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In  our news roundup for Friday, August 10:

Last week Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East to discuss regional security issues including the Syrian conflict and the Iranian nuclear program.

Japanese Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto visited the Pentagon to discuss safety concerns following the deployment of several Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft to Okinawa.

The flight restrictions placed on the F-22 Raptor following apparent hypoxia-like symptoms in some pilots will be lifted. The restrictions will be phased out following a successful investigation by the U.S. Air Force.

This year marks the 59th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. The Defense Secretary and South Korean Ambassador Choi-Young Jin honored Korean War veterans at a ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

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In “This Week in the DoD” for July 27:

The U.S. Navy’s Great Green Fleet is demonstrating its biofuel capability at this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership and Hiring Our Heroes initiative are working to help military spouses find and keep good jobs.

Marine Explosive Tandem Team shows how sometimes demolition can be the best defense.

NASA’s Desert RATS program helps prepare people and equipment for extreme environments.

The 2012 Olympic Games are taking place in London. Among Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes are nearly 30 service members and veterans.

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In the “This Week in the DoD” podcast for October 7:

U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey has taken office as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has also appointed Marine Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia as his Senior Enlisted Advisor. Battaglia is only the second service member, and first Marine, to hold the position.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Spanish leadership have reached an agreement to port Destroyers equipped with Aegis anti-missile technology in Rota, Spain.

The Department of Defense is recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month, encouraging military families to learn the signs of abuse and seek help if they need it. The DoD Family Advocacy Program can help.

William Lynn III has retired from his role as Deputy Secretary of Defense. His successor, Ashton Carter, pledged to continue the work of making the Department of Defense a more financially efficient organization.

Armed Forces Network – Afghanistan brings us a story about how troops involved in Afghan Hands are breaking language and cultural barriers.

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In the “This Week in the DoD” podcast for September 30:

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen retired from military service today. His successor as chairman is Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Robert Gordon, Deputy Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy) joined a DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable Thursday to discuss a new the Military Spouse Employment Porgram, which aims to provide career and education options for spouses.

Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month and DoDLive is commemorating the month with“Profiles in Heritage,” highlighting notable historic hispanic service members.

After eight years of broadcasting, American Forces Network Radio-Iraq, known as “Freedom Radio” has gone off the air. “Freedom Radio” has provided service members stationed in Iraq music and other entertainment since March of 2003.

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