By Dave Vergun

Development of a bill of rights for those living in privatized Defense Department housing is underway, and DOD is seeking the input of residents, the assistant defense secretary for sustainment announced in a memo.

In the memo signed yesterday, Robert H. McMahon invited residents of privatized family and unaccompanied housing to take part in an online survey to provide feedback on a draft bill of rights aimed at identifying the basic privatized housing rights of service members and their families.

Amanda Turner

Sometimes, it feels as if there is a race to obtain the trendiest or newest market items in your home. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking leads to the fear of missing out when, in reality, there is no race that will bring you true happiness. Technology and material things are not inherently bad. It is the meaning ascribed to them and the level of attachment that causes problems. If you’re looking to bring joy to your life, here are five objects that you can bring home.

By Joe Lacdan, Army News Service

The Army recently made some of the most significant changes to Family Readiness Groups since their creation following the first Gulf War. 

The groups have been re-named "Soldier and Family Readiness Groups" or SFRGs. 

This designation links Soldier readiness to the Family, and clarifies the role of the SFRG to be more inclusive to Soldiers who are single, are single parents or have non-traditional Families, said Steve Yearwood, program analyst for the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.

By Sean Kimmons, Army News Service

The Army is adding a year to overseas tours for some Soldiers heading to Europe and Japan, as part of an effort to boost readiness and reduce moves.

Under the new policy, which applies to permanent change-of-station orders published after June 14, tours for Soldiers who have no dependents and are not married to other service members will extend from 24 to 36 months. 

By Terri Moon Cronk

Veterans who were exposed to radiation in the military between 1945 and 1992 are eligible to apply for the newly created Atomic Veterans Service Certificate signed by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan.

Application for the certificate is open to retired and former service members, or next of kin in cases of deceased veterans, Defense Department officials said.

Why You Should Update Your Cleaning Products With Greener Options
by Amanda Turner

While a clean environment is a priority for most people, it’s not as common to think about how we’re cleaning up. If you’ve used the same technique and products your entire life, it may be time to take a step back and make sure that you’re using cleaning products that are healthy for yourself and the environment. 

With the substantial amount of news on “best practices” to care for the environment, there’s no reason to stick to our old ways. Here are a few reasons you should be using safe product in your home.

From Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

With the permanent change of station (PCS) season right around the corner, Sailors and families are urged to turn to their Navy Housing Service Centers (HSC) for assistance to select the housing that best suit their needs.

The centers, which are located Navy-wide, provide a range of services and resources to help service members and families make housing choices, process applications and manage waitlists.

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Laura Montgomery
145th Airlift Wing

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 25, 2018 What do you get when you mix a handful of knowledgeable volunteers; some scientific principles, theories and laws; rocket materials; and a group of bright-eyed, young students?

You get the annual STARBASE Camp -- more than 20 4th, 5th, and 6th graders learning exciting science, technology, engineering and math applications that will help them launch a rocket, and hopefully, ideas for their future. The camp was held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport here, June 18-21.

From a Defense Department News Release

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2018 The Defense Departments Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program is launching a new partnership with LinkedIn -- the virtual professional networking platform.

Military spouses will soon have access to a free LinkedIn Premium membership, valid for one year, every time they have a permanent-change-of-station move, including access to more than 12,000 online professional courses through LinkedIn Learning, as well as access to LinkedIns military and veterans resource portal. The membership is also available for the spouse of a service member who is within six months of separation from the military.

The partnership with LinkedIn will offer military spouses a great opportunity to advance their careers during their times of transition, said Eddy Mentzer, associate director of family readiness and well-being in DoDs Office of Military Community and Family Policy. Spouses will be able to access a global network of professionals any time, from any place. They can plan their next career step before they move, as soon as they have orders [for a permanent change of station].

MILITARY STAR Offers Value for Military Community at Disney World’s Shades of Green
June 18, 2018 / Marisa Wolfe

DALLAS – Service members can enjoy the magic of Walt Disney World vacations with the help of the MILITARY STAR® card, which offers an affordable way to stay at Shades of Green resort in Orlando, the Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) tax-free resort on Disney property.

The MILITARY STAR card can also be used to purchase tickets to Disney and Orlando attractions through Shades of Green. Events and weddings at the resort can be paid for with the card as well. And shoppers can grab all the gifts and souvenirs they need right on site—an Army & Air Force Exchange Service Express store at the resort sells affordable Disney souvenirs and more—tax-free. And cardholders enjoy one of the industry’s lowest interest rates.