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September 10, 2012
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  • Plan is in place for reservists responding to disasters, officials say
    The Defense Department and Air Force Reserve Command have developed a process for calling up reservists to respond to national disasters, a capability granted by the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Under the act, the defense secretary has the power to activate reservists for up to 120 days if the president declares a national disaster and state governors request assistance, Air Force officials say. So far, reservists have been called up to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac and in response to wildfires in the West. Air Force Times/The Associated Press(free registration) (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Pentagon 
  • Pakistan pushes Taliban back across Afghan border
    Officials confirmed Sunday that a Taliban offensive in which militants entered Pakistan from Afghanistan took two weeks to repel and resulted in more than 100 deaths. The offensive marks the first time that Pakistani Taliban fighters coming from Afghanistan have been able to hold Pakistani territory for a significant length of time, according to this article. Pakistani forces subdued the attack. Officials in Pakistan have asked for more help from Afghan and NATO forces in preventing militants in Afghanistan from crossing the border. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (9/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Afghan authorities assume control of Bagram prison facility
    Afghanistan has been put in charge of Bagram prison outside Kabul, a previously U.S.-run facility that has been a source of contention between the U.S. and Afghanistan since it was built three years ago. The handover comes as U.S.-led coalition forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan and turn over all national security duties to local authorities. USA TODAY/The Associated Press (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Hill 
  • House will vote on bill mandating White House sequestration plan
    House lawmakers will vote on a measure that would force President Barack Obama to supply a sequestration solution before November, a bill unlikely to survive the Democratic-controlled Senate, according to this blog post. The measure is part of Republican efforts to blame the White House for pending sequestration cuts, Jeremy Herb writes. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Service Section News 
  • Training scandal at Air Force base prompts visit from McKeon
    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., visited Lackland Air Force Base on Sunday to assess how the Air Force is handling allegations that dozens of female recruits were harassed or sexually assaulted by male instructors. Seventeen training instructors at the San Antonio base have come under investigation for sexual misconduct, and one has been sentenced to prison on sexual assault and rape charges. Air Force Times/The Associated Press(free registration) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Reserve Life 
  • Many recruits paying extra $1,200 for GI Bill benefits
    About 90% of military recruits this year have been enrolled in the old Montgomery GI Bill, which requires them to pay a $100-per-month buy-in fee for their first year of service, according to this article. The more recent Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn't include the fee, but recruits are automatically enrolled in the old GI Bill unless they opt out. Army Times Prime(subscription required) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lawmaker wants service members to get full advantage from TAP
    Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, says service members must be given ample time to take advantage of revised transition assistance programs as they prepare for life after the military. The Defense, Veterans Affairs and Labor departments are jointly testing revised TAP classes that add employment or education assistance to core trainings for those who are interested. Air Force Times(free registration) (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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