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September 6, 2012
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  • Maine confirmation hearing sparks fight over definition of "veteran"
    Maine state Rep. Paul Gilbert, a Democrat, this week questioned whether a former National Guardsman who served in the early 1970s should be considered a veteran, spurring an angry response from Gov. Paul LePage, veterans groups and some Republican lawmakers. Gilbert's comments came at the former guardsman's confirmation hearing for a state board. Bangor Daily News (Maine)(free registration) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Pentagon 
  • Report criticizing military voting offices is flawed, Pentagon says
    The Pentagon has rebutted a report by the Defense Department's inspector general that criticized the military's efforts to ensure access to election ballots for troops. Investigators said they were unable to reach half of the military's 224 Installation Voter Assistance Offices, but the Pentagon said the offices are operational and that investigators used the wrong contact information. "The contact information that they used ... very simply, was outdated," said Federal Voting Assistance Program director Pam Mitchell. Air Force Times(free registration) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Afghan insider attacks are likely to continue, officials say
    U.S. officials say efforts to conduct background checks on Afghan soldiers to prevent insider attacks may not be successful right away and that the problem will likely continue for the remainder of the war. "To say that we've found one true, discernible pattern at this time would not be accurate," said Army Lt. Gen. James Terry, deputy commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Hill 
  • OMB sequestration report will be irrelevant, Pentagon official says
    An upcoming report from the Office of Management and Budget detailing how the Obama administration would implement sequestration won't offer much new information or help spur a compromise in Congress, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Frank Kendall said Wednesday. "If you want to know what will happen to your program, look at how much money you expect to have in your budget next year and cut 11%," Kendall said. "You don't have much choice. There is no flexibility in the law." Politico (Washington, D.C.) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Service Section News 
  • New National Guard chief to assume post Friday
    Army Lt. Gen. Frank Grass will be made head of the National Guard Bureau and receive a fourth star on Friday in a ceremony that will be led by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Grass was formerly the deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command. He succeeds Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley. Air Force Times(free registration) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Strength 
  Reserve Life 
  • Army builds partnerships to boost reservist employment
    The Employer Partnership Office of the Armed Forces is helping pair Army reservists with jobs that make use of their military training and allow them to meet service obligations. The partnership offices reach out to reservists as early as possible after they finish deployments. "My company works hand in hand with my unit. Whenever I have drills, I get the days off from work to be able to come and do my reserve time. There's no complaints on either part," says Spc. Timothy Thomas, who participated in the program. blog (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School year starts without new tuition assistance guidelines
    The Department of Defense hasn't released a new memorandum of understanding for schools that offer courses covered by military tuition assistance, meaning the new restrictions won't apply to fall courses at most universities. Once the new MOU is released, schools will have 60 days to agree to it; if they don't agree, military students become ineligible for tuition assistance at those schools. Army Times Prime(subscription required) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done."
--Marie Curie,
Polish-French physicist and chemist

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