Officials warn of ‘phishing’ scams targeting troops

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — U.S. Strategic Command officials are urging renewed vigilance against Internet-based identity theft after detecting a widespread “phishing” expedition against servicemembers. Phishing is a term used to describe deceiving people into divulging personal information such as passwords or account numbers over the Internet. Beginning as early as […]

Official urges Gulf War vets to seek VA care

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Gulf War veterans with medical symptoms should seek treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs in light of a recent study stating Gulf War service is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder, a senior military health system official said. If Gulf War veterans seek care through […]

VA officials cutting insurance premiums

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced April 29 that military personnel insuring their families under the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program will have reduced out-of-pocket expenses beginning July 1. “VA (officials hope) these reductions will allow more military personnel to obtain affordable life insurance coverage for their […]

VA official stresses mental health screenings

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Close collaboration between Defense and Veterans Affairs department officials, plus proactive military screening policies are helping to identify and treat mental-health issues in returning combat veterans before they escalate into more serious, long-term problems, said the Veteran Affairs secretary. Secretary Eric K. Shinseki credited Defense Secretary […]

Commentary: Unique challenges offer tremendous opportunities

By Chief Master Sgt. Bill Turner: 27th SOW command chief My family and I are six months into this assignment, and it has been an incredible six months. When we were stationed in Washington, D.C., we yearned for the quieter life, and we found it here at Cannon Air Force Base. Now, our teenage daughters […]

New DVD helps children deal with deployment

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense and USO officials joined military families at the U.S. Navy Memorial to celebrate the launch of a new DVD created to help military children cope with a parent’s deployment. “With You All the Way” — a joint effort by the Defense Department, USO and the […]

Vice chairman OK with nuclear freeze

By John J. Kruzel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The nation’s second-ranking military officer said April 6 he’s comfortable with a new U.S. policy that halts future production of nuclear weapons. The freeze on developing new nuclear platforms, save for extraordinary cases requiring presidential approval, is an element of the Nuclear Posture Review, the […]

Shinseki vows to reduce VA’s claims backlog

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Prioritizing the work ahead shortly after his first anniversary on the job, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said his focus for the year ahead is on reducing the disability claims backlog. “We are going to break the back of the backlog this year,” Shinseki said […]

Nonchargeable rest, recuperation approved

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials announced March 22 that Iraq and Afghanistan have been designated as nonchargeable rest and recuperation locations, authorizing service members deployed there, for 270 days or more, 15 days of administrative absence to be used in conjunction with benefits provided under the R&R leave program. “This designation […]

Aviation art gallery opens at Pentagon

By Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — The World War I Skyfighters of France teamed with modern-day American airmen in Afghanistan in an art gallery exhibit in the Pentagon dedicated March 18 by Air Force senior leaders. The exhibit showcases the work of the first aviation artist […]

Gates notes contributions of military women

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The nation depends upon women, both military and civilian, at all levels of the Defense Department, from the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan to the upper echelons of military command, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Gates traced the evolving role of women in the […]

Locations announced for Air Force weeks

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz has announced the dates and locations for the two Air Force Weeks to be held in 2010. The first Air Force Week will be held in New York City from Aug. 25th through the 29th, culminating with the two-day Coney Island […]

President signs national healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A beaming President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen’s life, presiding over the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the […]

Military gears up for 2010 Census

By Jordan Reimer: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are working with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure that all military personnel are accounted for in the 2010 Census, a defense official said. All service members and their families, whether stationed domestically or overseas, must be counted and attributed to their proper […]

WASPs awarded Congressional Gold Medal

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski Betty Wall Strohfus, a Women Airforce Service Pilot from Minnesota, sings the “Star-Spangled Banner” during the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the Capitol March 10. More than 200 WASPs attended the event, many of them wearing their World War II-era uniforms. By Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski: Secretary of the […]

Improved Agent Orange claims process sought

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials announced March 9 an aggressive new initiative to solicit private-sector input on a proposed fast-track Veterans’ claims process for service-connected presumptive illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. “This will be a new way of doing business and a major step forward in […]

Officials identify more phases for Iraq medal

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Department of Defense officials announced March 10 that additional campaign stars are authorized for wear on the Iraq Campaign Medal. The campaign stars recognize a servicemember’s participation in DOD-designated campaigns in Iraq. Airmen who have qualified for the ICM may display a bronze campaign star on their medal for […]

Care plan to encompass more military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s family care plan policy will be expanded in the coming months to encompass a wider population of military parents, a defense legal expert said. The new policy will require military parents with custody of children from a previous relationship to file a family […]

Air Force’s new undersecretary sworn in

USAF photo: Scott M. Ash Erin C. Conaton takes her oath of office March 15 as the new undersecretary of the Air Force during a ceremony in the Pentagon officiated by William Davidson, the administrative assistant to the secretary of the Air Force. By Master Sgt. Russell Petcoff: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs […]

Officials stress importance of hiring disabled vets

By David Egner: Military Health System WASHINGTON —Federal officials are taking action to reverse years of decline in the percentage of people with disabilities in the federal workforce, speakers said at a March 5 training session held to prepare for a Federal Hiring Event for People and Veterans with Disabilities scheduled for April. The percentage […]