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Military Spouse Club Offers Full Membership To Lesbian Wife

The Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses has finally offered Ashley Broadway, wife of a lesbian Army officer, full membership to its club. The group initially rejected membership for Broadway, then months later offered "guest" membership, which Broadway refused.

On its website, the ABOS posted a letter inviting Broadway to apply for full membership:

After further reviewing the constitution, by-laws and internal procedures, the ABOS Board felt that in order to ...

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Military Spouses' Club Offers Guest Membership To Lesbian

A military spouses' club that came under fire for denying membership to the wife of a lesbian soldier is now offering her "guest" membership.

But Ashley Broadway is rejecting the offer, calling it "just plain hurtful," according to the Los Angeles Times. Broadway had hoped for full membership.

As Home Post reported previously, Broadway attempted to join the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses after her wife, Army Lt. Col. Heather ...

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Military Spouse Group That Banned Lesbian To Review Policy

The Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses, under fire for denying membership to the wife of a lesbian soldier, has announced on its website it will review the policy it used to reject Ashley Broadway's membership request:

"In response to recent interest in the membership requirements of our organization, we will review the issue at our next board meeting. This will be our first opportunity for our board to discuss ...

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Pentagon Won't Intervene In Same-Sex Military Spouse Club Case

The Pentagon won't intervene in the decision by a military spouses club to deny membership to the wife of a lesbian soldier.

Department of Defense spokesman Nathan Christensen told NBC News:

The legal basis for the Pentagon’s stance is a department-wide “instruction” drafted in 2008, three years before the repeal of the military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, said. That directive ensures that “non-federal ...

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Marines Tell Spouses Clubs To Admit Same-Sex Spouses

The Marine Corps has advised its legal staff that spouses clubs operating on its installations must admit same-sex spouses if they wish to remain on the bases.

It's a step that the other service branches have not yet announced as they grapple with how to accommodate same-sex couples following repeal of the don't ask, don't tell policy that barred gays and lesbians from serving openly.

Underscoring the ...

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Dog Handler Marine From California Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

The Department of Defense announced today the death of Cpl. Joshua R. Ashley, 23, of Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Ashley was killed July 19 by an IED blast in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

KTTV-TV in Los Angeles reports that Ashley was a Military Working Dog handler. His dog survived the IED blast. Ashley did ...

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Military Brat And Olympian Ashley Wagner Tweets Valentine's Day Card For Fans

Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner, 22, is the daughter of a retired Army officer. She attributes her military upbringing with giving her the discipline to perform under pressure:

Growing up with the military broadened her horizons and exposed her to many different people, she explained, and some of those folks helped to sharpen her skating skills.

They also helped instill a competitive spirit, stamina and determination, especially after she moved ...

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USS Boxer Sailor Surprises Daughter with Reunion (Video)

The USS Boxer cruised into Pearl Harbor this week en route to its final destination of San Diego. But one Sailor arrived home early - and surprised his little girl in her classroom atVista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts.

The North County Times was there when Navy E-3 Airman Miguel Melendres Jr. showed up to surprise his daughter, second-grader Ashley. Melendres has been away from home for seven months ...

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Lockdown Lifted At Navy Broadway Complex; Report Of Armed Man Unfounded

UPDATE: 2:42 p.m.: Lockdown Lifted

Naval Base San Diego reports:

Original post:

The Navy Broadway Complex in downtown San Diego was placed on lockdown Friday afternoon due to a report of an armed man, authorities said.

10News reported that multiple law enforcement agencies were sweeping through the complex, which is the headquarters for Navy Region Southwest. Police, military and federal agents responded to the scene.

The original report ...

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Defense Pacts Promote Peace, According to Study

There's a new study out of Rice University that's pretty interesting - and timely. According to researchers, when a country joins a defense pact like NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), that country is less less likely to be attacked by another nation. It also makes the country that joined the pact less likely to attack some other country.

The authors of the study are Rice Professor Ashley Leeds ...

