President Barack Obama honored two World War I soldiers – one African-American, one Jewish – with Medals of Honor, saying it was long overdue and the nation will work as long as it takes to make sure "all the heroes' stories are told." Story
The U.S.-Vietnam defense relationship is on a continued positive trajectory, with defense leaders of both countries committed to deepening the partnership, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. Story | Special
About 100 Army, Air Force and Marine Corps engineering and medical personnel began exercise New Horizons in Honduras. Story
President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor for Army Sgt. William Shemin to Ina Bass, left, and Elsie Shemin-Roth, who accepted the medal on behalf of their late father, at the White House, June 2, 2015. During the ceremony, Obama also awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army Pvt. Henry Johnson, saying it was "never to late to say thank you." Both soldiers were World War I veterans. U.S. Army photo by Lisa Ferdinando
Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson of the New York Army National Guard accepts a Medal of Honor on behalf of the late Pvt. Henry Johnson in a ceremony at the White House, June 2, 2015. Johnson, who served with the 369th Infantry Regiment, also known as the Harlem Hellfighters, received the award for heroic actions during World War I in France. U.S. Army photo by Lisa Ferdinando
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter receives a tour of the Indian Navy frigate INS Sahyadri from Capt. Jyotin Raina, the ship's commanding officer, in Vizag, India, June 2, 2015. Carter is on a 10-day trip to the Asia-Pacific region to meet with partner nations and affirm U.S. commitment to the area. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter signs the guest book for the Indian Navy frigate INS Sahyadri during a tour of the warship in Vizag, India, June 2, 2015. Carter is on a 10-day trip to the Asia-Pacific to meet with partner nations and affirm U.S. commitment to the region. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
Defense Secretary Ash Carter seeks to strengthen and modernize alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century defense and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during an air-power demonstration in the Pacific Ocean, May 31, 2015. The Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are in the 3rd Fleet area of operations returning to homeport after a Middle East and Western Pacific deployment. The Super Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 81. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr.
A soldier rappels during certification on Victory Tower on Fort Jackson, S.C., May 29, 2015, before training chaplain candidates in a leaders course during two weeks of annual training. The soldiers are assigned to the 104th Training Division. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton
U.S. Army Pfc. Charles Hollembeak fires an M4 carbine during partnered marksmanship live-fire training on Tactical Base Gamberi in eastern Afghanistan, May 29, 2015. Hollembeak is an infantryman assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Charlie Emmons
Marines load ordnance onto an F-35B Lightning II during operational testing aboard the USS Wasp at sea, May 27, 2015. Marines and sailors have been working together since May 18 to assess the integration of the F-35B Lightning II, which is on track to replace the F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Prowler and AV-8B Harrier. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anne K. Henry
During the month of June, the Defense Department joins the nation in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, or LGBT, Pride Month. During this time, the department recognizes lesbian, gay and bisexual service members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civilians for their dedicated service to both the DoD mission and to our nation.
Members of the 823rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer, known as Red Horse, prepare for takeoff on a C-17 Globemaster from Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 27, 2015. The unit deployed to support New Horizons 2015, an exercise in Honduras to improve the readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers and medical professionals, and to support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy
The Defense Department announced the next unit rotation as the U.S. continues to demonstrate its commitment to reassuring NATO allies.
U.S. Army Pvt. Cesar Valtierrez and a Panamanian veterinary student share a light moment while treating a puppy for fleas during a Continuing Promise 2015 veterinary event in Colon, Panama, May 31, 2015. Valtierrez is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division’s Company D, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Paumen
The Department of Defense cyber strategy guides the development of DoD's cyber forces and seeks to strengthen cyber defense and cyber deterrence posture. It focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations for DoD's three primary cyber missions.
Each January for the past five years, Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar Jurilla of the California Air National Guard and his wife, Cora, have worked with volunteer doctors, nurses and nonmedical assistants to assist impoverished people in remote Philippine villages.
The team at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ceaselessly works to find the remains of American prisoners of war and personnel still missing in action to bring answers to family and friends of their loved ones.
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Sailors aboard the USS Fort Worth are working to ensure security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, where half the world’s population resides and half the global economy is generated.
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For the scientists and lab technicians who work to identify missing service members, “this is not just a job,” said Navy Capt. (Dr.) Edward Reedy, head of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. “This is literally their reason for working.”
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A series of disaster management exercises and exchanges called Pacific Resilience is key to helping partner armies and various nations respond and rebound more independently after natural disasters.
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter will be able to personally communicate with nearly three million service members and civilians on the social media platform, Pentagon officials said in a statement.
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