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DOD Official: Updated Transgender Policy Based on Treating All With Dignity

Updates to the Defense Departments transgender policy take effect today, and defense officials stressed the policy is anchored in the core value of treating all service members with dignity and respect.

SOP newswire3Like Daughter, Like Mother: Recruiter Helps Family Join USAF - When senior year of college became expensive and it was tough to keep up, a mother asked her daughter to consider joining the military as her father and others in his family had done.
SOP newswire3Fighter Exercise Sentry Aloha 19-1 Completed - More than 800 Airmen, Sailors and Defense Department civilians from nine states completed exercise Sentry Aloha, a large-scale fighter exercise, , Dec. 19, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
SOP newswire3First GPS III Satellite Successfully Launched - The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the first Global Positioning Systems III satellite Dec. 23 from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
SOP newswire3NATO Agrees 2019 Civil and Military Budgets for Further Adaptation - NATO Allies have agreed the civil and military budgets for 2019. At a meeting of the North Atlantic Council on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg End of the Year Message to NATO Troops - Holiday greetings to all our servicemen and women.
SOP newswire3Air Force Begins Work on Tyndall AFB Rebuild with PMO - Following Hurricane Michael, the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center and its partners established a program management office at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, to lead redevelopment and reconstruction efforts.
SOP newswire3Retired Airman's Resilience Sets Leading Example - Karah Behrend's tattooed arms and wild blue hair aren't the only reasons she stands out on the rugby field. Rugby is a relatively new hobby for Behrend, though her practiced technique paints a different picture. She performs with the intensity, coordination and endurance of an experienced athlete.
SOP newswire3Chairman Dunford 2018 USO Holiday Tour Kicks Off - The Chairmans annual USO Holiday Tour kicked off here today with a performance for Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment deployed to Værnes Air Station.
SOP newswire3A Holiday Message from the Chairman and Mrs. Dunford - As we celebrate the holiday season, we're mindful that many who serve in our military are forward deployed, standing the watch, and unable to celebrate with loved ones back home.
SOP newswire3Navy Undersecretary Visits Allies to Build Military-to-Military Ties in Europe - Navy Undersecretary Thomas B. Modly has returned from a trip to Europe in which he visited vastly different countries facing different challenges, but with the same feeling about their alliance with the United States.
SOP newswire3Santa, Elves jump for Operation Toy Drop 2018 - Santa Claus and his elves delivered toys to children via military freefall and static-line jumps as part of the 7th annual Operation Toy Drop event on Alzey Drop Zone, Germany Dec. 11-13, 2018.
SOP newswire3Officials Detail Steps to Improve Navy - The Navy and Marine Corps have some readiness challenges, but both services are taking steps to address them, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer and a senior Government Accountability Office official told Senators today.
SOP newswire3Hurricane Hunters Close Out Active 2018 Hurricane Season - The 2018 hurricane season, which ended Nov. 30, was an active one for the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, who flew more than 655 hours and 83 missions into 12 named storms over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
SOP newswire3Defense Strategy Arresting Erosion of U.S. Military Advantage - The world is awash in change, but the new National Security Strategy serves as a rock of stability for the nation and like-minded countries, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California.
SOP newswire3Mattis Oversees Southcom Command Change - U.S. Southern Command is dedicated to bringing the hemisphere together, and the progress made in building secure, stable, growing democracies is encouraging in a turbulent world, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today in Miami.
SOP newswire3More Cadets Given Opportunity to Fly - More than 530 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets from the 2019 graduating class have been matched to attend pilot training pending final qualifications and commissioning. This is a 26 percent increase over the 2018 class.
SOP newswire3Air Force Academy Cadets Help Family Out of Crashed Car - Returning from a weekend ski trip in Breckenridge, Colorado, five Air Force Academy cadets witnessed the vehicle in front of them fishtail, turn perpendicular to the road and slide off the ridge.
SOP newswire3Decisions to Use Nuclear Power Are Complex, Stratcom Commander Says - Unlike common misconceptions, making the decision to use U.S. nuclear power is a collaborative process thats practiced every day and is usually not subject to time constraints, U.S. Strategic Command commander said at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 14.
SOP newswire3U.S. Benchmarking Capabilities Against China, Russia, Dunford Says - Russia and China are near-peer competitors and the United States must benchmark military capabilities against these possible threats, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said at Duke University here last night.
SOP newswire3Dunford Discusses Military Support to DHS - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff laid out the process for military support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during a discussion with students in Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy yesterday.
SOP newswire3Mattis Shares Threat Pictures Behind New National Defense Strategy - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis shared the thinking behind the new National Defense Strategy during a discussion at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington yesterday.
SOP newswire3Active-Duty Troops En Route to Texas - As of this afternoon, a little over 1,000 troops are in place in south Texas, and that number is changing by the hour as additional forces move in place, Air Force Gen. Terrence J. OShaughnessy, commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, said at a Pentagon news conference today.
SOP newswire35,200 Active Duty Personnel Moving to Southwest Border - The Defense Department will deploy more than 5,000 active-duty personnel to aid the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection "to harden the southern border," said Air Force Gen. Terrence J. OShaughnessy, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Command.
SOP newswire3Dunford Shares Thoughts on Maintaining U.S. Military Competitive Advantage - is a dangerous and unpredictable time, and the United States must reverse any erosion in its military capabilities and capacities, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Military Reporters and Editors conference here Oct. 26.
SOP newswire3Dunford Asks Defense Chiefs to Guard Against Complacency - There is no room for complacency in the fight against violent extremist organizations, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told his worldwide counterparts here today.
SOP newswire3Chiefs of Defense Conference Looks to Win the Peace Against Violent Extremism - Its not about winning the war. Its about winning the peace," was an expression heard often today at the Counter Violent Extremist Organizations Chiefs of Defense Conference here today.
SOP newswire3Bells of Peace and the End of the War to End All Wars - In 1918, the world had never seen such killing.
SOP newswire3Passing the Decanter, the U.S. Naval Academy Way - The reign of the Naval Academy Class of 1978 is over as Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd passed the Old Goat Award decanter to Vice Adm. Bill Lesher during a ceremony at the Navy Yard, here last week.
SOP newswire3Secretary Mattis Delivers Remarks at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas - James Mattis delivers speech.
SOP newswire3NATO Trident Juncture Exercise Tests Deterrence Capabilities - The worlds preeminent defensive alliance is readying to demonstrate its capabilities in its largest exercise since 2002, said Navy Adm. James Foggo, the commander of NATOs Allied Joint Force Command in Italy.
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