Department of Defense

Washington Report (March 15, 2016) Men and women who leave the military should have longer access to the benefits available through Military OneSource, a Pentagon official told the acting secretary of the Army last week. Rosemary Williams, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for military... Read more
Washington Report (February 2, 2016)Troop levels are a hot topic in the nation's capital as lawmakers are skeptical of a drawdown in Afghanistan, the American commander in Iraq says more troops may be needed there and the Pentagon budget for 2017 seeks to add a few thousand to the force in Europe.... Read more
(Jan. 14) The retirement of the A-10 from the Air Force arsenal will be put on hold because of its important role in the battle against ISIS and the resurgent Taliban, according to a report by DefenseOne, a website that reports on military issues. The article published online Wednesday says the... Read more
Washington Report  (January 12, 2016) Aviators who fly remotely piloted aircraft will receive an "R" to attach to the appropriate noncombat medals to recognize their efforts in military operations, the Pentagon announced last week. The small attachment that would "recognize remote impacts on combat... Read more
Washington Report (January 5, 2016) Thirty-two National Guard members killed themselves during the third quarter of last year, according to the Pentagon's latest report released Monday. The Quarterly Suicide Report shows five Air Guard members and 27 Army Guard troops committed suicide during the... Read more
Washington Report (January 5, 2016) The two New York Air National Guardsmen killed last month by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan have been named Honorary Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agents by Brig. Gen. Keith M. Givens, the OSI commander.    Tech. Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, and... Read more
Washington Report (December 29, 2015) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, released the following holiday message on Christmas Day:   My Fellow Guardsmen,   As we celebrate this holiday season and draw 2015 to a close, I extend my warmest greetings, deep gratitude and best... Read more
Washington Report (December 29, 2015) President Barack Obama and the first lady spent part of Christmas with Marines, sailors and family members at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The president and Michelle Obama are on holiday with their daughters in Hawaii, where the president was born.   "This is one... Read more
Washington Report (December 29, 2015) Following a two-year review of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Defense Department Monday forwarded to Congress a legislative proposal outlining a number of reforms.   According to a news release announcing the proposed changes, the proposal is based... Read more
A New York Air National Guard member was one of six American service members killed Monday in a suicide attack in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Joe Lemm, 45, a New York City police detective, is the only victim of the attack identified as of this morning. A second New York Air Guardsman also died in the... Read more

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