Episode #125: Weekly News Roundup for March 2, 2012

In “This Week in the DoD” for March 2:

The armed forces medical examiner at the Dover Port Mortuary in Dover, Delaware, positively identified the remains of a soldier who was considered “missing – captured” since 2006.  Staff Sergeant Ahmed Altaie was the final missing solider and casualty to be recovered from the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn missions.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted veterans of the Iraq war and their families for dinner at the White House on Wednesday night. “A Nation’s Gratitude” served as a symbol of thanks and appreciation on to the veterans on behalf of a grateful nation. Service members from every state and territory, as well as a gold star family, attended the dinner.

Marine Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, the senior enlisted adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has released a statement on suicide in the military.  He asks service members to seek help for themselves and others if they are having a hard time, and to speak out.

Press Secretary George Little and DoD Spokesman Navy Captain John Kirby said recent attacks in Afghanistan aren’t going to derail the coalition strategy in the country.  Regardless of the rise of so-called “green on blue” crimes involving attacks by Afghan National Security Forces on NATO International Security Forces troops, Little says overall the positive relationship between the two should not obscured by a few negative incidents.

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring March as Women’s History Month.  The President stated that this month is a time to commemorate the struggles, celebrate the centuries of progress, and reaffirm the nation’s steadfast commitment to the rights, security and dignity of women in America and around the world.

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