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    Secretary Ashton Carter on Defense Department Transgender Policy

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the U.S. military would allow transgender members to serve openly in all positions, including front-line ones involving combat. Additionally, Secretary…

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    Anti-LGBT Discrimination Amendment Vote

    Cristina Marcos talked by video from Capitol Hill about Representative Sean Patrick Maloney’s (D-NY) amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. During the…

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    Women in Combat, Panel on Standards

    Panelists discussed the different approaches military organizations had taken to setting and validating gender-neutral occupational standards for combat. “Getting Standards Right” was part of the…

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    Medal of Honor Ceremony

    Twenty-four Army veterans were awarded the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The recipients were…

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    Legal Issues in the Military

    Lieutenant General Dana Chipman spoke about a number of legal issues facing the military, including sexual assault, same-sex marriage, religious freedom, and women in combat. Topics included the origins of…

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    Presidential Bill Signing

    President Obama made remarks and signed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 to fund infrastructure projects for U.S. ports and waterways. He also signed H.R.…

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    Book Discussion on Women in Vietnam: An Oral History

    Ron Steinman talked about his book Women in Vietnam: An Oral History, published by TV Books. The book tells the story of 16 women who served as nurses, USO performers, and soldiers in the…

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    Defense Department Briefing

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Martin Dempsey spoke to reporters in the Pentagon briefing room. Secretary Hagel announced that President Obama was nominating…

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    Book Discussion on The Lonely Soldier

    Helen Benedict talked about her book, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. The interview, part of Book TV’s college series, was recorded in the King’s College Room in…

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    Freedom to Serve Forum, Panel 2

    Panelists spoke about the expanding role of women in all branches of the armed forces, from the time of the American Revolution to the present. Judith Hicks Stiehm showed pictures as she gave an overview of the history…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for comments on allowing women to serve in front-line combat in the military.

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    Gays and Lesbians in the Military

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen testified on the potential repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy barring openly gay and lesbian service…

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    Senators McCain and Levin on Defense Bill

    Senators McCain (R-AZ) and Levin (D-MI) spoke about consideration of Defense Department spending legislation that also included an amendment to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay service through the…

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    Book Discussion on When Janey Comes Marching Home

    From the 2010 Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Virginia, Laura Browder discussed her book, When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans.

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    Freedom to Serve Forum, Panel 4

    Panelists spoke about discrimination against racial minorities, women, and gays, as well as ways in which it continues to effect the military. Arguments used in the 1940s to preserve racial segregation are the same arguments being advanced by some for keeping the…

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    Book Discussion on Ask & Tell: Gay & Lesbian Veterans Speak Out

    Steve Estes talked about his book, Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out. Professor Estes interviewed many military veterans and chronicled the experiences of gays and lesbians in…

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    Panel on Women and War

    From the 2010 Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Virginia, a discussion of women and war. The panelists included, Laura Browder, author of When Janey Comes Marching Home:…

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    Sexual Assault in the Military

    Witnesses testified on the report of the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services. In their remarks they said that the military’s sexual assault office should be placed…

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    Senator Levin on Gays and Lesbians in the Military Hearing

    Senate Armed Forces Committee Chair Carl Levin spoke to reporters following a hearing on the potential repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy barring openly gay and lesbian…

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    Open Phones, Part 2

    Telephone lines were open for comments on the question, “Should ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ be repealed?”

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