Around the Force

  • Overseas POV shipments hindered by litigation, working out problems

    Defense Media Activity

    Peak moving season, a contract protest, litigation and insufficient transition time all have played a part in challenges to the Defense Department’s program to ship privately owned vehicles overseas and back to the United States under a new contract, a Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, U.S. Transportation Command official said.

    “This peak season was hampered significantly when legal actions interrupted the planned transition between contractors,” said Gail Jorgenson, Transcom’s director of acquisition.

  • Government travel card holders to swap for ‘chip and PIN’ cards


    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    Starting in January, Defense Department government travel card holders will begin receiving new “chip and PIN” cards, the director of the Defense Travel Management Office said.

    In December, the department is due to wrap up a pilot program that started in February and involved about 600 users, Harvey Johnson said in a DOD news interview, adding that the pilot program has been successful so far.

  • Report recommends changes for student loan repayments

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    On Oct. 16 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Student Loan Ombudsman released a report highlighting complaints by struggling private student loan borrowers who describe being driven into default. Distressed borrowers report that they receive very little information or help when they get in trouble, that there are no affordable loan modification options available, and that the alternatives to default are temporary at best.

  • Price change policy saves millions

    Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers who price matched in 2013 saved $6.4 million. Whether shopping in stores or online, Soldiers, Air-men, retirees and their families get the lowest price at the Exchange.

  • Soldiers veterans honored at ‘Fury’ premiere

    Army News Service
    Soldiers and World War II veterans were among the honored guests Oct. 15at the world premiere of Brad Pitt’s movie Fury, a fictional account of tankers in the “Greatest Generation.”
    The film features Pitt as a sergeant, “Wardaddy,” who commands a Sherman tank with a five-man crew. The film is set in Germany behind enemy lines, April 1945.

  • Soldiers must live, follow code of ethics

    “Would you kill a POW (prisoner of war)?” Dr. Shannon French once asked a Soldier.
    “Of course not,” the Soldier replied.
    French then elaborated, describing the hypothetical POW as someone who had, as a sniper, just killed most of the Soldier’s platoon.
    “Well, I should hope I wouldn’t kill him,” the Soldier replied again, this time with a qualifier.

  • Military services to investigate chemical exposure

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity
    The responsibility for investigating a report that service members received inadequate treatment following exposure to chemical weapons in Iraq will lie with the military services, Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Oct. 15.
    “I don’t expect that there’s going to be ... a Pentagon-level review of these particular cases,” the spokesman said.

  • Secretary of Defense discusses transition, future

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel commended the Army Oct. 15 for its contributions to national defense over the last 13 years of conflict and noted that demand for the things the Army does for the nation will not diminish during the period of uncertainty and change that lies ahead.

  • 86th Medical Group implements precautions for crews

    86th Airlift Wing
    As service members travel to Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, Ramstein Air Base continues to establish itself as a power projection platform for Europe and Africa.
    Medical professionals from the 86th Medical Group recently implemented plans to ensure safety precautions are taken to protect the air crews, passengers and the 54,000 members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community from possible exposure to the Ebola virus.
    Exposure assessments

  • Soldiers die in car accidents, seatbelts not worn

    U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
    A 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Drum, New York, Soldier died from injuries sustained in a PMV-4 crash that occurred Oct. 14 in Stone Mills, New York. The 27-year-old sergeant was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am when he lost control, exited the side of the road and drove into a farm field. The vehicle became entangled in an electric fence and overturned. The Soldier was ejected from the vehicle.
    The sergeant was not wearing his seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.