Full Integration of Women in U.S. Armed Forces – Anniversary

US Armed Forces Equality

Combat Integration: The First Year of Firsts

12/4/16 Deptment of Defense Secretary Ash Carter

One year ago, I announced that the Department of Defense would be opening all combat positions to women. As I have said repeatedly over my time as Secretary, our military is strongest when we draw from a pool of all eligible women and men who possess the skills and talents necessary to meet our standards. The defense of our nation depends upon all of our people, especially the men and women who have performed so valiantly in combat over the last 15 years.

The discipline and commitment that have marked our military Services’ leadership of this change has been the keystone of our success. I’m pleased to announce that each of the military Services and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) are on track with implementation efforts and seeing positive results and lessons that will make our force stronger.

In this first year of implementation we have witnessed many “firsts” making the policy change a reality. The Army has seen the fruits of thoughtful implementation as our first 10 women graduated from the Army’s elite Ranger school. We’ve seen the Army’s first female enlisted infantry soldiers, and this week 13 women graduated from Army’s first integrated Armor Basic Officer Course.

For more: https://medium.com/@SecDef/combat-integration-the-first-year-of-firsts-da08f64f42a3#.re960s3ce

 

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  1. WH

    Monday, December 5, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
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    3:00 PM
    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks on Financial Regulation
    Washington, DC

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  2. Combat Integration: The First Year of Firsts

    12/4/16 Deptment of Defense Secretary Ash Carter

    One year ago, I announced that the Department of Defense would be opening all combat positions to women. As I have said repeatedly over my time as Secretary, our military is strongest when we draw from a pool of all eligible women and men who possess the skills and talents necessary to meet our standards. The defense of our nation depends upon all of our people, especially the men and women who have performed so valiantly in combat over the last 15 years.

    The discipline and commitment that have marked our military Services’ leadership of this change has been the keystone of our success. I’m pleased to announce that each of the military Services and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) are on track with implementation efforts and seeing positive results and lessons that will make our force stronger.

    In this first year of implementation we have witnessed many “firsts” making the policy change a reality. The Army has seen the fruits of thoughtful implementation as our first 10 women graduated from the Army’s elite Ranger school. We’ve seen the Army’s first female enlisted infantry soldiers, and this week 13 women graduated from Army’s first integrated Armor Basic Officer Course.

    For more: https://medium.com/@SecDef/combat-integration-the-first-year-of-firsts-da08f64f42a3#.re960s3ce

  3. Service Industries in U.S. Expand at Fastest Pace in 13 Months

    December 5, 2016 Patricia Laya – blioomberg

    America’s service industries expanded in November at the fastest clip since October of last year, putting the economy’s biggest sector on a robust growth path.

    The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index jumped to 57.2, exceeding all forecasts in a Bloomberg survey, from 54.8 in October, the Tempe, Arizona-based group’s data showed Monday. Readings above 50 signal growth. The median forecast called for 55.5.

    Measures of business activity and employment strengthened at companies that cover almost 90 percent of the economy, signaling growing optimism about demand. The group’s factory survey released last week also showed promise, with manufacturing expanding by the most in five months.

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey of economists ranged from 54 to 57. The latest reading puts the ISM services gauge above the 54.5 average for the first 10 months of this year and compares with 57.2 in all of 2015.

    The ISM services survey covers a range of industries, including retail, health care, agriculture and construction.

    The group’s business activity index, which parallels the ISM’s factory production gauge, jumped to 61.7, also the highest since October 2015, from 57.7. A measure of services employment climbed to a 13-month high of 58.2 from 53.1.

    Employment figures from the Labor Department last Friday showed payrolls increased by 178,000 workers and the jobless rate dropped to a nine-year low of 4.6 percent. Business services, health-care providers and restaurants accounted for most of the job gains.

    For more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-05/service-industries-in-u-s-expand-at-fastest-pace-in-13-months

  4. December 05, 2016

    Statement by the President on Oakland Fire

    Today our prayers go out to the people of Oakland, California in the aftermath of this weekend’s deadly warehouse fire – one of the worst fires in the state’s history. While we still don’t know the full toll of this disaster, we do know that an American community has been devastated, and many people – including young men and women with their whole futures ahead of them – have tragically lost their lives. I want to thank the dedicated first responders who have been working tirelessly for days to contain the situation, recover victims, and treat the wounded. My Administration is in close contact with our state and local partners on the ground to make sure that authorities have everything they need as they continue response operations and investigate the cause of the fire. Oakland is one of the most diverse and creative cities in our country, and as families and residents pull together in the wake of this awful tragedy, they will have the unwavering support of the American people.

