FRA NewsBytes May 8 2015

FRA Newsbytes 05/08/2015

FRA Newsbytes 05/08/2015

In this issue:
USMC Commandant Selected to be Next Chairman of JCS
Navy Mandatory Retirement Board to Start in August
TRICARE Beneficiaries Being Targeted in Phone Scam
70th Year Anniversary of VE Day

USMC Commandant Selected to be Next Chairman of JCS
FRA National Executive Director Thomas Snee attended a White House Rose Garden ceremony in which President Obama announced Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford’s nomination to replace Gen. Martin Dempsey as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a position that requires Senate confirmation. Gen. Dunford was nominated to be the 36th Marine Corps Commandant on June 5, 2014 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 17, 2014.

President Obama said in his presentation, “I know Joe. I trust him. He’s already proven his ability to give me his unvarnished military advice based on his experience on the ground. Under his steady hand, we’ve achieved key milestones, including the transition to Afghan responsibility for security, historic Afghan elections, and the drawdown of U.S. forces—setting the stage for our combat mission there. So Joe is a proven leader of our joint force, including our troops in Afghanistan, who he served Christmas dinner to. He’s one of our military’s most highly-regarded strategic thinkers. He’s known and respected by our allies, by members of Congress—on both sides of the aisle—and by colleagues across our government.”

Dunford was raised in Quincy, Mass. He graduated from Saint Michaels College in June 1977 and earned his commission after college graduation. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the Ranger School and the Amphibious Warfare School. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Government from Georgetown University and a second Master of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University. He is noted for leading the 5th Marine Regiment in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Navy Mandatory Retirement Board to Start in August
The Navy is scheduled to start a senior enlisted continuation board with forced retirement authority beginning on August 3, 2015. The board will begin a performance-based review of E-7s, E-8s and E-9s with at least 19 years of service and three years in grade as of February 28, 2015. Past retirement boards have searched for indicators such as reduced performance rating or misconduct in a chief’s record. Last year’s board reviewed 7,017 personnel records and issued 161 forced retirements. The Navy is expected to release list of chiefs who are eligible for review by June 8, 2015.
TRICARE Beneficiaries Being Targeted in Phone Scam
The Defense Health Agency, Office of Program Integrity has received a significant number of contacts from TRICARE beneficiaries concerning unsolicited attempts by “call centers” to encourage them to provide personally-identifiable information and health information so that they (the callers) can allegedly provide prescribed cream medications to the TRICARE beneficiary.

TRICARE and its contractors never call and ask for personal information or health information. Beneficiaries should be wary of unsolicited attempts by any entity asking them for personal or health information, either by phone or in person.

For more information, visit www.health.mil/News/Articles/2015/04/10/TRICARE-Beneficiaries-%20Appropriations.
70th Year Anniversary of VE Day
Seventy years ago today, the world celebrated VE day (Victory in Europe day) to commemorate the surrender of Nazi Germany in World War II. President Harry Truman dedicated the victory and celebrations to President Franklin Roosevelt, who had died just a month before victory was achieved in Europe. Celebrations took place in many U.S. cities 70 years ago today.