In honor of Pearl Harbor/World War II remembrance,Betty Reid Soskinspoke to members of the sea services at U. S. Coast Guard Base Alameda in California, Dec. 6.
At 96, Soskin is the nation’s oldest Park Ranger and a pioneer in the war effort, working as a secretary for a then-segregated ship building union in 1942. Also she was instrumental in the creation of the Rosie the Riveter World War II Homefront National Historic Park in Richmond, California.
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NNOA, along with other officer associations on USCG Base Alameda, including the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO), the Chief Warrant Officers Association (CWOA), the Coast Guard Officers Association (CGOA), the Surface Navy Officers, and the Women’s Leadership Initiative sponsored Soskin.
“Her message of persevering and removing obstacles as it related to her work in the Kaiser Shipyards resonated here in the Coast Guard in 2017,” said San Francisco Bay Area chapter secretary LCDR Fredrick Pugh.
The Department of Defense released the 2018 Basic Allowance for Housing rates. Basic Allowance for Housing rates will increase an average of 0.7 percent when the new rates take effect on January 1, 2018. An estimated $21 billion will be paid to approximately one million Service members. For more information, read the DoD news release.
One of the most wide-reaching and significant changes to military pay and benefits of the last 70 years goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, with the implementation of the Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System (BRS). Find full details online.
An important decision for social media users. According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) violated an anti‑lobbying provision in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017, when it “retweeted” and “liked” a tweet urging followers to “[t]ell Congress to pass” pending legislation. Click here to get the full details.