Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel led the Defense Department through fundamental changes during his tenure, leading internal reforms and defending against new and rapidly evolving external threats. Story | Special
As the Defense Department’s highest ranking enlisted leader primes for his visit to military installations in the Far East, he stressed the importance of having an “American footprint” there given the United States’ long-standing relationship with Korea and Japan. Story
The success of Kurdish forces battling Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani is an example of what can be done with a reliable, willing and capable partner, the Pentagon press secretary said. Story
The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, the teams preparing to square off Feb. 1 in Super Bowl XLIX, shared their appreciation for U.S. service members. Story
The Defense Department pays tribute to Chuck Hagel as the 24th secretary of defense in a special report that highlights his accomplishments in defense diplomacy and internal reforms. It also looks back at the 288,333 miles Hagel traveled to visit troops and engage with defense leaders from 33 countries.
U.S. Navy Petty 2nd Class Sarah Johnston performs maintenance on an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 22, 2015. The Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr.
U.S. troops move an M777 Howitzer to firing position for a live-fire exercise at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Jan. 23, 2015. The troops are assigned to Bravo Battery, Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach
Airmen prepare for ramp operations and snow removal on the eve of a winter storm on Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., Jan. 26, 2015. New York National Guard photo by Michael OHalloran
An AV-8B Harrier lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 20, 2015. Kearsarge is participating in afloat training group basic phase training.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tamara Vaughn
The president authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq. He also authorized a humanitarian effort to save thousands of Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar from the threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.
Air National Guard Tech, Sgt. Mirando stacks cots for transport to support National Guardsmen responding to a major snowstorm at the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center, N.Y., Jan. 26, 2015. Mirando is assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, which is working with soldiers assigned to the 69th Infantry’s Winter Storm Juno Initial Response Force. New York Air National Guard photo by Air National Guard Master Sgt. Cheran Cambridge
The guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill transits the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 22, 2015. The Bunker Hill is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman D'Andre L. Roden
U.S. Army Spc. Daniel Huntley controls the direction of the fire hose while Pfc. Samantha Van Leer and Sgt. Douglas Henry brace their teammate during a simulated fire drill aboard the Landing Craft Utility Corinth on Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait, Jan. 24, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to the 97th Transportation Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade.
U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Gene Arnold
Soldiers prepare a CH-47F Chinook helicopter to slingload a high mobility multi-wheeled vehicle during training at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield on Fort Drum, N.Y., Jan. 22, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, and the helicopter crew is assigned to the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
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 American Forces Press Services' special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime.
U.S. Navy Airman Ryan Carpenter prepares an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter for takeoff on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 24, 2015. The Stennis is conducting an operational training mission. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Margaret Diacheysn conquers Victory Tower during the second week of her training at the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy on Fort Jackson, S.C., Jan. 26, 2015. Diacheysn is a drill sergeant candidate assigned to 95th Training Division, 2nd Battalion, 413 Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton
Roger Brigner, a retired aircraft mechanic, discusses his love affair with the Memphis Belle and the legacy their relationship will leave behind. The Memphis Belle is undergoing restoration on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. DoD screen shot
Sgt. Latoya Sharp, a physical therapy technician, employs her compassion to aid injured soldiers to regain their strength.
There is always a need for blood -- because blood is perishable -- and military officials encourage people to donate blood as frequently as they can.
Service members, retirees and family members can get fast, free, professional help in filing their tax returns between now and June 2015, a Pentagon official said.
Air Force F-16 fighter jets are engaged in a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece, Pentagon Spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.