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Hagel Orders Improvements in Military Health Care Following Review

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered improvements in the Military Health System following a comprehensive review. Story | Special

Report Identifies Best Health Practices, Plans

Medical experts have found that the Military Health System provides quality health care but also made six recommendations for improvement. Story | Special

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Secretary, Chinese Foreign Minister Discuss Military Partnership

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the importance of developing the U.S.-China military-to-military relationship with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Pentagon. Story | Statement

Hagel Authorizes 700 Soldiers for Deployment

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has authorized the deployment of 700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division headquarters element to Liberia to help with the Ebola epidemic there, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, right, discuss the Military Health System during a briefing for reporters at the Pentagon, Oct. 1, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett

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U.S., Indian Troops Train Together

U.S. and Indian soldiers participated in an exercise to improve the ability to respond to a wide range of contingencies related to United Nations missions. Story

Cybersecurity

DARPA Director Discusses Challenges

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on new ways to protect information and systems that use the Internet. Story

Warrior Games

Adaptive Sports Program Helps Heal Troops

The Defense Department’s military adaptive sports program changes the lives of wounded, ill and injured service members by aiding their recoveries, a Defense Department official said. Story | Special

DHA Leaders Discuss Mission at Games

Defense Health Agency senior leaders attended the opening ceremony of the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and discussed their organization’s overall mission. Story | Special

Warrior Games Begin in Colorado Springs

Two hundred wounded, ill or injured athletes are competing in the fifth annual Warrior Games in Colorado. Story | Special

Woodson Praises Advances in Military Medicine

DoD's military health system has always improved care through periods of war, said a senior official for health affairs. Story | Special

Hispanic Heritage

Leader Credits Success to Hispanic Heritage

Service before self is an important aspect of Hispanic heritage that translates into military culture, a senior DoD official said. Story

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RT @DirectorDMA: A visually stunning photo essay of @USMC patrolling Helman. Take a look at the entire album http://t.co/UhG97YUHNn. http:/…
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jamie Sclater swims to gold during #WarriorGames2014. Follow @DoDNews for more updates. http://t.co/kFpI78sapi
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Get more information on the Military Health System Review conducted by #SecDef Hagel http://t.co/UOLgBlVfza http://t.co/GHmXgUNVWf
#SecDef re #MHSreview: #DoD will have a plan to ensure the military health care system becomes the top performing system we expect it to be.
.@DepSecDefWork re #MHSreview: We don't want a good healthcare system, we want a leading healthcare system.
#SecDef Hagel re #MHSreview: Combat care is and must always be a central focus of the Military Health Care System.
#SecDef Hagel re #MHSreview: We cannot accept average when it comes to caring for our men and women in uniform. We can always do better.
#SecDef Hagel re #MHSreview: We all feel very strongly that there is nothing more important than the health and well being of our people.
#SecDef Hagel & .@DepSecDefWork to brief on the results of the Military Health System Review. Watch at 1:15 PM EDT: http://t.co/fV2n7Z3XTU
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U.S. officials are in #Liberia to assess progress against the spread of #Ebola.

Get the facts on Ebola here: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1sr3j


Defense.gov News Article: U.S. Delegation Assessing Progress Against Ebola
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FORT MEADE, Md., Oct. 1, 2014 U.S. officials are in Liberia to assess progress against the spread of Ebola in the West African nation, where the U.S. government is setting up treatment centers to help victims of the deadly disease.
Marine Corps Cpl. Emmanuel Torras, left, and Cpl. Yancy A. Taveras perform a shallow water engagement exercise during a martial arts instructor course on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 24, 2014. Torras and Taveras are assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves

For more images from the course, click here: http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/PhotoEssaySS.aspx?ID=5534


Checkout a quick recap of yesterday's swimming competition. The U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command walked away with the most wins, but there is still a lot of competition to go. #WarriorGames2014

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Get more information on the results of the Military Health System Review conducted by #SecDef Hagel and the way forward.


Defense.gov Special Report: Military Health System Review
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the Defense Department to conduct a comprehensive review of the Military Health System focused on access to care. The review assessed the safety and quality of health care in military treatment facilities and the health care DOD purchases from civilian provider…
#SecDef Chuck Hagel and #DepSecDef Bob Work will host a press brief concerning the results of the Military Health System Review.

Watch live at 1:15 PM EDT: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1sodx


Today marks the start of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and folks from our C4/Cyber Directorate will be blogging about how we can all do our part to make the Internet a safer place for everyone.

