Tuesday - January 25, 2022
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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from the U.S. Executive Branch, covering all aspects of the Obama administration including cabinet departments, federal agencies, regulatory and independent agencies.

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VA Amplifies Access to Home, Community-Based Services for Eligible Veterans
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued the following news release on Jan. 24, 2022:

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care is expanding its Home-Based Primary Care, Medical Foster Home and Veteran-Directed Care programs to make them available at all VA medical centers by the end of fiscal year 2026.

VA will add 58 medical foster homes and 70 Veteran-directed care programs to VAMCs across the nation and add 75 home-based primary care teams to areas with the highest unmet need.

"These evidence-based programs allow Veterans to ... Show Full Article

Smithsonian: National Portrait Gallery Announces Teen Portrait Competition Timed With Museum's 'The Outwin 2022 - American Portraiture Today'
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release on Jan. 24, 2022:

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery has announced its Teen Portrait Competition, which is open to students between the ages of 13 and 17 residing in the U.S and its territories. Teens are invited to submit original portraits in the medium of photography to this national competition hosted by the Portrait Gallery's Teen Museum Council. Artwork by the grand-prize winners for each of the two age groups (13-15 and 16-17 years old) will be displayed in the Portrait Gallery in the summer. The ... Show Full Article

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency: USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted for From World War II (Perdue, C.)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency issued the following news release on Jan. 24, 2022:

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Shipfitter 1st Class Charles F. Perdue, 32, of Salisbury, Maryland, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Oct. 14, 2020.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Perdue was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The ... Show Full Article

DOD: Austin Places 8,500 Troops on Heightened Readiness to Deploy to Europe
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news on Jan. 24, 2022:

By Jim Garamone

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has placed 8,500 U.S. service members to heightened preparedness to deploy given Russia's continuing provocations along its border with Ukraine, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said today.

Kirby said the order highlights America's commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its commitment to the common defense. "As [President Joe Biden] has made clear, the United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests ... Show Full Article

Army & Air Force Exchange Service: BP/Amoco Fuel Coming to Fort Stewart Expresses
FORT STEWART, Georgia, Jan. 25 -- The Army and Air Force Exchange Service issued the following news release on Jan. 24, 2022:

By Conner Hammett

TOP TIER(TM)-certified branded fuel is rolling out to Fort Stewart's five Army & Air Force Exchange Service Express gas stations.

Drivers can now fill up with BP/Amoco fuel at the 6th Street Express, the first Fort Stewart Express gas station to receive updated signing and canopies identical to those at BP/Amoco's gas stations outside the gate. Pricing for the new, high-quality fuel follows the same process Exchange Expresses have long relied on to ensure ... Show Full Article

Air Force Installation Contracting Center Oversees COVID-19 Relief Efforts as Part of DAF Acquisition COVID Taskforce, Awards Contract for Critical Test Kit Materials
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 25 -- The U.S. Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center issued the following news on Jan. 24, 2022:

By Steve Warns

The Air Force Installation Contracting Center is overseeing the execution of billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief, with a recent contract award providing critical materials used in the production of rapid point-of-care COVID-19 test kits.

This contract award enables the production of more than 83 million test kits a month, including those now available to the American public.

"The awards and contract vehicles our team has executed ... Show Full Article

Air Force Heritage Flight Flyover Scheduled to Support Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Jan. 25 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news on Jan. 24, 2022:

Five aircraft representing the Air Force's 75 years as a service will conduct a first-of-its-kind flyover during the national anthem performance at Super Bowl LVI, Feb. 13, over SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

The Air Force Heritage Flight represents the service's ability to innovate, accelerate and thrive since its evolution from the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1947.

The Heritage Flight flyover will feature:

- P-51 Mustang from the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation, Chino, California

- A-10 ... Show Full Article