Print & Post: Week of October 13, 2014

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Air Force 'Quest for Zero' Campaign

Air Force Ground Safety has introduced the 'Quest for Zero' campaign to focus on risk management and on-duty safety. The campaign will highlight different career fields each month. The campaign will encourage the use of risk management techniques such as (1) wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment; (2) keeping work areas clear of obstructions and hazards; (3) making work platforms available when possible; (4) using safety pins and devices that secure hoods, hatches, doors and ramps; (5) maintaining situational awareness and communicating with co-workers; and (6) following procedures outlined in Air Force instructions and technical orders.

For more Air Force news updates, visit the ( News Center.

Navy Virus Vaccine Study

A recent study led by the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego has confirmed the effectiveness of the adenovirus vaccine after observing a 100-fold decline in respiratory illnesses in U.S. military recruits. Febrile Respiratory Illnesses (FRI) resulting from adenovirus were responsible for an estimated $600 million in training time lost and medical expenses during the 12 years with no vaccines. Accounting for the cost of the vaccines, NHRC estimates an annual savings of $20 million since vaccine resumption. The report is available on the ( Journal of Infectious Diseases website. To view the weekly Febrile Respiratory Illness Surveillance Update, visit the NHRC ( website.

For more Navy news updates, visit the ( News Center.

Navy Promotes Energy Action Month

Energy Action Month is here, and Sailors and civilians world-wide are helping make Navy facilities and infrastructure more energy efficient. Efforts are being made around the world and resources which highlight energy efficiency may be found on the ( Navy Installations Command website and on ( Facebook. The Navy's ( Energy Warrior webpage also offers a free Energy Warrior app, which allows individuals to view videos and discover what Sailors and others Navy-wide are doing to lead change and increase combat capability.

For more Navy news updates, visit the ( News Center.

USAF Special Pay for Nuclear Careerists

Assignment incentive pay and special duty assignment pay for select total force nuclear career fields became effective Oct. 1. Select officers and enlisted members serving in eleven nuclear career fields and assignment areas will receive between $75 and $300 per month. Nuclear careers fields selected for these special pays include enlisted servicemembers assigned to command post, nuclear aircraft maintenance, security forces, missile maintenance, aircraft armament systems, nuclear weapons and support personnel who deploy to the ICBM complex. Missile launch, security forces and missile maintenance officers will be eligible to receive special pays as well. To see the full assignment incentive pay and special duty assignment pay list and program changes, visit the ( myPers website, select "search all components" on the search drop down window and enter "SDAP" in the search window.

For more on special pays, visit the ( pay section.

Voting Information for Sailors

With the Nov. 4 general election fast approaching, the Navy Voting Assistance Program (NVAP) is available to help Sailors navigate through the absentee voting process. For Sailors who have not requested an absentee ballot and would like to vote, they may do so immediately by visiting the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at ( Individuals just select their state from the drop-down menu and then choose what they are trying to do, whether it is to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, or update his or her voter information. If Sailors have already requested their state ballot but have not received it, now is the time to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) on the Federal Voting Assistance Program website by clicking on your state and scrolling down to the bottom of the webpage. For further assistance, please contact your unit or installation voting assistance officer, or email us at (

For more on legislative issues and bills that affect the military, visit the ( Legislative Center.

CNH Industrial is Hiring Vets

Whether you're a veteran in search of a career path or in transition from the military, CNH offers a broad range of veteran employment opportunities in an exciting global environment that will put your military skills and expertise to optimal use. Be a part of a global team that is truly "Shaping our World." ( Learn more.

Feedback on Navy Leadership Training

Sailors who have not yet submitted their opinions or ideas for improving leadership training of petty officers have a second chance to do so beginning Oct. 6. The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) is conducting the Enlisted Leadership Requirements Review (ELRR) project, which consists of focus groups and online surveys. The second survey of the project opened Oct. 6, and its 20 questions focus on the leadership skills. The online surveys are open to E-1 through O-6 Active or Reserve component Sailors. All feedback will remain anonymous. Sailors interested in participating in the second online survey can access it ( online. The first survey remains ( open. For more information about the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), visit the ( CPPD webpage, or follow CPPD on ( Facebook and on ( Twitter.

