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It is imprudent to assess the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant after only three months, the Pentagon press secretary said. Story | Transcript | Special

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, listens as South Korean Ambassador to the United States Ahn Ho-Young makes opening remarks during a reception for recently appointed U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert in Washington D.C., Oct. 24, 2014. Lippert previously served as Hagel’s chief of staff and assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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Face of Defense

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Benjamin J. Ferry Marine Honors Grandfather With Service

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Benjamin J. Ferry joined the Corps because of his grandfather. Story

Focus on the Forces

Navy to Commission Newest Attack Sub

The Navy will commission its newest attack submarine, the North Dakota, on Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. Story

Rapid Acquisition Cell Chief Says Mission will Continue

The executive secretary of the Warfighter Senior Integration Group and the director of Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell, said he is proud of the group and that the need still exists for such a capability. Story

In The Spotlight

DoD Works to Be a Model Employer

Walk through the Pentagon and you're bound to come across highly skilled military or civilian employees with disabilities -- including the Defense Department's director of disability programs, who is legally blind. Story | Special

Dr. Biden Thanks Wounded Troops, Caregivers

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, toured the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, thanking wounded service members and caregivers for their service and sacrifice. Story

Transcom Aims to Reduce Redeployment Delays

Limited commercial airline capacity and greater global demand for passenger service has put a strain on flights for deploying service members and those returning from the U.S. Central Command area of operations. Story

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RT @CENTCOM: U.S. military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in #Syria and #Iraq: http://t.co/dBsNNCBeL9
The .@USNavy will commission its newest attack submarine North Dakota during a ceremony today. Watch live, 11 AM EDT: http://t.co/LV3cDLGox0
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Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on the Change of Responsibility for Operation United Assistance

Today in Monrovia, Liberia, Major General Gary Volesky of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) assumed command of Joint Forces Command - Operation United Assistance and the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

Just 38 days ago, Major General Darryl Williams arrived in Liberia to form an advance detachment in his capacity as Commanding General, U.S. Army Africa prior to the formal establishment of this Joint Forces Command.

In this short period, our service members, under his leadership, have made great advances in establishing command and control capabilities for this effort including lines of communication over very rough terrain.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1xmxj


Wings and Waves Air Show

The Thunderbirds perform the ‘Delta Opener’ during the Wings and Waves Air Show Oct. 12, 2014, at Daytona Beach, Fla. The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s precision flying demonstration team.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez

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Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on terrorist attack in the Sinai

The Defense Department strongly condemns the terrorist attacks on Oct. 24 which killed dozens of Egyptian soldiers and wounded many more. We express our condolences to the families of the victims, as well as our wishes for speedy recoveries for the wounded.

The Defense Department continues to support Egypt's efforts to counter the threat of terrorism as part of the important and longstanding strategic partnership between our two countries.
Attention to Detail!

U.S. Navy GSM3 Dallas Hulsey performs routine maintenance on an engine aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) while participating in Operation Inherent Resolve in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility Oct. 18, 2014.

DoD photo by MC3 Eric Coffer

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Strike against an #ISIL VBIED near Kobani, Syria, on Oct. 21, 2014.


Strike against an ISIL VBIED near Kobani, Syria on Oct. 21, 2014 - YouTube

This strike was conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the re...
Military Airstrikes Continue Against #ISIL in #Syria and in #Iraq in Support of Operation #InherentResolve

U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria Friday and today using bomber aircraft to conduct one airstrike, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted 22 airstrikes Friday and today using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq. In Syria, one airstrike near Kobani destroyed an ISIL artillery piece. In Iraq, three airstrikes near Bayji struck a large ISIL unit, a small ISIL unit, destroyed an ISIL building, damaged an ISIL building and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

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The U.S. Navy will commission its newest attack submarine North Dakota during a ceremony today. Watch live at 11 AM EDT: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1xkqc


Defense.gov News Release: Navy to Commission Submarine North Dakota
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The Navy will commission its newest attack submarine North Dakota, during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut.
Washington Wizards Center Marcin Gortat, second from left, investigates the rank insignia of Army Sgt. Major Donald Sparks, right, during a volunteer effort at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. Oct. 24, 2014. At left is Washington Wizards Coach Randy Wittman, and third from left is Army Master Sgt. Adam Shaw. The Department of the Defense and the National Basketball Association have joined forces in an initiative named ‘Commitment to Service’ to create a culture of service and volunteerism in communities where service members work and live. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)


Washington Wizards and the DoD give back during 'Commitment to Se
General Larry Spencer, Air Force vice chief of staff, holds a food assembly bag during a volunteer effort at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. Oct. 24, 2014. The Department of the Defense and the National Basketball Association have joined forces in an initiative named ‘Commitment to Service’ to create a culture of service and volunteerism in communities where service members work and live. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)


Washington Wizards and the DoD give back during 'Commitment to Se
Volunteers from the Washington Wizards basketball team and service members chant ‘Go Wizards’ to begin their volunteer effort at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. Oct. 24, 2014. The Department of the Defense and the National Basketball Association have joined forces in an initiative named ‘Commitment to Service’ to create a culture of service and volunteerism in communities where service members work and live. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)


Washington Wizards and the DoD give back during 'Commitment to Se
Washington Wizards forward DeJuan Blair, right, and Army Staff Sgt. Johnny Franklin make food distribution boxes while volunteering at the Captial Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. Oct. 24, 2014. The Department of the Defense and the National Basketball Association have joined forces in an initiative named ‘Commitment to Service’ to create a culture of service and volunteerism in communities where service members work and live. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)


