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Sunday, January 2, 2011 Names Top Stories of 2010

By Navy Lt. Jennifer Cragg
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 - In 2010, published nearly 3,000 stories ranging from Tricare health care benefits to the status of gays serving openly in the military to the Defense Department budget. The top 10 stories most viewed on may surprise you.
The top 10 stories most viewed on this year are:
10. "Pentagon Changes Don't Ask, Don't Tell Enforcement," posted March 25, further explains Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' announcement regarding changes to the Pentagon's regulation on gays serving openly in the military.
9. "Obama to Award Medal of Honor to Afghan War Vet," posted Sept. 10, highlights the significance of this award. The Medal of Honor would be bestowed for the first time to a living veteran of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta received a phone call from President Barack Obama Sept. 9, thanking him for his service. Obama informed the infantryman that he would receive the nation's highest award for his service and extraordinary bravery in battle.
The event occurred Oct. 25, 2007, in eastern Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Giunta was a specialist at the time and rifle team leader. He served in Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based out of Vicenza, Italy.
8. The story, "Wikileaks Has Yet to Contact 'Competent Authorities,'" posted Aug. 18, provides an update on the website that published tens of thousands of classified documents.
7. "Legislation Extends Special Stop-Loss Pay Deadline," posted on Oct. 1, references Obama's signed legislation extending the Retroactive Stop-Loss Special Pay deadline.
6. "Tricare Meets Health Care Bill's Standards, Gates Says," posted March 22, explained how the health-care reform bill that the House of Representatives passed meets the military standards of health care. Calling their health and well-being his highest priority, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates reassured servicemembers and their families that the legislation wouldn't have a negative effect on Tricare, which "already meets the bill's quality and minimum benefit standards."  
5. The story "Obama Reaches out to Veterans 'You Earned It," posted on Sept. 15, featured Obama's message encouraging servicemembers and veterans who were involuntarily retained in the military under the so-called "stop loss" program to get the retroactive pay they deserve.
4. "Researchers Examine Video Game Benefits," posted Jan. 25, examined research under way by the Office of Naval Research that indicates video games can help adults process information faster and improve their fundamental abilities to reason and solve problems in novel contexts.
It once was widely believed that after the age of 20, most humans had achieved their brain cell capacity, and that new brain cells were acquired at the expense of existing ones. But conventional beliefs about brain plasticity and aging are changing.
3. "'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Online Box Goes Live," posted May 5, explains a new online inbox that enables servicemembers and their families to comment anonymously about the impact of a possible repeal of the law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
2. The story "Gates Puts Meat on Bones of Department Efficiencies Initiative," posted Aug. 9, highlighted Gates' effort to put meat on the bones of his initiative to reform the way the Pentagon does business and to eliminate duplicative, unnecessary overhead costs.
1. The story "Gates, Mullen Urge Participation in Survey," posted July 8, highlighted the importance of getting the opinions of those who would be most affected by a possible repeal of the so-called don't ask, don't tell law. Gates urged servicemembers to provide their input.  -----------------------------------------------
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