While elements of the Air Force are always prepared to meet the country’s readiness needs, total force readiness has deteriorated, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the Defense Writers Group in Washington, D.C., June 18.Read More
Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibsonnnounced immediate steps to address recommendations made by VA’s Inspector General who found systemic problems have led to unusually long wait times for veterans seeking health care at facilities around the country.Read More
The area of behavioral health in the National Guard has changed significantly in the years since 9/11, according to the Army Guard’s top behavioral health officer, and continues to change to meet the needs of the force.Read More
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ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT, May 27, 2014 – President Barack Obama’s decision to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year “aligns tasks with resources,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said as long as the tasks and resources are aligned, the U.S. military can execute the decision. The chairman is traveling to the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.Read More
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Evaluating the state of its professionalism is a way for today’s military to pay tribute to those who have served before and to keep faith with the American people, the Defense Department’s senior ethics officer said May 15.
Five weeks into her new position as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s senior advisor for military professionalism, Navy Rear Adm. Margaret D. “Peg” Klein discussed during remarks at a Surface Navy Association luncheon the scope of her office’s mission and the importance of honoring the value of military professionalism.
As nations worldwide experience a period of unprecedented economic and political transformation, the world would be a more dangerous place without a strong U.S. military, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a town hall meeting Tuesday, May 6, at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois.
During the second stop on a two-day trip to Illinois, Hagel visited the Recruit Training Command School, where he discussed the current world situation and took questions.
“I don’t think we’ve seen such a time since right after World War II,” Hagel said. “And, again, the United States is an essential architect of this process.”
This process must continue at a time in which the nation must wisely use all of its resources, dimensions and instruments of influence and power, the secretary said. Though the big issues and challenges the world faces mostly cannot be solved militarily, Hagel said, the world becomes more dangerous without a strong, cutting-edge U.S. military that has the best-led, best-trained, best-educated and most-motivated people.
“And our options become fewer and fewer in helping build a better world for the first part of the 21st century,” he said.Read More
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, has selected 162 employers as semifinalists for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest honor for employers that provide extraordinary support to their Guard and Reserve employees. For a complete list of Freedom Award semifinalists from each state, visit http://www.freedomaward.mil/TemplateDetailsView.aspx?TemplateID=5465&ModuleID=7
The Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request recognizes that the U.S. military must meet homeland and global objectives with a pared-down force, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said April 7 at the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
“The budget is based on strategic imperatives and recognizes a time of continued transition and uncertainty for the U.S. military in terms of its roles, missions and the available resources,” Fox said. “The last decade has been dominated by protracted land wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, … but now our focus has to move to preparing to counter a variety of security threats and embracing opportunities on all points of the compass.”
Sequestration would degrade military readiness, senior military officials recently told a Senate panel.
Army Gen. John F. Campbell, vice chief of staff; Marine Corps Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant; Air Force Gen. Larry O. Spencer, vice chief of staff; and Navy Vice Adm. Philip H. Cullom, deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics, testified March 26 before the Senate Armed Forces Committee’s subcommittee on readiness and management support.
“Today, the Army remains globally engaged with more than 66,000 soldiers deployed, including about 32,200 in Afghanistan and about 85,000 forward-stationed in over 150 different countries,” Campbell told the Senate panel.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department office, received 2,864 nominations from Guardsmen and reservists for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
The Freedom Award is the department’s highest recognition honoring employers who support employees serving in the military’s reserve components. Up to 15 award recipients will be announced this summer and honored at the Pentagon in September, officials said.
ESGR officials said the Freedom Award honors employers who not only safeguard the positions of their military employees while they perform military duty or are deployed, but also establish exceptional and generous initiatives that accommodate and care for those employees and their families.