Ensuring military families have adequate childcare would make a significant difference in their lives, according to a new study sponsored by the USO. Without stable childcare, spouses cannot afford to work, Chris Marvin, head of the firm that conducted the survey of military spouses, told Military.com. “It’s not a ‘nice-to-have’; it’s not a morale thing; it’s not, ‘thank you for your service.’ It should be a national security priority because … it would do more for the financial well-being of the military families than 10 years of pay raises,” Marvin said. The study’s other top recommendation was that DOD shouldn’t treat military spouses as a monolithic group. … The Air Force plans to relocate a surveillance mission from RAF Mildenhall to RAF Fairford in England by 2024 in a move stemming from the European Infrastructure Consolidation, officials said last week. Relocating the RC-135 Rivet Joint mission, conducted by the Air Force’s 95th Reconnaissance Squadron and 488th Intelligence Squadron, will require moving 530 military personnel and 740 family members. The action is intended to reduce excess capacity, reported Stars and Stripes.
Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck