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 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.
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
U.S. Navy Diver 2nd Class Roberto Valez enters the water during training in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 25, 2014. Valez is assigned to Commander Task Group 56.1, which conducts mine countermeasures, explosive ordnance disposal, salvage diving and force protection operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Wyatt Huggett
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work engages with troops at the Train, Advise and Assist Command South headquarters on Kandahar Airfield, 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
U.S. soldiers participate in a Turkey Bowl as part of Thanksgiving activities on Camp Stanley, South Korea, Nov. 27, 2014. The soldiers, who competed in basketball and football tournaments, are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Schneider
An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter transports dry cargo and ammunition from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during a replenishment at sea in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 26, 2014. The Vinson is Carl Vinson 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 3rd Class Eric Coffer
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.
Army Sgt. William Orr throws a hand grenade during infantry testing on Fort Bragg, N.C, Nov. 18, 2014. Orr is an infantryman assigned to 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Eliverto Larios
In proclaiming November as Military Family Month, President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said "we affirm our solemn vow to serve these families as well as they serve us."
Marines endure the Crucible, a 54-hour training exercise, on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. The exercise forces recruits to combine and employ everything they have learned during the previous three months. Recruits cannot become a U.S. Marine unless they complete the event. DoD screen shot
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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