Episode #132: Weekly News Roundup for April 20, 2012

In “This Week in the DoD” for April 20:

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Department of Defense is highlighting its campaign to end sexual assault in the military.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta traveled to Brussels, Belgium, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for joint ministerial meetings with NATO allies and International Security Assistance Force partners. The meetings precede this summer’s NATO summit in Chicago.

The secretary and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testified before the House Armed Services Committee regarding the ongoing situation in Syria.

President Barack Obama announced April 16 that Army Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr. will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor. Sabo was killed during an ambush after shielding an injured soldier from a grenade blast and destroying an enemy bunker. The explosion that destroyed the bunker also killed Sabo. He had been nominated by his unit for the award, but his paperwork had been lost until recently.

The U.S. and a broad coalition of nations and non-governmental organizations are preparing for Pacific Partnership 2012, a humanitarian and medical exercise set to begin in May. The hospital ship USNS Mercy will deliver in-country aid to Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke on a Sesame Workshop panel to discuss the “Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings and Changes” campaign and other collaborations between the Sesame Workshop and Department of Defense to help military children cope with the unique stresses of military family life.

Listen to the podcast here.

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