Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2016’

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NAUS Members Have Voted…

NAUS Integration MESSAGES FROM NAUS INTEGRATION PARTNERS NAUS has closed it’s doors and ceased operations on December 31, 2016. We have reached Binding Member Integration Agreements with the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and TREA: The Enlisted Association (TREA). This will move NAUS efforts and members to the appropriate association. Both of these integration partners already embrace all of our …

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A General Mattis Christmas Story

As told by retired Gen. Charles Krulak, who was the Marine Corps Commandant at the time, on Christmas Day 1998 then BG Mattis stood duty for a young Marine officer so he could spend the day with his family. It is not unusual for senior Marine officers to relieve junior officers from Christmas duty posts, but when told by one …

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Army and Marine Corps Use Different Rifle Ammunition – Congress asks Why?

The Marine Corps and the Army use different rifle ammo — and Congress is demanding a report explaining why. The final joint version of the Fiscal 2017 National Defense Appropriations Act, released Wednesday, includes a provision requiring the secretary of defense to submit a report to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees explaining why the two services are using …

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Concealed Carry on Base Does NOT Include Retirees

The Pentagon’s new policy for carrying firearms on base is intended for uniformed service members and civilians working for the U.S. military — not for retirees, Defense Department officials maintain. “Arming and the Use of Force,” a Nov. 18 Department of Defense Directive approved by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, provides detailed guidance to the services for permitting soldiers, …

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Navy to Test Clinics in Commissaries

Need medical attention? You might be able to do some grocery shopping while you’re there, if the Navy’s planned test of putting medical clinics in some commissaries is successful.  The test, which will take place in the Jacksonville, Florida, area, is in the planning phase.  The clinics will be run by Navy corpsmen, said Vice Adm. Forrest Faison III, the …

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TRICARE Changes Coming to Those Who Join the Armed Forces After 2017

TRICARE enrollment costs and use fees for currently serving troops and existing retirees escaped congressional reform efforts unchanged, according to the final draft of the NDAA unveiled Wednesday. But future retirees who join the military in 2018 or thereafter will pay higher fees for all TRICARE plans. TRICARE reforms proposed over the last year had included a parade of fee …

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Pentagon Reportedly Buried Study Exposing $125 Billion in Waste

Senior defense officials reportedly suppressed a study documenting $125 billion worth of administrative waste at the Pentagon out of fears that Congress would use its findings to cut the defense budget, The Washington Post reported late Monday. The report, which was issued in January 2015 by the advisory Defense Business Board (DBB), called for a series of reforms that would …

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House Passes Gold Medal Bill for Filipino WWII Veterans

This week, the House approved a bill that would honor Filipino and Filipino-American veterans of World War II.  Of the estimated 300,000 Filipino veterans of World War II, more than 57,000 would be killed in action during the four year battle to defend, then free, their homeland which was then sovereign U.S. territory.  Filipino veterans were also present at the …

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Private Label Brands Coming to Commissaries

Commissary customers worldwide will start seeing private label products on their stores’ shelves in May 2017, with an initial assortment of about 400 items, officials announced today.  Defense Commissary Agency officials announced they have selected MDV SpartanNash, a long-time distributor of products to commissaries and exchanges, to supply the private label products to commissaries.  They conducted “a rigorous selection process” …

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Continuing Resolution Passed by House

The “must pass” Continuing Resolution (CR), which keeps the government running, was passed by the House last Thursday.  Language to ensure health care for retired coal miners, funding for emergency aid for Flint, Mich. and even the logistics of nominating one of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet members numbered among the provisions that held up the negotiations.  All of those controversial …

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