For more Navy news updates, visit the ( News Center.

LEAP Bolsters Airmen Language Skills

The Air Force Language Enabled Airman Program facilitates the development and sustainment of foreign language skills of those serving in the Air Force. The program is voluntary for Airmen and participants may be accepted for multiple languages. Once a candidate applies, that application is evaluated by the LEAP selection board, which typically meets twice per year. The program designed to immerse participants in the culture associated with their respective language, as well as bolster their language skills. For more information, visit the ( LEAP webpage.

For more on military education benefits, visit the ( Education section.

TRICARE Options for Guard/Reserve Family

As the family member of a National Guard or Reserve member, your TRICARE options may change throughout the course of your sponsor's career. Your TRICARE eligibility depends on your sponsor's military status. The first step in your family gaining TRICARE eligibility is for your sponsor to register all eligible family members in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Updating personal information such as address, email addresses or phone numbers can be done by logging into ( MilConnect, calling 1-800-538-9552 (TTY/TDD: 1-866-363-2883), faxing updates to 1-831-655-8317. When your sponsor is deactivated, your family may qualify for either the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) ( ( or the Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP). To verify your eligibility and learn more about your benefits as the family member of a National Guard or Reserve member please visit (

For more on TRICARE, visit the ( TRICARE section.

TRICARE and Living Overseas

TRICARE provides health care to more than 450,000 active duty servicemembers, their families, and other eligible beneficiaries living overseas. For 24/7 emergency medical assistance, eligible TRICARE beneficiaries can call International SOS, the current contractor, to locate the nearest emergency care facility or coordinate overseas emergency care. Overseas beneficiaries also have access to TRICARE Service Centers (TSCs) typically located at military hospitals and clinics. TSCs are important resources to help beneficiaries learn about TRICARE program options, transfer enrollments, provide claims assistance, resolve TRICARE problems, and file grievances. For more information, including the International SOS regional phone numbers, visit the TRICARE Overseas Program webpage at (

For more on TRICARE, visit the ( TRICARE section.

2014 Air Force Officer Promotions

The calendar year 2014B Line of the Air Force, Chaplain, LAF-Judge Advocate, Nurse Corps, Medical Services Corps, Biomedical Sciences Corps quarterly selection process selected 1,882 first lieutenants for promotion to captain. To see the selection lists, visit ( myPers, and select the active-duty officer component, select promotion under "Learn More About" and scroll down to the promotion select list section. Lists will also be available on the ( Air Force Portal. For more information about promotions and other personnel issues, visit the ( myPers website.

How much pay would you make with a promotion? For more details, see ('s updated military pay charts.

Exchanges Sponsor Giveaways

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service continues to sponsor giveaways as part of its yearlong Homeward Bound Celebration. In October and November, shoppers who visit the Exchange's Facebook page at ( have another chance to win prizes including: (1) HP computer bundles Oct. 17-23; (2) three $5,000 Exchange gift cards courtesy of Burger King, Oct. 17-Nov. 27; (3) $4,000 in gift cards courtesy of GNC from Oct. 24-Nov. 12; (4) a $2,500 Exchange gift card from Shell, Oct. 31-Nov. 6; and (5) an Ashley Furniture total home makeover, Oct. 31-Nov. 12. For more information, visit the Exchange Sweepstakes webpage at (

For more discounts for military families, visit the ( Discount Center.

VA Whistle Blower Protection Certification

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has certified VA under OSC's 2302(c) Whistleblower Protection ( Certification Program on October 3, 2014. Certification under OSC's 2302(c) Certification Program is just one of several steps VA has taken to ensure its employees have a safe channel for disclosing whistleblower information. VA has (1) placed informational posters regarding prohibited personnel practices (PPP), whistleblowing, and whistleblower retaliation in a public setting in VA facilities and offices; (2) provided new hires with written materials on the above topics, (3) developed a ( website on PPP and whistleblower rights and protections, and (4) provides in cooperation with the OSC, supervisory training on these topics on a regular basis.

