American golfer Justin Thomas launched the Justin Thomas Foundation last week with plans to support nonprofits that help military families, disadvantaged children or are involved with junior golf. Initial recipients will include the Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana, the Kentucky Golf Foundation and Convoy of Hope.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation overhauled its grant-making strategy a few years ago to focus on big bets, such as climate change and criminal justice, when it realized it could have a greater effect by investing more resources in fewer causes, says Managing Director Cecilia Conrad. The new 100&Change competition is different, she says, because it allows the organization to be open to new ideas and listen to others when choosing causes to support.
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter's nonprofit, the Shawn Carter Foundation, is preparing to host a seven-day bus tour with Toyota that will allow students to visit historically black higher education institutions and meet with counselors. The organization, which has helped hundreds of youth attend college, donated $1 million for scholarships during last year's tour.
How the Army uses the Reserve's unique capabilities in near-peer combat operations is a big question that may mean some changes are in order, Army Reserve chief Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey said at an Association of the US Army event. Essential assets such as nuclear response units, military police battalions with interrogation expertise and seaport operations are most heavily represented by the Reserve, with few counterparts in the active Army.
The House Armed Services Committee will hear testimony next week regarding military medical malpractice to determine whether changes need to be made to rules on filing cases against the Defense Department. A 1950 Supreme Court ruling known as the Feres doctrine currently restricts malpractice actions related to military medical errors.
Sexual harassment, inappropriate comments and exclusion from group activities are some of the reasons women leave Coast Guard service, a Rand study found. The Coast Guard commissioned the study to better understand why the service has retained relatively few female members.
The Air Force has issued new guidelines on Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms, including patch placement, to better reflect the jobs airmen do. "We will now place the squadron patch on the right sleeve along with the U.S. flag and move the higher headquarters patch to the left sleeve of the OCP," said Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff.
A training program using Amazon Web Services is being developed by the Air Force Reserve's 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, 718th Intelligence Squadron. Reservists will be teaching active-duty airmen how to effectively use Amazon Web Services for "modernizing mission systems" in the cloud, Staff Sgt. Philip Howard said.
The Army's new blended retirement system may need to offer larger midcareer incentives to retain the branch's current experience mix of active-duty, Reserve and National Guard troops, a report from RAND says. The study suggests that National Guard and Reserve participation would improve under the blended system, while retention of active-duty Army officers would drop.
The US Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments Tuesday on whether the Trump administration can ask a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The Commerce Department contends that adding the question will give the government a clearer picture of the population, but critics argue that asking about citizenship could discourage some residents from responding and lead to an inaccurate head count.