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Newsmotion - Defense http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/40/all en President Obama Presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-presents-medal-honor-staff-sergeant-ryan-m-pitts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama Presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 07/21/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H5cetTrYqw">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p class="p1">At a ceremony at the White House this afternoon, President Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts for his unwavering courage in one of the fiercest battles of the Afghanistan war.</p> <p class="p1">In the summer of 2008, when our forces in Afghanistan were stretched thin across isolated outposts, Ryan was serving alongside 48 American soldiers charged with using little resources to defend a post with significant vulnerabilities. Mountains stood sky-high on every side of the village of Wanat, diverting aerial surveillance and delaying the heavy equipment they needed for their defense.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">In the pre-dawn darkness of one fateful July morning, while manning this small, unfinished base, Ryan and his fellow soldiers were attacked by 200 assailants who were determined to take their post. &ldquo;Those 200 insurgents were firing from ridges and from the village and from trees,&rdquo; President Obama said. &ldquo;Down at the base, a vehicle exploded&mdash;scattering its missiles, back at our soldiers. It was, said a soldier, &lsquo;hell on earth.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/21/president-obama-presents-medal-honor-staff-sergeant-ryan-m-pitts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/21/president-obama-presents-medal-honor-staff-sergeant-ryan-m-pitts" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/21/president-obama-presents-medal-honor-s...</a> </div> </div> </div> Afghanistan Afghanistan Amy Defense Gunnar Zwilling Israel Garcia Jason Bogar Jason Hovater Jonathan Ayers Jonathan Brostrom Lucas Matthew Phillips Mexico Official Pruitt Rainey Ryan M. Pitts Sergio Abad Tanya Somanader Tanya Somanader The President Wanat White House Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:38:30 +0000 feed 309350 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama Responds to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-responds-malaysia-airlines-flight-17 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama Responds to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 07/17/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Update at 10:38 p.m. ET: The Press Secretary <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov//the-press-office/2014/07/17/statement-press-secretary-malaysian-airlines-flight-17">released a statement</a> on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.</p> <p> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/7.17.14_potus_on_phone_with_ukraine.jpg?itok=99dRRcvy" alt="President Obama calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine aboard Air Force One" title="President Obama calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine aboard Air Force One" width="430" height="286" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> President Obama calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine aboard Air Force One to discuss the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) </p> </div> </p> <p>This afternoon, aboard Air Force One, President Obama placed separate telephone calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia to discuss the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.</p> <p>Here&#39;s a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/17/readout-president-s-call-president-poroshenko-ukraine">readout</a> of the President&rsquo;s call with President Poroshenko of Ukraine:</p> <blockquote><p> President Obama spoke with Ukrainian President Poroshenko this afternoon to discuss the tragic crash of flight Malaysian Airlines 17. President Poroshenko welcomed the assistance of international investigators to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation of the crash site. President Obama assured him that U.S. experts will offer all possible assistance immediately. The Presidents emphasized that all evidence from the crash site must remain in place on the territory of Ukraine until international investigators are able to examine all aspects of the tragedy.</p></blockquote> <p>And a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/17/readout-president-s-call-prime-minister-najib-malaysia">readout</a> of President Obama&rsquo;s call with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia:</p> <blockquote><p> President Obama called Malaysian Prime Minister Najib today to express condolences to the people of Malaysia for the terrible loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine, as well as all the families who lost loved ones in this tragic event. The President told the Prime Minister that United States has offered immediate assistance to support a prompt international investigation. President Obama reaffirmed the strength of the friendship between the United States and Malaysia and underscored that the United States stands ready to provide any assistance or support necessary.</p></blockquote> <p>Bernadette Meehan is Deputy Spokesperson of the National Security Council.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/17/president-obama-responds-malaysia-airlines-flight-17-ukraine" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/17/president-obama-responds-malaysia-airl...