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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 newswire3Troops Honored at NHL`s Winter Classic - Pre-game and intermission events at the National Hockey League`s outdoor Winter Classic were all about the troops at Nationals Park here yesterday.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Calls Service Members on Christmas - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today called service members taking part in U.S. operations around the world to wish them a Merry Christmas.
SOP newswire3Senior Leaders Meet With Wounded Troops at CFI - Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald visited with wounded service members at the Center for the Intrepid.
SOP newswire3Army Family Receives Basement Make-over for Christmas - An Army staff sergeant, his wife and their seven children received a huge Christmas surprise when they arrived home yesterday morning, to find their basement was no longer a series of never-ending projects.
SOP newswire3Thanking Service Members One Cupcake at a Time - The operation consisted of delivering 10,000 cupcakes donated by this city`s popular Georgetown Cupcake to service members and their families as part of the recent USO tour to Spain, Italy, Turkey and Afghanistan.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Authorizes Up to 1,300 Additional Troops to Deploy to Iraq - Up to 1,300 more U.S. troops, including approximately 1,000 soldiers from the Army`s 82nd Airborne Division, will begin to deploy to Iraq in late January, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.
SOP newswire3Details Still in Works for Deploying Troops to Iraq - While some 1,500 U.S. service members will advise, assist and train Iraqis in the coming months, deployment orders have not been issued yet.
SOP newswire3Thousands Gather to Honor Fallen Veterans for Wreaths Across America Day - Amid crisp air and the aroma of pine needles, thousands gathered to lay remembrance wreaths on veterans` headstones here to mark National Wreaths Across America Day.
SOP newswire3First Lady Invites Military Families to Preview Holiday Decor - First Lady Michelle Obama invited service members, veterans, wounded warriors and their families to be the first to see this year`s White House holiday decorations.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Focused on Defense Mission - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is focused on the defense mission as the search for his successor begins.
SOP newswire3Developing Leaders is NDU`s Core Mission, Dempsey Says - Developing leaders that champion innovation is the core mission of the National Defense University, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the assumption of the presidency of the institution today.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Announces New Defense Innovation, Reform Efforts - In a keynote speech tonight at the 2014 Reagan National Defense Forum, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a plan to harness the brightest minds and cutting-edge technology to change the way the Department of Defense innovates and operates.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Begins a Five-day Domestic Trip to Visit Military - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has begun a five-day cross country trip to visit with the men and women of the military.
Ron G AnselmVeteran's Day: A Powerful Tribute to Our Military Brothers and Sisters - Every year on Veterans Day I reflect back on the times I served our nation and the people I served with.
SOP newswire2Austin Martin and Gold Plated Fitness Wish All Veterans a Happy Veterans' Day - Austin Martin and Gold Plated Fitness want to wish all Veterans and their families Happy Veterans` day. Thank you for your service.
SOP newswire3Iraqi Pilots to Train on Iraqi-purchased F-16s in Arizona - The initial group of F-16 fighter jets purchased by Iraq will be delivered to Tucson, Arizona, for Iraqi pilot training due to the security situation in Balad in Iraq.
SOP newswire3Dempsey Highlights Importance of Hiring Veterans - Veterans are brave and selfless, and they bring the best traits to employers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
Ron G AnselmNavy Plans to Defend Against Potential Future Nuclear Threats - Wouldn't it be Nice if we could live in a world of peace and harmony where violence was non-existent and Nations helped one Another?
SOP newswire3Special Marine Task Force Deploying to Liberia - A special Marine expeditionary unit based in Spain is deploying to Liberia, joining hundreds of other U.S. troops in support of efforts to contain the spread of Ebola.
SOP newswire3Battaglia Answers Questions on 'Troop Talk' - The health and welfare of the military force is directly connected to readiness, and preventing suicides is a top priority for military leaders as they seek to protect the health of the force.
SOP newswire3Face of Defense: Soldier Reflects on Hispanic Heritage - Army Sgt. Maj. Jose Velazquez, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command public affairs sergeant major, is one of the more than 125,000 Hispanic Americans serving in the military today.
SOP newswire3DoD Health Official Calls Fit Force Key to National Security - A full 25 percent of applicants to the military are disqualified because they are overweight, and issues related to fitness are the No. 1 reason for early discharges for those on active duty.
SOP newswire3Preventing Suicide: The 'Power of 1` Could Save a Life - As Suicide Prevention Month and year-long Defense Department and Department of Veteran`s Affairs efforts continue to combat suicide, Pentagon officials emphasize the importance of the power of one, peer support and resources.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Thanks Troops for Service - Chuck Hagel stopped yesterday here at the home of Army aviation, hopping onto the grass of Howze Field from the backward-sliding door of a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Discusses Nuclear Deterrence, Modernization - Hagel has made it one of his highest priorities to ensure the United States maintains a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.
SOP newswire3Largest International Maritime Exercises Beginning in Hawaii - RIMPAC, the world`s largest international maritime exercise consisting of 20 plus nations and hundreds of aircraft, ships and submarines begins today in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Announces Release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by Afghan Captors - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today announced that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl`s Afghan captors have released him to the U.S. military after taking him prisoner nearly five years ago while he was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Stands Behind Tough Budget Proposal, Spokesman Says - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands firmly behind tough budget choices made in the 2015 Fiscal Year Defense Budget request as lawmakers return to Washington to take up defense spending.
SOP newswire3DOD Joins Efforts to Suppress Southern California Wildfires - The Defense Department is providing assistance to local emergency officials battling intense wildfires in the Southern California area.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Issues Armed Forces Day Message - Saturday is Armed Forces Day, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has issued the following message to service members, veterans and their families to mark the occasion.
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