This week, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat, met with National Spelling Bee winners, announced a major increase in our efforts to help fight Ebola in West Africa, gave a statement about the bipartisan support of our strategy to defeat ISIL, and launched a campaign to help stop sexual assault.
Check out the rest of the highlights from this week.
President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for their heroic and brave actions in Vietnam. While you probably know that the Medal of Honor is the highest military award that a member of the U.S. Armed Forces can receive, have you ever wondered what goes into the actual ceremony at the White House?
We went behind the scenes as the President presented the Medal of Honor in June to Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter, a retired United States Marine, for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan. Take a look here:
President Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and spoke about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In his remarks, he announced a major increase in our efforts to help the international community fight the outbreak with four main goals:
While reiterating that the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States are very unlikely, the President emphasized that the outbreak is still a national security priority, and that the government has “devoted significant resources in support of our strategy.”
On Wednesday, September 17, we celebrated the document that helped establish our government. But what exactly is Constitution Day? We’ve got the facts for you.
After you’ve checked out the facts, head to the Constitution page on WhiteHouse.gov to find out more.
Speaking from the White House, the President outlined our strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. He also thanked Congress for its bipartisan support of a Continuing Resolution that supports our military efforts to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces so they can help defeat the terrorist group.
“I believe that we’re strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. And I want to thank leaders in Congress for the speed and seriousness with which they approached this urgent issue -- in keeping with the bipartisanship that is the hallmark of American foreign policy at its best.”
Today, the President announced an initiative to help stop campus sexual assault. Be part of the solution and take the pledge to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault on ItsOnUs.org. Here’s what you’ll be pledging:
Take a personal commitment to be the change and help stop sexual assault now.