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Carter, Dempsey Announce Commandant Nominee, Praise TroopsThis story contains video.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the president’s nomination of Lt. Gen. Robert Neller as the next Marine Corps commandant and took reporters' questions during a news conference with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey at the Pentagon. Watch the full event here. Video | Transcript | Photos | Special

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Chairman Outlines New Military Strategy, Discusses ISIL With Reporters

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the new National Military Strategy takes into account increasing disorder in the world and the erosion of America’s comparative advantage. Story | Strategy | Photos | Special

DoD Participates in National Exercise to Prevent Cyberattack Against U.S. InfrastructureThis story contains video.

Cyberspace and critical infrastructure operators and experts from more than 100 organizations spanning government, academia, industry and the international coalition joined forces for the annual Cyber Guard exercise. Video | Special

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An Army reservist prepares for a route clearance mission at the Combat Support Training Exercise Center on Fort McCoy, Wis., June 19, 2015. They used a mine-detector vehicle, a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle and a robot to ensure routes were clear of roadside bombs. The soldiers are assigned to the Army Reserve’s 323rd Engineering Clearance Company. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton

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The Department of Defense has ordered a comprehensive review of DoD laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax.The president authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq. He also authorized a humanitarian effort to save thousands of Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar from the threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. The DoD Warrior Games 2015 will feature eight sporting events with approximately 200 athletes representing teams from the Army, Navy Marine Corps, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command. Adaptive sports and athletic reconditioning activities play a fundamental role in the recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of our service members. The events of the DoD Warrior Games 2015 embody the spirit of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and celebrate the triumphs, personal courage and inspirational attitude of our wounded, ill and injured service members.The president, vice president, Defense Department and military leaders deliver messages of hope, encouragement and guidance to the class of 2015. Check out Defense.gov's Special Report: Commencements 2015 to read about their speeches, view photographs and watch videos from the ceremonies. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter travels to Germany, Estonia and Belgium for meetings with European defense ministers and to participate in his first NATO Ministerial as defense secretary. Carter intends to reaffirm continued U.S. commitment to security in the region and hear from U.S. service members stationed in Europe.Defense Secretary Ash Carter seeks to strengthen and modernize alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century defense and sustaining U.S. global leadership.During the month of June, the Defense Department joins the nation in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, or LGBT, Pride Month. During this time, the department recognizes lesbian, gay and bisexual service members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civilians for their dedicated service to both the DoD mission and to our nation.The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request of $534 billion protects America today, while positioning the U.S. military to face the threats of tomorrow. The budget funds ongoing strategic priorities including the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and sustaining a global approach to countering violent extremists.The Defense Department is taking a stand against sexual assault in the military in an effort to maintain the well-being of U.S. service members and their families. Check out Defense.gov’s special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime.The nation's top defense leaders are urging Congress to move now to prevent major, across-the-board spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect Oct 1, 2015.One person has the power to teach resilience, recognize warning signs, intervene, chat, or make a call; it only takes one person or one act to save another person's life. The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has launched the Traumatic brain injury is one of the invisible wounds of war and one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. This Defense.gov special report highlights the Defense Department's efforts to care for wounded warriors suffering from this condition while promoting research to improve diagnosis and treatment.

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Face of Defense

Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Cramer Airman Pursues Passion for Bowling

Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Cramer, a munitions systems technician with the 57th Maintenance Squadron, has loved bowling since he was a boy. Story

Honoring the Fallen

DoD Seeks to Identify USS Oklahoma Fallen

Many of the unidentified remains of service members who died on the USS Oklahoma, which capsized during the attack on Pearl Harbor, are being analyzed for identification through a Defense Department-authorized effort. Story

In The Spotlight

U.S. Army Gen. David G. Perkins Army Explores Ways to Expand ROTC’s Geographic Diversity

The Army is looking at ways to make its ROTC program more representative of the nation, the commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command said. Story

Gen. Larry O. Spencer Innovation Award Air Force Announces New Efficiency Innovation Award

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer unveiled a new award named in Spencer's honor to recognize airmen who find creative ways to save money and time. Story

Focus on the Forces

USNS Mercy mission USNS Mercy Crew Conducts Critical Care Mission

U.S. personnel airlifted six injured people, including an 18-month-old, from a small Papua New Guinean island to the hospital ship for medical care. Story

Military Health

DoD Observes National PTSD Awareness Day

National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day reflects how PTSD became known as an “invisible wound of war” during more than a decade of combat, a Defense Health Agency official said. Story | Blog

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Congratulations to Marine Lt. Gen. Bob Neller on his nomination to be @USMC Commandant. More: http://t.co/3b7GlNxibQ http://t.co/krRtjPZgui
RT @DoDNews: #SecDef Carter and @Martin_Dempsey to conduct a press briefing today at 1:30 pm EDT: LIVE at http://t.co/Mw96tvJXHK http://t.c…
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At our TV studios, the U.S. Naval Observatory is our Time Lord. #LeapSecond #DoctorWho @USNavy https://t.co/XBHNNsZ8Fy
#SecDef Ash Carter welcomes Brazil's Minister of defense Jaques Wagner to the Pentagon. http://t.co/aBHEInJgFO
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RT @DoDNews: Athletes compete in the swimming competition during the 2015 #DoD @warriorgames. http://t.co/yW3f9hlUfg #WarriorGames http://t…
Today is PTSD Awareness Day. #PTSD is a major focus now, and the old stigma is fading away. http://t.co/xJjqupFu0y http://t.co/5TGA6hUjSO
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is visiting Europe during a critical month for the NATO alliance. He traveled to Muenster, Germany yesterday to visit the 1st German-Netherlands Corps, the land component of NATO’s Interim Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, with his German, Dutch and Norwegian counterparts.


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited the German Holocaust memorial today. Located in the center of Berlin, it’s a poignant site that’s meant to honor and remember the roughly six million Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. It was built on the grounds of the former ministerial gardens, which were on the historic grounds of Adolf Hitler’s Reich Chancellery.


DoD Live: Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial Offers Unique Perspective
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter traveled to Germany to hold bilateral and multilateral meetings with European defense ministers. He highlighted the importance of a united NATO and a strong U.S.-German relationship in remarks at the Allianz Forum. On Tuesday in Tallinn, Estonia, Carter will meet with Estonian leaders and commemorate Estonian Victory Day. He will also meet with defense ministers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter boarded an aircraft today for a trip to Germany, Estonia and Belgium this week to hold bilateral and multilateral meetings with European defense ministers and to participate in his first NATO ministerial as defense secretary. To read more about Secretary Carter's trip go to: http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2014/0514_atlanticresolve/


Operation Atlantic Resolve
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The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region.
"I don't want to be who I was, I want to be better. Stop taking your pain and giving up, stop taking your pain and saying, this is why I can't do what I want to do... have your pain push you to greatness. Make it help you. Actually succeed through your struggle, don't give up because of it."
Take a look inside the lives of a few of this year's U.S. Navy 2015 Warrior Games athletes.


Succeed Through Struggle: Navy Safe Harbor's Adaptive Athletics Program

Success is often defined by wins and losses. By life-changing professional achievements or things that give people acclaim in their community. However, the m...
From the DoD family to yours, have a Happy #FathersDay!!



While the athletes of the 2015 Warrior Games inspire us with determination on the field, it's important to remember no one fights alone. Behind each competitor is a team of caregivers like Betty O'Brien who support them through their recovery and rehabilitation.

Betty's story continues here next week as her son participates in the Warrior Games.



After weeks of training, hard work and getting motivated, three military cancer survivors recently took a big step toward getting their minds and bodies back into shape.


DoD Live: Military Cancer Survivors Get Back on Track With 5K
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The 2015 Warrior Games opened today, with about 250 athletes from the United States and United Kingdom gathering at Marine Corps Base Quantico to compete for a different victory: celebrating their new lives and their enduring abilities.


Carter Opens 2015 Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico
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Today I had the honor of speaking at the opening ceremony for the 2015 Warrior Games. For the next 11 days, we will cheer on these amazing athletes - the men and women of the finest fighting force the world has ever known - as they run, shoot, and swim in competition for the Chairman's Cup. I want to wish the best of luck to all the participants and give a special thanks to all the caregivers, coaches, and family members who support our warrior athletes every day.

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

Today I had the honor of speaking at the opening ceremony for the 2015 Warrior Games. For the next 11 days, we will cheer on these amazing athletes - the men and women of the finest fighting force the world has ever known - as they run, shoot, and swim in competition for the Chairman's Cup. I want to wish the best of luck to all the participants and give a special thanks to all the caregivers, coaches, and family members who support our warrior athletes every day.
The 2015 #DoD #WarriorGames Opening Ceremony begins today at 11 a.m. EDT. Watch the event and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter deliver remarks live on http://www.defense.gov/live/
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U.S. Army Maj. Brian Vorse, left, and Army Cpt. Chris Jones fly a UH-72A Lakota helicopter over South Carolina’s major hurricane escape routes, June 10, 2015.

South Carolina National Guard photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Roby Di Giovine


"You're welcome to be on our defense team anytime." Secretary of Defense Ash Carter called Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr to congratulate the team on their recent NBA Finals win. The Warriors visited the Secretary and laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery in February as part of the NBA’s Commitment to Service Program. On the call, Coach Kerr said that the visit to the Pentagon and to Arlington set the stage for everything the team accomplished.


Armed with Science: U.S. Marine Corps were able to turn a lush golf course into a hostile battleground complete with tanks, mortar fire and smoke at a demonstration on May 21 using an augmented reality training system from the Office of U.S. Navy Research.


Navy & Marines Test Glasses for Augmented Reality System
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U.S. Marine Corps participate in Operation Lava Viper, a company assault exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, June 10, 2015. For more photos visit: http://go.usa.gov/3Es76

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ricky S. Gomez


The Warrior Games are all about overcoming adversity, something former U.S. Army Capt. Frank Barroquiero knows all about. Despite a devastating arm injury, he’s a two-time archery medalist. Read more at http://www.dodlive.mil/


Veteran Archer Takes Aim at Warrior Games Team Victory | DoDLive
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At today's House Armed Services Committee Hearing, General Martin E. Dempsey and I talked about the U.S.-led coalition's strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat #ISIL and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)'s role in the associated military campaign. As I told the committee, ISIL must be – and will be – dealt a lasting defeat. And for anyone unsure about America's commitment to that goal, the past few weeks should serve as a reminder to terrorists bent on harming the United States and our interests, whether they are in Syria, Libya, or Yemen – we have the capability to reach out and strike them.

#SecDef Testimony: http://go.usa.gov/3mqej


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At today's House Armed Services Committee Hearing, @[138413236225526:274:General Martin E. Dempsey] and I talked about the U.S.-led coalition's strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat #ISIL and the @[114648515718:274:U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)]'s role in the associated military campaign. As I told the committee, ISIL must be – and will be – dealt a lasting defeat. And for anyone unsure about America's commitment to that goal, the past few weeks should serve as a reminder to terrorists bent on harming the United States and our interests, whether they are in Syria, Libya, or Yemen – we have the capability to reach out and strike them.
#SecDef Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey will testify at 10 a.m. EDT at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. policy and strategy in the Middle East. Watch Live on http://www.defense.gov/live/

Follow the conversation on Twitter by following @DoDNews


The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform aerial demonstrations in F-16 Fighting Falcons during the Wings Over Whiteman airshow at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 14, 2015. To see more photos of the Thunderbirds' airshow demonstration go to: http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/PhotoEssaySS.aspx?ID=6568

United States Air Force photos by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester


Armed with Science: Soldiers have lauded the ballistic protection provided by the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. MRAPs protect against underbody threats, but now a brand new #MRAP feature will help maximize warfighter safety and survivability. U.S. Army


Army Outfits Vehicles with Electronic Stability Control
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The U.S. has joined 16 other NATO and partner nations in a Baltic regional maritime exercise demonstrating various integrated military capabilities. #BALTOPS2015, which began June 5, includes forces from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom.



Three Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) are pierside at Naval Air Station North Island.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young. #Rebalance


Marines and U.S. Navy sailors carry fellow service members using a technique called the fireman’s carry during the commanding general’s run on Onslow Beach, N.C., June 11, 2015. The Marines are assigned to the 2nd Marine Logistics Group.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anthony Quintanilla #ForceoftheFuture


Meet Chief Warrant Officer 3 Timothy Sifuentes. Sifuentes is one of approximately 200 athletes competing in the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va., June 19-28, 2015. Representing teams include U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, United States Air Force, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and British Armed Forces.


Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Soldier Finds New Ways to Take Flight
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