US Army Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Kettles – Medal of Honor Recipient

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President in the name of Congress on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Members of all branches of the armed forces are eligible to receive the medal, and there are three versions; one for the Army, one for the Air Force, and one for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon an individual by the passing of a Joint Resolution in the Congress; and is then personally presented to the recipient or, in the case of posthumous awards, to next of kin, by the President of the United States, on behalf of the Congress, representing and recognizing the gratitude of the American people as a whole.

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On July 18, 2016, President Barack Obama will award U.S.  Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles,  the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Kettles will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Major Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967.  He led a platoon of UH-1Ds to provide support to the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, during an ambush by a battalion-sized enemy force.  After leading several trips to the hot landing zone and evacuating the wounded, he returned, without additional aerial support, to rescue a squad-sized element of stranded soldiers pinned down by enemy fire.  He is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/21/president-obama-award-medal-honor

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July 18, 2016
President Barack Obama awards U.S.  Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles
the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
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Pres Obama travels to NATO Summit Warsaw & Spain

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NATO Summit Warsaw 2016

The NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government in Warsaw, Poland will be held on 08–09 July 2016. The meetings will be chaired by the NATO Secretary General.

This first media advisory is intended to provide information about accreditation, visa, accommodation arrangements for media representatives. A second media advisory released closer to the event will provide information on a broader array of media-related topics.

The meetings will take place at the Warsaw National Stadium (al. Księcia J. Poniatowskiego 1, 03-901 Warsaw – Poland). The Media Centre will be collocated with the Summit venue and will be open from Thursday 7 July until Sunday 10 July. More details regarding the opening hours will be provided at a later stage.

For more:  http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/events_132023.htm

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NATO Summit Warsaw 2016

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NATO Summit 2016
8–9 July
Warsaw, Poland

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June 06, 2016

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Poland and Spain

The President will travel to Warsaw, Poland, and Spain July 7-11. From July 7-9, the President will attend the 2016 NATO Summit, his fifth and final Summit with NATO leaders. The meeting will afford an opportunity to underscore Alliance solidarity, to advance efforts to bolster security to NATO’s east and south, and to project stability through new partnerships beyond the North Atlantic area. The President will hold a bilateral meeting with the Polish President to discuss U.S.-Polish relations, reaffirm the American commitment to Poland’s security, and exchange views on the broader security environment in Europe. While in Warsaw, the President will also meet with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission to discuss U.S.-EU cooperation across a range of shared priorities, including countering terrorism, fostering economic growth and prosperity, and addressing the global refugee crisis. Following the visit to Poland, the President will travel to Spain from July 9-11. The visit to Spain, an important NATO Ally, will highlight robust security cooperation, a strong political and economic relationship, and longstanding people-to-people ties. The President’s agenda in Spain will include meetings with His Majesty the King of Spain and the Acting President of Spain.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/06/statement-press-secretary-presidents-travel-poland-and-spain

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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

Thursday, July 7

President Obama travels to Warsaw, Poland

President Obama arrives in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama delivers a statement on the fatal shootings this week in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Warsaw, Poland

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Friday, July 8

President Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Warsaw, Poland
Marriot Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama meets with Presidents of European Council and European Commission
Warsaw Marriott, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary Stoltenberg
Warsaw Marriott, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama participates in the official family photo with leaders attending the NATO Summit
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a meeting on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Alliance Council
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama participates in the official family photo with leaders attending the NATO Summit
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit working dinner
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama overnights in Warsaw
Warsaw Marriot, Warsaw, Poland

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Saturday, July 9

President Obama attends North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit on Afghanistan
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a meeting on the NATO Alliance Council
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a meeting on NATO Ukraine Commission
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama holds a press conference
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama travels to Madrid, Spain

President Obama overnights in Madrid, Spain

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Sunday,  July 10

President Obama is greeted by Spanish King Felipe VI  and Queen Letizia in an official arrival ceremony
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Spanish King Felipe VI
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama and Spanish King Felipe VI hold a joint press conference
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama and meets with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama meets with employees and family members
United States Embassy to Madrid, Spain

President Obama visits the U.S. military service-members
Naval Station Rota, Spain

President Obama departs Spain to return to the White House

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Independence Day – 240th Anniversary

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July 4, 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.

We celebrate the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of American democracy.

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7/2/16 .Weekly Address: Serving our Military Families This Fourth of July.

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Freedom is not Free

On Independence Day, We Remember that “Freedom is Not Free”

The President and First Lady will commemorate this Independence Day with the company of service members, veterans, and their families.

For the past seven years, President Obama and his family have celebrated the Fourth of July with members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families. This year, the United Service Organizations (USO) – a partner of the Joining Forces Initiative – is observing its 75th anniversary across 180 locations around the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, and of course at the White House.

The USO will host a special program on the South Lawn featuring remarks from the President, performances by Grammy-award winning musical guests, and a dazzling fireworks display. You can tune in to share the fun at Whitehouse.gov/Fourth-of-July.

In honor of Independence Day and those who fight to keep our nation safe, let’s take a look back at a few moments this Administration has celebrated with the USO and our service members.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/07/02/freedom-not-free

6:45 PM EDT: A Fourth of July Celebration at the White House with the President and First Lady
8:00 PM EDT: USO Concert
8:30 PM EDT President Obama delivers remarks at a Fourth of July Celebration
9:00 PM EDT: National  Capitol fireworks display

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Live Stream: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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http://www.militarywithptsd.org
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POTUS @ USAFA & FLOTUS @ CCNY Commencements 2016


President Obama to speak at Academy graduation June 2
U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs

April 14, 2016  U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.

The White House confirmed April 14 that President Barack Obama is scheduled to be the commencement speaker for the Air Force Academy’s Class of 2016 graduation ceremony, June 2 at Falcon Stadium.

The visit will be Obama’s second visit to the Academy as president. He was the commencement speaker for the Class of 2012’s graduation ceremony.

For more: http://www.usafa.edu/superintendent/graduation/gradAttachments.cfm?catname=graduation

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US Air Force Academy Class of 2016
President Obama – Commencement Speaker
Thursday, 2 June 2016 @ 12:00 PM ET
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Live Stream: https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/8726#.V0-H11f_-91

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First Lady Michelle Obama addresses City College of New York Class of 2016

April 4, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address during the 170thCommencement Ceremony at The City College of New York on Friday, June 3, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. on the South Campus Great Lawn on the CCNY campus in historic Harlem, where more than 3,000 students make up the Class of 2016.

The City College of New York is the first public higher education institution in New York City and has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. Established as a free institution dedicated to overcoming barriers to advancement, CCNY continues its mission of access to excellence and keeping tuition affordable.

For more: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/first-lady-michelle-obama-addresses-city-college-new-york-class-2016

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The City College of New York’s Commencement 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
Friday, June 3rd @ 10:30 PM ET
City College South Campus Great Lawn, New York, New York

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Live Stream: www.ccny.cuny.edu

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Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day History

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May.

For more: http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp

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National Memorial Day Observances
Monday, May 30th – 3:00 pm Local Time

Arlington Memorial Day 5.30.15
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1st Lt. John L. Dougherty’s gravesite The Netherlands Bert Caris and his group from the Netherlands tends to the graves of American Soliders at the Margraten Memorial Center. Please visit their website “Fallen Not Forgotten
1st Lt. John L. Dougherty’s gravesite, The Netherlands
Bert Caris and his group tend to the graves of American Soliders at the Margraten Memorial Center, The Netherlands. Visit their website “Fallen Not Forgotten “.

List of American military cemeteries, federal memorials, monuments and markers located in foreign countries

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U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016

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 The United States Military Academy develops cadets to live honorably, with uncompromising integrity, as U.S Army officers in service to the nation. The United States Military Academy has been educating, training, and inspiring leaders of character for our United States Army and for the nation for more than 200 years. West Point provides a 47-month leader-development program steeped in academic rigor, military discipline, and physical challenges, all built upon a moral-ethical foundation. The academy is an internationally recognized institution for academic, military and physical excellence, and we are proud that today’s cadets will become tomorrow’s military, public and private-sector leaders.

 

Vice President of the United States, Joseph Biden, will be the graduation speaker for the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 28.

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U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016
President Barack Obama – Commencement Speaker
Saturday, May 21@ 10:00 AM ET
Michie Stadium, West Point, NY

Live Stream: http://www.usma.edu

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Nuclear Security Summit 2016

Nuclear Security Summit 2016

The United States will host the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in 2016. As President Obama remarked at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit, preparations are currently underway.

“I’m looking forward to hosting all of you in the United States, in 2016. We had a good discussion this afternoon about how we should conceive of this summit two years from now. The consensus, based on what I heard, was that we should recognize this next summit will be a transition summit in which heads of state and government are still participating, but that we are shifting towards a moresustainable model that utilizes our ministers, our technical people, and we are building some sort of architecture that can effectively focus and implement on these issues and supplement the good work that is being done by the IAEA and others.

So I see two tasks before us over the next two years. Number one is we have to set very clearly what are the actionable items that we’ve already identified that we know can get done if we have the political will to do them, and let’s go ahead and get them done so that in 2016 we can report out that we have made extraordinary progress and achieved many of the benchmarks and targets that we had set at the very first Nuclear Security Summit. In other words, I think it is important for us not to relax, but rather accelerate our efforts over the next two years, sustain momentum so that we finish strong in 2016.

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 Goals of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

 There are twin goals for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit: advancing tangible improvements in nuclear security behavior, and strengthening the global nuclear security architecture. As was the case at previous Summits, countries will announce significant nuclear security commitments and accomplishments, both through national statements or in association with multilateral Gift Baskets. Action Plans will be endorsed for five key international organizations and institutions (International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations, INTERPOL, Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, and Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction) that will reflect the intent of Summit countries, in their roles as members of these organizations, to strengthen their contributions to nuclear security. The 2016 Summit will provide a forum and the opportunity for leaders to engage with each other and to reinforce at the highest levels our commitment to securing and eliminating nuclear materials, and preventing nuclear smuggling.

For more: http://www.nss2016.org

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31

Heads of Delegation Arrivals to the White House, Greeting by Ambassador Chief Peter Selfridge, Chief of Protocol of the United States
The White House, South Lawn

Heads of Delegation Working Dinner hosted by The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States: Nuclear Security Threat Perceptions
East Room, The White House

Dinner hosted by The Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State and The Honorable Ernest J. Moniz, Secretary of Energy
U.S. Department of State, Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1

President Obama meets with members of the P5+1
Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Opening Plenary: National Actions to Enhance Nuclear Security
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Second Plenary Session
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Third Plenary Session
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Heads of Delegation Family Photo
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Working Lunch: International and Institutional Actions to Strengthen NuclearSecurity
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Scenario-Based Policy Discussion and Closing Remarks
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Closing Press Briefing by The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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March 31-April 1, 2016
President Obama hosts Nuclear Security Summit 2016
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C

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