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Obama Discusses 'Relentless' Campaign Against ISIL

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama discussed the strategy of his “targeted, relentless counterterrorism campaign against ISIL that combines American air power, contributions from allies and partners, and more support to forces that are fighting these terrorists on the ground.” Story

President Slates Leaders’ Meeting at Centcom

President Barack Obama is slated to visit U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where he'll receive a briefing from his top commanders, and thank the men and women who will partner with others to carry out the counterterror strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL. Story

Star-Spangled Banner Waves at Fort McHenry

Visitors and special guests watched as members of the U.S. Army’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), with the help of War of 1812 re-enactors, hoisted a 15-star, 15-stripe, full-size replica Star-Spangled Banner flag over Fort McHenry in Baltimore at the “By Dawn’s Early Light” flag-raising ceremony. Story

Dr. Biden Cheers-on Athletes at Invictus Games

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, traveled to London to cheer on Team USA athletes as they compete in the 2014 Invictus Games. Story | Special

Navy Identifies Missing Hornet Pilot

The Navy announced it has identified Lt. Nathan Poloski as the missing F/A-18C Hornet aviator and declared him presumed deceased. Story

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Photo: ARMED FORCES FAREWELL

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, second from right, and U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon of California, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, stand during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute to Levin and McKeon on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 12, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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Features

Face of Defense

Soldier Honored for Car Crash Heroics

The memory of a fiery accident last December is still fresh for Army Staff Sgt. Jose Garcia. Story

Remembering 9/11

Troops Perform PT at Pentagon at 9/11 Event

Service members gathered in the Pentagon's courtyard for a first-of-its-kind commemoration where each repetition in their “workout of the day” was symbolic of the 9/11 tragedy. Story

Recalling the Story of the Pentagon 9/11 Flag

Anyone who saw the American flag unfurled at the Pentagon on Sept. 12, 2001, knows how Francis Scott Key felt two centuries ago when he was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Story

In The Spotlight

IG Hotline Gives Employees Options

The DoD Inspector General operates a hotline that has been instrumental in changing policies, uncovering fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement and in helping the government save money. Those using it can identify themselves or remain anonymous. Story

Military Health

Official: Military Input Keeps Medical Care Top-Notch

The future of military medicine is evolving largely from the input of military families, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas J. Robb, director, Defense Health Agency, said at the annual Warrior-Family Symposium here. Story

Suicide Prevention

TAPS Provides Comfort to Suicide Survivors

When families of Defense Department service members lose their loved ones to suicide or other deaths, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors provides support. Story | Special

Navy Petty Officer Considers Suicide

Due to emotional and physical abuse as a child, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Thompson, an instructor at a joint command in Maryland, grew up with suicidal ideations and attempted suicide as early as age 9. Story | Special

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RT @USNATO: Romania - US Black Sea Rotational Force 14 in non-lethal weapons training: http://t.co/bwMdLKeNR8 http://t.co/KqTI79ttay
RT @FortMcHenryNPS: The @RCAF_ARC Hornet put on another great show, buzzing the reproduction #GarrisonFlag during a pass #StarSpangled200 h…
RT @AirmanMagazine: The final day is underway! On the schedule today is power lifting, swimming and sitting volleyball #InvictusGames #IAMU
RT @USNATO: September 13: Airstrikes hit ISIL near Mosul Dam: http://t.co/2TiBTkm6zs via @CENTCOM
RT @FortMcHenryNPS: Rain falls, much like 200yrs ago, as the new stamp is unveiled inside @FortMcHenryNPS #StarSpangled200 http://t.co/vmC9…
RT @amhistorymuseum: 200 years ago today: British attack @FortMcHenryNPS, Star-Spangled Banner is born. Follow #StarSpangled200. http://t.c…
RT @FortMcHenryNPS: 200yrs after Maj Armistead ordered his men to return the British fire, @FortMcHenryNPS fires a salvo #StarSpangled200 h…
#SECDEF on #SuicidePreventionMonth: People who seek help shouldn't be avoided, stigmatized.They need to be embraced. http://t.co/TdrdHyJyEk
RT @USSOCOM: Here's a pic of SOF athlete Sgt Roosevelt Anderson competeing in the 100m Men Wheel IT4 race during #InvictusGames. http://t.c…
U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in #Iraq. Read today's .@CENTCOM news release: http://t.co/oDZHqhvBN9
RT @BlueAngels: #TheBlueAngelsAreBack, fans! And they''ll be in the air over Ft. McHenry in just a few minutes! @StarSpangled200 http://t.c…
.@PentagonPresSec re ISIL: We have disrupted ISIL's ability to operate in the country.

