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News Digest

News Briefs
Civilian Employees seek leave donations
The following Appropriated Fund employees have been accepted in the Leave Recipient Program: Robert Pickeral, Nakia Fleming, Joe Canann, Nora Brow, Tamara Morin and Christina Robinson, all of MEDDAC; Victor Brown, Logistics Readiness Center; Sandra Weaver, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and Sean O’Brien, Directorate of Public Works.
Appropriated Fund employees who wish to donate annual leave should complete an OPM 630A, Request to Donate Annual Leave to Leave Recipient Under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program, and forward it to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Bldg. 10720, for processing.
Officials seek estate claims
Anyone having claims against or debts owed to the estate of Sgt. Ronald J. Dupuis III, 110th Transportation Company, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, may contact 1st Lt. Matthew Diaz at 486-9790.
All correspondence will be forwarded to the appropriate legal representative of the estate.
Department of Defense affords marriage benefits
to all military couples
The Department of Defense has made the same benefits available to all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation, as long as service member-sponsors provide a valid marriage certificate. All spousal and family benefits, including ID Cards, were made available Sept. 3, 2013.
As was the case before the Supreme Court's ruling in 2013, a military chaplain as well as individual service members, may participate in any private ceremony, whether on or off a military installation, provided that the ceremony is not prohibited by applicable state and local law. Further, a chaplain is not required to officiate or participate in a private ceremony if doing so would be in variance with the tenets of his or her religion or personal beliefs.
Newspaper staff plans closure, summer hiatus
The Public Affairs Office, Bldg. 10012, will be closed Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
In addition, there will be no issue of The Mountaineer on July 9, as the newspaper staff will observe a hiatus during summer block leave.
The next issue will be published July 16. The deadline for submissions will be noon July 10.
Commissary announces holiday shopping hours
The Fort Drum Commissary will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Independence Day.
Organizers plan Honor Flight information session
Local organizers will host an Honor Flight information session at 2 p.m. July 12 at the Carthage American Legion. World War II and Korean War veterans, as well as veterans who are terminally ill, are invited to the session. Friends and Family Members of the veterans are encouraged to attend.
Organizers will answer questions about the Honor Flight program and will assist veterans and guardians with filling out applications for upcoming mission flights out of the Syracuse hub.
To sign up, call Debbie Atkins, 221-0167, or Deb Swem, 493-1818.

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