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Homefront Help: Amtrak Discounts

May 16, 2013
By Rita Boland
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Woo Woo! All aboard! And first in line! Amtrak offers a 10 percent military discount to active-duty troops and their dependents on the lowest available fare on most trains. Troops in uniform also are welcome to jump to the head of the ticket line.

The rail service also has Veterans Advantage card program for veterans, active duty military personnel, members of the National Guard and Reserve and next of kin family members. The program requires a paid membership and includes discount on Amtrak and with other vendors. If you take advantage of the free 30-day trial period, be aware you must opt out of the program at the end or you will be billed from then on.

With air traffic controllers on furloughs and security lines getting ever longer, now might be the perfect time to try a trip by train.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

Homefront Help: Veteran Tickets Foundation

May 9, 2013
By Rita Boland
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An empty seat at a big production does no one any good. So, the Veteran Tickets Foundation provides free or discounted tickets for all sorts of shows and events to members of the military community. Organization personnel work with leagues, groups and venues to obtain the passes and also accept donations of tickets or funds from the general public. The military community can check out the Events section to find out which shows and games are or will be available. To request tickets, users must create an account with the website.

Through the Hero’s Wish program, certain troops, veterans and families of service members killed in action can ask one time for specific tickets to a single event and donors will help to fulfill the request.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

Homefront Help: Building for America’s Bravest

May 2, 2013
By Rita Boland
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Helping troops wounded in battle is not only patriotic, it also can be a lot of fun. The Gary Sinise Foundation puts on or takes part in many events to help build the community around troops and first responders. One of its initiatives is the Building for America’s Bravest program to construct smart homes for severely wounded veterans. Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band are touring in 2013 to help raise the funds necessary for the effort by selling tickets and seeking sponsorships and donation. The next concert takes place May 10 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, Florida, to help Sgt. Michael Nicholson, USMC, who became a triple amputee and has traumatic brain injury after being hurt by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

More concerts are scheduled throughout the year across the country. Go rock out for a great cause!
 

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

NIST Revises Federal Computer Security Guide

May 1, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the most comprehensive update to the government’s computer security guide since 2005. The fourth revision of “Security and Privacy Controls for Federal information Systems and Organizations” (SP 800-53) addresses issues such as mobile and cloud computing, applications security, supply chain risks and privacy concerns. It also calls for maintaining routine best practices to reduce information security risks while applying state-of-the-practice architecture and engineering principles to minimize the impact of threats such as cyber attacks.

The U.S. Defense Department, the intelligence community and the Committee on National Security Systems developed SP 800-53 as part of the Joint Task Force.

Cool App-titude: Military Discounters

April 30, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

The free Military Discounters app helps you find places with military discounts in your immediate area right on your Android or iOS device. Whether you're active duty, reserves, a veteran or even a military family member, the program finds real-time deals near you.

It's a location-based app, so it uses your phone's GPS to locate nearby deals. Each icon on the map can be selected for more details, including the business name, location, contact information and the discount offered. If you're interested, simply click the address for directions and head that way.

No membership is required for the app, and anyone may search for the deals. Military Discounters personally verifies that all deals listed are legitimate.

Download the program from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

These sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new Web sites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

Harris to Upgrade Counter Communications System

April 29, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Harris Corp., Communication Systems, Palm Bay, Fla., has been awarded a modification to firm-fixed-price contract for two counter communications system (CCS) Block 10 increment 1 system upgrades. The value of this contract modification is $11,323,326 increasing the total contract value from $191,546,750 to $202,870,076. This modification provides for the exercise of an option for the upgrade of the CCS Block 10 system that will increase the overall capability using new, modified, and/or existing equipment. Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon to Integrate Joint Standoff Weapon System Software

April 29, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $12,703,078 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the development and integration of the joint standoff weapon AGM-154C-1 into the F/A-18E/F aircraft's H10E operational flight program software. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

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