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President Proclaims Memorial Day As ‘Day of Prayer’

President Barack Obama today saluted the service and sacrifices of America’s military members -- past and present -- and proclaimed Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, “as a day of prayer for permanent peace." Story | Proclamation

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Thanks Graduating Midshipmen for Choosing ServiceThis story contains video.

Vice President Joe Biden delivered commencement remarks to the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2015. Video

Army Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols

Secretary Names New Sexual Assault Prevention Office Director

Army Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols will assume duties as director of the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office effective June 8, according to a Defense Department news release. Story | Statement | Special

Carter, Tunisian President Discuss Defense

The U.S.-Tunisian defense partnership, Tunisia's security situation, and counterterrorism assistance were topics of discussion when Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi met at the Pentagon. Story | Photos

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Photo: CHALLENGE COIN

Defense Secretary Ash Carter leaves a challenge coin at the gravesite of Army Spc. Christopher David Horton at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 22, 2015. Carter and his family members are friends with Horton's mother. Cemetery visitors often leave small rocks or personal markers on graves to let family members know they visited their loved ones. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt

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U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey is on a four-day trip to Brussels to meet with his NATO counterparts to discuss a range of issues confronting the alliance.The U.S. military is providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to support the Nepalese government and armed forces, following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, April 25, 2015.During May, the Defense Department pays tribute to the dedicated service and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, past and present, in defense of our nation.The DoD Warrior Games 2015 will feature eight sporting events with approximately 200 athletes representing teams from the Army, Navy Marine Corps, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command. Adaptive sports and athletic reconditioning activities play a fundamental role in the recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of our service members. The events of the DoD Warrior Games 2015 embody the spirit of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and celebrate the triumphs, personal courage and inspirational attitude of our wounded, ill and injured service members.The nation's top defense leaders are urging Congress to move now to prevent major, across-the-board spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect Oct 1, 2015.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.President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said 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 Traumatic brain injury is one of the invisible wounds of war and one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. This Defense.gov special report highlights the Defense Department's efforts to care for wounded warriors suffering from this condition while promoting research to improve diagnosis and treatment.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 Defense.gov’s special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime.

Features

Face of Defense

460th Space Communications Squadron safety ride Colorado Airmen Practice Motorcycle Safety

For many motorcyclists, the coming of summer means it’s time to enjoy the warmer weather on two wheels. Story

Focus on Asia-Pacific

Staff Sgt. Jeff Bermudez Soldiers Learn Survival Skills at Jungle Training Center in Hawaii

Rigorous, realistic, yet safety-focused training courses are open to both U.S. service members and Asia-Pacific partners to strengthen trust, increase cultural awareness and foster teamwork among different militaries. Story | Special

U.S. Troops Participate in Jungle Training With Asia-Pacific PartnersThis story contains video.

U.S. military members and Asia-Pacific counterparts undergo jungle training to help strengthen trust and teamwork for future operations. Video | Special

Honoring the Fallen

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Alvin Beethe Missing WWII Serviceman Accounted For, Will Receive Burial at Arlington

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that the remains of a missing World War II U.S. serviceman have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Story

Army Cpl. Richard L. Wing Missing Korean War Soldier Accounted For, Will Receive Arlington Burial

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that the remains of a U.S. soldier missing from the Korean War have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Story

Science and Technology

 Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work Work Highlights U.S. Military Technology Efforts

America’s defense companies and employees provide the capabilities, technologies, and services that underpin the nation’s global military power, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work told industry representatives. Story | Special

In The Spotlight

Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez Africom Commander Discusses Challenges, Successes in AfricaThis story contains video.

Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said understanding the complexity of Africa is the biggest learning curve he's faced as commander. Video

Twitter Activity

.@BlueAngels perform a flyover during a graduation and commissioning ceremony for the @NavalAcademy Class of 2015. http://t.co/V5Mia8xTDl
Watch Live @ 10:00 a.m. EDT: The @NavalAcademy Class of 2015 graduates. @VP Biden delivers commencement address. http://t.co/ZoC22HCpJI
Share a photo of those that you are honoring this #MemorialDay weekend, using #HonorThem http://t.co/l0ktdVuvrU
Approximately 150 @USMC are partnering alongside @NATO Allies from #Romania & #Bulgaria for a two-week exercise. http://t.co/kL85zw9i6S
RT @usairforce: MT @JPMajor: LIFTOFF of the @ulalaunch #AtlasV with #AFSPC5 #X37B and #LightSail @ 11:05 a.m. EDT from CCAFS. #USAF http://…
RT @USNATO: Ensuring Alliance readiness: #NATO Chiefs of Defense at the 173rd Military Committee: http://t.co/8ieEGoiX6t http://t.co/D8uVUT…
RT @Military1Source: New Peer-to-Peer Service Aims to Provide Counseling Support. http://t.co/6MsgKDD9pC #MilFam #Troops http://t.co/MdLmdb…
RT @DoDNews: Watch Live @ 10:00a.m. EDT VCJCS Adm. Winnefeld will speak at CSIS on Missile Defense and U.S. National Security http://t.co/W…
.@USNavy Master Chief Nathan Miller says goodbye to his daughter as USS George Washington departs Japan. #Rebalance http://t.co/rJnOXuiltK
U.S. and Nepalese Military provide medical aid to #NepalEarthquake victims. For more photos: http://t.co/QKqby3wzzz http://t.co/DBnyruHQaD
RT @USMC: Honor the Fallen: Names of 6 Marines who died in UH-1Y Huey crash in Nepal released. Semper Fidelis, Marines. More: http://t.co…
Check out a few of the science advancements from around the services at the 1st #DoDLabDay: http://t.co/m8Sjl0pBvG http://t.co/XnGHDlsUEI
#VCJCS Winnefeld led a celebrity USO tour to boost morale of troops stationed & deployed overseas. Check it out! https://t.co/3AUSwyuWdR
.@USMC conduct fast-rope training with #Philippine Marines during Aviation Assault Support Exercise 15.1. #Rebalance http://t.co/Kmf5dZKY5W
#SecDef - Special operations troops conduct raid in #Syria to capture #ISIL senior leader http://t.co/v1fQwZqIqd http://t.co/2qntXlgrWf

