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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

Defense Secretary Prepares for Travel to Germany, India, Australia This story contains video.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Germany, India and Australia next week to focus on protecting U.S. interests around the globe. Video | Story

Russia Increases Presence on Ukraine Border

Russian troops have moved closer to the border with Ukraine and continue to build their military capabilities in the region, a Pentagon spokesman said. Story

Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove

Breedlove Visits U.S. Troops at Missile Units in TurkeyThis story contains video.

NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe visited U.S. soldiers in Turkey at NATO-controlled Patriot missile units deployed against possible attacks from Syria. Video | Story

Military Responders Help Battle Ebola Outbreak

Defense Department personnel are on the ground in West Africa and in U.S. laboratories fighting to control the worst outbreak in the African history of the Ebola virus. Story

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Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Noel Larson and Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nick Gliem line up their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for its next water drop to help fight wildfires near the Chiwaukum Creek and Carlton Complex fires outside Leavenworth, Wash., July 31, 2014. Larson and Gliem are pilots assigned to the Washington National Guard's 66th Theater Aviation Command. Washington National Guard photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dave Goodhue

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Face of Defense

Soldier Leads Troops in Woodshop

Army Spc. Keith Harris of the Indiana National Guard strives to provide good leadership to his soldiers in the woodshop in Afghanistan. Story

In The Spotlight

DoD Honors Recruitment Program Participants

Defense Department officials hosted a July 28 awards ceremony for participants in the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities. Story

Focus on the Forces

Navy, Marines Kick Off Singapore-Based Exercise

The exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Singapore is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations in Southern and Southeast Asia. Story

Guard, Reserve News

Reserve Medical Soldiers Train Overseas

The Overseas Deployment Training program and Operation Atlantic Resolve, brought many Reservists to Europe. Story

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RT @WhiteHouse: "The American people demand and deserve a strong and focused effort on the part of all of us to keep our country moving for…
RT @WhiteHouse: "We are now in a 6-month streak with at least 200,000 new jobs each month—the first time that’s happened since 1997." —Pres…
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.@PentagonPresSec Re Ukraine: Our support to the #Ukraine armed forces is of non-lethal support — There is not a U.S military solution.
.@PentagonPresSec Re #Gaza : Of course we have concerns about civilian casualties. The #SecDef expressed concerns and the need to minimize
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.@PentagonPresSec Re Ukraine: The Russian gov't continues to support separatists and that activity continues to destabilize the situation
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Researchers are testing a body-worn microclimate cooling system to keep crew members cool inside the aircraft.

“It’s the same technology that’s in your air conditioner or in your refrigerator, except instead of conditioning air, it chills a fluid. And then it pumps that fluid through a tube-lined cooling vest.”


Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will embark on an around-the-world trip next week focused on protecting U.S. interests but with a special emphasis on the Asia-Pacific.

Hagel will meet with his counterparts in Germany, India and Australia on what will be his 15th international trip as defense chief.

Read more:http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122822

Breedlove: NATO must redefine responses to unconventional threats
NATO’s top military commander on Thursday said the alliance should redefine its core commitment to defend its members from external aggression by factoring in new and unconventional threats such as cyberwarfare and irregular militia operations.
Falling with Style

Paratroopers perform a heavy equipment drop and parachute assault during training on Malamute drop zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 23, 2014.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)

G-7 Leaders Statement on Ukraine | The White House
We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council, and the President of the European Commission, join in expressing our grave concern about Russia’s continued actions to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial…
U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces are sharpening their skills during exercise Malabar 2014.

Malabar 2014

U.S. Navy-Indian Navy-Japanese Self Defense Force trilateral naval field exercise. Read story at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=82478
Row Your Boat

Members of the Jamaica Special Operations team row their raft across Lake Pastrana, Colombia, to get to the next station of the Fuerzas Comando Aquatics event, July 27. The Fuerzas Comando competition was first established in 2004, has 17 participating nations this year, and continues to build the required capacity to confront common threats that cannot be defeated by traditional military means alone.



Special Delivery

A U.S. Navy sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington signals the pilot of an SA330J Puma helicopter as it delivers supplies to the ship's flight deck during a replenishment-at-sea in the Waters East of Okinawa, July 28, 2014. The helicopter crew is assigned to the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry.

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik)

Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

Earlier today, Secretary Hagel spoke with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon regarding the situation in Gaza. Minister Ya'alon thanked Secretary Hagel for his support for the defense of Israel, particularly Iron Dome which is continuing to save countless Israeli lives. Secretary Hagel reiterated the United States' support for Israel's security and its right to defend itself. Secretary Hagel also expressed the United States' continued concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and loss of Israeli lives, as well as the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Secretary Hagel stressed the need for a humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement, and reaffirmed the U.S. view that any process to resolve the crisis in Gaza in a lasting and meaningful way must lead to the disarmament of Hamas and all terrorist groups.

Yesterday marked the start of the Military Child Coalition 2014 National Training Seminar. General Martin E. Dempsey opened the event which provides in-depth coverage of current issues relevant to military-connected children during a period of significant change and challenge. Take a look at some of the photos he shared from the event on his Facebook page.

