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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Ancillary Support Programs to Be Eliminated at Air Force Facilities, Welsh Says

  • December 2, 2013
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Nonessential support services that contribute to the quality-of-life for airmen and their families but do not support the Air Force’s primary mission can be expected to succumb to the budget knife, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said last week. Welsh cited several examples of facilities that would be cut, including golf courses, bowling alleys, auto hobby shops and others that are not self-supporting. “These things have made our way of life a lot of fun for families and military members, but we cannot afford them anymore …

What is the Future of Base Services Like Commissaries?

  • December 2, 2013
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The 2014 Installation Innovation Forum will feature multiple sessions on innovative ways to deliver on-base services as budget pressures force DOD officials to come up with new ways to make their scarce dollars go further. The latest example is a recent request by top defense officials for a plan to close all domestic military grocery stores …

DOD Awards $13.2M Grant to Community to Replace School at Dugway Proving Ground

  • November 26, 2013
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The Tooele County School District, Utah, will receive $13.2 million from DOD to demolish and replace a high school at Dugway Proving Ground, the department announced last week. The school district is providing matching funds of $2.7 million for the project, which will serve 120 students in grades seven through 12. The school district, which leases land from the Army for the school, will own and operate the new high school …

NFL Team’s Support Helps Jacksonville Improve Veterans Services

  • November 25, 2013
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The Jaguars Foundation is contributing $1 million to help Jacksonville expand a range of services for veterans. Earlier this month, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Jaguars owner Shad Khan cut the ribbon on the city’s new veteran resource and reintegration center, a project designed to better support veterans with social services, housing assistance and employment services. The city also is adding a social services specialist to its military affairs office to assist veterans, reported First Coast News. “This will assure that Jacksonville continues to be known throughout the country as the number one home for returning veterans,” said Khan.

Further Cuts Will Harm Commissary Benefit, Agency CEO Says

  • November 25, 2013
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Military grocery stores struggled during fiscal 2013 to cope with cutbacks in funding triggered by sequestration, Joseph Jeu, director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency, told lawmakers last week. Civilian furloughs forced most commissaries to close one day a week for six weeks. A department-wide hiring freeze already had resulted in staffing at two-thirds of the commissaries falling below required levels. As a result, some customers waited in checkout lines for 20 to 30 minutes …

Microsoft Trains Service Members for High-Tech Careers prior to Separation

  • November 20, 2013
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A pilot program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in northwest Washington is providing active-duty service members with intensive training and certification in software testing, allowing them to compete for high-tech civilian work after they leave the military. The 16-week pilot program, called the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, guarantees an interview with Microsoft for an entry-level software-testing position. The intensive training program is one example of recent efforts to ease the transition for personnel separating from the military …

DOD Funding to Run out for Housing Referral Service

  • November 19, 2013
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Funding for an online service that helps service members find available rental housing when they move to a new assignment is scheduled to run out at the end of December, but the service provider is looking for an alternate source of funding to continue the program. A spokesman for Navy Installations Command said the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are allowing the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) to end when their contract with Runzheimer International runs out next month …

Private Sector Easily Surpasses Joining Forces’ Hiring Goal

  • November 18, 2013
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Employers have trained or hired 380,000 veterans and military spouses through the Joining Forces initiative in less than three years, exceeding by almost four times the program’s initial hiring goal. First Lady Michelle Obama noted the milestone last week before representatives from 350 local and national companies at Walk Disney World as part of a forum designed to encourage companies to hire and train separating service members. She took the opportunity to urge employers to redouble their efforts to recruit veterans …

Michigan Legislation Eases Way for Veterans to Turn Military Skills into Civilian Jobs

  • November 17, 2013
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) last week signed a series of bills aimed at streamlining the process for veterans to gain professional licenses in the same fields they pursued in the military. The five bills Snyder signed cover veterans attempting to transfer their military experience into a variety of occupations, including emergency medical technicians, fire fighters, stationary steam engineers and boilers operators, mechanical contractors and residential builders …

Iowa Unveils Jobs Initiative to Attract Veterans

  • November 13, 2013
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The state of Iowa is launching an initiative to promote the state as an abundant source of jobs for veterans. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Tuesday announced “Home Base Iowa,” a private-public partnership to raise $6 million to market Iowa as a home for veterans and service members in search of jobs …

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