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Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Former Army Staff Sergeant

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts during a White House ceremony. Story | Video | Blog | Special | Statement

Biden Shares Admiration for 9/11 Generation

Vice President Joe Biden paid special tribute to the 9/11 generation during his address to more than 12,000 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the organization’s convention in St. Louis. Story

Medal of Honor Recipient Joins Hall of Heroes

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and other senior DoD officials welcomed and praised Medal of Honor recipient former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts as he was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes. Story | Special

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Hagel Offers Condolences to Egyptian Defense Minister

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defense Minister Col. Gen. Sedki Sobhy to express his condolences over the recent loss of 22 Egyptian soldiers in an attack near the Libyan border. Story

DoD Releases Q4 2013 Suicide Information

Defense Department officials released suicide information from the fourth quarter of 2013. Story | Statement

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Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work presents former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts with a Medal of Honor Flag during his Hall of Heroes induction ceremony at the Pentagon, July 22, 2014. A day earlier, President Barack Obama awarded Pitts the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as a forward observer during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, on July 13, 2008. DoD screen shot

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Features

Face of Defense

Airman Sews to Keep Aircrews Safe

Air Force Senior Airman Devin Litton, an aircrew flight equipment journeyman, was taught to sew during military technical school, and he has spent hundreds of hours developing his stitching skills since he was introduced to the needle and thread. Story

Focus on the Forces

Multinational Exercise to Test Special Operations Forces

Security forces from 21 countries will participate in Fuerzas Comando 2014 in Colombia tomorrow through Aug. 1, Defense Department officials announced. Story

National Guard

Guardsmen Help to Battle Northwest Blazes

Aircrews from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing, who fly C-130 Hercules aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System, are among the latest National Guard members to join in the response to wildfires in Oregon and Washington state. Story

In The Spotlight

USU Fellow Puts New Face on Dental Medicine

Cancer, congenital disease, gunshot wounds and other trauma can transform faces into unrecognizable visages, and Army Lt. Col. Cynthia Aita-Holmes is part of a team that treats these challenging injuries. Story

Cybersecurity

Cyber Guard Exercise Tests People, Partnerships

Public and private partners recently tested operational and interagency coordination as well as tactical-level operations to protect, prevent, mitigate and recover from a domestic cyberspace incident. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is examining the nomination of Robert Alan McDonald for Sec of VA http://t.co/FXSy14u6WK
POTUS: "The 3 brave astronauts of Apollo 11 took the first small steps of our giant leap into the future"
#MOH recipient SSG Pitts: It is not mine, it is ours. This award is for everyone I fought for.
RT @RIMPAC_2014: What exactly is #RIMPAC2014? Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander Rear Adm. Couturier (@RCN_MRC ) explains: http:…
Deputy SecDef describes Staff Sgt. Pitts heroic actions at #MOH induction ceremony
.@GENRayOdierno Raymond T. Odierno says we are here to honor MOH recipient Staff Sgt. Pitts but must honor the fallen soldiers
Live at 10 a.m. EDT: Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony for Medal of Honor recipient former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts http://t.co/vKOwsGGzMO
A step in the right direction - Forward Operating Base Walton officially closes in Afghanistan. http://t.co/SqNGEdm0ue
What’s worse than your GPS not working? When it doesn’t work on your bomb disposal robot http://t.co/RFbbiuwNda #MeetTheScientists
RT @USArmy: Heroism Honored: President Obama has awarded the #MedalOfHonor to #USArmy Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts http://t.co/h4Jr0uSxxS
#SecDef Hagel signs a condolence book for the victims of #MH17 at the @NLintheUSA in Washington, July 21, 2014. http://t.co/CDIbCgLJ5G
RT @USArmy: Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts considers the #MedalOfHonor a memorial for the 9 Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. http://t.co/XP…
RT @USArmy: #USArmy Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts knew he wanted to be a Soldier when he was in kindergarten: http://t.co/6F2A07Sa31 #SoldierForLife
RT @USArmy: LIVE NOW: Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts receives the #MedalOfHonor for one of the most intense battles in Afghanistan → http://t.co/fC…
POTUS: Russia must insist the separatists stop tampering with the evidence and grant investigators access. #MH17
POTUS: Investigators need to be able to conduct a transparent investigation but separatists are blocking the crash site

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Senate conducts hearing to examine the nomination of Robert Alan McDonald, of Ohio, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

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Live at 10 a.m. EDT: Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond T. Odierno deliver remarks at the Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony for Medal of Honor recipient former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts at the Pentagon. Watch it here: http://go.usa.gov/55PR


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Bullets and Butterflies

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing fire an M240 machine gun at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany, July 15, 2014.

#EUCOM

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)


What’s worse than your GPS not working in the city? When it doesn’t work on your bomb disposal robot. Meet the man who married robotics and navigational technology to work together in GPS-denied environments. #MeetTheScientists


Meet the Scientists: Lee Lemay
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Meet the Scientists: What do you get when you marry non-GPS navigational technology and robots? An award-winning electrical engineer named Lee Lemay! <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/07/21/meet-the-scientists-lee-lemay/"><br/>Read More</a>
President Obama has awarded the #MedalOfHonor to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts.

