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Its that time of year again...a three -person team from the Pentagon's Joint Hometown News Service has begun its globetrotting effort to record holiday greetings from service members and their families posted overseas. This is the 26th year for the popular program. Greetings are being recorded at 60 locations around the world. The greetings begin airing on radio and television on Thanksgiving right through New Year's Day.
Big changes in store for the Pentagon's acquisition workforce. Shay Assad, the acting deputy undersecretary for defense for acquisition & technology says the federal civilian DoD workforce in acquisitions is expected to rise by 20 thousand, while contracting staff will fall by half that amount. Pentagon contracts have nearly tripled over the last 8 years, but the size of the workforce overseeing those contracts has been flat.
Military spouses in need of work -- especially when their husbands or wives have to redeploy -- will have an extra resource in finding their next job. The Office of Personnel Management has approved new hiring guidelines that allow military spouses to be quickly hired for civilian jobs they're qualified for. OPM says its not a preference, but a way to help military families cope with the hardship of transfers.
You can actually thank Thomas Edison for suggesting the idea for the Naval Research Laboratory, located on the banks of the Potomac in southwest DC. The NRL has been instrumental in the development of radar, sonar, nuclear subs, early satellite technology, and even lightweight body armor to protect against IEDs. The NRL is also involved in pure scientific research that won't find practical application until well into the future.
When a soldier goes to war, who will care for his or her four-legged friend? A non-profit group in Indiana - Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet -- will find foster homes for the pets of servicemembers deployed, training, or experiencing hardship. Its founder learned of pets being left at shelters and rescue groups during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The pet stays in foster care until the safe return of the servicemember.