A member of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard plays “Taps” during a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery on March, 8. US Navy Photo
Staff at Arlington National Cemetery will avoid furloughs this fiscal year reducing fears the cemetery would extend wait times for burials, Army National Military Cemeteries Executive Director Kathryn Condon told Congress on Wednesday. Read More
Marine Cpl. Jorge Salazar at Naval Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) Wounded Warrior Battalion-West detachment, speaks to Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command, Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward in January.
Wounded Warrior programs and TRICARE beneficiaries are at risk due to the ongoing budget uncertainty, the Pentagon’s top health official told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.
“How we sustain our robust capability to provide mental health care to our service members and families” for the rest of this fiscal year is an unanswered question, Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said. Read More
Department of Defense spokesman George Little briefing reporters on review to the Distinguished Warfare Medal. Pentagon Channel
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is calling for a review of the ranking of a controversial new medal created to honor the contribution of unmanned vehicle pilots and cyber troops, a defense official told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert is greeted by Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on March, 15 2013. US Navy Photo
Senate leaders have joined a grassroots call to lower the precedence of a new medal that recognizes warfare contribution from unmanned vehicle pilots and cyber troops. Read More
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies about the devastating affects of the continuing resolution and sequestration on military readiness. US Navy Photo
The House passed a full Fiscal Year 2013 spending bill allowing the military more flexibility in programming sequestration cuts on Wednesday, according to several press reports. Read More
Gen. Lloyd Austin III (left) and Gen. David Rodriguez (right) during a Feb. 14 Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing. C-Span Photo
The Senate has confirmed two regional commanders, following delays, according to a Wednesday release from the Department of Defense. Read More
US House Leaders are calling for Secreatary of Defense Chuck Hagel to reduce the ranking of a new medal for unmanned aerial vehicle pilots and cyber troops. US Navy Photo
Almost 50 House leaders called on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to lower the precedence of a new medal designed to recognize the warfare contributions of unmanned aerial vehicle pilots and cyber troops, The Hill reported Monday. Read More
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus meets with U.S. Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon at the Rayburn House Office Building in January. US Navy Photo
The U.S. House of Representatives revealed a stopgap bill to allow the Department of Defense more flexibility to apply cuts from sequestration, Military Times reported on Monday. Read More
ima Black, widow of the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy , Delbert Black, visits the grave of her late husband on Sept. 27. US Navy Photo
The ten percent sequestration cuts across the Department of Defense budget will increase wait times at Arlington National Cemetery, a cemetery spokesperson told USNI News on Thursday. Read More
Chuck Hagel is sworn into office as the 24th Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. DoD Photo
The following is the first message new Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave to Pentagon workers as he assumed the role on Wednesday.
Earlier today I was privileged to take the oath of office to become the 24th Secretary of Defense. I am humbled by and grateful for the opportunity that President Obama and the Congress have given me to once again serve our nation. Read More