Appropriators Leave Thursday Meeting with Plans to Talk Again
Appropriators Leave Thursday Meeting with Plans to Talk Again

The top four appropriators on Capitol Hill met Thursday for the first time since November, restarting talks about spending levels for the fiscal year that started Oct. 1. House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) told CQ that her focus is to pass an...

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Army Reprimands Thousands for Vaccine Refusal
Army Reprimands Thousands for Vaccine Refusal

The Army has written almost 3,000 reprimands for soldiers who have refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine, it announced this week in a press release. About 97% of active duty soldiers are vaccinated, and the service is still processing thousands of religious and medical...

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In Our Communities
In Our Communities

Hunt Companies reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay $500,000 to resolve fraud allegations involving its military housing operations at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Air Force Times reported…. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said this week that people...

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Army Boosts Recruitment Bonus Cap
Army Boosts Recruitment Bonus Cap

The Army will now pay up to $50,000 in signing bonuses to new recruits – up from the previous $40,000 cap – as it tries to recover from recruitment losses in recent years. “We are still living the implications of 2020 and the onset of COVID, when the school systems...

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Federal Court Sides with Anti-Vax Sailors

A federal judge in Texas on Monday sided with a group of sailors – including SEALs – who say the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement violates their religious freedom, The Hill reported. The judge said the Navy’s policy for reviewing religious exemption...

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In Our Communities

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) is deploying 1,250 Guard members to help with overburdened hospitals facing COVID-19 surges, but almost half of the state’s Guard is ineligible to go because they are not yet vaccinated, the Statehouse News Bureau reported. The report said...

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Austin Tests Positive for COVID

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Sunday night that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Austin is fully vaccinated and had a booster shot. His doctor told him his case would be more severe if he hadn’t had all three shots, Austin said in a statement. “The...

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DOD Urging Boosters for Military

DOD is recommending that vaccinated uniformed personnel get a COVID-19 booster shot amid a surge in cases from the omicron variant’s global spread. The guidance came in a series of memos over the holidays. “Because all studies are converging on the need for a vaccine...

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What’s Coming Up

Here are some of the key dates and issues we’re watching over the next few weeks. 3: The Senate reconvenes. 6: President Biden speaks at the Capitol on the anniversary of the 2021 insurrection. 10: The House reconvenes. 25: The President delivers the State of the...

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In Our Communities

Service members from Huntsville, Alabama, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington; and Fort Meade, Maryland are among the winners of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s 2021...

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In Our Communities

The commander of the Space Force’s Space Launch Delta 30 is working to make Vandenberg Space Force Base, California a “national spaceport,” Air Force Magazine reported. Only “a few locations in the world… offer what we can provide here,” Col. Robert Long said. “No. 1...

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Grady Confirmed as Joint Chiefs Vice Chair

The Senate late last week confirmed Navy Adm. Christopher Grady as the new vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, filling a spot Air Force Gen. John Hyten retired from last month. Grady previously led Fleet Forces Command and Naval Forces Northern Command. Navy...

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In Our Communities

Addressing the fuel leakage into water on and around Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii will be a DOD-wide focus, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said this week after visiting the area. “We recognize the need to continue to care for all affected personnel...

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