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SecDef expected to lift ban on women in combat

WASHINGTON - Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

January 23, 2013 | By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press writer | News+Opinion


Office: Pentagon to lift women in combat ban

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to announce the lifting of the direct combat exclusion rule for women in the military, a senior defense official said today.

January 23, 2013 | American Forces Press Service | News+Opinion


U.S. Afghan commander cleared

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon investigation has cleared Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, of professional misconduct in exchanging emails with a civilian woman linked to the sex scandal that led retired Gen. David Petraeus to resign as CIA director.

January 23, 2013 | By Robert Burns Associated Press writer | News+Opinion


Post officials credit standards for awards

A management tool implemented by Fort Stewart's Directorate of Public Works probably contributed to the installation winning a number of awards during the last decade.

January 20, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | News+Opinion


Desert Rogue soldier memorialized

A 24-year-old soldier, husband, father, son and brother was memorialized Thursday morning with a tree dedication ceremony at Fort Stewart's Warriors Walk.

January 18, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | News+Opinion


3rd ID commander hosts senator

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., middle, shakes hands with an International Security Assistance Force service member from Kentucky, left, as Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, right, commander of Regional Command-South and former Fort Stewart commander, looks on during a congressional visit Jan. 14 to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. McConnell, the Senate minority leader, led a delegation to discuss regional developments and visit with U.S. military personnel.

January 16, 2013 | Special to Connect | News+Opinion


President to unveil gun control measures

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's broad effort to reduce gun violence will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control.

January 16, 2013 | By Erica Werner and Julie Pace Associated Press writers | News+Opinion


3rd ID soldier killed in Aghanistan

The Department of Defense announced Friday the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

January 14, 2013 | Staff report | News+Opinion


Pentagon moves to freeze hiring, delay contracts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can't reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.

January 11, 2013 | By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press writer | News+Opinion


Afghan war in 'last chapter'

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a notably upbeat assessment of war progress, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that the U.S.-led coalition has advanced to the "last chapter" of an 11-year struggle to ensure that Afghanistan can defend itself.

January 11, 2013 | By Robert Burns Associated Press writer | News+Opinion


Britian's army switching to Glock pistols

LONDON (AP) - Britain's army is bidding goodbye to the Browning pistol it's used for more than 40 years, opting for faster and lighter Glock 17 pistols for its secondary sidearm.

January 11, 2013 | By Cassandra Vinograd Associated Press writer | News+Opinion


Obama digs in for fight over secretary

WASHINGTON - Digging in for a fight, President Barack Obama riled Senate Republicans and some Democrats, too, on Monday by nominating former senator and combat veteran Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon and anti-terrorism chief John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

January 08, 2013 | By Julia Pace Associated Press writer | News+Opinion


Deputy commander gets first star

Col. John Hort, the 3rd Infantry Division's deputy commanding general-rear, received his first star during a promotion ceremony Friday morning at Club Stewart. Hort was promoted to brigadier general by his commander, Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, who conducted the swearing in as a general officer via live streaming from his downrange headquarters in Afghanistan.

January 07, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | News+Opinion


Emotions stir small crowd at welcome

About 50 soldiers with the 3rd Infantry Division's 24th Ordnance Company arrived home Friday afternoon following a nine-month tour in Kuwait. The soldiers were greeted on Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field by newly promoted Brig. Gen. John Hort, the 3rd Infantry Division's deputy commanding general-rear.

January 07, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | News+Opinion


Obama expected to nominate former senator as defense secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, a senior administration official said Sunday, choosing a former Senate colleague and a decorated Vietnam veteran and signaling he's ready for a contentious confirmation fight likely dominated by questions about Hagel's stands on Israel and Iran.

January 07, 2013 | By Julia Pace and Robert Burns Associated Press writers | News+Opinion


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