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Deputy Secretary Visits Deployed Troops In Afghanistan

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work traveled to Afghanistan Nov. 27-28 to visit U.S. service members during the Thanksgiving holiday and thank them for their service, according to a DoD news release. Story | Photos | Release

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Hagel Calls Service Members on Thanksgiving to Express Gratitude

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called service members taking part in operations around the world to thank them for their service and sacrifice, and to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving, according to a DoD press release. Story

President Barack Obama

President Makes Holiday Calls to Troops

President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with deployed members of the U.S. armed forces to offer his profound gratitude for their service, according to a White House press release. Story

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U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work engages in an informal question-and-answer session with soldiers assigned to the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2014. Work traveled to Afghanistan to personally thank deployed troops on Thanksgiving Day for their service and sacrifice this holiday season. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett

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Features

Face of Defense

Tony LittleHawk Native American Vietnam Vet Takes Spiritual Path

A Cherokee tribe member and veteran of the Vietnam War now serves as a sun dancer, spiritual adviser and counselor for the Native American community, after a spending 16 years as a member of a motorcycle club. Story

National Guard

National Guard Continues Storm Relief Mission

The New York National Guard had 780 personnel on duty in western New York as part of Operation Lake Effect, the relief mission for areas blanketed last week by up to 7 feet of snow. Story | Photos

Military Families

Officials Highlight Health, Wellness Resources For Military Families

As efforts continue to strengthen service members and their families, Pentagon officials held a Bloggers Roundtable to highlight the myriad resources available to tackle the unique military and transitional challenges those who serve may face. Story | Blog | Special

In The Spotlight

DARPA’s Synthetic Biology Work Targets Diseases, New Materials

Soldiers, military scientists and Defense Department civilians are on the ground in West Africa to help stop history’s largest Ebola outbreak, and now innovators at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are turning their job of changing what’s possible to the fight against infectious diseases. Story | Special

Warrior Care

Wright Salutes Warriors’ ‘Courage and Resilience'

Honoring wounded, ill and injured warriors with a month-long recognition is “hugely important,” Jessica L. Garfola Wright, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

#POTUS spoke by telephone with deployed service members to offer his profound gratitude for their service. http://t.co/uBEKysNZsb
Beat the crowd with this technique to score all the #BlackFriday deals. http://t.co/6YVvW8s3TY
#Marine secures the blades of an AH-1Z Super Cobra helicopter on the USS San Diego in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR @USMC http://t.co/iQIUqUdoJm
RT @usairforce: We're thankful for all our #Airmen's service. Enjoy the day & remember those who aren't able to be home. Happy #Thanksgivi
#SecDef called service members around the world to thank them and to wish them a #HappyThanksgiving. http://t.co/dKJOXbE1ry
.@DepSecDefWork and his wife join U.S. service members for #Thanksgiving dinner on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. http://t.co/BWWPS3aUN3
RT @USNavy: This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for our #USNavy family. Send some love to your Sailor using #ThankMySailor and we will RT.
RT @USMC: No matter where today finds you, know we are thankful for the Corps. Happy #Thanksgiving, Marines. Chow down. http://t.co/rJPS…
Today we give thanks for all our service members, DoD civilians, contractors and their families. Happy Thanksgiving! http://t.co/lYzIWzkwA1
Turning Routine Jobs into Holiday Joy: Service members prepare turkeys for a Thanksgiving Day meal. http://t.co/LxflbxTxbK
Find out what it takes to make Thanksgiving dinner on a @USNavy aircraft carrier here, http://t.co/H8ZmM6UoyG. http://t.co/COZ7axywih
RT @CENTCOM: U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria Nov. 21-24: http://t.co/6lBzjL4g…
RT @USArmy: Turkeys fly military air to #USArmy in Africa, Middle East this Thanksgiving http://t.co/ApJPhVSUP2 http://t.co/ljZvYf1yVJ
RT @MarForEUR_AF: MV-22B Ospreys w/ #SPMAGTF Crisis Response Africa in support of the Ebola Response, Op. #UnitedAssistance, Nov. 16. http:…
A Little Dirt Never Hurt — @USNavy #Seaman levels concrete at the U.S. Navy @seabeehistory http://t.co/kq7xHrKeAt
RT @jtfbravo: More than 45 service members from #JTFBravo, help build 10 homes during a @Habitat_org build in La Paz, #Honduras. http://t.c…