For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

VA Reduces Staph Infections

A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiative targeting potentially life-threatening staph infections in hospitalized patients has produced significant positive results, according to recent statistics released by VA. VA's success in substantially reducing rates of health care-associated infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) serves as important confirmation that multifaceted intervention strategies can achieve effective and sustained control of MRSA in U.S. Hospitals. In a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2012 MRSA surveillance report from its ( Active Bacterial Core surveillance (ABCs), the CDC cites that there were 75,309 cases of invasive MRSA infections and 9,670 deaths due to invasive MRSA in 2012. For more information about VA health care, visit (

For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

VA Proposes Shuttering Procurement Office

The Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed removal of the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer (DCPO), Veterans Health Administration Procurement & Logistics Office, following an investigation by the VA Office of Inspector General in which allegations of conduct prejudicial to the Government were substantiated. To ensure continuity of service to Veterans and leadership for VA employees during this time, Ricky Lemmon, Director, Service Area Office Central, has been designated Acting Deputy Procurement and Logistics Officer. The report is available on the VA Office of Inspector General website at (

For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

AAFES 'Be:Ware' Halloween Giveaway

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving away $3,000 in Exchange gift cards. The ( "Be:Ware this Spooky Night!" contest will send Exchange patrons on a "spooktacular" hunt throughout the store. Contestants will have to locate five Halloween game signs wherever they find treats and sweets. Each sign will contain a word which will help finish a Halloween story. After collecting all five words, contestants can visit the Exchange Patriot Family webpage at ( for a link to enter on the Exchange's Facebook page. Four randomly drawn winners will receive a $500 gift card with another ten runners-up taking home a $100 gift card. The contest ends Midnight on Oct. 31, and no purchase is necessary to enter.

For more discounts for military families, visit the ( Discount Center.

VA Launches Burn Pit Registry

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry for servicemembers and veterans who may have been exposed to airborne hazards such as burn pits, oil-well fires and dust storms. The Burn Pit Registry will help VA and doctors better assess the health of veterans and determine to what extent air pollution from burn pits caused diseases and medical conditions in servicemembers. Veterans and servicemembers can use the registry questionnaire to report exposures to airborne hazards, as well as other exposures and health concerns. Take the questionnaire ( online. Most veterans and servicemembers will complete the questionnaire once. However, VA may ask others to participate in studies that could involve additional questionnaires and exams.

For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

VA Partners With Walgreens

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it will join forces with retailer Walgreens to provide greater access to vaccinations to veterans across the country. Through its nearly 8,200 locations nationwide, Walgreens will offer flu and other recommended vaccinations to veterans. Pharmacists can administer vaccinations and will use eHealth Exchange to securely share immunization records with VA. Vaccinations are available daily during all pharmacy hours with no appointment necessary and are subject to availability. To find the nearest Walgreens, veterans can call 1-800-WALGREENS or visit or visit the Walgreens website at ( For more information about VA's immunization program, visit the VA eHealth website at (

For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

New Career Path for Missileers

Steps to implement the "3+3" operations tour construct for the missile combat crew officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana have begun to meet the Nov. 1, 2014, implementation date. The new construct will affect all officers in the nuclear and missile operations (13N) career field. Missileers in their first three-year assignment will focus on developing their weapon system proficiency. During their second three-year assignment, missileers will apply their expertise to serve as an instructor, evaluator and/or flight commander. The "3+3" tour construct is part of the force improvement program (FIP) initiated by Air Force Global Strike Command. The construct focuses on training and improving the crew force quality, the quality of the instruction and enhancing the nuclear enterprise.

For more Air Force news updates, visit the ( News Center.

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VA Awards Contract

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers, has been awarded a contract to support the Independent Assessment of VA health care processes, as required by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act"). VA has taken steps to implement Choice Act legislation, including: (1) establishing a Program Management office to oversee implementation of the legislation, (2) authorized major medical facility leases, (3) extended the pilot program called ( Project ARCH for veterans in rural areas, and (4) holding ( Industry Day to seek input on how best issue Veterans Choice cards.

