicum spray, batons and tasers. For more information, call the Center for Community and Public Safety at (724) 430-4215 or the Continuing Education Department at (724) 430-4211.

Traumatic Stress Assistance Resources
Extensive research by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) has proved to be invaluable when it comes to military and civilian mental health preparedness - particularly in the wake of disasters ranging from 9/11, the tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina. CSTS has created fact sheets that are broadly distributed as educational resources to improve well-being, stress management, treatment and recovery. The fact sheets and more information are available by visiting the (http://www.centerforthestudyoftraumaticstress.org/) CSTS website. Other helpful resources are available at the (http://www.psych.org/disasterpsych/links/weblinks.cfm) American Psychiatric Association website.

To find more information and resources for PTSD, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/resour ... d-overview) http://www.military.com/benefits/resour ... d-overview.

Commissaries Pull Recalled Beef
Commissaries have pulled selected ground beef from their shelves as part of two voluntary recalls of more than 300,000 pounds of frozen ground beef by Topps Meat Company, LLC due to a cluster of illnesses in the Northeast that was linked to E. coli contamination. For a complete listing of all of the recalled items, visit the (http://www.commissaries.com/press_room/ ... round2.cfm) commissaries.com website. Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/food%5Fsafety% ... /#Question) AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline is available in English and Spanish at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). Recorded food safety messages are available there 24 hours a day.

Hefty Pay Gains Urged for Disabled Vets
The first comprehensive review of veterans' disability benefits in 51 years recommends that Congress and the Bush administration support an immediate increase in compensation levels - of up to 25 percent for the most severely disabled - to recognize monetarily their reduced quality of life. Among other important improvements the report also recommends full concurrent receipt and an end to the SBP-DIC Offset. Read the (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,151557,00.html) full article to learn more.

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$61,000 Bonuses for a Few, Good Marines
Counterintelligence is looking for a few good Marines. Career opportunities and bonuses up to $61,000 are being offered to Marines who qualify and are accepted in the counterintelligence and human intelligence field. Marines who are energetic, possess unusually high levels of initiative and who do not need to be frequently told what to do should apply. Marines must be a first-term corporal or sergeant (others will be considered on a case-by-case basis), have a General Technical score of 110 or above, be a U.S. citizen, and be eligible for a top secret security clearance, along with other requirements. For more information, Marines should contact their unit's career retention specialist or CI/HUMINT chief.

Learn more about current career opportunities, bonuses, and pay by (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... nusArticle) contacting a military recruiter.

ASMBA Saves Servicemembers on Life Insurance Costs
The Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association (ASMBA), established in 1963, provides comprehensive, affordable life insurance coverage to military personnel and their families. Membership in the Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association is open to all ranks, both officers and enlisted. Active duty, reserve, and retired of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard under age 65 are eligible to apply for membership. New members receive $3,000 FREE Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance. There are no dues or assessments beyond the life insurance premiums. To request free, no-obligation information (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 0807_ASMBA) click here.

Career Job Reservations Available for Airmen
Air Force officials have announced fiscal 2008 will start without any restrictions on first-term Career Job Reservations for enlisted specialties. Effective Oct. 1, all first-term Airmen selected by their commanders as eligible to re-enlist under the Selective Re-enlistment Program will receive a CJR once they enter the first month of their re-enlistment eligibility window. The automated processing will continue to notify Airmen of their CJRs during their reenlistment window, even though there are no restrictions. The program will run unrestricted unless the Air Force needs to make enlisted force adjustments to meet authorized strength levels.

Predatory Lending Regulation Takes Effect
The Department of Defense put into effect a new regulation last week that protects servicemembers and their families from high-cost, short-term loans. The regulation limits the fees and interest that creditors can charge on three types of loans: payday loans, vehicle title loans, and tax refund anticipation loans, products that can often lead to a cycle of ever-increasing debt. The final regulation is available in the (http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422 ... 7-4264.pdf) Federal Register PDF. In addition to financial and legal counseling available through a servicemember's chain of command, legal assistance office or military aid society, DoD offers several online resources to servicemembers and their families: (http://www.militaryonesource.com/) Military OneSOURCE, (http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/) Military HOMEFRONT; and (http://legalassistance.law.af.mil/content/locator.php) Armed Forces Legal Assistance Services.

Foundation Aids Brain Injury Patients
The National Rehabilitation and Rediscovery Foundation, Inc. works to improve the quality of life for traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients and their families. The Arlington, Va.-based organization provides a comprehensive program for servicemembers with TBI. For more information, visit the (http://www.nrrf-roh.org/) National Rehabilitation and Rediscovery Foundation, Inc. website.

