On Oct. 13, the U.S. Navy celebrated its 237th Birthday, a day that wasn’t officially recognized until 1972. In addition to the Navy Birthday, this year also marks some of the most decisive Navy battles fought and won, including the 70th Anniversary of Guadalcanal, and the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta announced leadership changes for NATO and the International Security Assistance Force during the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, Germany. Gen. John Allen, Commanding General for ISAF, was nominated by President Barack Obama as Commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe while Gen. Joseph Dunford will be replacing Gen. Allen as Commanding General for ISAF. You can find video of the event at here.
October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Kathy Robertson, manager of the Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program, says this month is dedicated to raising awareness for those who need help. If you know someone who is in need of help, contact your local Family Advocacy Program office, or call the national domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). If you are stationed outside the United States and need help, go to www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil to find resources in your community.