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Government-issued credit cards authorized for moves

Servicemembers changing duty stations arrive at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on the Patriot Express in this photo from October 2007.

Soldiers and Army civilians have been given the green light to pay moving expenses with government-issued credit cards.

The July 25 policy change — which brings the Army into line with the Air Force, a Navy pilot program and changes that the Marine Corps is preparing to implement — makes moving easier for personnel traveling to new duty stations since they don’t have to rack up charges on personal credit cards or apply for advance travel pay, according to a Department of Defense news release.

Report: Sailor's Internet addiction tied to Google Glass

A Google Glass test model rests on a dummy airman at the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in this undated photo.

A 31-year-old sailor has become what researchers say may be the first official case of Internet addiction disorder involving Google Glass, The Guardian reports.

The unidentified male sailor, who the paper said used Google Glass to inventory vehicles, sought treatment with the Navy's Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program in September 2013 for alcoholism. Part of the treatment program requires patients to give up their electronic devices, the paper reported.

At virtual town hall, Navy brass talks deployments, sexual assaults

Deployments and preventing sexual assaults top the list of what’s on sailors’ minds as the U.S. Navy turns 239 years old next week.

For an hour on Tuesday, the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens took questions from sailors around the world by phone, Skype and social media. Even a sailor aboard the International Space Station weighed in.

AFN eyes move to online delivery, wants viewer feedback

This is really happening, people.

The American Forces Network on Monday launched a survey to explore its audience’s interest in getting AFN content over the Internet, inching closer to a Netflix-like service for U.S. personnel overseas.

Veterans group highlights issues for November midterms

Aiming to make veterans issues campaign issues, the largest advocacy group for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has released a voter guide for the upcoming midterm elections.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is not endorsing candidates but is encouraging members to ask candidates where they stand on six key issues, with suicide prevention the group’s top legislative priority.

WWII vet receives a Norse-style burial

A handmade wooden boat containing Haines' ashes burns during a burial at sea Sept. 29.

The boat was only 54 inches, a handcrafted wooden Norse-style vessel. It held the remains of World War II veteran Andrew Haines when it was cast off from a Coast Guard ship in September.

Haines, who died at 89 of natural causes in late August, wanted a burial at sea, according to the Navy Times. On Sept. 29, the Station Atlantic City Coast Guard conducted the burial about three miles off the coast of New Jersey.

US soldiers in Indonesia discover PT is child's play

Local boys join U.S. soldiers during afternoon PT in Indonesia in September 2014.

You hear a lot about “building relationships” between U.S. and Indonesian soldiers at the ongoing Garuda Shield exercise at Puslatpur Marine base, located in the nation’s eastern Java Island.

All that camaraderie apparently inspired two local boys to join a group of U.S. soldiers recently during afternoon PT exercises and a jog around the oval track.

 

 

Obama taking flak for 'coffee salute'

Time to spin up the outrage machine again.

For those who missed it, President Barack Obama has been caught on camera saluting with a warm beverage cup in his hand.

Former press secretary recalls morning of Sept. 11

A picture of the New York City skyline on the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001.

Chaos and fear dominated the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Media scrambled to report what was thought of as a tragic accident in New York City at first, and then, as the second plane hit, a terrorist attack on the United States.

In Florida, President George W. Bush was just arriving at an elementary school to read to a classroom. His press secretary, Ari Fleischer, was with the president in the motorcade when the news broke on his pager.

AFN on the Internet? Maybe.

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The military is exploring streaming television on the Internet to give overseas troops and civilians a Netflix-like video-on-demand service, laced with commercials aimed at the military.

The Defense Media Activity said in a posting on a government website in August that it is seeking contractors “to determine the feasibility of delivering video on demand and/or live video streaming” over Internet protocol to the overseas military community.

 
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