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  • Pentagon set to announce awards for combat, drone service

    January 6, 2016 2:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. defense officials say the Pentagon is creating awards to recognize drone pilots who have a direct impact on battle and troops who excel in combat. It's part of a review of how the military services bestow medals. The department also will review the Silver Star and Service... more »
  • Fort Polk brigade combat team gets new designation, soldiers

    February 25, 2015 10:52 AM

    FORT POLK - Fort Polk's brigade combat team has gained a new designation and added several hundred soldiers. Tuesday's ceremony saw the deactivation of the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team and the reactivation of its 3rd Brigade Combat Team. The American Press reports the move boosted brigade strength... more »
  • Military plans would put women in most combat jobs

    June 18, 2013 8:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - Military leaders will roll out their plans Tuesday to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines. Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army... more »
  • Women in combat: Baton Rouge veterans respond Play Video

    January 24, 2013 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the ban on combat for women and said, "if they can meet the qualifications for the job, then they should have the right to serve." With those words, roles are changed. A change that will open over 200,000 jobs including infantry,... more »
  • White House says Obama supports women in combat

    January 24, 2013 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says allowing women to serve in combat marks another step toward the country's founding ideals of fairness and equality. Obama says in a written statement he expressed strong support for the decision to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who lifted the combat ban Thursday. Obama says... more »
  • Military women could soon be in combat

    January 24, 2013 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce today that women will now be allowed to serve in combat roles. That presents a challenge for the Pentagon as military leaders will have to decide which, if any, jobs they believe should be open only to men. ... more »
  • Panetta opens combat roles to women

    January 23, 2013 2:29 PM

    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. The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a... more »

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