CASCOM hosts senior sustainment warrant officer forum
By T. Anthony Bell | Feb. 13, 2020
The Combined Arms Support Command conducted its first Senior Sustainment Warrant Officer Forum Feb. 5 at the Army Logistics University here. Highlights of the event included remarks by the Army's senior logistician, professional development sessions and branch-specific updates.
Maj. Gen. Rodney D. Fogg, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, hosted the full-day forum at which roughly 100 senior warrants were present and countless others tuned in via teleconference from such locales as Korea, Kuwait, Hawaii and Germany.
OSD advises service members against using DTC genetic testing
By | Feb. 12, 2020
It has come to the attention of the Department of Defense that some direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies are encouraging DOD personnel to purchase genetic ancestry and health information through the offering of military discounts or other incentives. These DTC genetic tests are largely unregulated and could expose personal and genetic information and potentially create unintended security consequences and increased risk to the joint force and mission.
Exposing sensitive genetic information to outside parties poses personal and operational risks to service members. DTC genetic tests that provide health information have varying levels of validity, and many are not reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration before they are offered, meaning they may be sold without independent analysis to verify the claims of the seller.
DOD vows to help Exceptional Family Member Program
By Terri Moon Cronk | Feb. 11, 2020
The Defense Department is working to improve the Exceptional Family Member Program with several initiatives, a Defense Department official said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing.
Carolyn Stevens, director of the DOD's Office of Military Family Readiness Policy and Navy Capt. Edward Simmer, chief clinical officer of Tricare Health Plans at the Defense Health Agency, testified last week week on "Exceptional Family Member Program: Are the Military Services Really Taking Care of Family Members?"