The NDAA includes honorary promotion recommendations for two Air Force pilots: Lt. Col. Dick Cole, left, and Col. Charles McGee. (DoD photos)
Two heroic pilots – one a member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, one a participant in the Doolittle Raid – have been recommended to the president for honorary promotions for their distinguished service thanks to the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Col. Charles E. McGee, USAF (Ret), has been recommended for promotion to brigadier general, and Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, USAF (Ret), would be posthumously promoted to colonel. The measure, which was signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 20 and includes several MOAA-backed provisions, recognizes the aviators’ service in air operations during World War II.
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The president of the country's largest association of military officers lauded the VA Mission Act during an interview Wednesday on the Government Matters television show.
Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret.), also discussed pay raises and veteran healthcare during the show, which will air on the Department of Defense' American Forces Network. For those who live in the Washington, D.C. metro area, the show will also appear on News Channel 8 on Wednesday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. After it airs, the interview can be viewed on the Government Matters website.
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Hundreds of thousands of military families could find support and resources through proposed benefits in the 2019 defense spending bill.
Military families generally move every few years as their servicemember transfers to different duty stations, making it hard to build friendships or for spouses to find permanent employment. The Defense Department estimates there are 641,639 spouses of active-duty servicemembers.
The $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act that was passed by the House of Representatives last week includes several policies that could benefit spouses and families. The Senate is now marking up their version of the bill.
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From credit for retirement pay for Reserve troops' maternity leave to tracking burn-pit exposure, the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act could bring comprehensive changes to the military.
The $717 billion defense spending bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday by a vote of 351 to 66. It now moves onto the Senate.
The bill authorizes DoD spending and sets personnel strength.
Here are five ways the 2019 defense spending bill will affect active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard troops.
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