Facebook Activity

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work traveled to Afghanistan Nov. 27-28 to visit U.S. service members during the Thanksgiving holiday and thank them for their service. While there, Work made several stops visiting ISAF, NATO and Afghan forces in Kabul, Kandahar, Gamberi and Jalalabad to commend them on their ongoing efforts and successes. At each location, Work met with service members and expressed SecDef's and his own appreciation for their service, and that of their families during this critical time. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/242nw


The make-believe soft robot in Disney’s newest movie Big Hero 6 has roots in real-world robotics research!

Check out the inflatable robots created by DARPA that inspired the film.


Inflatable Robots: Art Imitates Life
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The make-believe soft robot in Disney’s newest movie has roots in real-world robotics research! <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/11/26/inflatable-robots-art-imitates-life/"><br/>Read More</a>
Look who got all the deals this #BlackFriday.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown


U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Shane Rutherford practices using a portable exothermic cutting unit in the welding booth on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf, Nov. 9, 2014. The carrier is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick Brown

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#SecDef called service members taking part in operations around the world to thank them for their service and sacrifice, and to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving. He expressed his appreciation for their service in defending the United States, and supporting our allies and partners. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/23xy9
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work serves sliced turkey to troops and staff waiting in line for Thanksgiving lunch on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2014. Work visited Afghanistan to thank service men and women for their service during the holidays. (DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett)


The President today spoke by telephone with deployed members of the U.S. Armed Forces to offer his profound gratitude for their service. Specifically, the President convened phone calls with representatives of each of the five service branches: the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard. The President underscored to each U.S. service member that he was expressing his appreciation on Thanksgiving Day on behalf of a grateful nation. He further noted that while they were engaged in distinct missions—from supporting the effort to stamp out Ebola on the frontlines to helping to prosecute the campaign against ISIL—their objective was singular: the safety and security of the American people.
Today we give thanks for all our service members, DoD civilians, contractors and their families. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Navy Chief Petty Officer Michael Coffman's daughters welcome him home after a six-month deployment at the submarine piers on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 21, 2014. Coffman is assigned to the fast attack submarine USS Columbia.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Khor

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More than 40,000 Sailors are spending this holiday on watch in defense of their country and loved ones back home.

Find out what it takes to make Thanksgiving dinner happen on the deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).


Giving Thanks for Navy’s Worldwide Presence
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Story by Sandy Gall Infographic by Khanh Hong U.S. Navy Social and Emerging Media Our Sailors are where it matters, when it matters… every day… every hour… every holiday. While […]
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Falcon fighter aircraft takes off during exercise Carolina Thunder 14 on McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, S.C., Nov. 15, 2014.

South Carolina National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Airman Megan Floyd

For more photos from Carolina Thunder 14: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/23ung


The U.S. Navy is creating renewable fuels from the molecular level up.

Get the scoop on today's #MeetTheScientists.


Meet the Scientists: Dr. Ben Harvey
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Dr. Ben Harvey shows us smart chemistry in motion…literally! Find out how the Navy is creating renewable fuels from the molecular level up. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/11/24/meet-the-scientists-dr-ben-harvey/"><br/>Read More</a>



The Crucible is the culminating event in recruit training. Only after the completion of this event will these recruits earn the title of United States Marine. "For the Drill Instructors, they're giving 110%. You're trying to make a brother. We have brothers out there that we don't want to let down."— Sgt. Matthew Medzis, Drill Instructor
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel remains focused on the defense mission as the search for his successor begins, says Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.

“It's very much for him about, you know, continuing to keep -- to keep his foot on the pedal and moving forward."


