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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 newswire3Immigrant Airman Forges Intercultural Friendships - An intelligence analyst by day and cultural envoy by night, Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar Vinny Ventura grew up as one of four bilingual siblings in a Hispanic immigrant family in Los Angeles, California.
SOP newswire3Airmen Keep F-16 Fighting Falcons Rolling - Tucked away inside Hangar 1200 here, a small group of airmen work around-the-clock on the equipment that literally keeps the F-16CM Fighting Falcon rolling.
SOP newswire3Infantry Soldier Earns Recognition at Strongman Competition - All or nothing. Its pain and stress management. Theres a constant little bird in the back of your mind chirping away that you might not make it. If you dont make it, you just spent months of training and a bunch of money to watch your dream pass you by.
SOP newswire3Cyber Troops Focus on Security at Arctic Eagle 2018 - An electronic sensor along the more than 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline sounds the alarm.
SOP newswire3Dual-Military Couple Experience First Deployment Apart - For six years, from high school sweethearts to Army soldiers, Sgt. Karrington Austin and Spc. Dominique Austin, both assigned to 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment here, have been dedicated to each other with no end in sight. Although married life is tough for any couple, dual-military romances face unique obstacles, but can withstand the test of time with love.
SOP newswire3Nuclear Posture Review Looks to Deter War, Policy Chief Says - The goal of the Nuclear Posture Review, unveiled earlier this month, is to deter war, David J. Trachtenberg, deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said at the Heritage Foundation here today.
SOP newswire3Allied Marines Learn Jungle Survival Skills - Sunlight peeks though the tree tops as the Marines make their way through a dense and humid jungle.
SOP newswire3Air Force Trials for Wounded Warriors Begins in Nevada - More than 125 wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women have trained and practiced for months in their chosen sports in preparation for the Air Force Trials held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
SOP newswire3DoD Now on Track to Rebuild, Restore Military - The Bipartisan Budget Act puts DoD on track to rebuild, restore and modernize the U.S. military, Dana W. White, the Pentagon chief spokesperson, said today.
SOP newswire3Guard Salutes Fallen New York City Apartment Fire Hero - Army National Guard leaders recently honored a New York Army National Guardsman who died while rescuing his neighbors during the deadliest fire here in more than 25 years.
SOP newswire3Army Reserve Answers First Call for Disaster Relief in American Samoa - When disaster strikes at home, who answers the call to clean up and rebuild? After a destructive storm struck here recently, Army Reserve forces took immediate action.
SOP newswire3Changing 100 Lives Through Navy Recruiting - The number 100 can represent a perfect score or the percentage of complete devotion to a mission. It can mean much to many different people. But in the world of Navy recruiting, the number 100 is an elusive goal that few achieve. Recently though, Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Kingston, an aviation structural mechanic, did just that when he helped guide his 100th applicant into the Navy.
SOP newswire3Airmen Build Partnerships at Patriot South 18 - Throughout the exercise, participants had plenty of opportunities to share their expertise and learn something new from their new partners.
SOP newswire3Test of Arrow 3 Missile Defense System Completes Successfully - Today at 2:30 a.m. local time, the Missile Defense Agency and the Israel Missile Defense Organization successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow 3 weapons system that is designed to defend against ballistic missiles outside of the atmosphere.
SOP newswire3Mattis: New Policy Cracks Down On Force Deployability - The Defense Department has a higher expectation of deployability by its forces, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday.
SOP newswire3Pentagon Releases New Policy on Nondeployable Members - The Defense Department has released a new policy on military retention for nondeployable service members as it seeks to provide more ready and lethal forces, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness told Congress yesterday.
SOP newswire3Northcom Ready to Defend North America - The commander of U.S. Northern Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday that her command is ready to defend the United States today.
SOP newswire3Small Unmanned Aircraft Prove Worth in Battlefield Reconnaissance Role - Small drone aircraft the Army is using are proving their worth as a useful tool for battlefield reconnaissance and intelligence gathering.
SOP newswire3Bomb-Building Airmen Sustain Lethality at Readiness Exercise - At Davis-Monthan Air Force Base here, the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadrons munitions flight, better known as AMMO, is responsible for building up and breaking down live bombs that are essential to maintaining a lethal Air Force.
SOP newswire3Married Army Paratroopers Serve Together - Army Staff Sgts. Zachary and Michelle Evans have spent almost their entire military careers together.
SOP newswire3U.S. Stores Donated Blood for Emergency Use During Cobra Gold Exercise - The Armed Services Blood Bank Center, as part of the Armed Services Blood Program, collected and delivered donated blood to two civilian hospitals here for storage for potential emergency use by U.S. service members participating in this years Cobra Gold exercise.
SOP newswire3Sisters in Different Services Train Together - While the two sisters will be separated from each other, Gisella said shell keep in touch with Michelle.
SOP newswire3Soldier Takes Aim Toward DoD Warrior Games and Beyond - Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would do just about anything to obtain it?
SOP newswire3Mattis Clears Up DACA Deportation for Service Members - U.S. service members who are a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program cannot be deported, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told Pentagon reporters today.
SOP newswire3Mattis Meets With Ukrainian Counterpart at Pentagon - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, at the Pentagon today, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a readout following the meeting.
SOP newswire3African-American Troops Fought to Fight in World War I - During World War I, when African-American National Guard soldiers of New Yorks 15th Infantry Regiment arrived in France in December 1917, they expected to conduct combat training and enter the trenches of the western front right away to fight the enemy.
SOP newswire3Airman Enjoys Rescue Squadrons Fast Pace - The airmen of the 31st Rescue Squadron here provide invaluable rescue services and conduct training, ranging from fast-rope rescue drills over land and sea to practice insertions by parachuting from aircraft.
SOP newswire3Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Omaha - The Navy will commission its newest Independence variant of the littoral combat ship, the future USS Omaha, during a ceremony Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. PST at the Broadway Pier in San Diego, according to a Defense Department news release.
SOP newswire3Navy Nurse Saves Man's Life on Ferry Trip - Navy midwifes bring new life into the world. Occasionally, they also save lives.
SOP newswire3Military Receives Free Tax Preparation at VITA Locations - Free, in-person tax preparation services are available now for active duty members, retirees and dependents, according to Army Lt. Col. David Dulaney, the executive director of the Armed Forces Tax Council.
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