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Hagel Notes Progress Against ISIL as World Grows More Dangerous

The U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is showing good signs of progress, and the first of 1,500 additional U.S. troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Iraq should begin arriving there in the next few weeks, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. Story

Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby

Kirby: Timeline for Operation United Assistance Depends on Ebola Trend

The U.S. military effort to help prevent the spread of Ebola in West Africa could be extended beyond its six-month mission if there is a surge of new cases, the Pentagon Press Secretary said. Story | Transcript | Special

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

Dempsey Discusses Experiences in Civil-Military Relations

The debate on the civil-military divide is timeless, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a keynote speech. Story

Cybercom Chief Details Cyber Threats, Trends

Cyber threats are real, hurting the nation and its allies and partners, costing hundreds of billions, and potentially leading to a catastrophic failure if not addressed, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers told a House panel. Story | Special

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Photo: SNOW CHALLENGE

New York Army Guardsmen use engineering equipment to help remove snow in Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called up about 375 Guardsmen to support response and recovery efforts following historic amounts of snowfall in the area. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd

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More than 240 members of the New York National Guard continue to help in the aftermath of western New York's snow emergency, where snow had piled up to six feet deep in some areas. Video

DARPA’s Synthetic Biology Work Targets Diseases, New Materials

Soldiers, military scientists and Defense Department civilians are on the ground in West Africa to help stop history’s largest Ebola outbreak, and now innovators at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are turning their job of changing what’s possible to the fight against infectious diseases. Story | Special

Face of Defense

Army Sgt. Shanna Rodriguez Soldier Balances Army Duty With Motherhood, Family

Balancing duties as a soldier and a mother of three, one of whom is a special needs child, is just one of the challenges Army Sgt. Shanna Rodriguez has faced in her life. Story

Wounded Warriors

Training Triggers Strength Gains for Troops

A groundbreaking program, called blood flow restriction training, or BFR, offers warriors huge gains from low-resistance exercise. Story

Warrior Care

Wright Salutes Warriors’ ‘Courage and Resilience'

Honoring wounded, ill and injured warriors with a month-long recognition is “hugely important,” Jessica L. Garfola Wright, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said. Story | Special

USO to Exhibit Wounded Warriors’ Art Therapy

The USO’s new therapy program provides wounded warriors with artistic outlets to help them express their wartime experiences. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

An F/A-18E Super Hornet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington http://t.co/Fs5WjDt2iR
U.S. paratroopers and a K-9 military working dog team conduct an assault in an urban environment during training http://t.co/oZ6yBqpJDL
The @PentagonPresSec says the way to defeat the #ISIL threat is to defeat the ideology. #pressbrief
"We’ve long said here’s an issue of foreign fighters joining #ISIL. It’s what makes #ISIL such an imminent threat," says @PentagonPresSec
Regarding threats of N. Korean nuclear tests: “N. Korea is not going to achieve anything from threats & provocations," says @PentagonPresSec
Via @PentagonPresSec "Our strategy is a counter #ISIL strategy. That’s it. Nothing’s changed about that." #pressbrief
Regarding #Ebola: "One thing about this disease is that it fluctuates, it changes, but that doesn’t connote a trend," says @PentagonPresSec
Regarding #Ebola, @PentagonPresSec says the #DoD is "taking a very flexible approach", says mission could be longer than 6 months.
Re: #Iraq: "By the end of the calendar year you’ll see a much more robust presence not just from US, but also coalition forces." #pressbrief
"We’ve received numerous pledges from coalition partners" to help w/#Iraqi training, says @PentagonPresSec, says this is a joint effort.
Leadership is going to use intrinsic forces on the ground, says @PentagonPresSec. Says approx 50 - 150 troops to start training.
Via @PentagonPresSec regarding training in #Iraq: "The sooner we get started, the sooner Iraqi units will improve in their capability."
Watch Tomahawk Missiles being launched from USS Philippine Sea http://t.co/yrHBegvSEi
A New York National Guardsman assists in the removal of snow. story:http://t.co/F7SQ733h0G http://t.co/v17eA5UuJ6

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Job well done Kentucky @[92705257022:274:Air National Guard]! In 60 days, these Airmen opened an airfield and aerial port that processed more than 750 tons of relief supplies to support Ebola-response missions! http://1.usa.gov/1F3xp0l cc: @[62690599685:274:USAID - US Agency for International Development]
A soldier approaches the door during a training jump on Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 14, 2014. The battalion jumped out of two Air Force C-17s onto the Rapido Drop Zone. The soldiers are assigned to the Texas National Guard's 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment.