Facebook Activity

#SecDef Ash Carter visits #Section60 at Arlington National Cemetery prior to the 147th annual Memorial Day observance. U.S. service members who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried in that section. #HonorThem


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands in honor of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the #VietnamWar. Inscribed on the black granite walls are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing. #HonorThem


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#MemorialDay, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Share a photo of those that you are honoring this Memorial Day weekend, using #HonorThem.


Starting this summer, the Defense Department will offer an additional counseling service to help military service members, transitioning troops and family members deal with a host of issues before they become crises.


New Peer-to-Peer Service Aims to Provide Counseling Support
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Peer-to-peer support, which will be available through Military OneSource, will offer assistance from counselors who have at least a master's degree in the social or psychology field as well as military experience to help with a host of issues.
Approximately 150 U.S. Marine Corps with Black Sea Rotational Force are partnering alongside their NATO Allies from #Romania and #Bulgaria for a two-week exercise hosted by the Romanians.


The annual Herndon Monument climb is a highlight of Commissioning Week at the United States Naval Academy. Nearly 1,000 plebes rushed the 21-foot-tall obelisk coated in lard and made a human pyramid to get to the top. How quickly did this year's plebes do it? - See more at:
http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2015/05/naval-academy-plebes-scale-herndon-monument/


An EA-18G Growler launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Celebus Sea, May 13, 2015. The Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 17, are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. #Rebalance
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr.


U.S. Army and Afghan soldiers participate in a combined arms live-fire training exercise in Laghman province, Afghanistan, May 13, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team. Train, Advise, Assist Command East conducted the exercise in two locations to demonstrate opportunities for the Afghan soldiers to plan, manage and conduct combined arms training on their ranges. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Charlie Emmons.

To see more of this photo essay go to: http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/PhotoEssaySS.aspx?ID=6423


Here are some of the best photos from the United States Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, The National Guard and U.S. Navy. Help select #DoD's cover photo for the week by liking, commenting on or sharing your favorite image.
The image with the most combined hits by the end of the day Friday, will be crowned as our photo of the week.


U.S. Navy Master Chief Nathan Miller says goodbye to his daughter as the ship USS George Washington (CVN 73), prepares to depart Fleet Activities, Yokosuka for its 2015 patrol. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. #Rebalance U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs


U.S. Navy sailors conduct special patrol insertion-extraction technique training near Naval Station Rota, Spain, Spain, May 7, 2015. The training helps sailors prepare for contingencies in which U.S. special operations and expeditionary forces need to quickly extract from areas where helicopters cannot safely land.


U.S. and Nepalese Military provide medical aid to Nepal earthquake victims. #NepalEarthquake #westandwithnepal

For more photos visit: http://go.usa.gov/38KQP


Honor the Fallen

Six U.S. Marines died when a UH-1Y Huey helicopter, with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, crashed eight miles north of Charikot, Nepal, the afternoon of May 12.

Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Nebraska.
Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, Kansas.
Sgt. Ward M. Johnson, IV, Florida.
Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, California.
Cpl. Sara A. Medina, Illinois.
Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug, Arizona.
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"Heartbroken with the loss of six Marines and two Nepal soldiers. They gave all trying to help those in need. Please pray for the families."
— Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
Semper Fidelis, Marines.

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U.S. Marine Corps

Honor the FallenSix U.S. Marines died when a UH-1Y Huey helicopter, with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, crashed eight miles north of Charikot, Nepal, the afternoon of May 12.Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Nebraska. Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, Kansas. Sgt. Ward M. Johnson, IV, Florida.Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, California.Cpl. Sara A. Medina, Illinois. Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug, Arizona. — — —"Heartbroken with the loss of six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers. They gave all trying to help those in need. Please pray for the families."— Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.Semper Fidelis, Marines.
Check out a few of the science advancements from around the services at the first ever #DoDLabDay.


