During a stop in Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke with troops and met with Iraqi and coalition leaders to discuss efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
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Anne Ng, a Navy civilian employee, uses challenges in her life to excel in her work at the Pentagon. She shares her experiences in this National Disability Employment Awareness Month video.
Each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

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The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Iraq, Syria Story | Special Report

Defense Secretary Ash Carter signs the guest book before meeting with Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık in Ankara, Turkey, Oct. 21, 2016. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley
Carter Travels to Turkey, Paris for Counter-ISIL Meetings Story | Special Report

A view of the M20 Trifid Nebula, or NGC6514, taken by the Space Surveillance Telescope. Approximately 5,000 light years away from Earth, the nebula is near the outer limits of objects bright enough visible to the naked eye. DoD photo
Advanced Space Surveillance Telescope Has Critical Military Applications Story | Special Report

A U.S. Army M109A6 Paladin conducts a fire mission at Qayyarah West, Iraq, in support of the Iraqi security forces’ push toward Mosul, Oct. 17, 2016.  The support provided by the Paladin teams denies the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant safe havens while providing the ISF with vital artillery capabilities during their advance. The United States stands with a Coalition of more than 60 international partners to assist and support the Iraqi security forces to degrade and defeat ISIL.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Brecht)
Oil Fires Burn South of Mosul Story | Special Report

Airmen assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Wing complete a concrete taxiway repair at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 19, 2016. 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group airmen recently used similar techniques on a much larger scale to repair damage caused by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists at Qayyarah West Airbase in northern Iraq’s Ninawa province. Air Force Photo by Heide Couch
Air Force Engineers Repair Runway in Iraq Story | Special Report

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Barnacle Busting: Research Targets Ship Biofouling
A Sailor scrapes barnacles from the bottom of a rigid-hull inflatable boat aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Christopher Frost
The Office of Naval Research is funding research to combat barnacle biofouling, which can slow a ship and increase its fuel consumption by 40 percent.

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