U.S. National Guard photo by Air Force Major Randy Stillinger

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the waters of southern Japan, Nov. 19, 2014. The F/A-18E Super Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 195.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. and coalition forces are making progress in the fight against #ISIL as the world grows increasingly more dangerous.

“Overall, we are seeing good progress,” Hagel told Charlie Rose in a wide-ranging interview conducted at the Pentagon yesterday in describing the three months of airstrikes and Iraqi and Kurdish attacks against ISIL. “We’re not where we need to be yet, but this is a longer-term, difficult, challenging mission.”


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel Notes Progress Against ISIL as World Grows More Dangerous
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 The U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is showing good signs of progress, and the first of 1,500 additional U.S. troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Iraq should begin arriving there in the next few weeks, Defense Secretary Chuck Hage…
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Get a front-seat view of Tomahawk Missiles launching from the USS Philippine Sea.

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The guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (Cg 58) launches Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles. Philippine Sea is deployed as part of the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. Navy video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Abe McNatt.



Wounded warriors make gains from cutting-edge low-resistance training program.

“To get strong, you need to lift heavy weight, but warriors with severely damaged limbs often can’t do that. I wanted to find a solution that would prevent my patients from a frustrating recovery or even, in some cases, opting to amputate their leg due to a lack of strength gain over time.”


Defense.gov News Article: Training Triggers Strength Gains for Wounded Troops
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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Nov. 20, 2014 Wounded and injured service members are getting pumped up about a cutting-edge strength training program at Brooke Army Medical Center here.
A New York National Guardsman removes snow from the roof of the Eden Heights Assisted Living Facility in West Seneca, N.Y., Nov. 19, 2014. The airman is assigned to the 107th Airlift Wing based in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

U.S. National Guard photo by Maj. Mark Frank

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F-22 Raptors and F-35 Lightning II's fly in formation over Eglin Training Range, Fla., after completing an integration training mission, Nov. 5, 2014. The F-22s are assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. The F-35s are assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

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Navy Cmdr. Raymond Barnes holds his daughter during his squadron's homecoming on Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., Nov. 14, 2014. Barnes is the executive officer assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 87. Strike Fighter Squadron 87 returned home after a nine-month deployment on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alysia R. Hernandez

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Warrior Care Month honors, celebrates, and connects wounded, ill, and injured Service members, military families, and caregivers to resources and programs available to support successful recovery and reintegration back into military service or civilian life.

How do you remain strong in the face of challenge? #WarriorCare #ShowofStrength


Defense.gov Special Report: Warrior Care Month - 2014
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During Warrior Care month, the Defense Department honors the courage of wounded, ill or injured service members, and highlights the programs that help them learn new life skills that enable them to return to duty or transition from the military.
The holidays are soon approaching and military families should start thinking about what to send their loved ones home in the U.S or overseas. The DoDLive blog has the go-to guide with all the regulations, deadlines and guidance to ensure your service member gets his or her package on time. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/22g0d
#SecDef Chuck Hagel calls Russia's actions in Ukraine "dangerous and irresponsible" during a visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

He added that the U.S. is working with NATO to shift the focus of its entire rotational rapid deployment in response.


Defense.gov News Article: Secretary Calls Russia’s Actions ‘Dangerous, Irresponsible’
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today called Russia’s actions in Ukraine “dangerous and irresponsible” and said the tensions provoked by Moscow have probably done more to unify NATO than anything else in years.
U.S. soldiers fire ceremonial rounds from M1A2 Abrams Tanks at the Adazi Training Area, Latvia, Nov. 6, 2014. The soldiers are helping to train the Latvian Land Forces as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The solders are assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy J. Fowler

For more DoD imagery: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/22dfs


The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team takes off for its performance during an open house event on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Nov. 8, 2014.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

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Suit Up!

Army Staff Sgt. Paul Rodriguez, center, puts on his protective suit, assisted by other team members, during a drill at the Suffolk County Water Authority's New Highway Pump Station, N.Y., Oct. 27, 2014. Rodriguez is assigned to the New York Army National Guard's 24th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team.

National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy

For more photos of the guardsmen training: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/22bll


Paratroopers secure an airfield during a multinational training exercise.

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Paratroopers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division hone their skills in multinational training exercise Noble Ledger. The exercise serves as the certification for the NATO Response Force for 2015, a readiness force that the Alliance can deploy when and where it is needed.

