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Same-sex couples can claim new benefits by October

Posted February 11, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Military members and retirees with same-sex partners will qualify for up to 24 new benefits under policy changes Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced Feb. 11. In a memo to the service chiefs outlining the new policy, Panetta noted the department has “essentially completed” repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that barred…

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Panetta signs memo extending benefits to same-sex partners

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Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Feb. 11 signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members. Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of…

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Cannon debuts latest in moving target technology

Posted February 11, 2013 by A1C Ericka Engblom

Explosions shook the air as the white truck, almost invisible through the dust and smoke, weaved its way across a training range towing a target being shot at by 40mm rounds from aircraft patrolling the sky.

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Allen passes NATO Security Assistance command to Dunford

Posted February 11, 2013 by Jim Garamone

U.S. and NATO leaders Feb. 10 congratulated Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen for a job well done as commander of the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force and praised Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. as the strategic leader needed for the next phase of the command. At a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Allen…

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Military looks to place quick forces after Libya

Posted February 11, 2013 by Donna Cassata and Richard Lardner

The U.S. military is determined to position small, quick reaction forces closer to global crises after the rapid assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya last September kept U.S. armed forces from responding in time to save four Americans. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs…

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Ramstein airmen train with Israeli air force

Posted February 11, 2013 by 2nd Lt. Kay M. Nissen

The 86th Airlift Wing and 435th Contingency Response Group conducted a Flying Training Deployment with the Israeli air force's 103rd Squadron Jan. 27 to Feb. 8 at Nevatim Air Force Base, Israel.

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Army advances two airborne radios

Posted February 8, 2013 by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest

As the Army continues to advance its new tactical radio strategy, it is building on lessons-learned from the Joint Tactical Radio System program to drive innovation in radios for service aircraft. Following the recent Department of Defense decision to disband the Joint Program Executive Office for Joint Tactical Radio System, known as JTRS, and transfer…

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SecDef, Joint Chiefs chairman discuss carrier decisions

Posted February 8, 2013 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey brief the press at the Pentagon. Panetta and Dempsey went in depth on the drastic effects of sequestration should it take effect at the end of March. Deep, across-the-board spending cuts scheduled…

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Panetta warns sequestration threatens national readiness

Posted February 8, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

In some of his strongest language to date, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Feb. 6 that looming, massive cuts in the Defense Department budget set to be triggered by sequestration next month would pose the “most serious readiness crisis” to the country in over a decade. Panetta made the comments during a speech to…

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Secretary discusses 2014 defense budget request

Posted February 8, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta revealed that the proposed military pay raise for 2014 is 1 percent, and that the department is proceeding in a logical, careful way to do its part to cut the deficit and preserve military capabilities. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,…

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