Episode #119: Weekly News Roundup for January 20, 2012

In “This Week in the DoD” for Jan. 20:

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta laid out four proposals to end sexual assault between service members at a Pentagon press conference. He said sexual assault has no place in the Department of Defense.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno visited troops in Hawaii. While there, he also met with regional Army leadership and the press to discuss future military operations in the Pacific.

The Army is removing two brigade combat teams from Europe. The move comes as the Defense Department is working to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from its projected budgets. The Army will maintain its presence in Europe via rotational units.

On Wednesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Joining Forces initiative collaborated to hold a job fair and career expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The expo brought hundreds of potential employers and job-seeking veterans together for career counseling, recruiting and job interviews.

As the 2012 national elections approach, service members should make sure they’re compliant with current absentee voting laws. The 2010 National Defense Authorization Act included changes to absentee voting; more information is available here.

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