In “This Week in the DoD” for June 29:
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced a new Department of Defense grant program for schools supporting military children at the Military Child Education Coalition national training seminar in Grapevine, Texas.
In a visit to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed some of the challenges the military will face in the future, including budget changes and emerging technology.
In Chicago, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, as he signed the Military Family Licensing Act into law. Illinois became the 23rd state to enact this law, which allows the transfer of military spouse’s professional licenses from other states.
The Department of Defense broke new ground on Tuesday, hosting its first-ever LGBT Pride Month event. The commemoration honored gay and lesbian service members, as well as the department’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civilian employees.
On Wednesday, The Montford Point Marines were presented the highest civilian award given by the United States: The Congressional Gold Medal. Nearly 400 former Marines, who were among the first Black Americans to join the Corps, attended the ceremony.
A shooting incident Thursday at Fort Bragg, N.C., left one soldier dead and two others wounded. During a 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade unit safety briefing, a soldier shot another member of the unit and then turned the weapon on himself. The shooter was injured and in custody.
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