Posts Tagged ‘soldiers

10
Aug
16

‘You Too, Honey’

02
Aug
16

Early Bird Chat

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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 Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has called the regulation outdated and harmful to the military.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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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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06
Jul
16

The President’s Day

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2016. Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2016. Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford at the White House. President Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still “precarious” security situation in the war-ravaged country

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to deliver a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (R), delivers a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2016. Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama departs with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L) after delivering a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

21
Jun
16

The President’s Day

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US President Barack Obama walks to Marine One after visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center June 21, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama walks to Marine One after visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

US President Barack Obama walks to a motorcade to travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center June 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama walks to Marine One after visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on June 21, 2016 in Bethesda, MD. (Photo by Joshua Roberts - Pool/Getty Images)

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama walks to Marine One after visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on June 21, 2016 in Bethesda, MD. (Photo by Joshua Roberts - Pool/Getty Images)

 

U.S. President Barack Obama boards Marine One after visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, M.D., U.S. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: U.S. President Barack Obama return to the White House June 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama spent the afternoon visiting wounded members of the U.S. military at the Walter Reed Medical Center. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

30
May
16

President Obama Pays Tribute To The Fallen

US President Barack Obama (L) and US Major General Bradley A. Becker, Commander of the Military District of Washington, listen to the US national anthem before placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National CemeteryMay 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and Major General Bradley A. Becker, Commander of the Military District of Washington, listen to the US national anthem before placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

US President Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama arrives to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (L) bows his head after placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama bows his head in silence along with Major General Bradley A. Becker at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama is assisted as he lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Amphitheater after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Amphitheater after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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U.S.President Barack Obama makes remarks at the Amphitheater after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, near Washington, DC. Obama paid tribute to the nation's military service members who have fallen. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI

US President Barack Obama salutes during an event to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

People watch as US President Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks during a event to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks during an event to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (L) and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (C) listen to the National Anthem at the conclusion of remarks at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama lays a coin on a grave in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama bows his head in silence after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

28
May
16

Early Bird Chat: The Baby Whisperer In Japan

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama greets the cheering crowd of the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama plays with a child while visiting U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) in Iwakuni, Japan

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Pete Souza: President Obama greets troops and their families at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

27
May
16

President Obama Visits Service Members

US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with US and Japanese troops during his visit to the Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni, near the Japanese city of Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. Obama, who arrived at Iwakuni after attending the G7 Summit in central Japan, hailed the "great alliance" between the United States and Japan on May 27, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama gives a speech to the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. servicemen (L) and (R) take snapshots of the U.S. President Barack Obama (C) during his speech at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama gives a speech to the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks with Us and Japanese troops at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on May 27, 2016. Obama, who arrived at Iwakuni after attending the G7 Summit in central Japan, hailed the "great alliance" between the United States and Japan on May 27, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama gives a speech to the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

Family members of US and Japanese troops listen as US President Barack Obama speaks during his visit to the Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni, near the Japanese city of Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. Obama, who arrived at Iwakuni after attending the G7 Summit in central Japan, hailed the "great alliance" between the United States and Japan on May 27, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (C) speaks with US troops during his visit to the Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni, near the Japanese city of Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. Obama, who arrived at Iwakuni after attending the G7 Summit in central Japan, hailed the "great alliance" between the United States and Japan on May 27, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) gives a speech to the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama greets cheering crowd at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama greets the cheering crowd of the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands with US and Japanese troops during his visit to the Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni, near the Japanese city of Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. Obama, who arrived at Iwakuni after attending the G7 Summit in central Japan, hailed the "great alliance" between the United States and Japan on May 27, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama greets the cheering crowd of the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

 

14
Apr
16

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama high fives a rider after signaling the start of the Wounded Warrior Ride, on the South Lawn of the White House. The ride is held to help raise awareness of our nations heroes who battle the physical and psychological damages of war

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