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Star Spangled Scuba

U.S. Navy Diver 1st Class Robert Johnson waves to kids while diving in the National Aquarium in Baltimore during the Baltimore Star Spangled Spectacular, which runs Sept. 10-16, 2014. The event celebrates the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore which provided the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's famous poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry," which later became America's national anthem. Along with more than 30 ships from the U.S. and foreign nations, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels aircraft will be on display and open to the public.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David P. Coleman





Who needs mutant powers?The F-35 Lightning II helmet gives pilots X-ray vision, just another feature of the world's most advanced fighter jet.Take an inside look at the F-35 at Lockheed Martin's Fighter Demonstration Center and learn more about the Corps' cutting-edge aviation technology.

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The final day of competition at the #InvictusGames is underway. On the schedule today is power lifting, swimming, and #USATeam will compete for gold in sitting volleyball!! #IAMUSA #IAM #WoundedWarriors (Snapseed image by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)
This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, written by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry in 1814.

"O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"


7 things you didn't know about the Star-Spangled Banner - O Say Can You See?
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The Star-Spangled Banner is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States. Huge, vibrant, and rich in history, most Americans are familiar with the story of this particular flag: It's the one that flew over Fort McHenry the morning after the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812 and i…
Take a look at some of the best images from around the Department of Defense this week.
http://www.defense.gov/WeekInPhotos/WeekInPhotosSlideShow.aspx?Date=09%2F07%2F2014


Week in Photos
Take a look at some of the best images from around the Department of Defense this week. http://www.defense.gov/WeekInPhotos/WeekInPhotosSlideShow.aspx?Date=09/07/2014
Hanging in There

U.S. Navy sailors rappel onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a helicopter rope exercise in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 9, 2014. The George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The sailors are assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee


Get the latest on the 400 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women participating in this year's Invictus Games in England. The Games use sports to inspire recovery, resilience and support for those who serve their country.


Defense.gov Special Report: Invictus Games 2014
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More than 400 competitors from 13 nations will participate in the inaugural Invictus Games in London, an international sporting event for wounded warriors to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their countries.
Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a barbecue for the athletes representing the United States in the Invictus Games, an inspirational sporting event for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.


“You Are the Best of America”: Dr. Jill Biden on the U.S. Team Competing in the Invictus Games |...
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, using attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes yesterday and today in support of Iraqi Security Forces near the Mosul Dam and defending Irbil.

Read More: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123154
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby will conduct a briefing today at 1 p.m. EDT http://go.usa.gov/Vs49
U.S. Navy confirms crash of two F/A-18 Hornets into the Pacific. One pilot was rescued. The crash is currently under investigation.


DoD News Now: 0900 September 12, 2014

℠2014 - Two F/A-18 Hornets crash in the Pacific, TRANSCOM assembles a team to make sure your ride arrives on time and first responders make a tower climb to ...
September is Suicide Prevention Month. One United States Air Force veteran tells how she coped after her father committed suicide.

"I will never have that special relationship between a father and a daughter. And, it isn't because of a tragic automobile accident or a physical disease; it's because of suicide."


Life Without My Father: A Personal Account on Suidicide | DoDLive
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September is Suicide Prevention Month, and as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said recently, “Suicide is a complex and devastating event that affects us all. The painful loss of life and its heartbreaking aftermath spread beyond the individual and immediate family, taking a toll on fellow service memb…
Remembering from Afar

Coalition forces salute the U.S. flag during a 9/11 ceremony on Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2014. The ceremony was held to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March


Attack Aircraft Pound ISIL Targets Near Iraq’s Mosul Dam

From a U.S. Central Command News Release

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 11, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, using attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes yesterday and today near the Mosul Dam in support of Iraqi security forces.