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel Focused on Defense Mission, Kirby Says
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is focused on the defense mission as the search for his successor begins, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dwight P. Church silently issues a hand signal to soldiers during Exercise Combined Resolve III in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 17, 2014. Church is assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion. 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

U.S. Army photo by Army Sgt. William A. Parsons

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Marine Lance Cpl. Corey W. Dahmen provides security during training for noncombatant evacuation operations on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014. Dahmen is a rifleman assigned to Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos

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A soldier provides security during an assault on a captured electrical facility as part of exercise Carolina Thunder 14 at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C., Nov. 15, 2014. The soldier is assigned to the South Carolina National Guard's 1st Battalion, 118th Combined Arms Battalion.

South Carolina National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago

For more photos from Carolina Thunder 14: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/23m9f


Military veterans honor their Native American Heritage and service during a special community event.

“In Native American culture, if you’re a warrior, it’s the highest honor you can have. At the pow-wows, we accept all veterans, whether they are Native American or not, because we are all warriors."


Defense.gov News Article: Military Vets Honor Native American Heritage
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SOUTH GATE, Calif., Nov. 24, 2014 As a Native American warrior chant and rhythmic drumbeats echo throughout the campground, a Tigua tribe member and Vietnam veteran puts on the finishing touches of his Gourd Society regalia and greets his fellow veterans at the annual pow-wow.



Paratroopers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division return home from a deployment to Afghanistan, Nov. 24, at Fort Bragg, N.C.Welcome Home Devils! Thank you for your service!#devils #strike #news #follow #usarmy #army #thankyou #soldier #goodevening #american
Army engineers team up with Liberian engineers to build an Ebola Treatment Unit.

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Engineers from the U.S. Army and the Armed Forces of Liberia work together to build an Ebola Treatment Unit as part of Operation United Assistance. The engineers from both countries also spent time showing each other techniques to bring to their next building sites.

U.S. Army video by Sgt. David Greeson



Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reminds all service members, DoD civilians, contractors and their families to be safe this holiday season.

"Historically the department suffers an increased number of preventable off-duty fatalities between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, which are exceptionally heartbreaking during a season devoted to celebrating with friends and family. Before the holidays begin, please reinforce throughout your organizations and activities the importance of safety and the need for good judgment."

Read the full message.


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel: Celebrate Safely During the Holiday Season
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2014 It’s important to think and act with safety in mind when celebrating the holidays with friends and family, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a message issued yesterday to service members, DoD civilians, contractors, and their families.
Marines carry out a fire mission during an exercise on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014. The Marines are assigned to India Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The exercise trains different elements of the unit to work together to complete a wide variety of missions.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean R. Berry

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U.S. Army paratroopers and soldiers from Estonia, Czech Republic and Germany conduct an assault in an urban environment during training on the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Nov. 19, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach

For more DoD imagery: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/23ezn


Statement from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey on the resignation of Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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General Martin E. Dempsey

The Joint Chiefs and I have been proud to serve under the leadership of Secretary Hagel. He led the military at a particularly difficult time in our history. He set us on course for many lasting reforms. He challenged us every day to adapt and innovate to changing times. Secretary Hagel brought a soldier's heart to work every day. He cared deeply for our young men and women in uniform, and they had no greater advocate. His insight into the nature of military service was both rare and welcome.I am better for having served with him and will miss his leadership.
Read Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's statement of resignation.

"I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that this morning, President Obama accepted my letter of resignation. I have agreed to continue to serve as Secretary of Defense until my successor is confirmed by the United States Senate."


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I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that this morning, President Obama accepted my letter of resignation. I have agreed to continue to serve as Secretary of Defense until my successor is confirmed by the United States Senate. You should know I did not make this decision lightly. But af…
President Barack Obama to make a personnel announcement today at 11:10 AM ET.

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Marines perform preflight checks on a KC-130 Hercules aircraft on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Nov. 17, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves

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U.S. Marines and Brunei forces conduct military operations in urban terrain training during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Brunei 2014 on Camp Penanjong, Brunei, Nov. 13, 2014. The annual bilateral exercise includes the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations, including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cedric R. Haller II

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