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Dr. Charles O'Connell, Director, Air Force Historical Research Agency

Last week marked the death of a great, if largely forgotten, American. Robert Hite was a co-pilot in the legendary Doolittle's bombing raid over Tokyo in the midst of World War II. Doolittle's Raiders shattered the idea that Japan was invulnerable and changed the psychology of the war. Hite's oral history has been preserved by the Air Force Historical Research Agency. Its director, Charles O'Connell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more of what the agency does.

Tags: Robert Hite , Air Force Historical Research Agency , history , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Doolittle

Monday - 04/06/2015, 10:04am EDT
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AP: US special ops forces skeptical women can do their job

Surveys find that men in U.S. special operations forces do not believe women can meet the physical and mental demands of their commando jobs, and they fear the Pentagon will lower standards to integrate women into their elite units, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Tags: DoD , gender , women , special operations , Associated Press

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:36am EDT

Obama makes 2015 federal pay raise official

Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and members of the military, among other feds, will get a 1 percent pay raise in January. Late Friday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order calling for the increases.

Tags: pay , pay and benefits , pay raise , Barack Obama , GS schedule ,

Saturday - 12/20/2014, 03:00pm EST

The US military deploys to fight Ebola

The United States is standing up a military command center to fight the Ebola epidemic in Monrovia, Liberia. President Barack Obama said Tuesday the command structure is already in place to direct a major U.S. effort to build clinics, circulate supplies and train health care workers. According to the White House, the effort will involve up to 3,000 troops and more than $500 million in spending.

Tags: Ebola , Liberia , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 05:34pm EDT

Biden promotes GI Bill website

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is promoting a new website called the GI Bill Comparison Tool designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs. "In just a couple easy steps they can figure everything out," she told The Associated Press Wednesday. She said using the website, service members can estimate tuition and fees, housing allowances and book stipends for each school.

Tags: Jill Biden , Post-9/11 GI Bill , veterans , veterans benefits , military benefits , GI Bill Comparison Tool , DoD

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 08:36am EDT

Influential African-American women write to Hagel

Sixteen black female members of Congress are pushing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to change Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military. The Associated Press reports the members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Hagel, stating that the changes are "discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color." They say that references in the rules calling hairstyles worn mostly by black women "unkempt" and "matted" are offensive and show a lack of "cultural sensitivity."

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel , Congressional Black Caucus , hairstyles

Friday - 04/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

House approves military pension bill

The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to restore full cost of living increases to pension benefits for younger military retirees, responding eagerly to election-year pressure from veterans groups.

Tags: Congress , House , pension , COLA , pay and benefits ,

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 07:20pm EST
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