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  1. Progress on car shipments difficult to measure, verify

    A backlog of personal vehicle shipments in U.S. Customs has been 'significantly reduced and is very near to normal clearance timelines,' according to the new contractor responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  2. Fast food concessions on military bases will not be exempt from raising their minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the Labor Department ruled. Army and Air Force Exchange

    No wage-hike exemption for on-base restaurants

    Labor Department officials have rejected requests to exempt fast food concessions on military bases from regulations that will raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers on federal construction and service contracts.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  3. Army: Fort Polk water safe; has 'aesthetic issues'

    Top officials at Fort Polk say the tap water on base is safe to drink, even if it is sometimes brown.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  4. Mission Family: Easing into stateside driving after deployment

    When Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Josh Seery returned from Afghanistan in July 2013, he knew he wasn't ready to drive a car on the streets of Wichita, Kansas. So he asked his wife, Jennifer Roth, to be the primary driver.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  5. Under the new service, troops will be able to get basic Internet with a data transfer speed of 128 kilobits per second, as well as TV services with local channels, for free. They'll also have the option to pay to upgrade to faster speeds and more channels. Army

    Bigger, better, cheaper Wi-Fi coming soon to barracks, dorms

    A new Wi-Fi service is being rolled out over the next year in barracks and dormitories for soldiers, airmen and Marines.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  6. Mission Family: Transition help open to spouses, too

    When a service member leaves the military, it affects the entire family. How a family prepares for that transition can make a huge difference.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  7. Gen. Paul Selva, TRANSCOM commander, said that with TRANSCOM's involvement and the company's voluntary corrective action plan, there have been improvements. Air Force

    TRANSCOM chief tells vehicle shipping company to shape up

    The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has personally told contractor International Auto Logistics that he expects better performance in shipping troops' vehicles to and from overseas locations.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  8. A vehicle inspector inspects an airman's vehicle in a garage at the vehicle processing center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in 2011. In a letter to TRANSCOM, Sen. Mark R. Warner said he was 'stunned to hear' the low performance rate for on-time delivery of troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas. Air Force

    Delays affect 80 percent of troops' overseas auto shipments

    The on-time delivery rate for troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas was about 20 percent in July, according to a senator who wants more information from U.S.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  9. DoD delays launch of rental housing website

    The launch of a new Defense Department website aimed at helping service members and their families find available rental housing has been delayed indefinitely, an official said.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  10. Concerns arise about opening online exchanges to veterans

    While giving all honorably discharged veterans online exchange shopping privileges would be an added benefit, there are questions within the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments about whether some of the profits should also go back to veterans' progra

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  11. UPS data breach does not affect exchange customers

    Military shoppers who made purchases or shipped packages through The UPS Store locations operated through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service were not affected by the data breach involving about 1 percent of The UPS Store locations nationwide, AAFES o

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  12. New school year, new home: Military families look to adjust

    Linh Narum knows what it means to be a part of a military family. Her father served in the Air Force for 27 years and she and her husband, Air Force Col. Jerry Narum, a communications officer, have two sons of their own.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  13. Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) sort through donated non-perishable food items during a community service project at the Bremerton Food Line food bank in Bremerton, Wash, in 2013. MC2 Lauren Howes / Navy

    DoD questions military data in food bank study

    The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  14. Consumer Watch: Prepare for saving money at commissary case lot sale

    Whether you've just moved to a new duty station and need to restock your pared-down pantry; or want to stock your barracks room; or need to stock up on drinks and other items for the kids' school lunches; or you want to save money on items you use all yea

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  15. Consumer Watch: Comparing 'private label' prices takes time, but can save money

    When it comes to cheaper alternatives to name brands, commissaries' options run neck-and-neck with — and often beating — Wal-Mart's private label prices, according to a limited comparison by Military Times.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  16. PCS packing list to help prevent frustration

    Whether you're making a permanent change-of-station move across the state, the country or overseas, these packing tips can temper what could become an overwhelming task.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  17. 'DeCA' label products might cost commissaries in long run

    A growing chorus of top military officials insists that allowing private label products — also called store brands or generics — to be sold in commissaries not only could save customers money now, but also could ease the pain in the future if the stores a

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  18. A soldier provides security in Afghanistan. A survey asks soldiers what makes them feel secure behind the wire and other quality-of-life issues. Capt. John Landry/Army

    Soldier satisfaction, on a spreadsheet

    What's worth more to a soldier at a remote base: A hot shower or a hot meal? Clean clothes or weightlifting equipment? Air conditioning or email access?

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  19. A Marine works on his vehicle at the Auto Hobby Skills Center aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Marine Corps

    Get your car road-trip ready

    Whether you're moving from Virginia to Texas or just taking a trip to visit one of America's beautiful national parks for free, get your car ready for the road with these important tasks:

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  20. New referral website to help troops find housing

    A new website will launch June 30, helping connect troops and spouses with information about available rentals in civilian communities, privatized military housing and government-owned housing, Navy officials said.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  21. Laura Carothers took these photos of her 7-year-old son, Zach, outside the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay commissary. She and Zach were refused entry when he was wearing what was deemed 'workout gear,' left. Carothers took Zach home to change into other shorts, right, so they could buy milk. Photos courtesy of Laura Carothers

    Boy in 'workout gear' refused admission to commissary

    A Navy wife is still puzzling over why she and her 7-year-old son were turned away from the commissary at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, because he was allegedly wearing 'workout gear.'

    • May. 23, 2014
  22. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel panel approved plans to roll back BAH and cap next year's military pay raise at 1 percent. Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press

    Senate panel approves 1 percent pay raise, BAH cuts

    A Senate panel on Wednesday rejected Pentagon plans to cut commissary benefits and overhaul the Tricare system, all but ending defense officials' hope to make those changes next year.

    • May. 21, 2014
  23. House bill calls for $100 million 'efficiency' cut in commissary budget

    Although House lawmakers are resisting — for now — the Pentagon's call to slash the annual commissary operating budget by two-thirds over three years, the House Armed Services Committee appears comfortable with a more modest budget cut next year.

    • May. 5, 2014
  24. Commissary case lot sales to resume in August

    Commissary case lot sales are returning, announced Defense Commissary Agency director Joseph Jeu.

    • May. 1, 2014
  25. A display of fresh produce in the Fort Bragg North Commissary, N.C. Defense Commissary Agency / Thomas Hannan

    House panel rejects commissary cuts, delays other changes

    Lawmakers have not completely shut down the Defense Department's plan to drastically cut funding for commissaries, but they have at least delayed the significant changes that would almost certainly raise prices for shoppers.

    • Apr. 30, 2014
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