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Officials List Medical Protocols for DoD Civilian Employees

Pentagon officials have issued a memorandum that lays out the protocols civilian employees will follow upon return from deployment to West Africa to assist the fight against Ebola. Story | Special

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Pentagon Leaders Discuss Progress Against ISIL During Briefing

Defense Department leaders discussed the progress made against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria as implementation of the broader comprehensive strategy in the Middle East continues. Story | Special | Transcript

Obama Designates Military Family Month

Noting the "unfailing duty and devotion” of military families, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month. Story | Proclamation

Russian Air Maneuvers Pose Risk, Official Says

Russian military aircraft have stepped-up maneuvers over European airspace in what a Pentagon spokesman called a potential risk to security and civilian aviation. Story

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Photo: LAVA TEMPERATURE

Senior Airman Rory Valle checks the temperature of hardened lava at the Puna lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii, Oct. 30, 2014. Upwards of the flow, temperatures beneath the dried top layer still exceed 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Valle is assigned to Hawaii Air National Guard's 291st Combat Communications Squadron. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Gray

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Face of Defense

Marine Corps 1st Lt. Thomas Heemer Marine Runs Marine Corps Marathon On Treadmill at Sea

Marine Corps 1st Lt. Thomas Heemer ran the Marine Corps Marathon on a treadmill aboard the USS New York at sea. Story

In The Spotlight

DoD Releases Strategic Sustainability Plan

The Defense Department released a plan intended to mitigate the effects of climate change on military operations and national security in what officials describe as a comprehensive framework for action through 2020. Story

Military Medical Students Learn to Care for Combat Injured

About 170 medical students from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences recently experienced the demands of caring for patients in a simulated combat environment. Story

Defense Department Honors 2014 Disability Award Winners

Outstanding achievements in the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities were honored at the Defense Department’s 34th annual Disability Awards ceremony at the Pentagon. Story | Special

Cybersecurity

Cybercom Chief Calls Partnerships Vital to Network Security

Cyber is the ultimate team sport, and it will take true partnerships between defense and industry to protect the nation’s information systems, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told an audience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

RT @WhiteHouse: Watch President Obama and @FLOTUS welcome kids to Trick-or-Treat at the White House → http://t.co/zkpwEAoVVY https://t.co/X…
RT @DoDNews: Even out to sea, this #Marine didn't let deployment make him miss the @USMC Marathon. http://t.co/SU8u9n77Da http://t.co/dN0AE…
RT @WhiteHouse: "Happy Halloween...I am not going to be too long. I’ve got to get back and Trick-or-Treat with Michelle tonight." —Obama at…
Via @PentagonPresSec, #Syria is a "very mixed, fluid situation. On any given day the situation changes. If we need to adjust, we adjust."
Re #ISIL int'l efforts, #DoD is "not aware of any coordination/collaboration" w/ #China, but would welcome their participation. #pressbrief
The @PentagonPresSec says #DoD can't force civilians headed to W. Africa to undergo controlled #Ebola monitoring regiment . #pressbrief
Regarding #Syria: "The strategy is working & it's going to take time." Adds that you can't determine strategy success in the first 3 months.
Via @PentagonPresSec: "Our role inside #Syria is to deny sanctuary & safe haven to #ISIL", adds #AssadRegime needs to go. #pressbrief
Civilians going to W.Africa have 2 options: active monitoring & normal duties or voluntarily participate in mil-controlled monitoring #Ebola
Controlled monitoring: Via @PentagonPresSec, there is "a new memo to pre + post deployment" for military, civilian personnel. #Ebola
.@PentagonPresSec Rear Adm. John Kirby to brief the press at 1:30 PM EDT. Watch LIVE: http://t.co/DaYxajUnm6
A UH-60 moves behind the fuel hose of a KC-130J during night time aerial refueling training. http://t.co/RS5sYiqIph http://t.co/JgVbIe9bOl
"We shouldn't find excuses, we should find workarounds." Meet @NSA_PAO's blind mathematician. http://t.co/AS6AzX9FAu
U.S. and partner nation military forces continue to attack #ISIL terrorists in #Syria & #Iraq. http://t.co/NNnphMUEW8
RT @US_Stratcom: A @whitemanspirit B-2 taxis on a flight line during Exercise Global Thunder 15 - more photos @ http://t.co/QCnTrympA5 http…
RT @DirectorDMA: Every picture tells a story. Thank you @USMC for your sacrifice and service. #semperfi http://t.co/Bd5QMTJ0QA http://t.co/…
RT @PellerinDoDNews: USAMRIID medical research institute contributes > #Ebola #vaccine developmnt effort http://t.co/L4vvfwfgfd @DoDNews h…
RT @PellerinDoDNews: .@USArmy expeditionary lab team deploys to Liberia #Ebola http://t.co/VEZXRXRP1j 1st Area Medical Lab @20thCBRNE http:…
A Marine signals the landing zone for an MV-22B Osprey during a vertical assault raid exercise http://t.co/3rfSvwZ3Ki http://t.co/XRZX6i1rGr