</a> </div> </div> </div> Bernadette Meehan Bernadette Meehan Defense Europe and Eurasia Foreign Policy Malaysia Malaysia New York City Obama Official Pete Souza The President Ukraine Ukraine United States United States White House Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:48:33 +0000 feed 308112 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to Corporal William "Kyle" Carpenter http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-awards-medal-honor-corporal-william-kyle-carpenter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to Corporal William &quot;Kyle&quot; Carpenter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 06/19/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t5b7qriF1Q">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>At the White House this afternoon, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Corporal William &quot;Kyle&quot; Carpenter, a retired United States Marine. Corporal Carpenter received the medal for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.</p> <p>By all accounts, Kyle shouldn&#39;t be alive today. On November 21, 2010, Kyle&#39;s platoon woke up to the sound of AK-47 fire. As their compound began taking fire, Kyle and Lance Corporal Nicholas Eufrazio took cover up on a roof, low on their backs behind a circle of sandbags. And then a grenade landed nearby, its pin already pulled.</p> <p></p><p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/19/president-awards-medal-honor-corporal-william-kyle-carpenter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/19/president-awards-medal-honor-corporal-william-kyle-carpenter" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/19/president-awards-medal-honor-corporal-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Afghanistan Afghanistan Barack Obama David Hudson Defense Kyle Corporal Nicholas Kyle J. Carpenter Kyle J. White Lance Corporal Nicholas Lawrence Jackson Nicholas Eufrazio nick Official Pete Souza The President United States United States Veterans White House William William Kyle William Kyle Carpenter Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:49:14 +0000 feed 296565 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama Signs the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, and Honors the "Borinqueneers" http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-signs-water-resources-reform-and-development-act-and-honors-borinquene <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama Signs the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, and Honors the &quot;Borinqueneers&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 06/10/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Tge6IZP62I">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>It was a busy morning at the White House today, as President Obama signed two bills into law &mdash; the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), and the 65th Infantry Regiment Congressional Gold Medal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/10/remarks-president-signing-water-resources-reform-and-development-act-and">In his remarks</a>, the President first explained how the Water Resources Reform and Development Act will &quot;put Americans to work modernizing our water infrastructure and restoring some of our most vital ecosystems.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/10/president-obama-signs-water-resources-reform-and-development-act-and-honors-borinque" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/10/president-obama-signs-water-resources-reform-and-development-act-and-honors-borinque" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/10/president-obama-signs-water-resources-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Amanda Lucidon Barack Obama Boston David Hudson Defense Economy Joe Biden Korea Official Pete Souza Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente The President United States Veterans White House Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:36:04 +0000 feed 293009 at http://newsmotion.org D-Day Commemorations: Information for Veterans and Invitees http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/d-day-commemorations-information-veterans-and-invitees <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> D-Day Commemorations: Information for Veterans and Invitees </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 06/03/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On Friday, President Obama will visit Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by Allied forces. To honor the Americans who fought and died in the campaign, President Obama and President Hollande will participate in a ceremony at the American cemetery close to Omaha Beach, the site of the American landing in Normandy.</p> <p>We suggest that Americans wishing to attend the ceremony at the cemetery as part of the general public, please <span class="spamspan"><span class="u">ParisDDay2014</span><img alt="at" width="10" src="/sites/all/modules/spamspan/image.gif" /><span class="d">state [dot] gov</span><span class="t"> (email the U.S. Embassy in Paris)</span></span> for additional information. If you are a World War II veteran attending the ceremony, please <span class="spamspan"><span class="u">ParisDAODDay</span><img alt="at" width="10" src="/sites/all/modules/spamspan/image.gif" /><span class="d">state [dot] gov</span><span class="t"> (email the U.S. Defense Attach&eacute; Office in Paris)</span></span>.</p> <p>We expect large numbers of visitors at the events on the 6th. To aid in your visit, we suggest contacting these U.S. Offices even if you have received tickets in advance so we may assist all Americans as much as possible on this day of events.</p> <p><a href="http://france.usembassy.gov/dday2014.html">For U.S. veterans and invitees planning on attending the ceremony, please visit the D-Day Commemorations site on the U.S. Embassy France website for more information.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/03/d-day-commemorations-information-veterans-and-invitees" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/03/d-day-commemorations-information-veter...