Around the Force

  • Dental Hygiene Month promotes oral health

    News and Experts

    Halloween kicks off a series of holidays celebrated with delicious treats, from yummy chocolate candies to gut-busting dinners to seasonal alcoholic beverages.

    While most parents will make sure their kids brush after eating treats, National Dental Hygiene Month in October encourages a fuller approach to oral health.

  • Offering praise can boost performance


    Army News Service

    Like people everywhere, Soldiers appreciate being praised for a job well done. But too often, that praise is scant or insincere, said Sgt. 1st Class Eric Tobin.

    Tobin, a master resilience trainer and training and operations noncommissioned officer for the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program, spoke at a Headquarters, Department of the Army Staff Executive Resilience and Performance Training course, Sept. 24.

  • Leaders detail plans to improve military health care


    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and other senior DOD leaders Oct. 1 outlined to reporters the findings of a review of military health care and the job that lies ahead to ensure access, safety and quality across the system.

    DOD leaders will dig into the findings of the review of the Military Health System that was conducted over the summer, Work said. The review was ordered in May by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who also discussed the review’s findings with reporters at the Pentagon.

  • Opportunities for women increasing in Army


    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    In a panel discussion at the 2014 Military Reporters and Editors Conference at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C., Friday, officials from the military service branches said leaders will continue exploring avenues to broaden career opportunities for women in combat.

    Col. Linda Sheimo, command programs and policy division chief, reported women been officially in combat with men since 2003, and have kept ties that long pre-date their involvement in the Iraq War.

  • $207 million SSVF grants help homeless, at-risk veterans

    Department of Veterans Affairs

    In addition to the $300 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families program grant awards announced Aug. 11 serving 115,000 veterans and their family members, Sept. 30 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald announced the award of $207 million in SSVF grants that will help an additional 70,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their Families. The grants will be distributed to 82 nonprofit agencies and include “surge” funding for 56 high need communities.

  • VA initiative targeting staph infections

    Department of Veterans Affairs

    A Department of Veterans Affairs initia-tive targeting potentially life-threatening staph infections in hospitalized patients has produced significant positive re- sults, according to recent statistics released by VA.

    VA’s success in sub-stantially reducing rates of health care-associated infection with methi-cillin-resistant Staphylo-coccus aureus serves as important confirmation that multifaceted intervention strategies can achieve effective and sustained control of MRSA in U.S. hospitals.

  • Reviewing, updating DEERS ensures Tricare eligibility


    The lives of service members and their Families are full of transitions. Whether it’s permanent change of station moves, retiring, going from Reserve status to active duty or something else, the one constant is change. The good news is that the service member’s Tricare coverage can stick with you through these life changes, but they do have to make sure that their records in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System are up to date with their latest life events.

  • Vehicle,motorcycle accidents claims lives of three Soldiers

    U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
    A 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Soldier died from injuries sustained in a private motor vehicle crash that occurred Sept. 27 in Clarksville, Tennessee.
    The 29-year-old specialist was operating his motorcycle with his spouse as his passenger when they collided with a vehicle that entered their lane. The Soldier was pronounced dead at the scene and his spouse was evacuated to a hospital for injuries. He was trained and wearing full PPE.

  • TSP offers additional financial security at retirement

    Writer/Editor, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
    The Thrift Savings Plan offers you the chance to save for additional retirement security at extremely low cost. But you may believe you don’t need to save for retirement because you’ll receive a pension after 20 years of service. Truth is, your military pension alone may not be enough. Here are four reasons to contribute to the TSP. (To start saving, visit myPay and choose the “Thrift Savings Plan” option.)

  • Active,Reserve components meet 2014 accession goals

    Department of Defense
    The Department of Defense announced
    Monday recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for fiscal 2014, through August.
    Active Component
    All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2014, through August.
    * Army: 50,290 accessions, with a goal of 49,700; 101.2 percent.
    * Navy: 30,151 accessions, with a goal of 30,151; 100 percent.
    * Marine Corps: 22,215 accessions, with a goal of 22,187; 100.1 percent.