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National Guard Responds to Northeast Storm

As blizzard warnings were being issued for the Northeast, the New York National Guard put 260 soldiers and airmen on duty to assist in New York’s response to the storm. Story

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

Dempsey Sponsors Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University. Story

Transcom Develops System to Move Patients With Infectious Diseases

U.S. Transportation Command has rolled out a new capability that will allow the Defense Department to use air transport to move multiple patients with highly infectious diseases. Story

Defense Leaders Face Busy Week

Troop-related visits, congressional testimony and speeches on defense strategy are among events planned for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other senior defense leaders. Story | Transcript

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A recovering service member participates in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports and Reconditioning Camp at Judson Aquatic Center in Universal City, Texas, Jan. 21, 2015. More than 80 ecovering Air Force service members from around the nation participated in the weeklong event. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. DeAndre Curtiss

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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 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 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. 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 Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on a greater importance. The Department of Defense serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops – on and off the battlefield.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 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.President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said

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Face of Defense

Army Master Sgt. Matthew Aaron Deller Medic Benefits From Blood Donations

Army Master Sgt. Matthew Aaron Deller, who suffered burns over 77 percent of his body when a leak caused his gas fireplace to explode, learned the benefits of donations to the Armed Services Blood Program when he needed transfusions during recovery from multiple skin grafting procedures. Story

In The Spotlight

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia Battaglia Discusses Role With Japanese CounterpartThis story contains video.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Warrant Officer Mitsunori Watanabe, senior enlisted advisor to the Chief, Japan Joint Staff, Dec. 18, 2014, as part of the Japanese Chief of Defense visit to Washington D.C. Battaglia is scheduled to visit Japan in February. Video

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart Marine Corps Officer Takes Defense Intelligence Agency ReinsThis story contains video.

The first Marine Corps officer to become director of the Defense Intelligence Agency took office in a ceremony on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Video | Story

Focus on the Forces

Air Force F-16 Pilots, Crew Train With Greece

Air Force F-16 fighter jets are engaged in a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece, Pentagon Spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters. Story

Suicide Prevention

New Report Shows Decline in Suicides Among Active-duty Service Members

Suicides among active duty members of the U.S. military decreased in 2013 from the previous year, while those among the reserve components were slightly higher, according to a Defense Department report. Story | Report | Statement | Special

Military Families

Free Tax Advice for Military Families

The Defense Department, through Military OneSource, is teaming up again this year with H&R Block to offer no-cost tax preparation to the military community. Story | Special

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RT @USNATO: Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook transits the Med, fwd-deployed to @NAVSTA_Rota Spain. http://t.co/…
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RT @DoDNews: U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in #Syria and #Iraq http://t.co/LcC1ZM5UFn
Next week will be a busy one for #SecDef Hagel and DoD leaders. Read more of what's ahead here, http://t.co/L0XlMA3dC6.

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As blizzard warnings were being issued for the Northeast this morning, the New York National Guard put 260 Soldiers and Airmen on duty to assist in New York’s response to the storm at the direction of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Read more here,http://bit.ly/1CYVK5t. #Blizzardof2015
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A sailor aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Farragut stands watch as the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS McFaul, right, USS Laboon, left, and USS Winston S. Churchill conduct a simulated strait transit exercise. The Farragut is underway with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group in preparation for deployment. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jackie Hart


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement today applauding agreements on defense cooperation between the United States and India, announced by President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Read Hagel's full statement here: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128033



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Luke's F-35s make their first flyover tonight during the National Anthem at the Pro Bowl! Stay tuned for more photos and video of this historic moment! (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

F-35 Flyover at the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl

F-35 aircraft from the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona do a flyover at the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl.
Today, on his historic visit to India, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi announced new, ground-breaking agreements on defense cooperation between India and the United States that promise to open a new chapter in our defense relationship and mark an important milestone in the U.S.-India strategic partnership. Read more here, http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=17120.


Defense.gov News Release: Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on New Defense...
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Today, on his historic visit to India, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi announced new, ground-breaking agreements on defense cooperation between India and the United States that promise to open a new chapter in our defense relationship and mark an important milestone in the U.S.-India strateg…
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other senior department leaders will be busy next week with troop-related visits, congressional testimony and speeches on defense strategy. Find out more here, http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128027


Defense.gov News Article: Pentagon Press Secretary Reads Out Busy Week for DoD Leaders
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other senior department leaders will be busy next week with troop-related visits, congressional testimony and speeches on defense strategy, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said here today.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over during a Naval Air Forces change of command and retirement ceremony on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Jan. 22, 2015. Navy Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker relieved Navy Vice Adm. David H. Buss as commander of Naval Air Forces. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar A. Dominquez


