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Hagel Thanks Soldier for Confronting Unethical Behavior Online

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked a senior noncommissioned officer for leading by example and defending Army values despite facing harassment after confronting service members who were behaving unethically online. Story

F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter

Japan, Australia to Provide F-35 Maintenance Sites in Pacific Region

Japan and Australia will be sharing maintenance and upgrade duties for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter based or operating in the Pacific region, the program executive officer for the aircraft announced. Story

Army Scientist Tracks Ebola Virus

An Army virologist using diagnostic tools found traces of Ebola virus in patient samples in West Africa, seven years before the largest, deadliest Ebola outbreak took the world by surprise in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Story | Special

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Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Strother proposes to Brittney Apperson during a homecoming ceremony for the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts in Mayport, Fla., Dec. 15, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Wiss

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CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 150 CFC national and international campaigns raising millions of dollars each year. Defense Department employees nationwide have the opportunity to give to the DoD campaign from Sept. 1, 2014 to Dec. 15, 2014. In his memo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his unwavering support for the campaign and strongly encouraged members of the workforce to participate in any way they can. 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 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, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.The Defense Department announced the next unit rotation as the U.S. continues to demonstrate its commitment to reassuring NATO allies. The Defense Department named cyberspace a new domain of warfare in 2011. Today, U.S. Cyber Command, the services, and U.S. partners and allies are working together to make that inherently collaborative, adaptable environment a suitable place for military command and control.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 American Forces Press Services' special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed the Defense Department to conduct a comprehensive review of the Military Health System that will focus on access to care. The review also will assess the safety and quality of health care in military treatment facilities and the health care DOD purchases from civilian providers. The MHS provides health care for more than 9.6 million beneficiaries. The fiscal year 2015 defense budget request works to square priorities with resources, Defense Department officials said while calling for a 1 percent pay raise for the military.

Features

Face of Defense

Air Force Staff Sgt. Andre Hernandez Airman, Working Dog Form Dynamic Duo in Texas

Military working dog handler Air Force Staff Sgt. Andre Hernandez and his canine partner, Ivan, enjoy a close working relationship as they perform a multitude of missions together. Story

In The Spotlight

Office of Personnel Management Explains Dismissal, Closure Procedures

The Office of Personnel Management explained its 2015 Washington metro area operating status dismissal and closure procedures and announced a leave and telework policy change. Story

Military Children

Deadline Nears for Military Child of Year Awards Program Nominations

A deadline extension means friends, families and mentors still have time to nominate children of military families for Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year awards program. Story

Focus on the Forces

New Program Prepares Enlisted Troops for Medical School

A new program provides an opportunity for qualified enlisted members to complete preparatory coursework for their medical school application while maintaining active-duty status. Story

Twitter Activity

U.S. #Marines lead a foot patrol during exercise Forest Light 15-1 on Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Japan. http://t.co/BfjIshLdvK
C-17 Globemaster IIIs deploy flares during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B. http://t.co/RoWuDhjsqz
#SecDef Chuck Hagel Thanks Soldier for Confronting Unethical Behavior Online. story: http://t.co/0JU7YYqy2S http://t.co/HnobWO9gTg
RT @USNATO: Italy -- US paratroopers in airfield seizure exercise at dusk at Rivolto Base, Dec. 10, http://t.co/ARrf5APVi8
RT @PentagonPresSec: .@NoradSanta began when this dept store placed an ad that told kids to call Santa w/ a misprinted number #DefenseQuiz
U.S. Stands with Pakistanis, Afghans Against Taliban http://t.co/bsiytgEs0B
RT @SoldiersMag: After almost 70 years, a #USArmy veteran returns to the cave where he saved lives during the Battle of Okinawa: http://t.c…
RT @DoDNews: DoD Special Report: Battle of the Bulge - 70th Anniversary http://t.co/DmIlXiG72F
There's still time to nominate children of military families for Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year! http://t.co/ytmTdWIUUI
Today is the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. Read POTUS proclamation here http://t.co/yYNo6q6LdB http://t.co/QXRvlsG5HI
The @PentagonPresSec says the budget is still being worked on & is currently not final. Adds "We have to prepare for multiple outcomes."
The @PentagonPresSec says the ID of the threat doesn't matter. "If the troops are threatened, they have the right to defend themselves."
The @PentagonPresSec: "For all intents & purposes, the US mil. mission in Afghanistan has ended." Adds Afghan forces are in full combat lead
Regarding the #Iraq mission: "We want to advise and assist the Iraqi leadership to help them be more inclusive," says @PentagonPresSec

