Defense

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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Torch lighting, honoring Vietnam vets kicks off 2016 Warrior Games

Posted June 16, 2016 by emmauribe

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AFNS) — The 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games began here when Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, with help from comedian Jon Stewart, lit the official torch during the event’s opening ceremonies at the U.S. Military Academy. “Being selected to light the torch is as much an honor and privilege as competing for Team…

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(Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amy M. Ressler)
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Blue Star Museums launches free admission program for military, families

Posted June 3, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — In a celebratory launch at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, today, Blue Star Museums launches its seventh annual summer free-admission program for service members and their families to more than 2,000 museums and nature centers across the nation and two territories. From Memorial Day, May 30, to Labor Day, Sept….

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‘Extremely aggressive’ Russia endangers lives, Work says

Posted May 17, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON — In buzzing the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea last month, Russia engaged in reckless actions that unnecessarily endangered lives, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said. “It’s clear that the Russians are becoming extremely aggressive in both the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea,” Work told reporters May 12, as he traveled from Romania to Poland. Russian…

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Carter announces sexual assault retaliation prevention strategy

Posted May 6, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today a sexual assault retaliation prevention and response strategy, saying both sexual assault and retaliation against those who report it are attacks against the values of the military. “Wherever sexual assault occurs — whether it’s on the front lines or here at home — it not only undermines…

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F-35 program accelerating, at ‘pivot point,’ program chief tells Congress

Posted April 28, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The program executive officer of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft program said the rapidly changing, growing and accelerating program is at a “pivot point” as officials address a number of challenges. The F-35 program, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter program, is of vital importance to U.S. security, Lt. Gen. Christopher…

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NATO-Russia Council to meet for first time since 2014

Posted April 19, 2016 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — NATO and Russian officials have much to discuss during the NATO-Russia Council meeting in Brussels tomorrow. “We will address … the crisis in and around Ukraine, military activity, transparency, risk reductions and Afghanistan” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said today. The alliance kept open lines of communication at the ambassadorial level, but this will be the first…

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Defense

Military children serve, Too

Posted April 15, 2016 by Jim GaramoneDoD News

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department knows that the whole family serves when a military member serves. April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to highlight the contributions and sacrifices made by military children. It’s also a chance to catch up on what the department does for military families. As a group, military children are…

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Get your purple on to recognize military children

Posted April 11, 2016 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Time to get your purple on, America. April 15 is Purple Up! day, a time for Americans to show their support for military families. Department of Defense Education Activity schools will celebrate the event April 20 because of spring recess. “It’s to build awareness for the needs of military families,” said Barbara…

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DoD launches new Civilian Performance Appraisal Program

Posted April 6, 2016 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — Defense Department civilian employees are getting a new, standardized performance appraisal program as part of the department’s New Beginnings initiative. Paige Hinkle-Bowles, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for civilian personnel policy, said New Beginnings represents a series of requirements that grew out of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010. “For us, it…

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