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= David Hudson Defense Dwight D. Eisenhower France Official Omaha paris Paris The President Veterans White House Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:39:02 +0000 feed 289533 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama Speaks on the Recovery of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: "It's a Good Day" http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-speaks-recovery-sgt-bowe-bergdahl-its-good-day <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama Speaks on the Recovery of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: &quot;It&#039;s a Good Day&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 05/31/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/p053114ck-0184.jpg?itok=2msqtyFy" alt="President Barack Obama announces the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl" title="President Barack Obama announces the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl" width="430" height="287" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> President Barack Obama announces the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier held captive for nearly five years by militants during the Afghanistan war, during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, Saturday, May 31, 2014. With the President are Sgt. Bergdahl's parents, Jani and Bob Bergdahl. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) </p> </div> </div> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm6u4voY44g">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>Earlier this evening, in the White House Rose Garden, <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/31/statement-president-release-sergeant-bowe-bergdahl">President Obama spoke about the recovery of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl</a> &mdash; an American soldier who spent nearly five years in captivity during the war in Afghanistan.</p> <p>Standing with Sgt. Bergdahl&#39;s parents, Bob and Jani, the President made clear that &quot;while Bowe was gone, he was never forgotten.&quot;</p> <blockquote><p>His parents thought about him and prayed for him every single day, as did his sister Sky, who prayed for his safe return. He wasn&#39;t forgotten by his community in Idaho, or the military, which rallied to support the Bergdahls through thick and thin. And he wasn&#39;t forgotten by his country, because the United States of America does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/31/president-obama-speaks-recovery-sgt-bowe-bergdahl-its-good-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/31/president-obama-speaks-recovery-sgt-bowe-bergdahl-its-good-day" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/31/president-obama-speaks-recovery-sgt-bo...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Afghanistan Afghanistan Barack Obama bob Bob Bergdahl Bowe Bergdahl Chuck Kennedy David Hudson Defense Idaho Idaho Jani Jani Bergdahl Obama Official Qatar Rose Garden Sky The President United States United States White House Sun, 01 Jun 2014 00:16:42 +0000 feed 288656 at http://newsmotion.org "America Must Always Lead": President Obama Addresses West Point Graduates http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/america-must-always-lead-president-obama-addresses-west-point-graduates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;America Must Always Lead&quot;: President Obama Addresses West Point Graduates </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 05/28/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/p052814ps-0290.jpg?itok=441iB9e7" alt="05 West Point" title="05 West Point" width="430" height="287" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> Graduating cadets listen to President Barack Obama deliver the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement ceremony at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) </p> </div> </div> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG_hX_XM4Ks">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>This morning, President Obama traveled to West Point to congratulate the newest officers in the United States Army and to reflect on America&#39;s foreign policy agenda. <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/28/remarks-president-west-point-academy-commencement-ceremony">In the President&#39;s remarks</a>, he acknowledged that our world is changing with accelerating speed and that America must be equipped to respond to an increasingly dynamic environment.</p> <blockquote><p> It will be your generation&#39;s task to respond to this new world. The question we face; the question you will face; is not whether America will lead, but how we will lead, not just to secure our peace and prosperity, but also to extend peace and prosperity around the globe.</p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/28/america-must-always-lead-president-obama-addresses-west-point-graduates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/28/america-must-always-lead-president-obama-addresses-west-point-graduates" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/28/america-must-always-lead-president-oba...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Afghanistan Barack Obama Caslen David Hudson Defense Foreign Policy Gavin White Jill Biden Michelle Obama New York Official Pete Souza The President United States United States White House Wed, 28 May 2014 19:33:13 +0000 feed 287308 at http://newsmotion.org Bringing the War in Afghanistan to a Responsible End http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/bringing-war-afghanistan-responsible-end <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bringing the War in Afghanistan to a Responsible End </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 05/27/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/p052714ps-0713.jpg?itok=l9nt45-A" alt="President Barack Obama delivers remarks regarding Afghanistan to the press in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 27, 2014." title="President Barack Obama delivers remarks regarding Afghanistan to the press in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 27, 2014." width="430" height="287" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> President Barack Obama delivers remarks regarding Afghanistan to the press in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) </p> </div> </div> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrtZ1VPC56o">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>This afternoon, in the White House Rose Garden, <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/27/statement-president-afghanistan">President Obama talked briefly</a> about the United States&#39; next steps in Afghanistan, and how &quot;we will bring America&#39;s longest war to a responsible end.