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Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, 10th vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Senate Confirms Selva as Vice Chairman Of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Senate confirmed Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva as the 10th vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter swore him into office during a Pentagon ceremony. Story | Photos | Statement

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Guardsmen, Reservists Aid in California Wildfire Containment

California National Guard soldiers and airmen and Air Force reservists are assisting first responders in fighting ongoing wildfires in Northern California, the Pentagon’s press operations chief said in a briefing. Story | Photos

Anti-ISIL Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continue to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported. Story | Special

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Army Capt. Bob Drexel scans the right side of a CH-47D Chinook helicopter above the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake, Calif., Aug. 1, 2015. Drexel’s position on the aircraft requires him to scan for potential hazards and help direct the release water from a large bucket. U.S. Army photo

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the seventh annual Feds Feed Families campaign, which extends throughout the government. The Defense Department will play a vital role in the fight against hunger.The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.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.Defense Secretary Ash Carter travels to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan during a weeklong trip to discuss security concerns, including preventing terror attacks and the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is traveling, and made an unannounced trip to Baghdad and Kabul, Afghanistan where he met with leaders and service members to discuss progress in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.One person has the power to teach resilience, recognize warning signs, intervene, chat, or make a call; it only takes one person or one act to save another person's life. The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has launched the President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said The DoD Warrior Games 2015 will feature eight sporting events with approximately 200 athletes representing teams from the Army, Navy Marine Corps, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command. Adaptive sports and athletic reconditioning activities play a fundamental role in the recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of our service members. The events of the DoD Warrior Games 2015 embody the spirit of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and celebrate the triumphs, personal courage and inspirational attitude of our wounded, ill and injured service members.The president, vice president, Defense Department and military leaders deliver messages of hope, encouragement and guidance to the class of 2015. Check out Defense.gov's Special Report: Commencements 2015 to read about their speeches, view photographs and watch videos from the ceremonies. 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.The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request of $534 billion protects America today, while positioning the U.S. military to face the threats of tomorrow. The budget funds ongoing strategic priorities including the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and sustaining a global approach to countering violent extremists.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.The nation's top defense leaders are urging Congress to move now to prevent major, across-the-board spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect Oct 1, 2015.Traumatic brain injury is one of the invisible wounds of war and one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. This Defense.gov special report highlights the Defense Department's efforts to care for wounded warriors suffering from this condition while promoting research to improve diagnosis and treatment.

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Face of Defense

Petty Officer 2nd Class Darren Harrity Coast Guardsman Swims to Save Lives

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer recently completed a triathlon-length swim and saved the lives of four fishermen. Story

In The Spotlight

MQ-9 unmanned aircraft system DoD Officials Observe Counter-Drone Demo in California

Small, unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, are easy to obtain and hard to detect on radar, making them of particular concern to the Defense Department, according to officials taking part in Black Dart 2015. Story

Recruitment Program Participants Receive Honor For Workplace Contributions

Four Defense Department civilian employees received the Judith C. Gilliom Award in recognition of their contributions to their organizations during a ceremony at the National Youth Transitions Center. Story

Military Health

Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. U.S., Canadian Senior Doctors Discuss Merits of Medical Cooperation

During meetings with Canada’s surgeon general, Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said it is in the interests of both nations to continue to work together to improve the overall health and state-of-readiness of the respective forces. Story

Recruiting and Retention

DoD Announces Recruiting, Retention Numbers

The active-duty Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force met or exceeded fiscal year-to-date 2015 accession goals through May 2015, Defense Department officials announced. Story | Statement

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Hot Wheels Help Get #ForceoftheFuture Into STEM
Hot Wheels Help Get #ForceoftheFuture Into STEM A workshop at the Military Child Education Coalition's 2015 National Training Seminar aimed to teach children science, technology, engineering and math concepts through experimentation with toy cars and racetracks.   More
Reservist on Cutting Edge of Science, Technology
A reservist with the Office of Naval Research received the Navy Reserve’s 2014 Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year award for contributions to groundbreaking technologies such as tactical cyber ranges and augmented-reality glasses.   More
Joint Staff Director Talks Character, Military Success
Joint Staff Director Talks Character, Military Success Air Force Lt. Gen. David L. Goldfein, nominated to be the next Air Force vice chief of staff, didn't hesitate when asked recently what made the biggest contribution to his success.   More
New Smartphone Device Will Test For TBIs on Battlefield
New Smartphone Device Will Test For TBIs on Battlefield Army researchers are working on a device expected to revolutionize how quickly a traumatic brain injury can be diagnosed.   More

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