Military Report - Week of February 17, 2014

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Military Report - Week of February 17, 2014

#1 Postby boardman » Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:10 pm

Military Report - Week of February 17, 2014

Register to Vote
Service members who do not reside within their home voting precincts are encouraged to complete and return an absentee ballot to their legal residence for the upcoming elections. The registration process to vote absentee is the same for every service member whether they are stationed in the continental U.S. or overseas and can be accomplished in person at a voting assistance office or online at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at ( with a completed Federal Post Card application. The voting process is not limited to those from the 50 U.S. states, but also includes residents of U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Sailors who desire to vote in a federal primary or special election in March, April or May 2014, are encouraged to visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at ( for information on state deadlines and requirements or to contact their voting assistance officer (VAO).
To keep track of legislative issues that impact the military and contact your local representatives, visit the ( Legislative Center.

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Navy Uniform Changes
The Chief of Naval Personnel has announced the following uniform changes: (1) wear of the NWU Type III for deployment and pre-deployment training has been approved for twelve commands, (2) Navy Chaplains serving in units authorized to wear the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type II and III can wear the Chaplain Corps Staff Insignia, (3) Navy Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer (NESCO) Warfare Insignia was approved for wear by Supply Corps officers with a 310X, 651X, or 751X designator that are assigned to certain units and have completed the qualification requirements, (4) a new Navy Security Forces Badges (NESCO) warfare insignia will available for purchase in June, (5) embroidered badges are authorized to be worn on the Navy Working Uniform only, and (6) the deadline for the mandatory wear of the new NSF badge and patches is Oct. 1. For more information, visit the ( ... ault2.aspx) Navy Uniform Matters webpage.
For more Navy news, visit the ( News Center.

Navy Anti-Terrorism Exercise
Preparations for the regularly scheduled Force Protection and Anti-Terrorism exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC/CS 14) 2014 are well underway. SC-CS 14 is a Force Protection exercise conducted on all Navy installations in the Continental United States to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel. Personnel can expect increased security measures at Navy installations throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia starting Feb. 24 and Feb 28. During the SC-CS14 exercise, installation personnel and surrounding communities may see an increase in delay at installation entry control points and increased military activity associated with the exercise. Personnel should register for the AtHoc wide area alert network to be aware of force protection conditions and other impacts on their area.
For more Navy news, visit the ( News Center.

FAA Hiring Air Traffic Controllers
Over the next week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is accepting applications for new ( Air Traffic Controllers for positions across the United States. The FAA plans to hire and train more than 10,000 air traffic control specialists during the next decade. The job does not require previous air traffic controller experience or a specialized technical degree. The FAA will provide rigorous, specialized training to ensure that qualified candidates are ready to perform capably and responsibly. For more information, visit (
For more veteran job news, tips and listings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Navy Celebrates All Hands Anniversary
In honor of the first anniversary of launching its online publication, All Hands Magazine has made several upgrades to improve the usability, design and visual appeal of its website. All Hands Magazine is a web publication "For Sailors, by Sailors" with a goal of providing information that is relevant to Sailors and their families. There will be nine departments of content available on the update website including: Focus on Service, Around the Fleet, Health and Fitness, History and Heritage, Talking with Sailors, Training and Education, Your Career, Advancement and Promotions, and Uniform Matters. For more information, visit All Hands Online at (
For more Navy news, visit the ( News Center.

AAFES Homecoming Contest
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is sponsoring a contest to find the best homecoming stories and photos. Authorized shoppers can share their special moments until Feb. 28 by submitting a story in 150 words or less for a chance to win one of two Lenox(R) Thomas Blackshear sculpted figurines valued at $195. No purchase is necessary and entrants must include their name, email and home address, name of the nearest Exchange, daytime phone number, rank or occupation of sponsor. There is a limit of one entry per family. For complete details, visit the Patriot Family Connection webpage at (
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Navy Leap Frogs 2014 Schedule
The U.S. Navy Parachute Demonstration Team, the Leap Frogs, has released their full 2014 show season schedule, which includes sporting events, air shows, and Navy-sponsored Fleet Weeks. The team is scheduled to perform at 28 events in 16 states. The eight man team is made up of members of Naval Special Warfare, including a select group of Sea, Air and Land commandos (SEALs) extensively trained in parachuting for aerial performances. ( ... edule.html) Read the full article on

USAF OTS Selection Results
The Air Force Recruiting Service recently considered 306 applications as part of the Officer Training School (OTS) Rated Selection Board 14OT02. Of the 93 selected to serve as Air Force Officers, 21 enlisted members earned the chance to attend OTS. The selection process is similar to an Air Force officer promotion board, and no single factor leads to an individual's selection. For more information concerning OTS and the application process, active-duty members should visit the ( ... 0020E329A9) Basic Officer Training website on the Air Force Portal; civilians should contact the nearest Air Force recruiter. For a complete list of applicants selected, visit the Air Force Recruiting Service website at ( ...
For more resources and tips on joining the military, visit the ( Join the Military section.