Military Child Education Coalition Training Seminar - July 29

Yesterday, Deanie and I spent part of the morning with some incredible military kids and educators from the Military Child Education Coalition. As the military's highest ranking student, education is an important topic to me and ensuring great educational opportunities for our military children will always be a priority. MCEC, I'm proud of all you do in support of our military and our families!
Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Bob McDonald as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs:

I applaud the overwhelming, bipartisan confirmation of Bob McDonald as our next Secretary of Veterans Affairs. As a veteran himself and a proud member of a military family, Bob is deeply committed to serving our veterans and their families. And as an executive with decades of private-sector experience, he is uniquely equipped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to help change the way the VA does business. As a country, we have a solemn duty to serve our veterans as well as they have served us. I know Bob will help us honor that commitment and make sure every veteran gets the care they deserve, the benefits they’ve earned, and the chance to pursue the American Dream they’ve risked so much to protect.

Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet kicks off 20th annual exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore.

"Nearly twenty years later, thousands of CARAT Singapore alumni have risen through the ranks of the RSN and the U.S. Seventh Fleet, strengthening our military to military relationship and contributing to regional security and stability in ways that benefit the entire region's maritime nations."

Read more: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=82461

Load Up!

U.S. airmen work together to tighten cables securing a heavy expanded mobility tactical truck aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft after offloading six Afghan vehicles on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 20, 2014.


(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, speaks at a roll-out ceremony for the first two #F35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, July 24, 2014.

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top defense, security and diplomatic leaders participate in the Aspen Security Forum,... Calling alliances and partnerships the bedrock of U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III,... Army Staff Sgt.
#BlueAngels Above

Navy Cmdr. Tom Frosch leads a roll maneuver by the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron, during the Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show on Offutt Air Force Base. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 68 demonstrations at 34 locations across the United States in 2014. Frosch is the squadron's flight leader and commanding officer.

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau announcement:

"I welcome the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's announcement today that 17,000 service members and other consumers will receive a total of $92 million in debt relief from Rome Finance, whose unlawful, predatory lending schemes specifically targeted active-duty military personnel serving
nationwide. No one who serves our country in uniform - especially during a time of war - should ever fall victim to predatory financial practices, and today's announcement is an important step in righting this wrong. The Department of Defense is grateful to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for its efforts on behalf of our troops, veterans, and military families, and we appreciate its ongoing partnership in helping equip service members and their loved ones with the right tools and information so they can safely navigate today's complex financial world."

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work addresses Air Force leaders at the Pentagon, yesterday. Work discussed budgetary concerns and the overall way ahead for the Air Force.

(DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)

Today marks the start of the Military Child Coalition 2014 National Training Seminar. This event provides in-depth coverage of current issues relevant to military-connected children during a period of significant change and challenge.

(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Barber)

Read more: http://www.militarychild.org/news-and-events/2014-National-Training-Seminar

"There are lots of ways of breaking the locks on computer systems. We spend far too much time dumbly replacing locks and not nearly enough performing new research.”

— Dr. Sunny Fugate

Meet the Scientists: Dr. Sunny Fugate
Meet the Scientists: Dr. Sunny Fugate is applying some cowboy diplomacy in what he calls "the Wild West of cyber". <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/07/28/meet-the-scientists-dr-sunny-fugate/"><br/>Read More</a>
Eye on the Target

A member of the Special Operations Team from Peru takes aim during the rifle marksmanship competition July 24 as part of Fuerzas Comando 2014 in Fort Tolemaida, Colombia. Fuerzas Comando 2014 is a military exercise consisting of a skills competition between military and police Special Operations teams from the Western Hemisphere. The event is hosted by Colombia from July 23 – 31 in Tolemaida. Security forces from 17 countries, including the United States, are taking part in the challenging contest, which promotes military-to-military relationships, increased interoperability and improved regional security.

#FuerzasComando #Colombia

Read more:http://www.southcom.mil/newsroom/Pages/Fuerzas-Comando-2014.aspx

Splash Landing!

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 and divers from New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, Australia and Chile recover their boats into the well deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) after conducting night dives off the coast of San Diego during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Scott)

"While I'm honored to have received them, the medals weren't important to me," Scott said. "What was important was that I was able to serve and defend the greatest country in the world; the country that I love."

Three-war veteran recognized, honored nearly 60 years after service > U.S. Air Force > Article...
"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." - Leo Tolstoy,
It's Getting Hot in Here

Marines train to fight fires and rescue aircraft on Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., July 22, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting. The training ensures familiarity with the gear and increases proficiency and response times within the unit.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick J. McMahon)


Don't Look Down!

An #F16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission over Afghanistan, July 22, 2014. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a highly maneuverable aircraft that has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. #F16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel in #Afghanistan.


(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Who wouldn't want to take this four-legged robot for a test drive?

Marines Take the Robot for a Test Drive
The Legged Squad Support System, or LS3, is being put to the test by the Marines! Hoo-ROBOTS <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/07/25/marines-take-the-robot-for-a-test-drive/"><br/>Read More</a>
At a time of increasing global threats, the aversion to land war puts a premium on other services, particularly the United States Navy. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert will give his take on the threats and what the Navy is doing to counter them, at the Apsen Security Forum tonight, 715 PM ET. Follow us for live updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Key leaders in countering the threat of weapons of mass destruction will be giving their respective insights on the topic during the discussion: The Nightmare Scenario, at the Aspen Security Forum at 4:45 PM ET today. Stay tuned for live social media updates.
Today at 130 PM ET the Aspen Security Forum will discuss, lessons and prospects from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live social media coverage.

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