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June 5, 2024

New ‘Pro-Military’ Laws Go into Effect in Alabama

Ten new laws went into effect in Alabama June 1 that Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth (R) said in a press release will help keep service members, veterans and their families. “The bills we enacted will provide tax cuts for deployed troops, enhance the educational and occupational options for dependents of active armed forces personnel, and implement guidelines that make Alabama even more welcoming for those who serve,” Ainsworth said. He chairs the Alabama Military Stability Commission, which proposed the bills.

Civilian Employees Pitch Operations Improvements at JBLM

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington held its first-ever Solve It pitch competition last week to hear civilian employees’ ideas for how to improve operations at the installation, according to a DVIDS story. The winning suggestion was a plan to replace paper sign-in sheets with digital scanners.

Army photo by Pamela Sleezer

June 5, 2024

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House Appropriators Advance Defense Bill on Party-Line Vote

House Appropriators Advance Defense Bill on Party-Line Vote

The House Appropriations Committee approved an $833 billion defense spending bill for next fiscal year. It includes the 19.5% pay raise for junior enlisted troops the House is set to include in its version of the defense authorization bill. The spending bill passed on...

Snap of the Week

Snap of the Week

The 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Wisconsin National Guard, and enabler units from across the U.S. and Canada participate in a training exercise at Fort Johnson, Louisiana June 13. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kati Volkman

Report: Suicide Is Top Cause of Death for Active Duty Soldiers

Report: Suicide Is Top Cause of Death for Active Duty Soldiers

USA Today reported on Defense Health Agency data showing that suicide was the top cause of death among active duty Army personnel from 2014 to 2019. Accidents were the number-two cause with 814 deaths, and there were 96 combat fatalities, according to the article. The...

House Begins NDAA Debate with a Partisan Focus

House Begins NDAA Debate with a Partisan Focus

House Republicans agreed to a package of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that Democrats say include conservative “poison pills” that threaten the bipartisan support for the bill, which passed out of committee by a vote of 57 to 1. The House Rules...

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