Participate in the TBI-PTSD Survey
Since Feb. 3, more than 1,600 veterans have taken an American Legion online survey for those suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The survey is part of the Legion's continuing research on the two mental health issues that, together, affect more than a half-million veterans. In 2010, the Legion created a committee to study treatments used for TBI and PTSD by the private sector, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The committee's report, " ( ... i-and-ptsd) The War Within," was issued last September and distributed to members of Congress, senior VA and DoD leadership, and the White House. Click ( here to take the Legion's online survey, which runs through Feb. 28.
For more resources on PTSD, see the ( ... rview.html) PTSD section.

AF Intel Leadership Selections
Sixty-two Air Force majors have been matched to specific leadership positions within the intelligence community. Candidates were considered by the fall intelligence career field development team for director of operations, operations group/squadron intelligence and detachment commander positions. Selection for one of these positions is a significant step in an intelligence officer's career. For more information about leadership and developmental opportunities and other personnel issues, visit the ( myPers website. To see the selectee list, see this ( ... 11-025.pdf) document.
For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

AF BBQ Challenge
The Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) Directorate of Services is hosting the inaugural Air Force High Flyin' BBQ Challenge now through September. The competition is open to all active duty Airmen at Air Force-led joint bases in the continuous U.S. who think their barbecue is the best in town. To apply for the competition, applicants must submit an essay by April 18 to ( explaining in 500 words or less why their barbecue skills are the best. AFPC will announce the essay winners April 25, and those winners will compete in local competitions. For more information, visit the Air Force BBQ Challenge webpage at ( To find out about other quality of life programs, visit the USAF Services website at ( or the My Air Force Life website at (
For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

AF Reschedules Staff Sgt Exams
To ensure senior airmen selected for promotion to staff sergeant do not meet the enlisted retention board (ERB), the Air Force will move the testing window up from May 1-June 15 to April 1-May 16. Moving the testing window up will allow individuals to test and allow the Air Force time to process scores. Senior airmen must have three years time in service and six months time in grade to be eligible to test for promotion to staff sergeant, so some of the Airmen eligible to meet the ERB will also be eligible to test for staff sergeant. For more information about promotions, force management programs and other personnel issues, visit the ( myPers website.
For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

Making a Family Care Plan
Family care plans are instructions developed by service members to identify caregivers who have agreed to take care of family members during the sponsor's absence. Here are some tips on developing a plan: (1) assign a guardian for your family in a special Power of Attorney; (2) obtain identification and commissary cards, and register in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS); (3) sign up for service members life insurance, and update all beneficiary information; (4) arrange for housing, food, transportation and emergency needs; (5) inform your spouse or any caretakers about your financial matters; (6) arrange for your guardian to have access to necessary funds; (7) arrange for child care, education and medical care; (8) arrange for necessary travel and an escort to transfer family members to their guardian; and (9) discuss your plans with your older children.
For more family support resources, see this ( ... vices.html) Family Center.

Navy Discovers Historic Photographs
Photographic archivists from the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) recently rediscovered a donation in their backlog that may not have been seen by the public for more than a century: a box containing about 150 original glass plate photographs from the Spanish-American War. The plates were individually wrapped in tissue paper and include full captions and date. Plans for NHHC's photo collection include high resolution digitization, cataloging and eventual exhibition on the organization's website. The Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. Naval history and heritage. It includes the Navy Department Library, the Navy Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archaeology, Navy history, nine museums, USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus. For more information, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at (
For more Navy news, visit the ( News Center.

