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10/31/2000

Clinton Signs Authorization Act, Pay, TRICARE Affected      

WASHINGTON - A 3.7 percent military pay raise, TRICARE changes, military modernization and lifetime medical benefits are just some of the aspects of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 that President Clinton signed into law Oct. 30.

10/31/2000

Pay Raises Highlight Import of Quality of Life      

WASHINGTON - Pay provisions in the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 emphasize the importance of quality of life to DoD, starting with an across-the-board 3.7 percent raise for service members beginning Jan. 1, 2001.

10/31/2000

Troops on Food Stamps May Get Special Allowance      

WASHINGTON - Service members currently receiving food stamps may soon be eligible for a special DoD subsistence allowance.

10/31/2000

Act Paves Way for Military Participation in Thrift Plan      

WASHINGTON - Military members will be able to create their own retirement nest egg by using the Federal Employees Thrift Savings Plan beginning next year, DoD officials said.

10/31/2000

Cohen Housing Allowance Initiative Takes Wing      

WASHINGTON - The Cohen Initiative to reduce the out-of-pocket expenses of service members living off- base has been approved, and service members will start seeing the results Jan. 1.

10/31/2000

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia Join High-Threat Areas      

WASHINGTON - Kuwait and Saudi Arabia join Bahrain, Qatar and Yemen as having the highest level of threat against U.S. military in the Middle East region, Pentagon spokesperson Kenneth Bacon said Oct. 31.

10/27/2000

Military News Briefs for the Week of Oct. 27, 2000      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command officials have declared Threat Condition Delta, the highest threat level, in Bahrain and Qatar, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said Oct. 24.

10/27/2000

Cohen Touts Force Protection Via Worldwide Video-Call      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders and top commanders around the world talked force protection for more than an hour during an Oct. 26 video teleconference.

10/26/2000

'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.

10/25/2000

Threatcon Delta Declared in Bahrain, Qatar      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command officials have declared Threat Condition Delta, the highest threat level, in Bahrain and Qatar, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said here Oct. 24.

10/24/2000

Letter Writing Contest Aimed at Overseas Troops      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Commissary Agency is once again teaming with the producers of a popular show touring U.S. military bases to ramp up support for a holiday letter writing campaign.

10/24/2000

NATO, European Union Look Toward Furthering Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - NATO and the European Union are going to have to work closely together, but "NATO remains the indispensable anchor for European security," said Frank Kramer.

10/24/2000

Brashear's Daredevilry Got Him into Hot Water, Deep Water      

WASHINGTON - Carl Brashear's mama always said he was a daredevil. But even she would never have guessed just how right she was.

10/24/2000

Boats Can Be Shipped Using Your Household Goods Entitlement      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Did you know you can ship a boat to your next duty station at government expense as part of your household goods? You can!

10/23/2000

Pentagon Honors Navy's 'Men of Honor'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Essential, yet unheralded, Navy divers work deep beneath the seas to save lives, recover remains and salvage equipment. It's a dangerous job, physically demanding, infinitely challenging.

10/23/2000

Men of Honor 'Never Give Up,' Says Navy Hero  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Up until now, few outside the Navy have ever heard of retired Master Chief Petty Officer Carl M. Brashear. But no good story goes untold, and that's definitely the case for this unsung Navy hero.

10/20/2000

Military News Briefs for the Week Ending Oct. 20, 2000      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton, Defense Secretary William Cohen and 5,000 other people joined the family members of the 17 deceased sailors from the USS Cole Oct. 18 for a special memorial service at Naval Base Norfolk, Va.

10/20/2000

Navy Reports 57-Minute Error in Cole Attack Explosion      

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Oct. 12 explosion that ripped the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, occurred nearly an hour earlier than originally thought, according to Navy officials.

10/19/2000

DoD Reaches Out to Military Children in Public Schools      

WASHINGTON - DoD's new Educational Opportunities Directorate hopes to provide for "quality education" of all 870,000 children in the military family - - not just the 110,000 who attend DoD schools.

10/19/2000

DoD Winning 30-Year War Against Drugs in the Ranks      

WASHINGTON - The incidence of service members using illegal drugs is at a 20-year low, evidence that DoD is winning the war against drug abuse in its ranks -- a conflict that began during the Vietnam War.

10/19/2000

'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.

10/19/2000

Panel to Look at Force Protection Lessons Learned from Cole      

WASHINGTON - A DoD panel will examine the terrorist attack against the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, to see what commanders can do to prevent such attacks, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said Oct. 19.

10/18/2000

Cohen Calls for Cooperative Counterdrug Effort      

MANAUS, Brazil - Nations of the Western Hemisphere need to band together in a cooperative effort to help combat drug trafficking, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said here Oct. 17.

