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Court awards reservist $926,000 in USERRA case
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An Air Force reservist is a major step closer to receiving $926,506 in back pay and damages, after winning another round in his court fight for his federal re-employment rights. It's one of the largest cases ever under the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act, attorneys said. Michael Serricchio was a financial adviser who was paid on commission by Prudential Services, Inc., in Stamford, Conn., when he was called to active duty in 2001. More



Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week proclaimed by President
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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve announced that President Barack Obama has declared Sept. 18-24, as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week. "The support of employers across our country reflects the best of the American spirit — the understanding that we are bound together to serve and protect our Nation," said Obama. In honor of the week, the DoD will recognize 15 of the nation's most supportive employers at the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Award Ceremony on Sept. 22. More

Guard gets access to GoArmyEd
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Beginning Oct. 1, the Army National Guard will begin having access to GoArmyEd, which is currently available to all active Army and Army Reserve. GoArmyEd provides users with re-sources for finding educational counselors, tuition assistance, handle admissions applications, track course registration and other educational tasks. Members of the Army National Guard began excitedly using the resource as soon as possible, some registering Aug. 1 for classes beginning Oct. 1. More

General: New RAFB center big for Air Reserve
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Air Force Reserve Command's new Force Generation Center, which will become fully operational next August, will serve as the focal point for all operations related to mobilization, tracking all current locations and statuses of reservists, "This is huge for the Air Force Reserve," said Brig. Gen. William "Blaze" Binger, the center commander. "It provides maximum predictability for our reservists, their families and their employers." More

X Marks the Spot: The New Exchange

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (now the Exchange) has rebranded the organization which is changing the look and appearance of our entire enterprise. 
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Streamlining Army mobilization process focus of committee visit
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The Army Reserve Force Policy Committee met Sept. 12 to discuss policies concerning regulations for mobilization and demobilization. The ARFPC aims to simplify any complex procedures and is "all about the future and maintaining the capability level at the lowest possible cost," said Timothy Orr, Iowa Adjutant General. The Committee also discussed the beginning of the end in Iraq and Afghanistan and how this will affect other policies. More

TRICARE promises continued access to prescription meds
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A dispute between Walgreens and a TRICARE contractor will not stop beneficiaries from getting their prescriptions filled, despite a Walgreen's ad campaign to the contrary, a TRICARE official said. Don't let that advertising, letter and Internet outreach campaign scare you, Navy Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, deputy director of the TRICARE Management Activity, said. Even if contract renewal negotiations fall through and Walgreens drops out of TRICARE's retail pharmacy network on Jan. 1, beneficiaries still will have plenty of other options for getting their prescriptions filled. More

Defense contractors launch campaign to end military spending cuts
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Seeking to whip up public support for what's expected to be a hard-fought budget battle in Congress, a group of defense contractors launched a lobbying campaign urging an end to cuts in military spending. The campaign, named Second to None, was introduced by the Aerospace Industries Assn. trade group at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The group, which represents manufacturers and suppliers of aircraft, space systems and engines, warned of potential job losses and national security risks. More

Mullen: Happy birthday Air Force
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Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen issued the following message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force. More

DOD announces appointment of Reserve Forces Policy Board Chairman
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The Department of Defense announced that Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro has been appointed chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board. He is the first person to hold the chair under the revised functions and structure established by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011. More

Re-employment conflicts between veterans and businesses
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It's tough to leave any job and start over, but what about leaving your job for war and finding yourself shut out of your old job when you return? That's the conundrum that more veterans are facing these days. In a recent article by the National Law Journal, a recent case involving Stephen Fryer, a Massachusetts National Guard member and an Iraq war veteran, serves as a reminder — and a warning — of what can happen when servicemembers' employment rights aren't respected. More

Senate appropriators keep JSF production levels flat
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Just a quick F-35 update. The Senate Appropriations Committee recently voted to flatline F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production levels at 35 jets per year for the next two years. The original plan called for Lockheed Martin to ramp up to 42 jets per year by 2013. The Bethesda, Md., based-defense giant is in the midst of a $5 billion contract to build 32 jets this year. More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Sept. 13
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This week the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists. The net collective result is 488 fewer reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. More


 


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