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Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby to brief the press at 1:30 PM EDT.

Watch LIVE: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1ytvw
A team of highly trained soldier-scientists will deploy to Liberia to establish four labs for #Ebola surveillance and the testing of patient samples.


Defense.gov News Article: Army Expeditionary Laboratory Team to Deploy to Liberia
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 A highly trained team of soldier-scientists who are part of an Army expeditionary laboratory unit is deploying to Liberia for up to a year to establish four labs outside Monrovia and contribute to the U.S. effort to halt Ebola outbreaks in West Africa.
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials said, U.S. and partner-nation military forces conducted four airstrikes in Iraq yesterday and today, using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists.

In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani damaged four #ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL building. In Iraq, airstrikes near Fallujah and Bayji struck small ISIL units. An airstrike near Qaim destroyed an ISIL checkpoint and an ISIL vehicle, and an airstrike north of Tikrit struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed three ISIL-occupied buildings.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1yrpd
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter moves behind the fuel hose of a KC-130J Super Hercules during night time aerial refueling training on Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., Oct. 22, 2014.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. J. R. Heins

For more great imagery: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1yrmc


Army Reserve Maj. Russell Anderson descends to the ground after jumping from a C-130 Hercules aircraft over Coyle drop zone, N.J., Oct. 24, 2014. Anderson is assigned to the New Jersey National Guard's 404th Civil Affairs Battalion.

National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht

Check out more photos of the airborne operations: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1yqfn



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The Journey to become a Scout Sniper. Hand-selected Marines spend countless hours learning the skills needed to complete the Pre-Scout Sniper Training Course. Read more: http://ow.ly/Dx1kT — with AkaRia Dah and 14 others.
Each week, we will feature an image from the Marine Corps, highlighting current events around the world. The image will be placed on our avatar to be seen by all of our fans. Click on the photos in our Photos of the week album for detailed information about the image. Semper Fidelis.
The best leaders put themselves in the shoes of those they are leading. These U.S. Army officers took this literally during the grueling Mungadai Challenge.

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It's not easy becoming a leader. Sometimes it takes stepping into the shoes, or boots, of those below you to understand and excel. Officers with 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division took on the Mungadai Challenge to become more well-rounded leaders.

Video by Sgt. Meghan Berry



The Disability Awards Ceremony will take place today at 2 PM EDT at the Pentagon.

Watch live: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1ylng
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will conduct a briefing today at 1:30 PM EDT.

Watch LIVE: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1ylac
Get all the information on how the DoD is helping fight #Ebola in West Africa as part of #OperationUnitedAssistance.


Defense.gov Special Report: DoD Helps Fight Ebola in West Africa
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In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Department has made critical contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Chief among these are the deployment of up to 4,000 men and women in uniform to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Oper…
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct 12 airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials said, U.S. and partner-nation military forces conducted two airstrikes in Iraq yesterday and today, using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against #ISIL terrorists.

In Syria, 10 airstrikes near Kobani struck two small ISIL units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions and five ISIL-occupied buildings. Additionally, an ISIL headquarters building was damaged near Dayr Az Zawr, and an ISIL security building was damaged near Raqqah.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1yj4k
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Hawaii Air National Guard

Soldiers and Airmen of the Hawaii National Guard are called to state active duty in support of the lava flow response in the Puna district of Hawaii.
Pilots from the Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron perform the crossover break maneuver during a practice show in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 25, 2014.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez

For more photos: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1yhui


Big Guns

U.S Marines turn in their M240B machine guns on Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan following the end of Regional Command Southwest operations in Helmand province, Oct. 27, 2014.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signed an order that validated a recommendation from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to place all U.S. military service members returning from Ebola response efforts in West Africa into a 21-day controlled monitoring regimen.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1ydxp
Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Ethan Walton directs a light armored vehicle off a landing craft air cushion. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is returning home after a deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability, increasing theater security cooperation and a forward naval presence.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Andrew Hays


Heavy Lifting

U.S. soldiers conduct rearm, resupply and refuel operations on Hohenfels Training Area, Germany Oct. 26, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment.

U.S. Army photo by Capt. John Farmer

Check out more photos of Combined Resolve II: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1y8oe


Sunset at Sea

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush travels through the Gulf of Aden, Oct. 23, 2014. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after supporting maritime security operations and strike operations in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Abe McNatt


Army chaplain takes charge of her breast cancer diagnosis.

"She's being the boss of the situation. She's not letting cancer beat her; she's beating cancer."


Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Chaplain Fights Cancer on Own Terms
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RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 28, 2014 On Oct. 12, Army Chaplain (Maj.) Melissa Culbreth sat laughing and joking in a chair on the front porch of the farm where she works in Franklinton, North Carolina. The North Carolina National Guard chaplain’s signature red hair was styled into five braids.
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using attack and fighter aircraft to conduct four airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials said, U.S. and partner-nation military forces conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq yesterday and today using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists.

In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and a small ISIL unit.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1y3no
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby to brief the press at 2 PM EDT.

Watch LIVE: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1y2id
Navy physician brings years of expertise to the #Ebola fight.

He is one of the 30-member team training to rapidly and effectively respond to an Ebola outbreak in the U.S.


Defense.gov News Article: Navy Physician Provides Ebola Treatment Expertise to DoD Team
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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 27, 2014 The Defense Department’s unprecedented mission of establishing a 30-member team to rapidly and effectively respond to any potential Ebola virus outbreak in the U.S. has brought some of the U.S. military health system’s best medical prof…
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Marines fire rockets in the field.


Marines Fire Rockets during Live-Fire Exercise - YouTube

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment fire multiple rocket systems during a live-fire training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Oct. ...
#MeetTheScientists: Things moving on their own? It’s not ghosts, it's #chemistry.


Meet the Scientists: Dr. Tim White
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Meet the Scientists: Turning transparent things into reflective ones? Making materials move on their own? Who knew government chemical engineering could be so...cool. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/10/27/meet-the-scientists-dr-tim-white/"><br/>Read More</a>
A U.S. Marine prepares to load onto a KC-130 aircraft on the Camp Bastion flightline, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014. The battalion was the final Marine Corps infantry battalion to serve in Helmand province as the Marine Corps ended its operations. The Marine is assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. John Jackson

For more great DoD photos: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1xyq8


Election day is fast approaching. No matter where you are stationed, registering to vote and getting your absentee ballot is simple, fast and easy.


Defense.gov Special Report: Send Your Vote Home
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Election day, Nov. 4, 2014, is fast approaching. No matter where you are stationed, registering to vote and getting your absentee ballot is simple, fast and easy.
Marines and United Kingdom service members turn over control of Helmand province, Afghanistan, to Afghan forces.

“We feel very confident with the Afghan security forces as they continue to grow in their capacity and they continue to work better between the police and the army."


Defense.gov News Article: Marines, Brits Turn Over Helmand Bases to Afghan Forces
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HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014 U.S. Marines and service members from the United Kingdom left Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, turning their facilities over to the Afghan security forces.
Navy Cmdr. James Lawler, right, demonstrates the removal of personal protective equipment to members of a 30-person team training at San Antonio Military Medical Center, Texas, Oct. 24, 2014. The team is training to respond in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States.

DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

View more photos of the Ebola training: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1xv6i



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