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Rejoice! The Pentagon Is Finally Ridding Itself Of The Horrendous Defense Travel System
The Department of Defense is finally going to replace the dreaded Defense Travel System service members currently use to book travel and file for reimbursement of expenses.
DoD announced on August 16 that it had awarded a $9.3 million contract to SAP Concur to develop a travel system prototype "that will replace the aging and inefficient" DTS, according to a press release.
That's a charitable way of putting it; just ask a service member who has used the system or take a look at the various joke memes that describe its inefficiency and you'll really get a taste.
One meme, for example, shows a wife looking at her husband at a computer that reads, "Hasn't come to bed in three days. Says he's waiting for DTS to load." Others feature a teacher in front of a chalkboard filled with writing, which sarcastically proclaims "that's how you sign a voucher on DTS."
While good news that DTS will get an upgrade, it won't come any time soon. The release says the prototype is expected within two years. It did not mention when a final version would be due.
“We have a responsibility to ensure our resources are used in the most efficient and effective manner, and given this specific project has such a wide-ranging and deep impact – reforms with results like these are crucial,” said Pentagon Chief Management Officer John H. Gibson.
Military veterans from throughout Northeast Florida came together Saturday morning to honor comrades in arms who were prisoners of war or missing in action, and remember their sacrifice.
After the plane landed, Pope Army Airfield was silent on Saturday.
A chaplain prayed and a family member sobbed.
Tarah McLaughlin's fingers traced her husband's flag-draped coffin before she pressed two fingers to her lips then pressed her fingers to the coffin.
The remains of Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Virginia, arrived back to Fort Bragg a week after he was killed Jan. 11 by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
Pfc. Miguel Angel Villalon, 21, of Joliet, Illinois, also was killed in the same incident.
The U.S. Space Force has a name tape for uniforms now. Get excited people.
In a tweet from its official account, the Space Force said its uniform name tapes have "touched down in the Pentagon," sharing a photo of it on the chest of Gen. John W. Raymond, the newly-minted Chief of Space Operations for the new service branch nested in the Department of the Air Force.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump gave a minute-to-minute account of the U.S. drone strikes that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in remarks to a Republican fund-raising dinner on Friday night, according to audio obtained by CNN.
With his typical dramatic flourish, Trump recounted the scene as he monitored the strikes from the White House Situation Room when Soleimani was killed.
The U.S. Navy will name its fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier after Doris Miller, an iconic World War II sailor recognized for his heroism during the Pearl Harbor attack, according to reports in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and U.S. Naval Institute News.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is expected to announce the naming of CVN-81 during a ceremony on Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, according to USNI. Two of Miller's nieces are expected to be there, according to the Star-Advertiser.