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Brown Praises Inclusion of Initiative to Improve Relationships Between Servicemembers and Military Communities in FY22 NDAA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, praised the inclusion of his amendment to direct the Department of Defense to conduct regular extensive surveys to improve the relationships between servicemembers and military communities: “Our efforts toward diversity and inclusion extends beyond the fence of our installations. Recent studies...

Pentagon Requests Public Assistance In Renaming Of Military Installations

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The Pentagon has asked for the public’s help in renaming military installations named after Confederate Army soldiers. The request follows the passing of the Defense Authorization Bill on New Year’s Day, which set the deadline for the renaming project for October 1, 2021. The United States Defense Department began an effort to rename installations named after Confederate figures in 2020, with the ...

House Armed Services Committee advances bill to give D.C. mayor control over D.C. National Guard

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In a national first, the House Armed Services Committee voted last week in favor of a bill that would grant the mayor of the District of Columbia authority over the D.C. National Guard, adding that provision to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act. Since its inception, the D.C. National Guard has been something of an anomaly, controlled by the President rather than by the territory’s leader...

Pentagon Asks Public for Suggestions on Renaming Bases That Honor Confederate Soldiers

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The Pentagon wants your help renaming military bases that commemorate Civil War Confederate soldiers. The Defense Department’s commission created earlier this year to look into renaming bases launched a new website Monday and is asking "interested citizens" for recommendations and suggestions as it faces an Oct. 1 deadline to brief Congress on its progress. The suggestions will be weighed by the N...

Lawmakers bolster DoD ‘countering extremism’ training

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Under the Biden administration, DoD has also launched a major initiative to keep violent extremists out of the armed forces. Earlier this year, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a 60-day stand-down for military units to address the issue and established a “Countering Extremism Working Group.” On Aug. 9, Austin signed out a new memo directing several immediate actions based on the group’s work...

D.C.’s push to control its own National Guard takes big step forward

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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) had been trying in Congress for 28 years to transfer control of the D.C. National Guard from the U.S. president to the D.C. mayor — one of the city’s most ardent pleas for local autonomy in the absence of outright statehood. Without approval from the Pentagon, the D.C. government can’t deploy its own National Guard for any task, as a state can. Not during a cat...

Pappas Reintroduces Expanded SERVE Act to Guarantee VA Benefits for LGBTQ+ Veterans

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Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01), member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Equality Caucus, alongside Reps. Mike Levin (CA-49), Kathleen M. Rice (NY-04), Anthony Brown (MD-04), and Jackie Speier (CA-14), reintroduced the SERVE (Securing the Rights our Veterans Earned) Act to guarantee and protect VA benefits for LGBTQ+ veterans discharged from th...

Brown, Turner Praise Inclusion of Amendment to Establish a Minority Institute for Defense Research in FY22 NDAA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) and Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) praised the inclusion of his amendment to direct the Secretary of Defense to develop a plan to establish the Minority Institute for Defense Research in the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amendment mirrors the previously introduced BEACON Act, H.R.5107. “Preparing for future threats will...

House Panel’s Annual Defense Policy Bill Includes Leave Flexibility for Pentagon Contractors

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The version of the annual defense policy bill approved by a House panel this week includes a provision to enact permanent leave flexibility for defense contractors, as industry associations had advocated. The House Armed Services Committee included language in the fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act approved early on Thursday that would make permanent the ability to keep contractors in ...

Congressman Anthony Brown Applauds NDAA Inclusion of Amendment to Counter Extremism Within the Ranks

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and 30-year Army veteran, released the following statement applauding the inclusion by a vote of 31-28 on his amendment tackling extremism within the armed services during the House markup of the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act: “The vast majority of men and women who serve in uniform do...

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