• Army Working to Boost Quality of Life

    Army Working to Boost Quality of Life0

    The Army is working on several efforts this year to enhance quality of life for military families, according to Military.com. “We enlist soldiers, but we retain families,” Army Secretary Mark Esper said this week at an Association of the United States Army event. The Army is planning to improve access to child care and reimburse

  • In Our Communities

    In Our Communities0

    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) appointed retired Air Force Col. Joe Zeis as senior adviser for aerospace and defense. DeWine promised last year that if elected he would create the cabinet-level position that reports directly to him…. The Air Force will start sending its new aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46A Pegasus, to the New Hampshire

  • Survey: Military Families Want to Feel More Connected to Communities

    Survey: Military Families Want to Feel More Connected to Communities0

    Almost half of military families do not feel connected to their local civilian communities, according to a new survey by Blue Star Families. “Military family respondents identified increasing the availability of military spouse jobs as their top recommendation for improving a sense of belonging to their local civilian community,” Blue Star Families writes in an

  • Suicides Up in Army

    Suicides Up in Army0

    The Army has made progress in preventing suicide but “more work needs to be done,” an Army spokeswoman told Army Times last week after data showed suicide up 20 percent in the Army in 2018. Across all services, suicide ticked down slightly. The latest DOD data shows the problem is most acute among active duty

  • Communities Strengthen Military-School Links

    Communities Strengthen Military-School Links0

    Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., said a recent community summit to discuss military children education is “the beginning of a long journey that will require the engagement of the entire community,” according to a Forbes column by Jim Cowen, executive director of the Collaborative for Student

  • Contractors May Get Shutdown Backpay

    Contractors May Get Shutdown Backpay0

    Members of the House and Senate are pushing legislation to allow some government contractors to get backpay for work missed during the 35-day partial government shutdown, according to Federal Times. Federal employees are already receiving backpay. “It’s just commonsense that the contractors who work side-by-side with all of us deserve back pay, too,” Sen. Tina