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Secretary Welcomes Congressional Action on Aid to Syrian Opposition

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his gratitude to Congress for its “swift action” to give the Defense Department the authority to begin training and equipping the moderate Syrian opposition. Story

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Hagel: Coalition to Combat ISIL Continues Taking ShapeThis story contains video.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel updated the House Armed Services Committee on efforts to build a global coalition to defeat the ISIL terrorist group. Video | Photos

President Barack Obama

Obama Tells Troops There is No Safe Haven for TerroristsThis story contains video.

President Barack Obama told service members at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., that the U.S. will not halt its pursuit of terrorists who threaten America. Video | Transcript

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on U.S. policy regarding the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL, before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton

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Face of Defense

Soldier Translates During U.S.-Japan Exercise

Talented military linguist Army Spc. Joshua Williams helped bridge cultural gaps between U.S. and Japanese troops during Operation Rising Thunder 2014 at Yakima Training Center in the state of Washington. Story

Focus on the Forces

Southcom Hosts Regional Security Dialogue

U.S. Southern Command hosted defense and public security ministers from Colombia and Central America and defense leaders from Mexico at its headquarters for a discussion on regional security. Story

Suicide Prevention

Navy Petty Officer Braves Battle With Depression

A Navy petty officer, who was prevented from taking his own life thanks to the intervention of his leadership and the use of support networks, continues to brave his battle with alcoholism and depression. Story | Special

Military Health

Health Official: Fit Force Key to National Security

A full 25 percent of applicants to the military are disqualified because they are overweight, and issues related to fitness are the No. 1 reason for early discharges for those on active duty, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said. Story

In The Spotlight

Air Force Leader Discusses PromotionsThis story contains video.

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody discussed the service's new promotion system at the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference in Maryland. Video

Hispanic Heritage

Heritage Month Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Since 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office, America has observed National Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

#SecDef Chuck Hagel participates in #POWMIA Recognition ceremony at 10:00AM EDT Watch: http://t.co/G17uVFt9k8
RT @MaritimeTV: Stay tuned for footage from the Cape Ray Ceremony http://t.co/lzCHMAcIwJ
Today is National #POWMIA Recognition Day. "We will never give up our search for them..." http://t.co/twp1E1vxd3 http://t.co/MWcXuwgBWL
#Soldier assists Italian paratroopers before an air assault during #NATO exercise http://t.co/2Sdhatys5C http://t.co/4htglWFpYo
Read #SecDef Hagel's Congressional Passage of the Continuing Resolution http://t.co/ymnfvy4YYs
RT @WhiteHouse: "When you harm our citizens, when you threaten the United States—it doesn’t divide us, it unites us." —President Obama #ISIL
RT @WhiteHouse: "We are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together." —President Obama #ISIL
RT @WhiteHouse: "The House and the Senate have now voted to support a key element of our strategy." —Obama on our strategy to degrade and d…
RT @WHLive: "More broadly, more than 40 countries—including Arab nations—have now offered assistance as part of this coalition." —President…
RT @WHLive: "France will join in strikes against ISIL targets in Iraq." —President Obama
RT @WhiteHouse: "The United States continues to build a broad international coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group…
RT @USNATO: F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from flight deck of US Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington http://t.co…
.@CENTCOM U.S. forces continued to use bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct 2 airstrikes Wednesday and Thursday against #ISIL in #Iraq.
Continue to watch live coverage of #SecDef Hagel testifying at #SASC on #ISIL here, http://t.co/RtIDyGzYB5
#SecDef re #ISIL: The President has outlined a clear, comprehensive, & workable strategy to achieve our goals and protect our interests
#Secdef re #ISIL: We can’t do it for them, but this is an effort that calls on America’s unique abilities – and responsibilities – to lead.
SecDef: This effort will not be easy or brief... But destroying #ISIL will require more than military efforts alone.
#Secdef re #ISIL: All 4 elements of this strategy require a significant commitment of resources on the part of the US and our partners.
#SecDef: final element of #POTUS' strategy is to cont. providing humanitarian assist. to innocent civilians displaced or threatened by #ISIL

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#SecDef Chuck Hagel to participate in the 2014 National POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony.

Watch Live at 10:00 AM EDT: http://www.defense.gov/live/
Today is National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day.

"Americans who gave their last full measure of devotion deserve to be buried with honor and dignity, and those who are still unaccounted for must be returned to their families. We will never give up our search for them, and we will continue our work to secure the release of our citizens who are unjustly detained abroad." -- President Obama

A motorcycle accident left one Airman with a prosthetic leg, but couldn't keep him from doing what he loves -- serving in the United States Air Force.

Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Amputee Airman Returns to Duty
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., Sept. 18, 2014 – His sons say he has a robot leg. The doctors and nurses call it a prosthetic. But to Air Force Staff Sgt. Rey Edenfield, it's what has allowed him to overcome the odds and continue doing what he loves.
Army Spc. Ryan Montgomery competes during the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition on Camp Robinson, Ark., Sept. 16, 2014. Montgomery is assigned to the Arkansas Army National Guard. The annual competition determines the best of the 350,000 Guardsmen nationwide.
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Maj. Danette Rodesky-Flores

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Congressional Passage of the Continuing Resolution:

I welcome and appreciate the swift action by Congress to provide the Defense Department with the authority to begin training and equipping the moderate Syrian opposition. This train and equip program is a key element of the president's comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). While it will take time to strengthen the moderate Syrian opposition forces, they and the Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish forces are central to confronting ISIL. The U.S. military will work closely with regional partners, including Saudi Arabia, to recruit and vet the opposition forces, and we will continue to build and sustain a broad coalition to implement our strategy.

More here: http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=16947
U.S. military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in
Iraq, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Wednesday and Thursday.
Social media is being used by #ISIL to recruit Americans to their cause.

“There is a capability to recruit people and inspire them by a terrorist organization without them ever having to go to a terrorist camp or to get an order directly from somebody in command in a terrorist organization right here at home." -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Defense.gov News Article: Homeland Security Secretary: ISIL’s Foreign Fighters Pose Threat
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 – Social media has given terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant the ability to recruit Americans and others like never before, and the threat of Americans and others returning to their home countries from Syria to carry out terrorist attacks has…
#SecDef Chuck Hagel to speak about U.S. policy toward #ISIL to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Watch Live at 11:15 AM EDT: http://www.defense.gov/live/
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Taylor inspects a computer display of a brake line schematic drawing for an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 5, 2014. The Carl Vinson is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. Taylor is an aviation structural mechanic assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.

Each year the nation sets aside Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to recognize the heritage and cultural diversity that Hispanic Americans have contributed to our country.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrates Cultural Diversity | DoDLive
Since 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office, America has observed National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent.
U.S. military forces continue to attack #ISIL terrorists in Iraq using a mix of fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes Tuesday and Wednesday.
Saving someone's life may be easier than you think.

Suicide Prevention: Only One Knock Away

In an effort to mitigate the risk of suicide across all military branches military members must intervene to help their brothers and sisters in arms. It only...
LIVE NOW: President Obama addresses troops at MacDill Air Force Base on the U.S. strategy to degrade and destroy #ISIL.

"We support you. We’re proud of you. We stand in awe of your skill and your service... because of your service, America will be the strongest force for freedom the world has ever known." —President Obama to our men and women in uniform

Watch: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-delivers-remarks-macdill-air-force-base

Marines are sharpening their close quarters skills.

"The common trend with everything is marksmanship."

— Pedro Ruiz, Tactical Instructor

Marines Train in Close Quarter Combat

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, participate in the marksmanship phase of a close-quarters tactics course aboard Camp Pendleton...
Today is the last day to check out what's happening at the Air Force Association Air & Space Conference 2014. #ASC14

Watch live coverage all day: http://www.af.mil/live.aspx

U.S. soldiers show Ukrainian troops the proper procedures for clearing a room during Exercise #RapidTrident in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 16, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to U.S. Army Europe’s Company C, 173rd Airborne Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard

U.S. Navy sailors pull a combat rubber raiding craft carrying Marines into the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown during amphibious operations in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 11, 2014. The Germantown is part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting joint forces exercises in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray

Welcome home. Thank you for your service.

Timeline Photos
Photo of the Day: Family and friends welcome home members of the @[256652635331:274:Delaware National Guard]'s 238th General Support Aviation Battalion. The 238th returns home from a ten-month deployment to Kuwait. — with Vitok Cosaco Infante and Wesley Opanga.
Disasters don't wait until you're ready.

Take the necessary steps to make sure you and your family are prepared for any emergency.


Defense.gov Special Report: National Preparedness Month - 2014
Disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. National Preparedness Month, observed every September, serves as a reminder that everyone must take action to prepare for the types of emergencies that can affect each of us.
U.S. military forces continue to attack #ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Monday and Tuesday southwest of Baghdad and northwest of Irbil.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123182
The President will speak from CDC at 4 PM EDT today on how the U.S. continues to combat the #Ebola outbreak. Watch Live: http://go.usa.gov/pbBF.

President Obama Speaks at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia
The #USArmy will induct Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret) Bennie Adkins and Spc. 4 Donald Sloat into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes at 2 p.m. The Pentagon ceremony will add Adkins' and Sloat's names to the distinguished roster in the Hall of Heroes, the Defense Department's permanent display of record for all recipients of the Medal of Honor. Watch the ceremony live at http://go.usa.gov/EZMA or http://go.usa.gov/EB8z

Specialist Four Don Sloat | Medal of Honor Nominee | The United States Army
Former #USArmy Spc. Four Don Sloat was nominated for the Medal of Honor for his heroic acts in Vietnam.
Today we remember the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Navy Yard shooting and the twelve people who lost their lives.

NAVSEA Family Remembers
By Vice Adm. William Hunter Hilarides Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command On Monday, September 16, 2013, our lives were forever altered when we lost twelve members of our Naval Sea Systems Command […]
SecDef Chuck Hagel and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey to speak about Iraq, Syria and #ISIL to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Watch live: http://www.defense.gov/live/

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