Women Veteran’s “I SERVE” / “I SERVED” Campaign

Calling all women in the military and female veterans! Join Lean in Military Women, Lean in Women Veterans and Think Broader Foundation for our first annual “I SERVE/SERVED”  Veteran’s Day 2016 Campaign.     WHY? We want to promote the diversity and celebrate the accomplishments of women who serve or have served!  Over 15% of the active force and 9% of the U.S. veteran population, or  2.2 million women, are veterans in the United States. Women are the largest growing sub-population of veterans today. While our visibility is growing, we would like to help bridge the civilian-military divide by continuing to build awareness of … Continue reading Women Veteran’s “I SERVE” / “I SERVED” Campaign

HON Brad Carson Recognized for Exemplary Vision and Service

THINK BROADER FOUNDATION Commends Undersecretary’s Accomplishments in Defense Department March 14, 2016 (Washington, DC) The Think Broader Foundation, founded by former military officers, acknowledges the exceptional service provided by the Honorable Brad Carson, the serving Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and former Undersecretary of the Army. Under Carson’s leadership, the Pentagon, as part of its efforts to embrace more family-friendly policies, developed the Force of the Future Initiative, which includes a cache of strategic policies to improve quality of family life in the Armed Forces. This program updates anachronistic personnel policies that impeded Servicemember’s ability to balance work … Continue reading HON Brad Carson Recognized for Exemplary Vision and Service

Congrats! DoD Finally Gets the Point of Women, Peace, and Security

by Brenda Oppermann December 9, 2015 Originally published at Small Wars Journal. Reposted her with the author’s permission. BLUF:  US-Australian Joint Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 shows that incorporating Women, Peace, and Security considerations into military operations significantly enhances overall peace and stability outcomes. Despite having spent much of the last 20+ years dealing with “civilian” issues in conflict zones, it’s clear that the American military needs to improve the way it addresses 21st century security challenges. Its experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria alone attest to it. One solution is to more earnestly implement the 15-year old UN Security … Continue reading Congrats! DoD Finally Gets the Point of Women, Peace, and Security

Warfare is not just a man’s domain

by Brenda Oppermann Originally published at Small Wars Journal. Reposted here with author’s permission.  Clearly, the emperor has no (or few) clothes when it comes to the United States’ ability to stop violence and facilitate stability in troubled places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, etc. Years of effort and mammoth expenditure dedicated primarily to building up security forces and institutions appear to have wrought little in the way of sustainable peace and stability. It’s time to rethink our notions of security. And it appears that the Department of Defense (DoD) is leaning in that direction. More and more, senior military … Continue reading Warfare is not just a man’s domain

Combatting civilian and military obesity, one push up at a time. by Aryanna Berringer, U.S. Army veteran When we look at perceptions of who it is that make up our American armed forces, typically the stereotype for those who most sign on the dotted line for enlistment are young, patriotic men, who want to blow stuff up. Well, I guess I wouldn’t fit your stereotype then. You see, I grew up in an old farm house in Oregon, the youngest of nine brothers and sisters. And being the youngest of the bunch, when my parents were working there was always … Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS: In historic move, DoD opens all roles in all services to women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: December 3, 2015 Media Contact: Sue Fulton Email: bsfulton80@gmail.com Phone: 908.256.6727 Opening Roles to Qualified Women Will “Make the Army Stronger,” Combat Vets Say Their Experience Validates that “Valor Knows No Gender” Washington, DC – Opening combat roles to qualified women will make the Army stronger, say Army veterans who have seen how women have performed in the last decade of war. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced today that ground combat roles in the Army, previously closed to women, would be open to all who meet the standards. Representing US military veterans who agree that … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: In historic move, DoD opens all roles in all services to women