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Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Lolita C. Baldor

The Pentagon announced June 30 that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out a yearlong implementation plan declaring that “Americans who want to serve and…

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Headlines – June 29, 2016

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News Pentagon on Benghazi: Faster response wouldn’t have mattered – In response to harsh criticism that it failed to act during the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, the Pentagon conceded June 28 that the U.S. military reaction could have been faster, but that nothing it could have done would have saved the lives of the…

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News Briefs – June 29, 2016

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Russia: U.S. destroyer got too close to its ships in Europe The Russian defense ministry has accused a U.S. Navy ship of sailing dangerously close to its vessels in the Mediterranean Sea. The ministry says June 28 in comments carried by the Interfax news agency that the destroyer USS Gravely passed a Russian combat ship…

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Headlines – June 27, 2016

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News Legal loophole allows companies to fire military reservists who go to war – Kevin Ziober was a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve in 2012 when he received deployment orders to Afghanistan. On his last day of work before leaving, dozens of co-workers gathered for a sendoff. There was a cake and balloons. And then,…

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News Briefs – June 27, 2016

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Roswell newspaper to host 2-day event on 1947 incident ROSWELL, N.M.–A 1947 incident in Roswell that the military attributed to a weather balloon is the focus of a two-day event. The Roswell Daily Record has been covering the mystery since the beginning and will host its first gathering of experts from July 1-2. Publisher Barbara…

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Headlines – June 24, 2016

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News After Brexit, what next for defense? – Britain plunged into the unknown last night when voters opted to take the country out of the European Union, leaving analysts and officials to wonder what the decision means for the defense sector.   Is the Cold War restarting in space? – Russia has made a submission…

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News Briefs – June 24, 2016

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Interview: NATO military chief says national forces key BYDGOSZCZ, Poland–NATO’s top military officer says the alliance’s upcoming summit should send a message to member states that the prime responsibility of defending their countries lies with their national troops. Gen. Petr Pavel, chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, said June 23 that the alliance has the “strength…

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Headlines – June 22, 2016

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News Pentagon close to repealing transgender ban – A Pentagon policy allowing transgender troops to serve openly is in the final stages of approval and is expected to be released within weeks, according to Defense Department sources.     Business For defense firms, Brexit could be Europe’s sequester – A British departure from the European…

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News Briefs – June 22, 2016

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Boeing says it signs sales agreement with Iran Air Boeing has confirmed signing an agreement with Iran Air “expressing the airline’s intent” to buy its aircraft. In a statement July 21 to The Associated Press, Boeing says it signed the agreement “under authorizations from the U.S. government following a determination that Iran had met its…

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Headlines – June 20, 2016

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News Iraq, Afghan vets may have their own Agent Orange – While it took nearly three decades for the U.S. government to eventually link Agent Orange, the defoliant used in Vietnam, to cancer, President Obama has pledged quick action to make determinations about the effect of the burn pits on perhaps as many as 60,000…

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