AF Strategic Leadership for Civilians
An Air Force board recently selected 12 senior civilians to participate in an Air Force Civilian Strategic Leader Program (CSLP). CSLP is an experiential assignment program for GS-14 and GS-15 leaders, and participants normally work outside of their functional area of expertise for up to three years. A list of civilians selected is available on the ( ... ogram.aspx) Air Force website. The 2015 CSLP call for nominations will be released in February with nomination packages due to AFPC by May 1. Candidates must be nominated by their local leadership. For more information about CSLP and other civilian personnel opportunities, go to the ( myPers website and enter "CSLP" in the search window.
For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

Navy Works to Recover Art Collection
The recently released movie "The Monuments Men," tells the story of a multi-national WWII military unit that was charged with recovering priceless artwork that Nazis took from countries they occupied during the war. Theft has happened with artworks in the Navy's collection, but the Navy has been successful in the recovery of missing original pieces. To preserve the priceless holdings, Sailors should take a close look around their spaces. There are often display cases with artifacts or artwork hanging on the walls that are part of the U.S. Navy collection. Registering those artifacts and artwork with the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) will ensure the Navy has a full accounting of its property, that it is identified clearly as such, and that the command has a proper loan agreement with NHHC. if you spot an artifact or work of art that you believe has been misappropriated, visit the ( Navy Art Collection's webpage for contact information.
For more on "The Momuments Men," see ( this slideshow.

Air Force Portraits in Courage
The Air Force has released its eighth volume of Portraits in Courage, highlighting three teams and thirteen Airmen for their valor in the face of extreme danger to themselves and others. All of this year's Portraits in Courage stories and profiles from previous volumes are featured on the ( Air Force Portraits in Courage website.
For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

Navy to Deploy Clinical Counselors
The U.S. Navy will soon hire 21 Deployed Resiliency Counselors (DRCs) to deploy aboard ships, providing the same services within the same scope of care that Clinical Counselors provide at the Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSCs). The implementation of the DRC program was mandated as part of the new Sexual Assault Response Program initiatives. The counseling and support services provided by the DRC are preventative in nature, aimed at addressing life challenges such as adjustment to deployments, separation from friends and family, relationship and family issues, and other challenges to military life. The DRCs are also fully trained to provide an extra layer of support to any victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, assuring that there are no gaps in support services.
For more news related to sexual assault in the military, see ( this topic section.

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Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen
The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site gives visitors an idea of the pride African American pilots felt for their flight training at Tuskegee. The first Civilian Pilot Training Program students completed their training in May 1940. Two months later, Tuskegee Institute became the center of the Civil Aeronautics Authority's secondary training program. By late November, the War Department sought to use the institute's civilian pilot training secondary courses as a stepping stone into the Army Air Force's basic flight course, and Tuskegee Institute was offered a contract in February 1941 to train African American pilots. For more information on the Tuskegee Airmen, see ( ... H_Tuskegee) this feature, read the ( ... ality.aspx) article on the Air Force website and visit the ( ... erview.htm) National Park Service website, the ( Tuskegee Airmen National Museum website, the ( Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron website, the ( ... irmen.aspx) Tuskegee University website, and ( ... sp?id=1356) the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet.

More Benefits on the Chopping Block?
During recent Senate hearings, Pentagon witnesses repeatedly talked about curbing military personnel costs. It became crystal clear the Pentagon does not intend to wait until the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission's (MCRMC) completes its review in February 2015 to start adjusting currently serving compensation and benefit programs. ( Read more at MOAA's website.

American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is caused by plaque buildup in the walls of arteries, causing narrowing and blood flow restriction. It remains the nation's No. 1 killer for both men and women, causing approximately one out of every four deaths. For more information, visit the ( Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website; the American ( Heart Association website; the ( National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website; and the ( website.
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Congress Votes to Repeal Retiree COLA Cap
The repeal of the reduced annual cost of living adjustment for working-age military retirees passed both houses of Congress last week. In actuality, the repeal simply grandfathers current service members and military retirees. It does not protect future career minded service members. ( ... -cola-cap/) Read more on the Military Advantage Blog.

Spouse Experience on Feb 26 in Washington, DC
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New Navy Fire Safety Manual
The U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a new fire safety and prevention manual for all ship repair and construction activities. The manual integrates existing shipboard fire safety requirements with lessons learned from the major fire that occurred on board USS Miami (SSN 755) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 2012. Every ship repair and construction activity will be required to perform an annual fire drill to test its full fire response plan and emergency response capability. These drills will provide a forum for each activity to prove their local plan is effective.
For more Navy news, visit the ( News Center.

MOAA Thanks Congress for Stepping Up
The Military Officers Association of America wishes to thank all members of Congress who expressed opposition to the cost of living cut to military retired pay in the Bipartisan Budget Act and their quick action in passing S. 25 that grandfathers working-age military retirees and currently serving members who entered service before January 1, 2014. ( Read more about MOAA's efforts to protect military benefits.
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