Posts Tagged ‘service

24
Nov
16

Thanksgiving: An Act Of Service

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their family serve food to residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C.

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26
Aug
16

Early Bird Chat

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Pete Souza: President Obama watches a virtual reality film captured during his trip to Yosemite National Park earlier this year. #nps100

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All Times Eastern

10AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:30AM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Briefing

3:10PM: President Obama visits with wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

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21
Aug
16

Early Bird Chat

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23
Jul
16

All Who Want To Serve Are Welcome. Thanks, President Obama

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Helene Cooper: Pentagon Set To Lift Ban On Transgender People Serving In U.S. Military

The Pentagon next month will announce the repeal of a policy banning transgender people from serving openly in the military, Defense Department officials said on Friday, moving to end what has widely been seen as one of the last barriers to service. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has called the regulation outdated and harmful to the military. A year ago, he directed officials from all the military branches to determine what changes would be needed to lift the ban, in a tacit recognition that thousands of transgender people were already in uniform. Under the Pentagon’s plan, first reported by USA Today, each branch will put in place policies covering recruiting, housing and uniforms for transgender troops.

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Ashley Broadway-Mack, the president of the American Military Partner Association, a support network for partners and spouses of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops and veterans, said in a statement that “our transgender service members and their families are breathing a huge sigh of relief.” Estimates of the number of transgender people in the 1.2 million-member military range from 2,000 to more than 15,000. As with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that applied to gay men, lesbians and bisexuals until it was lifted in 2011, current rules have done little to keep transgender people out of the military. Instead, they have forced many to lie about their status and keep it a secret. Since taking the defense secretary post in February 2015, Mr. Carter has set about dismantling discriminatory rules in the services, including opening all combat positions to women. This week, Eric K. Fanning formally took over as Army secretary, becoming the first openly gay leader of a military service branch.

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U.S. troops react as they shake hands with the President. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama hugs a soldier as he greets military personnel at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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02
Jun
16

Early Bird Chat

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All Times Eastern

11:45AM: President Obama addresses the United States Air Force Academy commencement ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy-Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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4:05PM: President Obama departs Colorado Springs

7:25PM: President Obama arrives at the White House

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18
Jan
16

A Day Of Service With The President And First Lady

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U.S. President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama (R) participate in a Martin Luther King Day service project at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in a community service project at Leckie Elementary school in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy

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President Barack Obama, second from left, and first lady Michelle Obama, right, assemble a garden bed as they participate in a service project at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a Martin Luther King Day service project at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

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President Barack Obama, right, and first lady Michelle Obama left, hand out books as they participate in a service project at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama hands out books as he participate in a service project at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama, second from left, and first lady Michelle Obamam right, assemble a garden bed as they participate in a service project at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Pete Souza: The President reacts after getting beat in Rock Paper Scissors while participating in a service project at a local school on MLK day.

04
Oct
15

President Obama Honors Fallen Firefighters

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President Barack Obama speaks during the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland. President Obama honored 84 firefighters that were killed in the line of duty last year and an additional three firefighters killed in previous years

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19
Jan
15

A Tweet Or Two: MLK Day

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26
Nov
14

The First Family’s Day

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President Barack Obama, First Daughters Sasha and Malia Obama at the annual tradition of pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey. This year’s turkey is named ‘Cheese.’

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The First Family volunteering at ‘Bread For The City’ community center in Washington, D.C.

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12
Sep
14

President Obama Celebrates 20 Years Of AmeriCorps

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an AmeriCorps Pledge ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House

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President Barack Obama is joined by former President Bill Clinton for a AmeriCorps Pledge ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. Clinton’s administration established the program in 1994

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hundreds of new volunteers are sworn in for duty

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