Washington Wizards and the DoD give back during 'Commitment to Se
U.S. military members join the Washington Wizards basketball team to assist local volunteers at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. Oct. 24, 2014. The Department of the Defense and the National Basketball Association have joined forces in an initiative named ‘Commitment to Service’ to create a culture of service and volunteerism in communities where service members work and live. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)


Washington Wizards and the DoD give back during 'Commitment to Se
Washington Wizards Center Marcin Gortat, second from left, investigates the rank insignia of Army Sgt. Major Donald Sparks, right, during a volunteer effort at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. Oct. 24, 2014. At left is Washington Wizards Coach Randy Wittman, and third from left is Army Master Sgt. Adam Shaw. The Department of the Defense and the National Basketball Association have joined forces in an initiative named ‘Commitment to Service’ to create a culture of service and volunteerism in communities where service members work and live. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)


Washington Wizards and the DoD give back during 'Commitment to Se
Washington Wizards forward Kris Humphries, middle center, fills a bag for food donation assembly held by General Larry Spencer, Air Force vice chief of staff, during a volunteer effort at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. Oct. 24, 2014. The Department of the Defense and the National Basketball Association have joined forces in an initiative named ‘Commitment to Service’ to create a culture of service and volunteerism in communities where service members work and live. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)


Washington Wizards and the DoD give back during 'Commitment to Se
In the Black Sea

Romanian navy special forces conduct a fast rope insertion aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) during a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 John Herman

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Welcome Home!

A Marine greets his family and friends at a homecoming event aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Oct. 20, 2014. The Marine is assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and just returned from a six-month deployment to Australia.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Scott Reel

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A U.S. soldier participates in Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on the Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 21, 2014. The soldier is assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Tanner

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U.S. military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in
Syria Thursday and today using bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes.

Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted twelve
airstrikes Thursday and today using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.

In Syria, six airstrikes near Kobani struck three ISIL units and destroyedan ISIL vehicle. In Iraq, three airstrikes southeast and west of the MosulDam destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL mortar position. Threeairstrikes south of the Bayji Oil Refinery struck two small units anddestroyed an ISIL vehicle. Two strikes near Bayji struck an ISIL training camp. Three airstrikes near Fallujah struck two small ISIL units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles. Finally, one airstrike near Zumar destroyed five ISIL buildings. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.

The strikes were conducted as part of #OperationInherentResolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, 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 power and conduct operations. Among the coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq are the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby to brief the press at 2:30 PM EDT. Watch live http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1xf19
Marines board a CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft during airborne sustainment
training on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21, 2014.

The Marines are assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulates new Iraqi Defense Minister and discusses future actions against #ISIL.


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel, New Iraqi Defense Minister Discuss Way Ahead Against ISIL
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke via telephone with newly appointed Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al Obeidi today to congratulate him on his position and assure support for the minister's counterterrorism pursuits, the Pentagon press secretary reported.
A U.S. Army Ranger carrying an M240 machine gun rappels down a wall as part of a demonstration during a Ranger school graduation on Fort Benning, Ga., Oct. 17, 2014.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Callaghan


Army Spc. Kristal Calderon practices donning and removing protective equipment and a mask after a class at the logistical warehouse on Fort Gordon, Ga., Oct. 14, 2014. Members of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases Safety Office taught the class.

U.S. Army photo by Capt. Lindsay D. Roman

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet sits on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson at sea, Oct. 16, 2014. The Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 17, are deployed supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The aircraft is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 81.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo met at the Pentagon today for the 46th Security Consultative Meeting.

At the meeting, they agreed to implement South Korea’s proposal for a conditions-based approach to transferring wartime control of allied forces, known as operational control, or OPCON, to ensure the combined defense posture remains strong and seamless, defense officials announced.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123476


Defense.gov News Article: U.S., South Korea Reach Agreement for Wartime Control of Forces
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 – Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo met at the Pentagon today for the 46th Security Consultative Meeting.
Health chief lays out the precautions being taken for troops assisting in #Ebola response.

“While they're in theater, we will be actively monitoring them every day. We'll be taking their temperature twice a day, their supervisors will be asking them about any exposure history, and we'll be able, in real time, to monitor any exposures that might happen and monitor for any symptoms.”


Defense.gov News Article: Health Chief Outlines Precautions for Ebola Response Troops
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 Fighting the West Africa Ebola epidemic is immediately and strategically important to the United States, and the Defense Department is taking every precaution to minimize risk to deployed troops, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said in a recent inter…

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They Came in Peace On this day in 1983, two trucks carrying explosives blew up two barracks buildings in Beirut, Lebanon resulting in the deadliest attack on Marines since Iwo Jima in 1945. Today we pause to remember the 220 Marines, 18 @[74281347822:274:U.S. Navy] sailors and 3 @[44053938557:274:U.S. Army] soldiers killed in the attack. @[151272504908955:274:Camp Lejeune] will be hosting the 31st Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony today at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Click the link below to stream the ceremony. http://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/5356#.VEj1IfnF98E #OTD #TBT #SemperFi — with Kevin Mcgookin and 4 others.
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U.S. military forces continued to attack terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in #Syria yesterday and today, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted nine airstrikes in #Iraq yesterday and today using fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against #ISIL terrorists.

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Blogs

DoD Provides Information on Ebola for Military Families
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Defense Department Aims to End Domestic Violence
Defense Department Aims to End Domestic Violence The DoD's Family Advocacy Program is working to prevent domestic abuse with programs to put a stop to it before it starts.    More

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