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The Intersect
Oct. 6, 2009
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NATIONAL NEWS

Compromise Version of Defense Measure Expected Soon
from CQ Politics
The House plans to name its conferees for the fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill, perhaps setting the stage for final action on the legislation by the end of the week. Aides said conferees are expected to meet just once, on Oct. 7, signaling that House and Senate authorizers have figured out how to reconcile their differences on several important issues. If all goes according to plan, the House would take up the conference report Oct. 8. More

House-Senate Budget Clash Looms on Programs
from the Navy Times
The Senate is expected to approve a $625.8 billion defense budget, setting the stage for a potentially confrontational conference with the House over ships, planes and funding for the war in Afghanistan. The House passed its version of the 2010 Defense Appropriations Act in July. Total spending is about the same, but there are some key differences in what the budget would buy. More

Government Raises Hospital Fees for Retired Vets
from The Washington Times
While most of political Washington has been consumed with the debate over how to make health care more accessible to low-income Americans, the government unexpectedly raised rates by more than 20 percent on inpatient co-pays paid by retired military veterans and their families who have their health insurance provided by Veterans Affairs. More

Unhappy Homecoming
from Crains New York Business
Leaving a good job at J.P. Morgan to go sailing in the Persian Gulf was not part of James Townsend's career plan, but the Navy Reserve had its own ideas. Mr. Townsend, a technology director and senior manager in corporate risk services, was involuntarily mobilized in September 2007 for a one-year deployment. More

21 Percent Inpatient Fee Hike Stuns Retirees
from The Montgomery Advertiser
Defense health officials didn't do the Obama administration any favors when they announced a "small" increase in the daily fee that military retirees under 65, their families and covered survivors must pay for inpatient care in civilian hospitals under TRICARE Standard. More

New Protective Vehicles Head to Afghanistan
from Defenselink
The first parcel of an influx of vehicles designed to protect troops from deadly roadside bombs is expected to arrive in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Sec. Geoff Morrell said. The expected delivery comes soon after the department awarded an order for more than 6,600 of the mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles -- known as M-ATVs -- to be fielded over the next year. More

SERVICE SECTION NEWS

Reserve, Retired Rated Officers Given Active-duty Opportunity
from U.S. Air Force
The secretary of the Air Force has initiated two voluntary recall to active duty programs and expanded the number of eligible Air Force specialties for an existing one to help minimize the service's critical shortage of rated officers. More

Temporary Commander Settling In
from the Coastal Courier
U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Jeffrey E. Phillips left the bustling beltway of Washington D.C. for the sand and pine forests of Coastal Georgia. Phillips, who has already settled into a corner office at post headquarters, will serve as senior commander at Fort Stewart during the next 12 months while Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo and the 3rd Infantry Division are deployed to Iraq. More

Air Force Reserve Seeks to Minimize H1N1 Effects
from Air Force Reserve
Air Force Reserve Command is taking a more active role this year in preventing influenza-like illnesses, including the new H1N1 strain. "The first line of defense is understanding how the disease is transmitted," said Lt. Col. Tim Bennett, AFRC public health officer. More

Coast Guard Deserves Credit for Hard-look Report
from The Daily News
Nothing will undo the sinking of the Patriot, the 54-foot Gloucester, Mass., fishing boat that went down in the middle of the night last Jan. 3, on Middle Bank for reasons that are still under investigation. But perhaps the analysis of the deeply flawed search-and-rescue operation by the U.S. Coast Guard will improve the chance of survival for other fishermen in similar circumstances. More

USTRANSCOM Navy Reservist Helps Shape Theater Logistics
from Blackanthem Military News
It's never easy moving 50,000 military troops, their equipment and supplies around the world. But when the destination is Afghanistan, known for its rugged mountains, landlocked location, limited airports, roads and modes of transportation, it really presents challenges. More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of Sept. 29, 2009
from DefenseLink
This week the Coast Guard announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps announced a decrease. The net collective result is 971 fewer reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. More

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