Our first blog introduces you to #StopThinkConnect. #NCSAM Department of Homeland Security Read more!
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Stop and think before connecting online
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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This blog post introduces EUCOM's audience to Stop.Think.Connect., a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, recently announced a new program to help families of fallen service members access education benefits and scholarships.


Serving Smart: TAPS Introduces New Program Geared Towards Education | DoDLive
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The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors also known as TAPS recently announced a new program for military families in accessing education benefits and scholarships.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has authorized the deployment of 700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division headquarters element to Liberia to help with the Ebola epidemic there. Read more here, http://1.usa.gov/1yz1l4J.


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel Authorizes 700 Soldiers for Liberia Deployment
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has authorized the deployment of 700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division headquarters element to Liberia to help with the Ebola epidemic there, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said here yesterday.
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Adam Vickery of the Marine team reacts to winning the recumbent cycle race during the 2014 Warrior Games on Fort Carson, Colo., Sept. 29, 2014. DoD photo by EJ Hersom


Sink or Swim

U.S. Navy sailors participate in a swim call in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 27, 2014. The sailors are assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey, which is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to support security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee


How many soldiers do you see in this photo?

U.S. Soldiers with Bandit Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment and Afghan National Army soldiers climb to the top of a mountain for a re-enlistment ceremony for two Soldiers in Paktia province, Afghanistan, Sept. 21, 2014. (DoD photo by Spc. Steven Cope, U.S. Army/Released)





Today marks the anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift.Between 26 June 1948 and 30 September 1949, the airlift delivered more than 2.3 million tons of cargo, approximately 75 percent of it in American aircraft. American aircrews made more than 189,000 flights, totaling nearly 600,000 flying hours and exceeding 92 million miles.A true milestone in United States Air Force history
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Blair House, also known as the president's guesthouse, in Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2014. The two leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance.

DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz


Don't miss #AdaptiveWarrior at 3 PM EST — DoD's 30-minute Live broadcast from #WarriorGames2014.

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Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby will brief reporters at the Pentagon at 2 PM EDT.

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Today, we have about 150 men and women from the Department of Defense in West Africa responding to the Ebola outbreak. They are the advance elements of our military force that will total roughly 3,000 Americans confronting a health crisis that has significant humanitarian, economic, political, and security dimensions. We are supporting U.S. government and international relief efforts by leveraging our unique U.S. Military capabilities. Specifically, we're establishing command and control nodes, logistics hubs, training for health care workers, and providing engineering support. The protection of our men and women is my priority as we seek to help those in Africa and work together to stem the tide of this crisis. All of our deploying personnel receive training on use of protective equipment as well as training on Ebola and Malaria prevention and other critical procedures. I am proud of the dedication and skills of these men and women and confident in their ability to make a difference.
U.S. military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in #Syria Monday and today using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 11 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft today to conduct 11 airstrikes in Iraq.

In Syria, two airstrikes near Dayr ar Zawr destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL armed vehicle. Five strikes in northeast Syria near Sinjar destroyed one ISIL artillery piece, one ISIL tank, three ISIL armed vehicles, two ISIL facilities, an ISIL observation post and struck four ISIL fighting positions. Three strikes near Mazra al Duwud near the Syrian/Turkish border, destroyed one ISIL artillery piece, damaged another, and destroyed two ISIL rocket launchers. One strike northeast of Aleppo destroyed four ISIL-occupied buildings. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.

In #Iraq, seven airstrikes in northwest Iraq destroyed one ISIL armored vehicle, two ISIL transport vehicles, and four ISIL armed vehicles and damaged one. In the vicinity of Mosul Dam, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL armed vehicle. Northwest of Baghdad, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle while another strike in west Fallujah struck an ISIL checkpoint. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.

The strikes were conducted as part of the President's comprehensive strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL. The destruction and degradation of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to lead, control, project power and conduct operations.
As the Nov. 4 midterm election nears, Defense Department officials are taking steps to ensure absentee voting is even easier for service members, their families and overseas citizens via FVAP.gov. http://go.usa.gov/vCb4


Defense.gov News Article: DoD Takes Steps to Aid Absentee Voters
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2014 – As the Nov. 4 midterm election nears, Defense Department officials are taking steps to ensure absentee voting is even easier for service members, their families and overseas citizens via FVAP.gov.
Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Signing of the bilateral security agreement:

The new Afghan government took an important step forward today by signing a bilateral security agreement with the United States and a Status of Forces Agreement with NATO. These agreements will enable American and coalition troops to continue to help strengthen Afghan forces, counter terrorist threats, and advance regional security. As the Afghan people celebrate their nation's first peaceful and democratic transfer of power, I look forward to working with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other members of Afghanistan's new government.