The strikes destroyed two ISIL machine gun emplacements and an ISIL bunker, U.S. Central Command officials said, and all aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives, officials said. Centcom has conducted a total of 156 airstrikes across Iraq.
To view more photos from today's ceremony visit: http://go.usa.gov/Vvf9
cc: The White House General Martin E. Dempsey


Officials Attend 9/11 Ceremony
To view more photos from today's ceremony visit: http://go.usa.gov/Vvf9 cc: @[63811549237:274:The White House] @[138413236225526:274:General Martin E. Dempsey]
A word cloud representation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's speech from the September 11th Memorial Observance at the Pentagon Memorial.


This year marks 13 years since America was attacked on Sept. 11. We will never forget the Americans who lost their lives or the members of our military who have died protecting our country since that day. Their sacrifices will not be forgotten.


Remembering 9/11 | DoDLive
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This year marks 13 years since America was attacked on Sept. 11. We will never forget the Americans who lost their lives or the members of our military who have died protecting our country since that day. Their sacrifices will not be forgotten.

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Today, the Colorado Springs military community collectively commemorates the loss of nearly 3,000 lives at the hands of terrorists on September 11, 2001. It is a chance to remember those who lost their lives and to honor the soldiers, firefighters and first responders who place their lives on the line every day in service to the nation. Watch live www.defense.gov/live
Through the art of quilting, people from across America joined together for the purpose of paying tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11. #NeverForget


Officials began 9/11 commemoration activities by unfurling an American flag over the side of the Pentagon near the spot where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Watch here: http://youtu.be/M00zEkZcCKM?list=UUZQCVeB3SHX6lDn94VtpmQQ


Dawn at the Pentagon Memorial prior to a ceremony to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. The ceremony will be attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey to honor those lost in the attacks on New York, Washington D.C. and Somerset County, Pa. U.S. Navy photo by Damon J. Moritz


Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on President Obama's ISIL Speech:

President Obama laid out a strong, comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, and the United States military is prepared to carry out its responsibilities in this counter-terrorism campaign. The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces are ready to carry out the orders of our Commander-in-Chief, to work with our partners across government, and to work with our friends and allies around the world to accomplish this mission. As the President made clear, American military power cannot alone eradicate the threats posed by ISIL to the United States, our allies, and our friends and partners in the region. Iraq's continued political progress toward a more inclusive government will be critical, as will our coalition's use of all instruments of power -- military, law enforcement, economic, diplomatic, intelligence, and humanitarian assistance -- in coordination with countries in the region.
Move over, Wolverine. DARPA, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency working on self-healing implants designed to heal the bodies and minds of service members.

Grab the adamantium, @Armed with Science has the story: http://go.usa.gov/yAYG


Move Over, Wolverine: DARPA’s Self-healing Implants
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First the healing powers, then the adamantium, righT? DARPA is developing implants that are inserted via a needle, designed to heal soldiers' bodies and minds. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/09/10/move-over-wolverine-darpas-self-healing-implants/"><br/>Read More</a>
U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using an attack aircraft to conduct one airstrike Tuesday in support of Iraqi Security Forces' defense of Irbil operations.

Read more: http://www.centcom.mil/en/news/articles/sept.-10-u.s.-military-conducts-airstrike-against-isil-in-support-of-defens
Every generation seems to have a moment that is frozen in time. A moment that everyone from that generation can remember that is so polarizing, you can remember exactly what you were doing at the time. Where were you on 9/11?

#WhereWereYou #911


Where Were You on 9/11? | DoDLive
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Every generation seems to have a moment that is frozen in time. A moment that everyone from that generation can remember that is so polarizing, you can remember exactly what you were doing at the time. For our grandparents, it was when the Nazis invaded Poland, and when the Japanese attacked Pearl H…

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And we're off! The opening ceremony of the #InvictusGames is under way with a video tribute to #WoundedWarriors #IAMUSA #USATeam

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#SeaBreeze14 is in full swing. Follow the link to get the facts on this U.S.-Ukraine co-hosted multinational maritime exercise in the #BlackSea. http://www.c6f.navy.mil/140909-368_Exercise-Sea-Breeze-2014-Just-the-Facts.html
A U.S. Army Stryker infantry carrier vehicle convoys across the flightline during Steadfast Javelin II, a NATO exercise, on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 3, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan


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