Posts Tagged ‘soldiers

25
Nov
16

The President Checks In On The Troops

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Pete Souza: President Obama makes Thanksgiving Day calls to US troops around the world

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13
Nov
16

Early Bird Chat

04
Oct
16

Early Bird Chat: “Where In The Hell Is He From?”

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All Times Eastern

10AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

12:30PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Briefing

3:45PM: President Obama holds a meeting with Defense Secretary Carter

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02
Oct
16

ICYMI: President Obama’s Military Town Hall

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28
Sep
16

The President And The Military

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President Barack Obama participates in a town hall with members of the military at Fort Lee, Virginia. The CNN town hall airs tonight at 9PM EDT

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27
Aug
16

Early Bird Chat

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President Barack Obama returns to the White House after visiting the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

10
Aug
16

‘You Too, Honey’

02
Aug
16

Early Bird Chat

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All Times Eastern

9AM: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore to the White House

10:05AM: President Obama holds a meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

11:40AM: President Obama and Prime Minister Loong hold a press conference

8:40PM: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hold a State Dinner for Prime Minister Loong and Mrs. Loong

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01
Aug
16

‘An Attack On All Gold Star Families’

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 Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has called the regulation outdated and harmful to the military.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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WHITE HOUSE PHOTO-PRESIDENT OBAMA MILITARY PITTSBURGH-PETE SOUZA

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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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