Military retirees and survivors will receive 2.8 % cost of living increase in their retired pay starting in January — the biggest increase since 2012, said Air Force Maj, Carla Gleason, a Pentagon spokeswoman.
Survivors who are eligible for the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance will also see a 2.8% increase in payments starting in January, with a maximum payment of $318, according to the Pentagon.
“This is the first year – ever – the SSIA has been increased at the rate of inflation,” Gleason told Task & Purpose on Tuesday. “It was written into the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act], so now every year SSIA will increase at the rate of the retirement increase.”
The cost of living adjustment is pegged to the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. In October, Social Security also announced a 2.8 % increase in benefits.
Military retirees who retired under the REDUX system in 2018 will receive a different adjustment.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.