DoD Lab Day Spotlights Military Advancements
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First-ever DoD Lab Day highlights science and research efforts from around the services. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2015/05/15/dod-lab-day-spotlights-military-advancements/"><br/>Read More</a>
Since 1941, USO has been supporting America's troops around the world. Here is a video on a recent USO celebrity tour led by Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr.


2015 USO Spring Troop Visit - Vice Chairman Tour

Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led a celebrity USO tour March 2 through 9, 2015 to help boost morale of troops...
#SecDef Carter: "At the direction of the Commander in Chief, I ordered U.S. special operations forces to conduct an operation in al-Amr in eastern Syria to capture an #ISIL senior leader known as Abu Sayyaf and his wife Umm Sayyaf.”


Defense.gov News Article: Carter: Special Operations Troops Conduct Raid in Syria
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U.S. Navy littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducts patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands. Throughout the summer and fall, Fort Worth will take part in the 2015 CARAT exercise series. CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. #Rebalance


With full military honors, U.S. Army Master Sgt. James W. Holt, who was missing and presumed killed in action during the #VietnamWar, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, May 14. According to the Department of Defense, 1,627 U.S. Service members remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War #HonorThem. See more photos and full story at: http://go.usa.gov/38qQw


Many service members choose to reenlist after their military contracts are up. In recent years, it’s become popular to do so in some very unique ways. #ArmedForcesDay


On Armed Forces Day, We Celebrate Unique Reenlistments | DoDLive
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Happy Armed Forces Day to all of those who answered the call to serve. We thank you today and everyday. #ArmedForcesDay


History of Armed Forces Day
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Coalition airstrike on #ISIL fighting positions near Mosul, Iraq, May 4, 2015.

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



Four veterans are pushing their endurance to the limit at North America’s tallest peak in an effort to bring awareness back to the true meaning of Memorial Day and what they've dubbed Mission Memorial Day. #HonorThem


Why We Do It: Vets Scaling Mount McKinley Get Personal
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U.S. Troops help Nepalese Soldiers transport and treat earthquake victims at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. #WeStandWithNepal #NepalEarthquake

For more photos visit: http://go.usa.gov/3kF4h


Two World War I U.S. Army Soldiers, Pvt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry from President Barack Obama during a June 2 White House ceremony.


Defense.gov News Article: Obama to Posthumously Award Medal of Honor to WWI Soldiers
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The Defense Department is showcasing innovations from more than 60 medical laboratories and engineering centers across the country today in DoD’s first #DoDLabDay exhibition at the Pentagon. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work will make opening remarks at 10 a.m. Watch live at: http://www.defense.gov/live/


Department of Defense: DoD Lab Day Opening Ceremony
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The Department of Defense is hosting its first-ever Science Fair at the Pentagon today, called DoD Lab Day! The event will highlight more than 100 innovations from around the services that are advancing the military. More than 60 laboratories and research divisions from the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and United States Air Force will showcase their efforts to improve the nation’s military capabilities through science and technology. Follow the #DoDLabDay hashtag on Facebook and Twitter, and visit DVIDS for downloadable images and video: https://www.dvidshub.net/


DoD Lab Day to Showcase Cutting Edge Technology
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It's not too late to submit names to be added to the two flags a group of veterans are carrying with them as they climb to the top of Mt. McKinley. The group is looking for the names of military members who have been lost in war. Read the post below to find out how you can submit a name. And be sure to follow the Memorial Day conversation at #HonorThem. Mission Memorial Day


Vets Climb Mount McKinley to ‘Take Back Memorial Day’ | DoDLive
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U.S. service members and Nepalese soldiers carry earthquake victims from a military helicopter at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. #NepalEarthquake #WeStandWithNepal
For more photos visit: http://go.usa.gov/3kGeY

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Ricardo Morales


#SecDef Ash Carter will make a personnel announcement at 1:30 p.m. EDT in the Pentagon Briefing Room
Watch live: www.defense.gov/live


Department of Defense: SECDEF Ash Carter
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Blogs

#HonorThem: Marine Widow Talks Fallen Hero’s Life
Two months after burying her husband at Arlington National Cemetery, Destiny Flynn returns to help symbolize the importance of Memorial Day.   More
Naval Academy Plebes Scale Herndon Monument
Naval Academy Plebes Scale Herndon Monument It’s Commissioning Week at the U.S. Naval Academy and in an annual tradition, plebes climbed the Herndon Monument to symbolize the final hurdle of a grueling year for the freshman class.   More
Army Looks to Increase Cybersecurity Force
Army Looks to Increase Cybersecurity Force The Army is exploring ways to create new cyber careers for civilian personnel.    More
Why We Do It: Vets Scaling Mount McKinley Get Personal
Four veterans pushing their endurance to the limit at North America’s tallest peak to bring awareness back to the true meaning of Memorial Day, share thoughts on the mission.   More

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