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel signs a condolence book for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Washington, July 21, 2014. 192 Dutch citizens lost their lives on Flight 17 when it crashed in Ukraine July 17, 2014. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt/Released
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Marines and #sailors with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines, have deployed to #Bulgaria to join BSRF 14.2 for exercise Platinum Lion 14-1! Check out the video of their first platoon attack!#PL14#CBAAFU.S. European Command (EUCOM)Camp Lejeune
President Obama will present the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M Pitts at the White House later today.

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Join the education discussion and see how the U.S. Department of Education is helping out veterans in the new Serving Smart blog.

http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2014/07/serving-smart-financial-aid-basics/


Serving Smart: Financial Aid Basics | DoDLive
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Today we officially launch our new education blog series, “Serving Smart”. Woohoo! Get the word out by telling your friends, your co-workers, your grocer, ummm…your UPS delivery person. TELL.ALL.PEOPLE. Try to think of this blog as one of those chain letters or Facebook posts where if you don’t fo…
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Airman 1st Class Brandon Johnson installs an outboard spoiler control valve on a KC-135 Stratotanker on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., July 15, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier/Released)
#SecKerry will travel to Cairo, #Egypt on July 21 to meet with Egyptian and other senior officials on the situation in Gaza. The United States – and our international partners– are deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life. http://go.usa.gov/5BNA


Secretary Kerry Travel to Cairo, Egypt
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Nearly 2,000 ballot boxes from Balkh and Ghazni provinces have been transported by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) airlift assets to Kabul, Afghanistan for the official Independent Election Commission (IEC).

(Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg)


ISAF supports Afghanistan's presidential election audit
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ISAF - International Security Assistance Force, MAZAR-e-SHARIF, Afghanistan (July 18, 2014) – Nearly 2,000 ballot boxes from Balkh and Ghazni provinces have been transported by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) airlift assets to Kabul for the official Independent Election Commission (IE…
Splash Landing

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, arrives at Kawaihae Harbor, Hawaii, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak)


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today expressed his personal condolences in a telephone call with Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaer of the Netherlands for the 192 Dutch citizens who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Read more: http://go.usa.gov/5WTC


DARPA, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to develop an implant to help veterans and service members suffering from memory loss due to TBI.

Read more: http://go.usa.gov/5DaP

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan/Released)


TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries will now have access to both TRICARE-certified mental health counselors and supervised mental health counselors, a Defense Health Agency official said here today. Read more, http://go.usa.gov/5bJj.


Defense.gov News Article: ‘Final Rule’ Offers Broader Mental Health Care Coverage
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WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 – TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries will now have access to both TRICARE-certified mental health counselors and supervised mental health counselors, a Defense Health Agency official said here today.
Present Arms!

Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., left, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Assistant Commandant Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., center, and Marine Corps Col. Benjamin T. Watson, garrison commander, salute during the pass and review portion of the evening parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., July 11, 2014. The Marines held the parade in Winnefeld's honor.
(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton)


Teams aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray continue to neutralize materials from Syria's declared chemical stockpile, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters today. Read more, ttp://go.usa.gov/5buB.


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks from his Pentagon office by phone with Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, July 18, 2014, to offer his condolences for those who lost their lives in the apparent downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it flew over eastern Ukraine. Read more, http://go.usa.gov/5buY.
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Lightning in the Sky

The first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, July 17. The aircraft is the first to join VMFAT-501 at MCAS Beaufort since relocating from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. last week.The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter will replace the Marine Corps' aging legacy tactical fleet. In addition to replacing the F/A-18A-D Hornet, the Marine Corps will replace the AV-8B Harrier and EA-6B Prowler. The integration of the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter into the Marine Corps' arsenal provides the dominant, multi-role, fifth-generation capabilities needed across the full spectrum of combat operations to deter potential adversaries and enable future naval aviation power projection.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John Wilkes)


President Barack Obama will make a statement on the situation in Ukraine in 30 minutes.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulates British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon on his recent appointment.

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"I am profoundly shocked and saddened by the crash of a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft in Ukraine today, with the loss of many lives. I offer my sincerest condolences to the families and the loved ones of the victims and to all those touched by this terrible tragedy. Much is unclear about the circumstances of the crash. However the instability in the region, caused by Russian-backed separatists, has created an increasingly dangerous situation. It is important that a full international investigation should be launched immediately, without any hindrance, to establish the facts and that those who may be responsible are swiftly brought to justice." - @[6984867487:274:Anders Fogh Rasmussen] Read the statement here: http://goo.gl/Ws9NMQ
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently made a decision to restructure department agencies that recover and identify Americans who were prisoners of war and missing in action. This will include implementing a centralized database and case management system containing all missing service personnel’s information.

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122677


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently made a decision to restructure department agencies that recover and identify Americans who were prisoners of war and missing in action. This will include implementing a centralized database and case management system containing all missing service personnel’s information.

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122677


"These new capabilities will provide connectivity to more service members faster and at lower cost.”

DARPA, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency new groundbreaking prototype could enable next-generation military RF communications systems that are smaller, lighter, less expensive and more capable.


DARPA’s “System on a Chip”
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DARPA's new groundbreaking prototype could enable next-generation military RF communications systems that are smaller, lighter, less expensive and more capable. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/07/17/darpas-system-on-a-chip/"><br/>Read More</a>

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