Marine Corps Pfc. Joseph P. Clem fires an AT-4 rocket launcher during simulated machine gun fire on Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015. Clem is a rifleman assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson


Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Murder of Japanese Citizen Haruna Yukawa

With all the men and women of the Department of Defense, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Haruna Yukawa, who was murdered at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL's inhumanity stands in sharp contrast to the generous humanitarian aid Japan has provided to the Iraqi and Syrian people in recent months, and their continued barbarism only serves to strengthen our global coalition's shared resolve to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL. We call for the immediate release of Kenji Goto and all other remaining hostages, and as I told Japanese Defense Minister Nakatani this week, the United States and its military stand steadfast alongside our Japanese allies. We send our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of Mr. Yukawa, and to all the people of Japan who mourn this tragic loss.

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The Electromagnetic Railgun - a weapon that will play a significant role in the future of the @[74281347822:274:U.S. Navy] - will be on display to the public in February. http://go.usa.gov/zVKd
U.S. sailors practice fast roping from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter onto the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Jan. 13, 2015. The sailors are assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shantece Gonzalez


U.S. Navy ships conduct a composite training exercise to prepare for an upcoming deployment in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 12, 2015. The ships are assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Rodney Davidson



NATO - January 2015

Just completed what was unquestionably the most important meeting of NATO military leaders since I became Chairman in 2011. Much has changed in these three years. Russia's coercive and destabilizing actions threaten NATO's eastern flank, and terrorism has penetrated NATO's southern flank. The 28 NATO Chiefs of Defense concluded that we have the capability and must sustain the will to address both of these threats. We understand the complexity of the task at hand. In the near term, we will continue to re-assure our allies and improve our readiness. In the longer-term we'll adapt our strategies and our structures to meet this new reality. NATO is and will remain the most important and most capable alliance in history. Read more here http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128017
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Department’s budget and its partnership with Congress are central to the success of ongoing efforts to strengthen the institution, increase its capabilities and prepare for future challenges.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128015


Marines board a gas and oil platform during maritime interoperability training off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., Jan. 16, 2015. The Marines are assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Maritime Raid Force. The unit prepares the troops for their upcoming deployment by enhancing their combat skills and teaching them techniques for boarding vessels.

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


An Atlas V rocket carrying the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System, a tactical satellite system to improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move, creates a light trail as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Jan. 20, 2015.

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U.S. Army Gen. General Martin E. Dempsey , left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and German Chief of Defense Army Gen. Volker Wieker talk between NATO's Military Committee meetings with their NATO counterparts in Brussels, Jan. 21, 2015.


An Atlas V rocket carrying the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System, a tactical satellite system to improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move, creates a light trail as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Jan. 20, 2015. Courtesy photo


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosts a lunch with junior enlisted military personnel at the Pentagon, Jan. 21, 2015, to listen and discuss their concerns. The personnel are assigned to the National Capital Region. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz


One of 14 United States Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft with the 18th Aggressor Squadron takes off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, in transit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to participate in the SENTRY ALOHA exercises.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)


On 13 January 2015, 18 OH-58D(R) Kiowa Warriors from 2-6 Cavalry took to the sky above Oahu during a rehearsal for the units symbolic final flight in Hawaii, which occurred on 15 January 2015 prior to the 2-6 Cavalry color casing ceremony in preparation for the Squadron's deployment to South Korea in support of 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade. Photos by CW4 Mark Leung
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Terrorism and Russian aggression are two "very distinct threats" to European security, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told Italian counterpart Chief of Defense Adm. Luigi Binelli Mantelli and Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti each of those threats requires a "different kind of cooperation."

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123994


Navy Lt. Andy Talbott flies during winter training over El Centro, Calif., Jan. 13, 2015. Talbott is a left wing pilot with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, known as the Blue Angels. Pilots must complete 120 practice flights before kicking off the 2015 air show season.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrea Perez

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U.S. paratroopers jump out of a C-130 Hercules then descend onto Juliet drop zone in Pordenone, Italy, Jan. 13, 2015. The paratroopers are assigned to the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade. The aircraft crew is assigned to U.S. Air Force 86th Air Wing.

U.S. Army photo by Paolo Bovo

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"If you can't fly, run; if you can't run, walk; if you can't walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving." — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. | 1960 — with Patricia Trotter and 7 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.
U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Arias patrols past a group of Afghan children while providing security in a rural area near the Nangarhar Police Regional Logistics Center in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, Jan. 6, 2015. Arias is assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Train, Advise, Assist Command East.

U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jarrod Morris

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