  5. WH

    Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    10:30 AM
    Vice President Biden addresses the House Democratic Caucus
    U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.

    11:00 AM
    11:05 AM
    President Obama departs the White House
    South Lawn

    11:20 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Tampa, FL

    12:00 PM
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    President Obama arrives Tampa, FL
    Tampa International Airport, Tampa, FL

    2:00 PM
    2:05 PM
    President Obama meets with U.S. special operations forces
    MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL

    3:00 PM
    3:35 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks on his administration’s efforts to combat overseas terrorist organizations
    MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL

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    President Obama departs Tampa, FL
    Tampa International Airport, Tampa, FL

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    Vice President Biden Receives the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award
    New York Hilton Midtown, New York, NY

    7:40 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

    7:55 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn

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    • December 06, 2016

      Remarks by the President to Thank Service Members

      MacDill Air Force Base
      Tampa, Florida

      3:34 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, MacDill! Thank you so much!

      Well, first of all, you notice this coincidence — on the scoreboard it says “44” — (applause.) That happens to be — oh.
      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you, too. I do. (Applause.)

      To General Votel, General Thomas, and most importantly, to all of you — I am here for a very simple reason, and that is just to say thank you, on behalf of the American people. We have been so reliant on the outstanding work that has been done by SOCOM and CENTCOM, the extraordinary leadership from the highest general down to the person who’s just started. I have been consistently in awe of your performance and the way that you’ve carried out your mission.

      As some of you remember, I was here two years ago. I want to thank, in addition to some of the outstanding leadership team, a couple of special folks to mention — Colonel April Vogel, Chief Master Sergeant Melanie Noel, all your senior enlisted leaders. Give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      I know that, obviously, we’ve got a lot of Air Force here. (Applause.) And we’ve got Central Command. (Applause.) We got Special Operations Command. (Applause.) We got Army. (Applause.) Navy. (Applause.) Marines. (Applause.) We got our DOD civilians. (Applause.) And we’ve got spouses, partners, sons, daughters —

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/06/remarks-president-thank-service-members

    • December 06, 2016

      Remarks by the President on the Administration’s Approach to Counterterrorism

      MacDill Air Force Base
      Tampa, Florida

      3:56 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much, everybody. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat. Well, thank you so much.

      Good afternoon, everybody. I was just told that was going to be the last “Hail to the Chief” on the road, and it got me kind of sentimental. I want to first and foremost say thanks to all of you. Just before I came here, I was able to visit with some of the men and women from MacDill Air Force Base, Central Command, our Special Operations Command to thank them for their extraordinary service. And so to you and your families, and to the extended family of American servicemembers, let me say that our nation owes you an unbelievable debt of gratitude. We are grateful for you, and will be praying for you over the holidays. (Applause.)

      As you know all too well, your mission — and the course of history — was changed after the 9/11 attacks. By the time I took office, the United States had been at war for seven years. For eight years that I’ve been in office, there has not been a day when a terrorist organization or some radicalized individual was not plotting to kill Americans. And on January 20th, I will become the first President of the United States to serve two full terms during a time of war. (Applause.) Now, we did not choose this fight, but once it came to us, the world saw the measure of our resolve.

      The most solemn responsibility for any President is keeping the American people safe. In carrying out that duty, I have sent men and women into harm’s way. I’ve visited troops around the globe. I have met our wounded warriors, and I’ve grieved with Gold Star families. I know better than most that it is because of your service and your sacrifice that we have been able, during these eight years, to protect our homeland, to strike crippling blows against terrorist networks, and fortify our friends and our allies. So today, I’d like to reflect on that work, and talk about the foundation that we will leave for the next administration.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/06/remarks-president-administrations-approach-counterterrorism

  6. December 06, 2016

    Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy

    President Obama spoke today by phone with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy to thank him for the close friendship and partnership the leaders enjoyed during the Prime Minister’s tenure. President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi discussed the outcome of Italy’s December 4 constitutional referendum. The President emphasized that Italy will remain one of the United States’ closest and strongest allies and an indispensable partner, noting that our relationship is based on shared history, common values, and overlapping objectives on a full range of global issues, from addressing climate change and the global refugee crisis to enhancing global security and fostering sustainable, inclusive economic growth.

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