10/18/2000

Cohen Strengthens Ties With Argentina, Chile  This story contains photos.    

MANAUS, Brazil - U.S. service members can expect more contact with the Argentine and Chilean military in the future because of agreements signed here Oct. 17.

10/18/2000

Navy, Nation Mourn Fallen USS Cole Crew Members      

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. - Even the sky seemed to mourn during the Oct. 18 memorial service here for the victims of the Oct. 12 explosion that ripped the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen.

10/17/2000

Seneca Chief Fought Greed, Injustice      

WASHINGTON - Ely S. Parker was a 19th- century American Indian of exceptional intellect and ability who admirably served his country, and his people, in war and peace during a period of great change.

10/17/2000

Stuhr Fund Seeks Scholarship Applicants      

NEW YORK CITY - More than $22,000 will be available next year to the children of active duty and retired members through the Cmdr. William S. Stuhr Scholarship Fund.

10/17/2000

USS Cole Investigation Under Way in Yemen      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. inquiry is under way into the Oct. 12 terrorist bombing of the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen told reporters here Oct. 16.

10/17/2000

Cohen, Regional Defense Ministers Meet in Brazil      

MANAUS, Brazil - Defense ministers from throughout the Western Hemisphere gathered here in the Amazon rain forest in mid-October for the fourth Defense Ministerial of the Americas.

10/17/2000

Divers Recover Remains from Flooded Portion of Cole      

WASHINGTON - Navy divers have recovered the remains of six sailors killed in the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen Oct. 12. This leaves six sailors still missing.

10/16/2000

Cole Wounded Come Home, Memorial Service Planned      

WASHINGTON - Thirty-three sailors wounded in the terrorist attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, returned Oct. 15 to Norfolk, Va.

10/16/2000

MTMC Strives for Customer-Friendly Personal Property Moves  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Transportation specialists at the Military Traffic Management Command here have made a smart move that's saving big bucks and boosting customer satisfaction.

10/13/2000

Cole Explosion Death Toll Rises      

WASHINGTON - Three more sailors have died in an apparent terrorist attack against the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen. This brings the death toll to seven. Ten more sailors are missing.

10/13/2000

Combat Photographers Risk All to Document War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dick Taylor, Norman Hatch, Donald Honeyman -- you may not know their names or faces, but you've probably seen their work.

10/13/2000

Military Communities Recognized for Anti-Drug Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Five military communities will be recognized for their exemplary anti-drug awareness and education programs at an Oct. 23 Pentagon ceremony.

10/13/2000

Military News Briefs for the Week Ending Oct. 13, 2000      

WASHINGTON - Three more sailors have died in an apparent terrorist attack against the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen. This brings the death toll to seven. Ten more sailors are missing.

10/12/2000

Nation's Prosperity Linked to Global Engagement      

WASHINGTON - International security is to economic interest as oxygen is to the body, according to Walt Slocombe.

10/12/2000

Workers with Disabilities Recognized in Pentagon Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - Eighteen individuals were recognized in a Pentagon ceremony Oct. 11 as Outstanding DoD Employees with Disabilities.

10/12/2000

So Many Tests to Improve Moves It's Confusing, General Says      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Calling himself "an aberration," Army Maj. Gen. Kenneth L. Privratsky said he's moved more than a dozen times in more than three decades, and "I haven't had a real bad move. But some were frustrating.

10/12/2000

FAP: Preventing Abuse, Protecting Victims      

WASHINGTON - DoD's Family Advocacy Program aims to prevent physical, sexual and emotional abuse in military families, protect victims when abuse occurs and treat all family members involved.

10/12/2000

Five Sailors Die in Terrorist Attack in Yemen  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Five sailors are dead, 35 injured and 12 missing following a terrorist attack Oct. 12 on the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen.

10/12/2000

'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.

10/11/2000

When Violence Happens      

WASHINGTON - What happens when Capt. Jones beats his wife and neighbors call the police? Or when Sgt. Smith's wife clobbers him with a baseball bat?

10/11/2000

A Matter of Communication, Jurisdiction      

WASHINGTON - When a soldier murdered his live-in girlfriend last year at their residence outside a military base, civilian authorities blamed the military for failing to protect the woman.

10/11/2000

Advocates Help Troubled Families      

WASHINGTON - Unseen wounds. Untold stories. Unresolved issues. Left untreated, domestic violence festers, only to flare up again and again.

10/11/2000

Facts About Domestic Violence      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program provided the following facts and hints in observance of National Domestic Violence Month, October.

10/10/2000

Cohen Calls for Dividing Lines in Europe to Go      

THESSALONIKI, Greece - Against the backdrop of historic changes in Yugoslavia, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen told defense ministers of southeast Europe Oct. 9 that old dividing lines must go.