I also thank General Campbell, the men and women of ISAF, and their partners in the Afghan National Security Forces as we bring our combat mission to an end and build an enduring strategic partnership with the people of Afghanistan.
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cc: U.S. European Command (EUCOM) U.S. Mission to NATO

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123294
“We were in the eighth grade sitting at a table, and we planned our whole lives out right there that day in class.”

In middle school, three students made a pact to attend high school together, play football together, enroll in college together and follow the same career path. http://go.usa.gov/vCbP


Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Food Services Trio Inseparable Since 8th Grade
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FORT LEE, Va., Sept. 29, 2014 – In middle school, three students made a pact to attend high school together, play football together, enroll in college together and follow the same career path.
U.S. Army paratroopers descend at Juliet Drop Zone near Pordenone, Italy, Sept. 24, 2014, with the Italian Dolomite mountain range behind them. The paratroopers are assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade and based in Vicenza, Italy.

U.S. Army photo by Davide Dalla Massara


Dr. John Carr, an astrophysicist for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, is part of the first team to discover rare evidence of a forming planet around a baby star!

Armed with Science has the story: http://go.usa.gov/dfWH #MeetTheScientists


Meet the Scientists: Dr. John Carr
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Meet the Scientists: Dr. John Carr is part of the first team to discover a forming planet around a baby star! Right before our telescope-assisted infrared spectroscopic eyes! <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/09/29/meet-the-scientists-dr-john-carr/"><br/>Read More</a>
Take a look at a few of the highlights from day two of the 2014 Warrior Games. Today's events included cycling, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.


2014 Warrior Games Day 2
Take a look at a few of the highlights from day two of the 2014 Warrior Games. Today's events included cycling, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
F-22 Raptor of the 1st Fighter Wing, refueling mid-air during strike operations in Syria.


F-22 Raptor refueling mid-air during strike operations in Syria
F-22 Raptor of the 1st Fighter Wing, refueling mid-air during strike operations in Syria.
Airmen from the 63rd Medical Group deploy to help set up an #Ebola treatment facility in Africa. The airmen will not be involved in treatment of any patients, but will help train international healthcare workers.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman


Defense.gov News Article: Airmen Deploy to Deliver Ebola Treatment Facility
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JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va., Sept. 29, 2014 – Airmen from the 633rd Medical Group here partnered with representatives from the U.S. Public Health Service on Sept. 26 to deliver a modular medical treatment center as part of the U.S. whole-of-government effort to support humanitarian relief operati…
U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct eight airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, U.S. military forces used attack and remotely piloted aircraft yesterday and today to conduct three airstrikes in Iraq, officials added.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123285
Wounded Warriors go beyond their injuries to achieve more than anyone ever thought they could.

Follow @DodNews on Twitter for coverage all week of #WarriorGames2014.


Beyond | DoDLive
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Air Force wounded warriors know better than most about facing adversity. Whether they are wounded, injured or ill, they share an unwavering desire to achieve well beyond the goals set forth by the people around them. They adapt and move forward to inspire confidence in not only themselves, but other…
#WarriorGames2014 has officially begun!

Stay tuned for highlights from the games and the heroic athletes competing.

Or follow @DodNews on Twitter for complete coverage.


Let the Games Begin! | DoDLive
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Marine Cpl. Jorge Salazar passes the Olympic torch to Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sharona Young during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 28, 2014. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)
#USArmy Soldiers in a M109A6 Paladin watch for opposition forces as their comrades prepare for a reconnaissance patrol at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Ca. The 1st Battalion, 77th Armored Regiment Soldiers participated in the center’s common training scenarios that prepare units for combat operations in a desert environment.

Photo by Sgt. Richard W. Jones Jr.


Blogs

Soldier Shows Perseverance After Losing Arm
Soldier Shows Perseverance After Losing Arm The DoDLive blog profiles Army Staff Sgt. Michael Smith, who lost his right arm in a 2011 accident and is competing in the Warrior Games this week in Colorado.    More
TAPS Launches New Educational Planning Initiative
TAPS Launches New Educational Planning Initiative The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, also known as TAPS, recently announced a new program for military families seeking access to education benefits and scholarships.   More

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