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San Diego Maritime Museum Welcomes Vietnam War Swift Boat

From Navy Public Affairs Support Element West:

The Maritime Museum of San Diego welcomed Swift Boat P24 to be restored and operated as a new addition to its collection of historic naval vessels, Sept. 18.

The craft's addition will serve as a tribute to the sacrifices of service members who fought in the Vietnam War and other campaigns, as well as a tool to educate visitors with an interest ...

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NCIS Investigates Fatal Shooting On Navy Security Boat In San Diego Bay

A Navy security boat moored on the eastern shore of San Diego Bay near the foot of Broadway was the scene of a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon, according to City News Service.

The death was called in to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department at 3:45 p.m., and medics pronounced the shooting victim dead at the scene, according to SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque.

A Navy spokesman told CNS that details ...

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Military Wives Bare Bodies And Souls For PTSD Awareness (Video)

A military wife whose husband suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder decided to bring awareness to the cause in an unusual way - by baring her body and writing her feelings about PTSD on her own skin for everyone to see:

"Broken by battle, wounded by war, my love is forever to you this I swore. I will quiet your silent screams, help heal your shattered soul until once again, my love ...

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American Idol's Paul McDonald Apologizes for Wearing Military Jacket

I first took note of the kerfuffle over Paul McDonald's choice of wardrobe on American Idol last night through Twitter. Several of the military spouses I follow on Twitter expressed disappointment that McDonald wore a military jacket as part of a costume, even though he had never served in the military.

Things got heated on McDonald's Facebook page wall. A man named Al Armstrong wrote:

Allison Barton Rubalcava ...

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The Jonas Brothers, Anti-War Activists? Who Knew?

First it was Lady Gaga, the flamboyant, sometimes bizarre but wildly popular performer who seemingly suddenly become a political activist with her recent speeches in fervent support of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which prohibits members of the military from being openly gay or lesbian.

Now it's the Jonas Brothers, the Disney-created pop-rock sensation, who surprisingly but to their credit took to Youtube this weekend ...

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US Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Army Sgt. First Class William "Kelly" Lacey, 38, was killed Jan. 4, 2014, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The Department of Defense reports Lacey died of injuries suffered when his unit was attacked with rocket propelled grenades.

He was assigned to 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.

According to WAVE-TV, Lacey joined the Army in January 2003. He was on his fifth deployment ...

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USO To Host Private Screenings Of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' At Miramar

The Force will be with Marines and their families Friday evening at MCAS Miramar, as the USO hosts two private screenings of the Cartoon Network series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

The actors who voice many of the characters in the series will be on hand, and, according to the USO, Marines and their families can participate in a Q&A and autograph session with the show’s supervising director ...

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Foul Play Not Suspected In Navy Boat Shooting

NCIS investigators looking into the death of a sailor Tuesday afternoon aboard a Navy security boat say the shooting doesn't appear to be a homicide, and they don't suspect foul play.

Navy spokesman Brian O'Rourke reported to Coronado Patch that law enforcement officials aren't looking for any suspects in the sailor's death.

Steve Urschel told NBC 7 that he saw the dramatic scene play out ...

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From Korea To Denver, Joan Rivers Was A Longtime USO Supporter

Groundbreaking comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81.

Rivers was a longtime supporter of the USO, even being named the 2001 USO of Metropolitan New York’s Woman of the Year.

She made a surprise visit last month to USO Denver at Denver International Airport, according to the Official USO Blog:

[Rivers] made sure each guest, volunteer and staff member knew how much she appreciated them.

While ...

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San Diego Fleet Week Adds 'Big Bay Bash' To Event

Organizers of the annual Fleet Week San Diego announced Tuesday that a new festival, the "Fleet Week Big Bay Bash," has been added this year.

• the Fleet Week Enlisted Golf Tournament, Sept. 12 at the Admiral Baker Golf Course;

• the 17th annual Coronado Speed Festival, Sept. 20-21 at Naval Air Station North Island;

• the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge, Sept. 27 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot;

• the Miramar Air Show ...

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