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Navy Names Newest Submarine

The sub, SSN-801, is the last of a block of 10 ordered by the Navy in April 2014 from General Dynamics Electric Boat out of Groton, Connecticut, in a $17.6 billion contract. That contract is the largest shipbuilding contract in Navy history, according to officials with Naval Sea Systems Command. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus presided over the naming of the …

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General Kelly Believes Opening Combat Roles to Women is Wrong

The reasons are obvious, Kelly adds: On average, the two sexes simply have different physical virtues.  Men will dominate when it comes to upper-body strength, which is generally vital in combat roles. And [Defense Secretary Ash] Carter has vowed not to alter the high standards for those roles. But Kelly doubts that will last: “Whether it’s 12 months from now, …

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Congress May Change Military Healthcare System One Piece at a Time

Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), Chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, who is leading the health reform effort in the House, said fixing the benefit might take numerous pieces of legislation that play out for years. Heck’s subcommittee has already held hearings and sent staff to military facilities to assess the various issues facing TRICARE and such activity is set to …

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Congress Boosts Coast Guard Funding

A usual characterization of the Coast Guard is a small but extremely capable force that does more than expected with their normally frugally funded budget. However, this year Congress, in the recently passed omnibus budget, gave the Coast Guard nearly $928 million more in acquisition, construction and improvement funding than was requested in the 2016 budget request.  The well-deserved amount …

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VA Demotes Two Again

The VA has demoted and reassigned for the second time two former senior executives who used their positions of influence to force lower-ranking regional managers to accept job transfers against their will and for defrauding the government of a total of more than $400,000 in relocation benefits. Instead of recouping the relocation payments or firing these two high-paid so-called public …

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TRICARE: State of Emergency in Several States

The governors of Missouri, Alabama, New Mexico, and Texas have declared a State of Emergency for all four states (the entire states) due to Storm Goliath. Emergency prescription refill procedures are in place through January 27, 2016.  To get an emergency refill, take your prescription bottle to any TRICARE retail network pharmacy.  To find a network pharmacy, call Express Scripts …

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Thornberry to Tackle Several Pressing Defense Issues

By Leo Shane III, Military Times – On Wednesday, House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. rebutted several of the points that President Obama had made during his State of the Union address on Tuesday.  Specifically Thornberry doesn’t think the military has enough money. “Military strength requires both quantity …

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VA Fails to Spend All Money Designated for Non-VA Care

The new Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General report also revealed that from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2015, medical center administrators overestimated the funds they needed to pay for outside care for veterans by $543 million, making the funds unavailable for patient care. The VA IG report said the failure occurred because VA administrators have not provided medical …

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Navy Secretary ‘Greater Threat’ to Marines than ISIL

from Politico Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has had enough of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ strong support for opening all Marine Corps combat posts to women, declaring him ‘a greater threat to the Marine Corps than ISIS,’ Hunter said in an interview.  The Republican congressman and Marine Corps veteran, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is furious with Mabus for pushing through …

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Survey of Women Veterans

The VFW has started a Survey of Women Veterans and has requested NAUS and all member associations of The Military Coalition to ask their membership to participate in order to have a larger base which will make the survey more accurate. To participate click here. Questions can be directed to Carlos Fuentes, Senior Legislative Associate Veterans of Foreign Wars, at …

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