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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 newswire3Air Force Inspectors Comb Aircraft for Potential Problems - Gloved hands pull a vital aircraft component from glowing, toxic pools of chemically laced liquid designed to reveal otherwise unseen dangers.
SOP newswire3Mattis Reaffirms U.S. Albanian Defense Relationship - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka to the Pentagon today to reaffirm the strong defense relationship between the United States and Albania, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
SOP newswire3U.S., Allies Strike Syrian Targets in Response to Regimes Chemical Attacks - U.S., French and British forces have struck targets in Syria as punishment for Syrian leader Bashar Assad using chemical weapons against his own people.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Dunford Detail Attacks on Syrian Chemical Arsenal - U.S., British and French air and naval forces launched attacks against the Syrian governments chemical weapon arsenal in retaliation for the use of such weapons on civilians, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon news conference tonight.
SOP newswire3Mattis Welcomes Dutch Defense Minister to Pentagon - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld of the Netherlands at the Pentagon today.
SOP newswire3DoD Official Highlights Value of Artificial Intelligence to Future Warfare - Mining the advantages of artificial intelligence is in the best interest of national security, a senior Pentagon official said today at the New America Future of War Conference here.
SOP newswire3Air Guard Unit Uses Teal Ribbons in Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign - Teal ribbons adorned the lawn surrounding the Brig. Gen. Joseph W. Turner Complex parking area here April 7, each signifying one of the 435 sexual assaults reported within Air National Guard units throughout the United States in 2016.
SOP newswire3Wounded Troops Share Stories, Strength - Eight wounded service members returned to Afghanistan April 3 as part of the 24th iteration of Operation Proper Exit to bring a message of hope and resiliency to soldiers deployed here. The event facilitated frank discussions about the best outcomes for some of the worst injuries soldiers face
SOP newswire3DoD Extends Sympathy to Families of Service Members Killed in Separate Accidents - The Defense Department extends its deepest sympathies and prayers to the families and friends of the four Marines who died in an April 3 helicopter training accident in California and an Air Force Thunderbirds pilot who died yesterday in an F-16 crash in Nevada, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White told reporters today.
SOP newswire3DoD, DHS to Work With Governors to Deploy Guardsmen to Southern Border - President Donald J. Trump has directed the Defense and Homeland Security departments to work with state governors to deploy National Guard troops to the southern U.S. border, a top official said today.
SOP newswire3Soldier Born in China Earns Army Ranger Tab - Army Cpl. Lie Wu, a hard-working 31-year-old wheeled vehicle mechanic originally from Xian, China, recently earned the coveted Ranger tab.
SOP newswire3Air Force Officer Integrates with Carrier Operations - Air Force 1st Lt. Sean Duval, 33rd Maintenance Squadron maintenance operations officer, participated in a maintenance officer exchange program March 16-22, 2018 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
SOP newswire3Air Force Secretary Wilson Highlights Space Mission - Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson discussed the importance of space pertaining to national security during an Air Force Association Breakfast March 30, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
SOP newswire3Air Force Opportunities Help Airman Pursue Music Dream - When Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Sentz enlisted in 2010 as a client systems technician, he thought he would have to set aside his dream of pursuing a career in music.
SOP newswire3Marine Corps Commandant Looks to Improve Readiness - During an Atlantic Council Commanders Series here yesterday, the Marine Corps commandant discussed the Corps plans to have a trained force ready to face any future adversary.
SOP newswire3Airmen Bond with 4-Legged Wingmen - As the door gradually opened, a series of howls echoed through the hallway. A military working dog eagerly barked as her partner approached, ready to start the day. As her wingman stopped in front of her, she immediately began spinning, jumping and whining.
SOP newswire3General Highlights Airpower in Fight Against ISIS - Airpower has been a key factor as Operation Inherent Resolve continues to achieve milestones in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a senior OIR officer told Pentagon reporters via satellite from Baghdad today.
SOP newswire3Identical Twins Serve in Same Air Force Squadron - It's quite possible, if you're at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station here in the near future, that youll come across identical twins working for the 721st Civil Engineer Squadron. You may think you've seen one of them but it could be the other.
SOP newswire3Mattis Welcomes Indonesia Foreign Minister to Pentagon - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to the Pentagon today for a meeting to discuss areas of mutual interest to their nations.
SOP newswire3Army Committed to Restoring Puerto Ricos Power - Six months after Hurricane Maria made landfall here, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers remains committed to safely and urgently restoring reliable power and returning normalcy to the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico as quickly as possible.
SOP newswire3Senior DoD Official Discusses Future of Directed Energy Weapons - As stated in the National Defense Strategy, the United States needs to invest and accelerate the modernization of key capabilities to build a more lethal force.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan Native Now Serves as U.S. Airman - Imagine having to conceal your identity in order to feel safe and protect the ones you love. Changing the route you take to work, wearing disguises so you wont be recognized or reducing the amount of vacation you take because you know its safer to be at work than not.
SOP newswire3New York Sailor Saves High School Student - A recruiter assigned to Navy Recruiting District New York jumped into action to perform the Heimlich maneuver on a choking freshman at Pierson High School here, Oct. 4, 2017
SOP newswire3DoD Works to Incorporate More Gender Perspective in Operations - The Defense Department is advancing its efforts to include more women in peacebuilding and conflict resolution processes following the signing of the 2017 Women, Peace and Security Act.
SOP newswire3U.S., Japanese Sailors Participate in MultiSail 2018 Exercise - Units and personnel from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are scheduled to participate in the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 2018, March 8-14.
SOP newswire3NATO Military Chairman Seeks Constructive Contacts With Russia - The chairman of NATOs Military Committee would like to see the NATO-Russia Council reinvigorated to address issues pending between the two entities.
SOP newswire3Mattis Welcomes Estonian Defense Minister to Pentagon - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with his Estonian counterpart, Defense Minister Juri Luik, at the Pentagon today.
SOP newswire3Utah Guard Artillery Soldiers Train in Kuwait - The Utah National Guards Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery Regiment cannoneers had an opportunity tackle other tasks Feb. 28 during a complex training exercise.
SOP newswire3Key Spouses Support the Mission Behind the Scenes - A luncheon was held here March 2 by the leaders of the 18th Wing to show their appreciation for the Key Spouse program and what it does for the base and its personnel.
SOP newswire3Airmen Prepare for Deployment During Sentry Aloha Exercise - About 70 airmen with the Iowa Air National Guards 132nd Wing deployed here for Exercise Sentry Aloha, Feb. 10-23, to develop their deployment readiness skills alongside their active duty and Hawaii Air National Guard counterparts.
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