US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey answer questions as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta looks on after signing an order lifting the ban on women in combat roles during a press conference at the Pentagon January 24, 2013 in Arlington, VA. Panetta and Dempsey discussed the new directive from the Pentagon to open all military occupations to females, removing the almost 20 year ban of women serving in combat on the front lines.

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US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey answer questions as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta looks on after signing an order lifting the ban on women in combat roles during a press conference at the Pentagon January 24, 2013 in Arlington, VA. Panetta and Dempsey discussed the new directive from the Pentagon to open all military occupations to females, removing the almost 20 year ban of women serving in combat on the front lines.
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Location: Pentagon, Arlington, VA, USA