&quot;</p> <blockquote><p> Over the last several years, we&rsquo;ve worked to transition security responsibilities to the Afghans. One year ago, Afghan forces assumed the lead for combat operations. Since then, they&rsquo;ve continued to grow in size and in strength, while making huge sacrifices for their country. This transition has allowed us to steadily draw down our own forces -- from a peak of 100,000 U.S. troops, to roughly 32,000 today.&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p>The President announced today that 22,000 more troops will return home by the end of the year, ending the U.S. combat mission in December 2014.</p> <p>&quot;When I took office, we had nearly 180,000 troops in harm&#39;s way,&quot; President Obama said. &quot;By the end of this year, we will have less than 10,000.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/27/bringing-war-afghanistan-responsible-end" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/27/bringing-war-afghanistan-responsible-end" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/27/bringing-war-afghanistan-responsible-e...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Afghanistan Afghanistan Barack Obama David Hudson Defense Iraq Kabul Official Pete Souza Rose Garden The President United States White House Tue, 27 May 2014 20:20:48 +0000 feed 286698 at http://newsmotion.org Ambassador Rice Thanks Servicemembers in Afghanistan http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/ambassador-rice-thanks-servicemembers-afghanistan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ambassador Rice Thanks Servicemembers in Afghanistan </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 11/29/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="embed"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_full/?itok=Wn3QfQ2O" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_full" /><p><a href="/photos-and-video/photogallery/ambassador-rices-trip-afghanistan">Click here to see the photo gallery.</a> </p> </div> <p class="p1">On her first foreign trip as National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice spent three and a half days in Afghanistan to thank our troops and civilians around the holidays, and assess the situation on the ground.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Afghanistan continues to be one of the United States&rsquo; top national security priorities, and this was opportunity for Ambassador Rice to take stock of our efforts and meet with American troops serving in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and our civilians at the U.S. Mission to Afghanistan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/29/ambassador-rice-thanks-servicemembers-afghanistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/29/ambassador-rice-thanks-servicemembers-afghanistan" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/29/ambassador-rice-thanks-servicemembers-...</a> </div> </div> </div> Afghanistan Afghanistan Biden Defense Dunford India Kabul Kandahar Kilrain Lewis McConville Official Panama Patrick Ventrell Patrick Ventrell Russia Saint Petersburg Singapore Susan E. Rice Susan Rice The President United States White House Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:06:39 +0000 feed 205976 at http://newsmotion.org The President’s Meeting with Senior Military Leaders http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president%E2%80%99s-meeting-senior-military-leaders <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The President’s Meeting with Senior Military Leaders </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 11/12/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="embed"> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/p111213ps-0760.jpg?itok=O0Radl0F" alt="President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a meeting with Combatant Commanders and Military Leadership" title="President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a meeting with Combatant Commanders and Military Leadership" width="430" height="287" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a meeting with Combatant Commanders and Military Leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Nov. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) </p> </div> </div> <p class="p1">This evening President Obama welcomed senior civilian defense and military leaders -- including all of his Combatant Commanders &ndash; to an annual meeting and dinner at the White House.</p> <p class="p1">In addition to the President&rsquo;s regular interactions with his senior military leaders, the meeting served as an important opportunity to discuss a number of critical issues facing the Department of Defense: the challenges of providing for the Nation&rsquo;s security in an uncertain budget environment including sequester, the need to be ready and properly equipped to meet current and emerging threats, progress on the ongoing Quadrennial Defense Review, and the need to maintain the highest ethical standards across our military, including with respect to sexual assault prevention and response.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/12/president-s-meeting-senior-military-leaders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/12/president-s-meeting-senior-military-leaders" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/12/president-s-meeting-senior-military-le...</a> </div> </div> </div> Barack Obama Defense Joe Biden Official Pete Souza Stephen J. Flanagan Stephen J. Flanagan The President White House Wed, 13 Nov 2013 01:23:22 +0000 feed 197539 at http://newsmotion.org