Episode #67: Weekly News Roundup for Dec. 30

In the “DoD This Week” podcast for Dec. 30: This week, we revisit the major events of 2010. In January, servicemembers began humanitarian aid in Haiti after the country was devastated by an earthquake; in April, the U.S. Coast Guard began operations to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; in June, U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal resigned from his position as Commander, International Security Assistance Force/United States Forces Afghanistan and Gen. David Petraeus took over as Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force; July saw servicemembers deliver more than 20 million pounds of relief supplies to Pakistan after the country sustained the worse monsoon season in 100 years including and flooding that submerged one fifth of the country; the months of August and September saw 30,000 more troops deployed to Afghanistan in to continue the battle against the Taliban and terrorist networks there, and Operation “New Dawn” began in Iraq; several changes came in December including Congress ratifying the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, Retroactive Stop-Loss Special Pay deadline was extended, and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the ban on openly gay men and women serving in the military, was repealed.
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