DoD Video by Gail McCabe



DoD to host expo highlighting its support of wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers as part of Warrior Care Month.

Learn more about Warrior Care Month: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2274m


Defense.gov News Article: DoD to Highlight Warrior, Family Care at Rehabilitation Expo
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 The Defense Department will host a rehabilitation expo as part of Warrior Care Month as it continues its commitment to supporting wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers.
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Air Education and Training Command

F-35 and F-22 combine capabilities in operational integration training mission The U.S. Air Force deployed four F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, earlier this month for the unit's first operational integration training mission.Read full story: http://www.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123431709
U.S. sailors hold the phone and distance line on the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 7, 2014.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez

For more DoD imagery: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/223yg


U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct a machine gun range during sustainment training in D'Arta Plage, Djibouti, Nov. 12. The 11th MEU is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman


Join the DoD and Sesame Street in celebrating Military Family Month in November.

Don't miss out on the events happening around the world for our military families. #MyMilFam


Sesame Street and Military OneSource Celebrate Military Family Month - YouTube

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy) Rosemary Williams celebrates Military Family Month with her friends from Sesame ...
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praises Army training efforts after observing a "full-spectrum" war exercise of about 4,700 soldiers preparing to deploy to the Middle East.

“It is critically important that the kind of training you're getting here continue to be refined, because … it is training that prepares you, that keeps you ready,” Hagel said. “It is training that keeps you on the cutting edge of what's coming next.”


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel Observes Full-spectrum National Training Center Exercise
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel yesterday lauded training efforts at the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, where he addressed troops and observed a “full-spectrum” war exercise involving about 4,700 soldiers preparing for deployments to the Middle E…
Read the inspiring story of one Marine who was medically retired because of brain cancer, but beat the disease and returned to active duty years later.


Marine beats brain cancer and returns to active duty
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Sgt. Jennifer Suarez has looked death in the face and said “I am not ready to go yet.” Currently serving as the commanding officer’s driver at The Basic School, Marine Corps Base Quantico, she was medically retired as a corporal in 2007 due to brain,
From a tenth grade dropout to a master’s degree in electrical & computer engineering, find out how Steve Cox is developing military solutions using 3D printing!

#MeetTheScientists


Meet the Scientists: Stephen Cox
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Meet the Scientists: Stephen Cox is the rebel & the researcher! From a tenth grade dropout to developing solutions using 3D printing, Steve is the "solution guy" for the Navy. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/11/17/meet-the-scientists-stephen-cox/"><br/>Read More</a>
Army Medal of Honor recipient says he is not a hero.

"Two of my buddies gave every single-one of their tomorrows so I could have a today, and you're going to put a medal around my neck?"


Defense.gov News Article: Medal of Honor Recipient Says He’s ‘No Hero’
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SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 16, 2014 Former Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta, who in 2010 became the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War, says he is not a hero.
Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, evacuate a simulated casualty during Decisive Action Rotation 15-02 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, Nov. 6, 2014.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michelle U. Blesam

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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Keith Reeves, right, monitors a console in the ship’s combat information center, with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Lt. j.g. Kotaro Kitahara, during Exercise Keen Sword 2015 at sea, Nov. 12, 2014.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Declan Barnes

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's statement on the murder of Abdul-Rahman, also known as Peter Kassig:

On behalf of all the men and women of the Department of Defense, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known to us as Peter, who time and again volunteered his service during times of war - first as an Army Ranger in Iraq, and later as a devoted humanitarian, providing aid to victims of the conflict in Syria. Like his fellow veterans of the 9/11 Generation, his strong desire to continue making a difference in the world after serving in uniform - to continue leading a life of purpose - is an inspiration to us all. His brutal murder is one more reminder of ISIL's ruthless barbarity; there is no starker contrast between the inhumanity of ISIL and the bright and generous spirit of the young man they murdered. As we join his loved ones in mourning his loss, we also celebrate his service, and we celebrate his commitment - a lifetime commitment to, as he said, "stand beside those who might need a helping hand."
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Chance Adams, left, instructs Seaman Justin Coleman during a .50-caliber gun firing exercise on the fantail of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in Bremerton, Wash., Nov. 8, 2014. Adams is a gunner's mate, and Coleman is an aviation ordnanceman airman.

U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Ignacio D. Perez

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USS Truxton (DDG 103) Returns Home
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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) returned to homeport, Norfolk, Va., Nov. 15, 2014, following a nine-month deployment as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 in […]

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