(http://capwiz.com/military/issues/alert ... 11&type=CO) Take Action: TBI, PTSD Funding Bill

Government Travel Charge Cards Change
Official travelers will have higher credit lines on their government travel cards thanks to the Government Travel Charge Card Credit Limit Increase Pilot Program, which allows for a permanent increase in the default credit amount from $5,000 to $7,500 for standard accounts and from $2,000 to $4,000 for restricted accounts. In addition, ATM cash withdrawal limits will increase. The cash and credit limits are scheduled to expire Nov. 29, 2008. Additionally, accounts that have not been used in three years are being deactivated. All travelers should check with their unit APCs to ensure their cards are still valid and activated before starting a trip.

All military pay information can be found in (http://www.military.com/benefits/military-pay) Military.com's Pay Section.

TOP HAND Board to Convene
The Air Force's TOP HAND board is scheduled to convene Nov. 6, 2007 to select five officers for positions in the 576th Flight Test Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. and nine officers for vacancies in the 17th Test Squadron. TOP HAND applicants must be captains in the space and missile or missile maintenance career fields with four to eight years of commissioned service and three years of experience in their core Air Force specialty, including instructor or evaluator experience. For more information contact Capt. Justin McMillian at 719-554-3357, or Maj. Marty Easter at 719-554-3761.

United Warrior Survivor Foundation
The United Warrior Survivor Foundation located in Coronado, Calif. provides care to spouses of fallen special operations personnel. The organization helps families through financial aid, camps for children, packages and community advocacy. UWSF also covers the basic Medical Insurance for those spouses who have gone over the three year mark since their husbands' deaths and lose their family's medical coverage. For more information, visit the (http://www.frogfriends.com/) United Warrior Survivor Foundation website.

Learn about (http://www.military.com/benefits/survivor-benefits) Survivor Benefits at Military.com.

Company Launches Free Movie Campaign
The online video editing company (http://www.studionow.com/) StudioNow launched a promotion that allows U.S. troops and their families to create free, high-end personal movies to share with each other despite the miles that may separate them. At no cost, military personnel and their family members visiting (http://www.studionow.com/military) www.studionow.com/military can drag and drop photos and video content, type a few instructions and select any song desired to create their project. When the video is completed by an editor, usually within 24 -72 hours, an e-mail alerts the customer that the video is ready for preview on the StudioNow website. For more information, visit the StudioNow website at (http://www.studionow.com/) www.StudioNow.com and click on the Free Movies for Our Heroes Abroad box.

Bob Woodruff Family Fund
Bob Woodruff, then co-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight," was reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces when the tank he was riding in was hit on Jan. 29, 2006. The blast left the reporter with a traumatic brain injury. Today, the Bob Woodruff Family Fund works with private industry and government entities to develop public awareness and advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries. For more information, visit the (http://www.bobwoodrufffamilyfund.org/index.shtml) Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury website.

(http://capwiz.com/military/issues/alert ... 11&type=CO) Take Action: Senate to Vote on TBI, PTSD Funding

Come to the Military.com Career Fair in San Antonio
The Military.com Career Fair is coming to San Antonio on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007. Employers seek the valuable skills you learned in service to your country. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... CareerFair) Register here and get a reminder of the event as well as a final and up - to- date list of the companies attending.

Foundation Offers Teleconferences to Schools
The Freedom Calls Foundation is giving schools the chance to talk via video teleconference with deployed troops. Most schools have all the necessary equipment to hold a FreedomCalls American Classroom Teleconference, or FACT. The most important requirement is that the school must have an Internet connection. The foundation provides software necessary to connect to its network and helps the school configure it. FACTS are free to accredited schools and can be scheduled by contacting Kathryn Hudacek, the foundation's development director via phone at 973-290-7886 at least two weeks in advance of the event. For more information, visit the (http://www.freedomcalls.org/) Freedom Calls website.

To find deployment news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/deployment) http://www.military.com/deployment.

New Website Shares Health Information
Have you ever wanted to contact military medical leaders and tell them about a successful program implemented in your clinic or hospital or share important research? The new (http://mhs.osd.mil/) Military Health System (MHS) website is just the place for you. Military and civilian health care professionals can submit questions, share ideas and recognize peers interactively on the new website. Those working outside of the Department of Defense who have best practices to share and members of the public who just want to keep up with current developments in the Military Health System are also welcome on the website.

New Health Care Plan for Selected Reserve
The vast majority of National Guard and Reserve members in the Selected Reserve now have access to a (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricar ... t-overview) TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) health care plan under changes mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2007. The restructured TRS features continuously open enrollment and monthly premiums of $81 for the servicemember only and $253 for the servicemember and family. Coverage is comparable to TRICARE Standard and Extra. Members of the Selected Reserve can find out more about TRS and how to purchase coverage through the "My Benefit" portal at (http://www.tricare.mil) www.tricare.mil.

