While every Memorial Day is marked with solemn remembrance, this year’s has special significance, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a Memorial Day message. Story | Message | Photos
President Barack Obama 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 delivered commencement remarks to the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2015. Video
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
Defense Secretary Ash Carter welcomes families of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, known as TAPS, to the Pentagon, May 22, 2015. The program offers support for military families who have lost a family member serving in the military. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
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
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, perform a flyover during a graduation and commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's Class of 2015 in Annapolis, Md., May 22, 2015. In this year’s class, 1,070 men and women, including 790 Navy ensigns and 264 Marine Corps second lieutenants, graduated. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Anthony Koch
Vice President Joe Biden delivers the commencement speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., May 22, 2015. DoD screen shot
A soldier places a small American flag into the ground in front of a headstone during “Flags In” at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 21, 2015. During the annual tradition before Memorial Day, soldiers assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as “The Old Guard,” place small American flags next to 228,000 headstones. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Hitchcock
An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter picks up supplies from the Military Sealift Command Fast Combat Support Ship USNS Arctic during a replenishment with the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the 5th Fleet area of operations, May 20, 2015. The Roosevelt is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, which includes strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed. The Seahawk is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Josh Petrosino
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Draper inspects an F/A-18 afterburner in the jet shop aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the waters south of Japan, May 21, 2015. The Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, are patrolling the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Bryan Mai
Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on a greater importance. The Department of Defense serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops – on and off the battlefield.
An M2 Bradley vehicle crewman signals for movement to soldiers during a joint gunnery in Adazi, Latvia, May 21, 2015. The Bradley crewman is assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's Company B, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Infantry Battalion, Latvian Land Forces Infantry Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher
The Defense Department announced the next unit rotation as the U.S. continues to demonstrate its commitment to reassuring NATO allies.
Dr. Judith Brill comforts a Nicaraguan patient in the post-operating room aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort during Continuing Promise 2015 in the Caribbean Sea, May 18, 2015. Continuing Promise conducts civil-military operations, including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, and medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support to partner nations. Brill is a physician volunteering with Operation Smile, a nongovernmental organization. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lance Hartung
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.
Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., provides a focal point for Memorial Day observances. Before the holiday, members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as “The Old Guard,” place American flags in front of more than 228,000 headstones during “Flags In,” an annual tradition at the cemetery. Here's a look at Flags In, and other interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Arlington National Cemetery. DoD screen shot
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.
For many motorcyclists, the coming of summer means it’s time to enjoy the warmer weather on two wheels.
Hawaii National Guard members emphasize readiness and training for critical missions.
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The Hawaii Air National Guard trains and executes operational, disaster response and humanitarian missions for the state and Pacific Air Forces under U.S. Pacific Command.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.