First Lady, Defense Leaders Release Military Spouse Employment Report

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • First Lady Michelle Obama laughs with Ann Wells, a military spouse, while Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, reviews her notes and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before a Pentagon ceremony to announce the results of a study on military spouse employment,  Feb. 15, 2012. Obama and Dr. Biden released the report, which focuses on ways to ease employment barriers for active duty spouses such as streamlining licencing requirements that vary by state. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta applauds First Lady Michelle Obama at the Pentagon, Feb. 15, 2012, as they discuss a new report focusing on ways to streamline licensing regulations across state lines for military spouses seeking employment. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • First Lady Michelle Obama announces the results of the military spouse employment report at the Pentagon, Feb. 15, 2012. Obama and Dr. Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, released the report, which focuses on ways to ease employment barriers for active duty spouses. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • First Lady Michelle Obama announces the results of the military spouse employment report during a Pentagon ceremony, Feb. 15, 2012. Obama and Dr. Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, released the report with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Dr. Jill Biden discusses a report on military spouse employment during a Pentagon ceremony, Feb. 15, 2012. First Lady Michelle Obama; Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta; Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Ann Wells, a military spouse, participated in the event. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks during a Pentagon ceremony co-hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, announcing the release of the military spouse employment report, Feb. 15, 2012. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during a ceremony announcing a report on military spouse employment as Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden listen at the Pentagon, Feb. 15, 2012.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Ann Wells, a military spouse, speaks during a Pentagon ceremony announcing a report on military spouse employment, Feb. 15, 2012. First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, participated in the event. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Military spouse Ann Wells speaks during a Pentagon ceremony to discuss a study on military spouse employment, Feb. 15, 2012. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, released the report, which focuses on ways to ease employment barriers for active duty spouses, including streamlining licensing requirements that vary by state. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, look on as military spouse Ann Wells speaks at the Pentagon, Feb. 15, 2012, about a report focusing on ways to reduce barriers to military spouses seeking employment. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett