Last weekend Americans across the country and around the world honored those who have died or gone missing while serving in the U.S. armed forces. President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey spoke about America’s rich military tradition at Memorial Day commemorations in the Washington, D.C., area. This year’s Memorial Day held special significance: this year the U.S. is commemorating the 50th anniversary of America’s involvement in Vietnam.
The U.S. Navy is now allowing women to serve on its submarines. On Monday, the first women to serve on submarines met President Obama and the First Lady at the White House.
Panetta visited troops in Hawaii, where he highlighted the role troops stationed in the Pacific will play in the future force. Panetta is currently in Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogues, a meeting of defense leaders from around the Asia-Pacific region.