Around the Force

  • Defense focuses on improved Soldier health by tobacco cessation


    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said Aug. 12, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians.

    Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and morbidity, Dr. Jonathan Woodson said.

  • Data breach reported at The UPS Store

    Army & Air Force Exchange Service PAO

    As has been widely reported, a data breach has affected 51 The UPS Store locations in 24 states—or about 1 percent of stores. Customer data, includ-ing names, addresses and payment information, may have been exposed because of malware hacking from Jan. 20 to Aug. 11.

    Military shoppers who have made purchases or shipped packages at The UPS Store location operated at Fort Knox have not been affected by this breach.

  • Army, Air Force Exchange service’s ‘Salad Wednesdays’ garners savings


    Army & Air Force Exchange service restaurants are helping Soldiers, Airmen and their Families eat healthy while saving money with “Salad Wednesdays.”

    Every Wednesday, guests can take $2 off any salad priced $4 or more at participating Exchange direct-operated restaurants. “Salad Wednesdays” are part of the Exchange’s Operation BEFIT initiative, designed to promote health and wellness.

  • Sustainer keeps computers running, fulfilling dream


    3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

    In this day and age almost any successful organization, at least in some part, relies upon the technical advancement known as the personal computer. In this aspect the Army is no different; so it is essential that these systems are operating, and are doing so efficiently and effectively.

  • Army phasing in new PT uniform


    Army News Service

    A new Army physical fitness uniform will become available service-wide, beginning in October next year.

    Its design is based on Soldier feedback, said Col. Robert Mortlock, program manager, Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

    There’s a three-year phase-in program and the cost will be about $3 less than the current improved physical fitness uniform, he said.

  • Dyson first three-star female finance officer


    Army News Service

    Lt. Gen. Karen Dyson made Army history Aug. 12, becoming the first female finance officer to achieve the three-star rank.

    At her promotion ceremony at the Pentagon, Dyson lauded the teamwork and the shared satisfaction in “supporting something bigger than what we can ever achieve on our own.”

  • Army executives discuss civilian careers


    Civilian Workforce Transformation Program

    During a two-day session at the Pentagon last month, approximately 30 members of the Senior Executive Service gathered to discuss how to improve civilian career development.

    Army Under Secretary Brad Carson hosted the event, which was meant to help shape policy changes regarding how the Army hires, trains, develops and sustains its civilian workforce.

  • Army scientists developing synthetic bone


    ARL Public Affairs

    Shock waves from battlefield explosions are invisible threats for U.S. Soldiers and their top-of-the-line combat helmets, but with new studies in synthetic human physiology, researchers are learning how to lessen blast wave effects on the brain.

    Exactly how, and to what degree, these waves cause brain damage is what the U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists and engineers and a group of university partners are trying to answer as part of a multi-year, multi-disciplinary research project.

  • Congress holds key to ending sequestration, a 'nightmare budget situation'


    DoD News, Defense Media Activity

    The most important thing anyone can do to improve defense acquisition has to come from Congress, and that is to get rid of the threat of another budget sequester, Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said Aug. 5.

  • Army implementing changes to Tuition Assistance program


    Fort Huachuca Scout

    Over the past few months important changes have been taking place for those who receive or are hoping to receive tuition assistance from the Army.

    According to ALARACT 317/13—-fiscal year 14 Tuition Assistance Policy, as of Jan. 1, Soldiers eligible for TA must have successfully completed one year of service following graduation from advanced individual training.