10/10/2000

NATO Ministers' Meeting Mulls Yugoslav Changes      

BIRMINGHAM, England - NATO defense ministers focused on the changes in Yugoslavia during their informal Oct. 10 meeting here.

10/10/2000

U.S. Proposes 'More Positive' Vision of NATO-EU Partnership      

BIRMINGHAM, England - The United States must develop a clearer, "more positive" vision of the NATO- European Union partnership, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said Oct. 10 to NATO defense ministers here.

10/10/2000

Cohen Addresses Middle East, Iraq During Tunis Visit  This story contains photos.    

TUNIS, Tunisia - The Middle East and Iraq dominated "friendly and far reaching" bilateral defense talks here Oct. 7 between Defense Secretary William S. Cohen and Tunisian officials.

10/10/2000

Cohen Says Balkan Progress Encouraging, but U.S. Troops Stay      

THESSALONIKI, Greece - The United States will help Yugoslavia introduce economic and political reforms, but the size of the U.S. troop commitment to the region will remain the same, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said here Oct. 8.

10/10/2000

Navy, Marines Get Wired Via Worldwide Computer System      

WASHINGTON - Sailors and Marines ashore and at sea will be able to exchange information instantaneously and securely thanks to a new integrated computer system that will be implemented worldwide during the next few years.

10/10/2000

DoD Issues Time-saving Common Access Cards  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Over the next several years, DoD officials expect "smart cards" to replace the identification cards of all active duty military, Selected Reserve personnel, DoD civilian employees and eligible contractors.

10/06/2000

DoD, FDA Experts Testify on Anthrax Vaccine Safety      

WASHINGTON - DoD officials still feel strongly that the Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program is necessary to protect U.S. forces, but they are examining different ways to acquire needed stocks of the vaccine.

10/06/2000

Cohen Sketches Future of Homeland Defense      

WASHINGTON - What happens if a terrorist sarin gas attack occurs in New York or Washington or Los Angeles -- or all three at once? Who is to respond?

10/06/2000

Group Works to Minimize Deployment Health Threats  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - A group of people at this small base in rural Maryland are working hard to ensure U.S. service members are safe from environmental threats even in the most remote overseas locations.

10/06/2000

Military News Briefs for the Week Ending Oct. 6, 2000      

WASHINGTON - An enhanced TRICARE Retiree Dental Program went into effect Oct. 1 that covers more than 100 new procedures and expands beneficiary eligibility criteria.

10/06/2000

Mail Early, Pack Carefully for Gifts to Arrive as Intended      

WASHINGTON - Everybody has good intentions when selecting and sending gifts, but good intentions will carry one only so far if packages arrive too late or damaged.

10/06/2000

Spouse Employment Tops DoD Summit Agenda  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Creating job opportunities for military spouses and exiting service members is a top priority of DoD's new partnership with corporate America.

10/05/2000

Military Retirees Get Dental Plan With More 'Bite'      

WASHINGTON - Military retirees asked for a more comprehensive dental plan, and now they have one.

10/05/2000

Cohen Travels to Tunisia, Greece, England for Meetings      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen will travel Oct. 6-11 to Tunisia, Greece and England for talks on bilateral matters, multilateral actions and NATO affairs.

10/05/2000

'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.

10/05/2000

National Flu Vaccine Delay Triggers DoD Priority Immunization Plan      

WASHINGTON - Delivery delays of the 2000-2001 influenza vaccine throughout the United States have activated a priority immunization program in DoD and the Coast Guard.

10/04/2000

Army Wife Colander-Richardson Caps Women's Olympic Gold      

SYDNEY, Australia - La Tasha Colander-Richardson anchored the U.S. women to victory in the 4x400-meter relay event Sept. 30 to close the ring on the Games for Army wives.

10/03/2000

"What's the Good Word?" None, in Personal Computer Security      

WASHINGTON - "What's your computer password?" the helpdesk person asked the young NCO.

10/03/2000

Cohen Congratulates Recruiters for Meeting Service Goals      

WASHINGTON - All services met their fiscal 2000 recruiting goals, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen announced Sept. 28.

10/02/2000

'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.

10/02/2000

Committee Redoubles Efforts as Guard/Reserve Deployments Squeeze Employers      

WASHINGTON - Unprecedented Guard and Reserve deployments over the last decade -- and no let up in sight -- are worrying civilian employers concerned about the impact of that situation on their workplaces, according to a recent DoD study.

10/02/2000

Retirement Home Resident Escaped Injury in Two Wars  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "The only thing I feel very happy about is that I came back from two wars without being wounded," said Rafael Miranda, an 81-year-old resident here at the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home.

10/02/2000

Hatch Act 'Dos and Don'ts'      

WASHINGTON - Are there legal restrictions placed upon DoD military and civilian employees' political activities because of their unique roles as public servants?

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