Magazine article The Quill

Pentagon Rescinds Ban on Releasing Soldier Names

Magazine article The Quill

Pentagon Rescinds Ban on Releasing Soldier Names

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The Pentagon will soon rescind its policy of not allowing reporters to identify by full name military personnel who are interviewed in the field, Rear Adm. Craig Quigley announced Oct. 17 during a Newseum panel discussion in Arlington, Va. Quigley, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, made the announcement after Susanne Schafer, who covers the Pentagon for The Associated Press, questioned the efficacy of the policy.

Schafer complained that a press pool had not been activated and reporters were not allowed to accompany ground forces near Afghanistan.

"When you're out with the military in the field, they want you there," she said. "You are a boost to their morale."

Quigley replied that about 40 individuals from different news organizations were out on aircraft carriers and that his office was moving to get them on to amphibious ships launching missions.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. …

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