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U.S. Marines lead a foot patrol during exercise Forest Light 15-1 on Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Japan, Dec. 9, 2014. The Marines are assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Warren Peace

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C-17 Globemaster IIIs deploy flares during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B over the Nevada Test and Training Range on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 6, 2014.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler

For more DoD Imagery: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/27k9g


#SecDef Chuck Hagel Thanks Soldier for Confronting Unethical Behavior Online

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with a senior noncommissioned officer Dec. 15 to thank her for leading by example and defending Army values despite facing harassment after confronting service members who were behaving unethically online.


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel Thanks Soldier for Confronting Unethical Behavior Online
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with a senior noncommissioned officer Dec. 15 to thank her for leading by example and defending Army values despite facing harassment after confronting service members who were behaving unethically online.
U.S. Stands With Pakistanis, Afghans Against Taliban

The United States condemns the deadly Taliban attack on a Pakistani school and remains committed to bringing stability to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today, emphasizing that the end of the NATO combat mission does not mean an end to U.S. involvement in the region.


Defense.gov News Article: U.S. Stands With Pakistanis, Afghans Against Taliban
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 The United States condemns the deadly Taliban attack on a Pakistani school and remains committed to bringing stability to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today, emphasizing that the end of the NATO combat mission does not mean an end to U.S…
Pushing Dirt

Sailors conduct a flight deck wash down aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 13, 2014. Peleliu is on its final regularly-scheduled western Pacific deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan J. Batchelder



Wreaths Across America: Honor the Fallen

Wreaths Across America honored fallen service members Dec. 6, 2014 by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery, as well as veterans’ cemet...
Marines shake up the night during training.
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U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during realistic urban training aboard Camp Roberts, Calif., Dec. 7, 2014. RUT prepares the 15th MEU Marines for their upcoming deployment, enhancing their combat skills in environments similar to those they may find in future missions.

U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Steve H. Lopez



There's still time to nominate children of military families for Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year Award! oak.ctx.ly/r/278kg


"On the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, we are called to do more than commemorate a victory. We must honor the sacrifice of a generation who defied every danger to free a continent from fascism."

— President Barack Obama

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Pakistan School Terrorist Attack:

"On behalf of all the men and women of the U.S. Defense Department, I extend our deepest condolences to the people of Pakistan following today's ruthless attack on the army public school in Peshawar. This heartless slaughter of over 100 innocent students and teachers was an act of pure cowardice. The United States remains committed to supporting Pakistan in its efforts to combat extremism and ensure stability in the region. As we stand firm with the Pakistani people and military in their fight against terrorists, we also honor their sacrifices, and join the victims' families and loved ones in their mourning."
U.S. Army soldiers attach cargo to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter on Roberts International Airport in Harbel, Liberia, Dec. 12, 2014. The mission was to airlift incinerators to a new Ebola treatment unit built in support of Operation United Assistance.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brien Vorhees

http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2014/1014_ebola/


#MeetTheScientists: Dr. Phillip Vernon uses his skills as a research scientist to better understand the trials and tribulations of service members. Especially those injured in combat. http://go.usa.gov/FABQ


An aircraft engine is tested on the fantail of aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 11, 2014. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erin Hamilton


Many children are wondering how they can track Santa this holiday season. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby gives one young girl the answer!

Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXW_E5mHof0HYln7C1G7OQNhpNZtlUXN7

For the Santa tracker click here: http://www.noradsanta.org/

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173rd Lithuania man of the year!
Degraded Lift Off

A C-17 Globemaster III takes off from a degraded airfield during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B at the Nevada Test and Training Range on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 6, 2014.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Joshua Kleinholz


U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathon Weimer directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 9, 2014.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez

For more DoD imagery: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/26w0z


A Marine conducts a static line jump from a MV-22B Osprey aircraft during realistic urban training on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Dec. 9, 2014. This Marine is assigned to the Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht

For more DoD imagery: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/26v7n


Defense Threat Reduction Agency develops countermeasures to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

“We plan to be in this business for the long term and need to do biosurveillance and strengthen biosecurity worldwide, helping partner countries build their capacity to prevent, treat and monitor the threat of infectious diseases.”


Defense.gov News Article: DTRA Medical Countermeasures Help West African Ebola Crisis
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 Since 2003, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency has invested more than $300 million to develop medical countermeasures against hemorrhagic fever viruses, and those efforts are paying off today in potential new ways to fight Ebola virus disease.
Holiday wreaths adorn the graves of fallen service members across Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Volunteers placed about 700,000 remembrance wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day. Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/26tlv

DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.

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U.S. sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 5, 2014.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Newman

For more DoD imagery: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/26t2t


The Navy and Army storied rivalry continued, here's imagery from the 2014 game.

Department of Defense photos by EJ Hersom and Marv Lynchard.


115th Army-Navy Football Game
The Navy and Army storied rivalry continued, here's imagery from the 2014 game. Department of Defense photos by EJ Hersom and Marv Lynchard.
#SecDef Chuck Hagel speaks before the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., Dec. 13, 2014.


Defense Secretary Speaks Before Army-Navy Game - YouTube

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks before the 115th Army-Navy Game in Baltimore.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel performs the opening coin toss during the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., Dec. 13.

DoD News photo by EJ Hersom



Army-Navy Game: A Proud History of Tradition
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By Joshua L. Wick Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach You have to go back … pretty far back in history like … WAY BACK to find the […]
Who are you rooting for? Watch the Army-Navy game at 3 PM ET today on CBS.

#GoArmy #GoNavy #ArmyNavy


Suicide rates decline across DoD in the second quarter.

“The goal is to eliminate the stigma of getting help. So there’s been an increase in first-level, peer-to-peer groups, which have made a difference in enabling people who fear they may be jeopardizing their career to reach out for care.”


Defense.gov News Article: Troop Suicide Rates Decline in Second Quarter
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 The Defense Department released the quarterly suicide report for April through June of 2014, and the numbers, officials said, indicate a drop from first-quarter statistics for all services and components.
Before today's Army-Navy game, see the Marines Gunnery Sergeant who leads, mentors and trains the U.S. Navy football team players.

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Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Tim Owens, Senior Enlisted Advisor for the U.S.Naval Academy football team explains his unique role in carrying out the USNAs mission.

DoD multimedia video by Kevin O'Brien



U.S. Airman 1st Class Anthony Hayes keeps guard at a defensive fighting position during Exercise Beverly Bulldog 15-1 on Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Dec. 5, 2014.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Curry

For more DoD imagery: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/26qao



Timeline Photos
Marines with @[198517873554140:274:15th Marine Expeditionary Unit] cover their bases in @[45084588507:274:Los Angeles Dodgers] Stadium during a realistic urban training exercise. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/FnH5 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht/Released) — with Elmer Balino and 5 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.

Blogs

Lead, Mentor, Train: Preparing A New Generation of Leaders
Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Timothy Owens, football team senior enlisted advisor for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., discusses his role and how he is training tomorrow’s leaders.   More
Track Santa Claus With NORAD Website
The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa website, http://www.noradsanta.org/, features a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more for children.    More

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