For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

VA Continues Town Hall Events

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald has directed all Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare and benefits facilities to continue to hold quarterly town-hall events to improve communication with, and hear directly from, Veterans nationwide. This follows the recent completion of town-halls at these facilities held between August and the end of September of this year. Details of events at each location will be forthcoming from local facilities. VA is also looking to continue to improve the town hall notification process. In addition to Veterans and their families, the quarterly meetings are open to Congressional stakeholders, Veterans Service Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and other community partners.

For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Make Sure You Get TRICARE Change Info

TRICARE beneficiaries need to watch their email and ensure they have a milConnect account to receive information about changes to their TRICARE coverage. The Department of Defense is no longer sending paper letters to notify beneficiaries about changes to their coverage and eligibility status. Beneficiaries will now receive emails or post cards directing them to online resources where they can view their information. If you have a valid email address in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), you will receive an email telling you to visit ( milConnect to read your letter. If you do not have an email address in DEERS, you will receive a post card directing you to milConnect. Visit the TRICARE website at ( to review general benefits information, or contact your regional contractor for assistance.

For more on TRICARE, visit the ( TRICARE section.

Military-tough Tech Gear

Under the Radar recently took the ECOROX and ECOSTONE wireless speakers to the beach and threw them in the ocean. They held up with no issues and floated effortless to the surface every time. So, if you're looking for wireless tunes to use at the lake or the beach or even around the pool at home, these speakers are going to handle any accidental water-related abuse you might hurl at them. ( Read more on Under the Radar.

Use Your VA Loan: 2014 Tax Break, No PMI, $0 Down

Now is the time to use your VA Loan. You don't have to pay PMI or have a large down payment. Plus you can get financing up to $417,000. ( Use your VA Loan Benefit today.

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TRICARE and Transitioning from the Military

As you transition from the military, you must continue to have health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. TRICARE offers the Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP), which is a premium-based health care program that acts as a bridge for beneficiaries transitioning from military health benefits to a new civilian health plan. Former active duty servicemembers and their families are eligible for 18 months of CHCBP. Beneficiaries must purchase and enroll in CHCBP within 60 days of losing TRICARE eligibility. For more information about CHCBP, visit the CHCBP webpage at (, download the ( Continued Health Care Benefit Program Brochure and the ( Continued Health Care Benefit Program Fact Sheet.

For more on TRICARE, visit the ( TRICARE section.

AF Testing New Cold Wx Uniform

Air Force Uniform Office designers and engineers are currently fit testing a new cold weather aviation system (CWAS) for aircrews flying in cold weather environments. The request is to develop a flame-resistant system that can also keep aircrews warm in temperatures as cold as minus 20, with a 55 mph wind. To withstand the freezing temperatures, the CWAS has five layers. Airmen can also submit uniform suggestions from the field via the ( Air Force Portal by clicking on the 'Airmen Powered by Innovation' link. Ideas that are accepted go to the virtual uniform board. Those suggestions are then looked at by various command representatives and those that are selected are sent to the Air Force Uniform Office with chief of staff approval.

For more on Air Force and other military uniforms, check the ( Uniform section.

DoD on Par with Civilian Health Care

A recent 90-day review of the Military Healthcare System found it "comparable in access, quality and safety to average private-sector health care." That was disappointing to hear for a medical system that, for decades, has described itself as overall excellent and among the best in the country. The 700-page report also turns a spotlight on a new tool that patients, staff and outside health experts agree is improving access to care and perhaps quality too: a secure messaging system between patients and military physicians. ( Read the full article on the Military Advantage.

Transitioning Airmen Lose Health Care

More than 1,000 airmen who were given six months of transitional health insurance when they voluntarily separated are now seeing their coverage yanked. The Air Force blamed clerical errors at a number of bases for allowing the airmen to mistakenly receive the health coverage in the first place.

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