To learn more about TRICARE, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricare) www.military.com/benefits/tricare.

Blewitt Foundation Aids Families
The Blewitt Foundation based in Aldie, Va. provides comfort and enjoyment to military families, primarily children, through recreational and educational programs. The foundation provides all-expenses paid resort-style fun with activities for all ages and abilities. For more information, visit the (http://www.theblewittfoundation.org/) Blewitt Foundation website.

4 Tips to Getting Military Scholarships
1) Do your homework. Take advantage of the free online scholarship search at Military.com. The scholarship finder lists over 1,000 scholarships from a variety of sources. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... _100807.nl) Search here.

2) Don't limit yourself. You qualify for non-military related scholarships too. Visit your local library to find scholarship directories that list awards based on age, state of residence, cultural background, and field of study.

3) Search in your military community. Many service aid organizations and associations, like the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, offer scholarships, grants, and low interest loans to help cover education expenses.

4) It's never too soon to start your scholarship search. Many scholarship application deadlines are as early as one year in advance.

If you haven't started school yet, take the first step and find the right school that matches your education needs and goals. You can request free information from military-friendly schools that offer online courses, flexible schedules and start times and VA approved programs. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... _100807.nl) Start here.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Every three minutes a woman in the United States becomes diagnosed with breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The most common sign of breast cancer, a new, hard and painless lump, can be discovered during regular self-examinations. Other symptoms include swelling of part of the breast, skin irritation or dimpling, nipple pain or the nipple turning inward, redness of nipple and breast skin, nipple discharge (other than breast milk) and a lump in the underarm area. Although primarily found in females, males can be diagnosed with breast cancer and suffer similar results. For more information, including educational materials, visit (http://www.breastcancer.org/) http://www.breastcancer.org/.

Deal of the Week: Military Special Discounts
Military personnel and their families get $25 off new activations and receive special discounts on service & equipment. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bin/ou ... 00807_Deal) Go to AT&T online 24/7.

Group is Here 4 You
The Silver Star Families of America supports wounded servicemembers and their families by offering troops a friendly ear with its newest program, "Hear 4 You." The no-cost program aims to develop a network of volunteers to listen to military personnel and their families affected by post-deployment stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. Military personnel or family members wishing talk to a volunteer through the Hear 4 You program can follow the link from the (http://www.silverstarfamilies.org/) Silver Star Families of America website. The program's website shows which volunteers are online at any given moment.

To find PTSD news and resources, visit (http://www.military.com/benefits/resour ... d-overview) www.military.com/benefits/resources/ptsd-overview.

New Army System Recognizes Joint Experience
Active-duty Army officers now have two ways to earn points toward becoming a Joint Qualified Officer. The new Joint Qualification System lets officers earn points for their experience in joint-duty assignments, in addition to the points they gain through joint-duty assignments and education courses. JQS replaces the Joint Specialty Officer System. The new dual path still requires joint education. However, it now offers more flexibility in recognizing joint experiences, such as contingency operations with other military forces or non-government agencies. Under the new system, points may be retroactive for time officers spent in joint environments back to Sept. 11, 2001 for active-duty officers and to Oct. 1, 1986, for reserve-component Soldiers.

New Website Helps Job Candidates
Applying for a job with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's (AAFES) is now easier than ever before thanks to an expanded, online career center. With opportunities in retail, food service, procurement, information systems and more, the AAFES' revamped career center offers targeted entry-level, hourly and management opportunities that are searchable by keyword, job title, area of interest and location. The career center is available under the "AAFES employment" link at (http://www.aafes.com/) www.aafes.com. AAFES currently employs some 45,000 associates at more than 3,100 retail and food establishments across the globe.

To access the largest veteran job board in the world, visit the (http://www.military.com/Careers/Home/0,13373,,00.htm) Military.com Career Center.

Organization Aids Family Members
KIA WIA, Inc. in Fayetteville, N.C. assists wounded-in-action (WIA) troops and surviving family members of killed-in-action (KIA) troops through scholarships, education, assistance with rehabilitation, financial assistance and by connecting them to other organizations. Services provided by the non-profit organization include sponsoring lodging for families during funeral services, providing gas cards or restaurant gift cards during hospital stays, and aiding with unforeseen expenses above or beyond coverable amounts. For more information, visit the (http://www.kiawia.org/) KIA WIA, Inc. website.

Find ways to support and honor U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who protect our security and freedom. Visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/resour ... our-troops) Military.com Support our Troops webpage.
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