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Navy chief says military health care delivers on promise

February 5, 2002 Adm. Vernon Clark, chief of naval operations, told attendees of the annual Tricare conference in Washington Monday that today's troops want fair pay, good housing--and quality medical care. That last item, he told hundreds of military and civilian healthcare professionals, is a "covenant," a promise, made between leaders and the ...

Defense Web site assists Pentagon attack victims' families

January 2, 2002 The Defense Department has launched a special password-protected Web site for families of the people killed or wounded in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The establishment of the "United in Memory" family Web site "was discussed at the Pentagon family assistance center in the days after the ...

Pentagon begins checking incoming mail for anthrax

November 20, 2001 Starting today, all incoming mail to the Pentagon will be opened and inspected, X-rayed and checked for anthrax, a Pentagon administrative official said. "Any kind of mail or package deliveries that come into the building are to be first physically opened and inspected, checked for anthrax and X-rayed," said Pentagon ...

Pentagon employees crack safes to help save documents

October 4, 2001 Two Pentagon civilian employees have been breaking into safes and moving classified documents in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Defense Department's headquarters. But Marion Cochran Jr., 51, and assistant Michael Dooley, 40, aren't thieves who specialize in counterfeit currency. Rather, they're Defense Department locksmiths who've ...

Pentagon official says attack was 'no accident'

September 11, 2001 Defense Department spokesman Navy Rear Adm. Craig Quigley told reporters outside the Pentagon at midafternoon Tuesday that he had no information on the allegedly hijacked commercial aircraft that crashed into an outside wall of the Pentagon around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. However, he remarked, "This was no accident." It was the ...

Pentagon remains wary of 'Code Red' computer virus

August 28, 2001 The Defense Department continues to monitor its fortified computer systems for the so-called Code Red "worm" virus and its variants, the Pentagon's chief information officer said on Friday. John P. Stenbit, assistant secretary of defense for command, control, communications and intelligence said Code Red denial-of-service attacks against Defense Department computer ...

Service members begin countdown to TSP

August 21, 2001 There's only seven weeks left until military service members can begin participating in the Thrift Savings Plan. Beginning Oct. 9, military service members can choose to contribute a percentage of their pay to the military's thrift savings and investment program as part of building a nest egg for retirement. The ...

Defense considering longer tours of duty, more flexible retention rules

August 16, 2001 The Defense Department's senior personnel official said last week that modifying current "up-or-out" retention rules and establishing longer tours of duty might better serve members and their families. David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told reporters Aug. 8 at the Pentagon that Defense is looking at ...

Attrition rates dropping at all military services

August 15, 2001 The rates at which new military service members drop out of basic training are dropping across the services thanks to revamped training policies and programs that try to prepare enlistees for the rigors of basic training before they ship out. Each of the military services has reported increased use of ...

Web site helps Guard and Reserve families deal with deployments

August 9, 2001 Families of Guard and Reserve members will soon be able to obtain quality-of-life support information over the Internet to resolve issues while sponsors are away. A family readiness tool kit will become available Oct. 1 on the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Web page at ...