Category Archives: Veterans Affairs

McCain: Hagel Vote Likely This Week

McCain: Hagel Vote Likely This Week

Sen. John McCain on Sunday's CNN "State of the Union." CNN

Sen. John McCain on Sunday’s CNN “State of the Union.” CNN

Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), a leading critic of the Obama administration’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Defense, said on nominee Chuck Hagel will likely see a vote on nomination this week. Read More

Briefing: 'Virtually All' Navy Civilians Face Furlough

Briefing: ‘Virtually All’ Navy Civilians Face Furlough

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks to local media after an all hands call at the Naval Postgraduate School in February. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks to local media after an all hands call at the Naval Postgraduate School in February. US Navy Photo

In the event of sequestration, U.S. Navy civilians could face a loss 22 days of their income for Fiscal Year 2013, according to briefing slides from the service.

“Virtually all,” Navy civilians face a furlough if the automatic budget cuts go into effect beginning in late April for “virtually all employees,” according to the slides. Read More

Politico: Hagel Vote Blocked

Politico: Hagel Vote Blocked

Senator Chuck Hagel speaks at the Forum on the Law of the Sea Convention held at the Willard Intercontinental Washington Hotel, Washington D.C, May 9, 2012. DoD Photo

Senator Chuck Hagel speaks at the Forum on the Law of the Sea Convention held at the Willard Intercontinental Washington Hotel, Washington D.C, May 9, 2012. DoD Photo

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Defense was being blocked by Senate Republicans over demands for more information on Hagel’s background and the September attack of the consulate in Benghazi, reported Politico.
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Joint Chiefs to Congress: Budget Cuts Will Result in Deaths

Joint Chiefs to Congress: Budget Cuts Will Result in Deaths

Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos speaks along side Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Jonathan Greenert before the House Armed Services Committee in 2012. US Navy Photo

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos speaks alongside Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert before the House Armed Services Committee in 2012. US Navy Photo

The Joint Chiefs of Staff made another round of dire warnings about impending sequestration at a hearing Wednesday, this time telling the House Armed Services Committee who may die because of budget problems — and how.
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CNO's HASC Opening Statement

CNO’s HASC Opening Statement

Adm. Jonathan Greenert with fellow service chiefs addressing Congress in an undated photo. US Navy Photo

Adm. Jonathan Greenert with fellow service chiefs addressing Congress in an undated photo. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert’s opening statement to the House Armed Services Committee for the Feb. 13 House Armed Services Committee’s hearing on the effects of the Continuing Resolution and Sequestration. This post originally appeared in Adm. Greenert’s blog.

Shipmates,

Today I testified before the House Armed Services Committee to outline the readiness impacts of sequestration and the lack of an appropriations bill. The following is my opening statement:
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SECNAV: Monitor Sailors to be Buried in Arlington

SECNAV: Monitor Sailors to be Buried in Arlington

Facial reconstruction of the two unknown sailors from USS Monitor from a March,6 2012 ceremony in Washington D.C. U.S. Navy Photo

Facial reconstruction of the two unknown sailors from USS Monitor from a March,6 2012 ceremony in Washington D.C. U.S. Navy Photo

Two of the U.S. Navy’s oldest unknown sailors from the Civil War ship USS Monitor will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery in March, announced Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on Tuesday.

The decision comes after more than a decade of work to by the Joint Prisoner of War Missing in Action Command to identify the remains, Navy spokesperson Lt. Lauryn Dempsey told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More