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Obama Announces New Military Health MeasuresThis story contains video.

In a speech to the American Legion National Convention, President Barack Obama announced 19 new executive actions to improve health benefits for service members, veterans and their families. Video | Speech | Blog

President: No Combat Troops in IraqThis story contains video.

President Barack Obama told the American Legion National Convention that recent airstrikes against ISIL will not lead to ground troops in Iraq. Video | Special

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised the leadership of both the incoming and outgoing commanders of ISAF during a change of command. Video

U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Fires Warning Shot at Iranian Dhow in Arabian Gulf

A U.S. Coast Guard vessel in the Arabian Gulf has fired in self defense on an Iranian dhow after the crew of the Iranian vessel trained a machine gun on the Americans with hostile intent, U.S. military officials said. Story

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Air Force Capts. Andrew Glowa, left, and William Piepenbring launch flares from two A-10C Thunderbolt IIs, Aug. 18, 2014, over southern Georgia. The pilots are with the 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter

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Face of Defense

Female Tank Mechanic Finds Job Rewarding

Army Spc. Samantha Brumley said being the Oregon Army National Guard's first female tank mechanic is rewarding, and a job she enjoys. Story

Science and Technology

Officials Expand Space-tracking Website

The release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of an unknown origin will help owner-operators better protect their satellites from these objects and ultimately create less space debris, a senior officer with U.S. Strategic Command said. Story

Focus on the Forces

Air Force Unit Ends Last Afghanistan MissionThis story contains video.

An explosive ordinance disposal unit that completed more than 10,000 missions is in the process of closing its final chapter in Afghanistan. Video

Military Families

Changes Afoot as DoDEA Schools Open

Department of Defense Education Activity schools across the southern states began opening earlier this month, but the majority of schools in the system opened today. Story

National Guard

Wright Delivers Keynote Remarks at NGB Gala

National Guard members "fight our nation’s wars, protect the home front, and build strong and enduring partnerships," Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness said. Story

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MV-22 Osprey aircraft supports #Marine Helicopter Support Team during sling load operations http://t.co/dEYHKPBfLk http://t.co/a6Nv41tDFO
RT @USMC: First In, Last Out Corpsman deployed to Afghanistan in 2001 w/ #Marines & is there again, 13 years later. http://t.co/6UfQ1hn8EC
RT @CENTCOM: Today's airstrikes destroyed two #ISIL armed vehicles and damaged another near Irbil: http://t.co/81XYnS4yN1 #Iraq
RT @NATOWales: .@NATO is an international political and military alliance keeping 900 million citizens secure. See our vine: https://t.co/i…
.@PentagonPresSec Re Iraq: We have delivered equipment and materials to the #Kurdish forces and worked closely with the #Iraqi government
#POTUS announced 19 new executive actions that @DeptVetAffairs and @DeptofDefense are taking to improve mental health of service members.
RT @WhiteHouse: “If you want somebody who knows how to get the job done, no matter the mission, hire a veteran.” —President Obama #ActOnJob
RT @WhiteHouse: "They were there for America, now we need to be there for them." —Obama on helping our veterans with mental health issues #…
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#Secdef Chuck Hagel welcomes Gen. John Campbell as the new Commander of #ISAF http://t.co/4Z4WvFPxIB
Today the #DoD celebrates the courage of canines and thanks them for serving beside our troops #NationalDogDay http://t.co/Mp8ZGA8TIm
.@USMC learn how to use night-vision goggles and advanced target pointers during night training at Camp Bastion. http://t.co/4XO4oyfPnj
Russian actions continue to increase tension, DoD spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told Pentagon reporters today. http://t.co/wPxk7f4hpB
No power, no mission! Meet who's redesigning materials that go into power sources, making them last longer http://t.co/dQWtLWfXKg
.@USArmy Spc. Sweatt provides security in Morghan Kachah village in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Aug. 18, 2014. http://t.co/Lz777Yrhaq

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U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Isaac Gutierrez distributes intelligence reports to Afghan police at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Morghan Kechah village in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Aug. 18, 2014. Gutierrez, an assistance intelligence officer, is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)



First In, Last Out: A Corpsman’s Story
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Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Spaulding deployed to Afghanistan as the War on Terror kicked off in 2001. 13 years later, he's deployed there again to assist
Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Kurdish Resupply Effort:

"The United States appreciates the willingness of more and more of our allies and partners to support the Iraqi people in their fight against ISIL.

Two weeks ago, I commissioned a U.S.-led working group to accelerate resupply efforts to the embattled Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. In addition to support from the U.S., and the central government of Iraq in Baghdad, seven additional nations - Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom - have committed to helping provide Kurdish forces urgently needed arms and equipment. Operations have already begun and will accelerate in the coming days with more nations also expected to contribute. I'd like to thank each of these allies for working alongside the United States military.

This multinational effort, which is being coordinated with the Government of Iraq in Baghdad, will greatly assist Kurdish forces in repelling the brutal terrorist threat they face from ISIL.

The determination of the Iraqi people and the international community to counter the threat posed by ISIL is only growing, and the United States looks forward to working with our friends from around the world to assist this effort."

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Only two weeks until the NATO Wales Summit! Check out the Summit Guide for updated information about the key themes. Find it here: http://goo.gl/Reu5Vt
Today the Department of Defense celebrates the courage of canines and thanks them for serving beside our troops. #NationalDogDay

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena)


Secretary Hagel's statement on the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force change of command between General Joe Dunford and General John Campbell.

"Since his first assignment with the Marine Corps' "Thundering Third" Battalion 36 years ago, General Joe Dunford - a proud son of Boston - has served the United States and its Marine Corps with honor and distinction. As Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, President Obama and I have relied on Joe's extraordinary ability and judgment as America responsibly transitions out of our longest war. We will continue to count on Joe's distinguished leadership as he assumes his new role as 36th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. The American people are grateful to Joe and his wife Ellyn for their continued service to our country.

As General John Campbell assumes command of ISAF - John's third tour of duty in Afghanistan - I want to thank him and his wife Anne for their service as well. John's leadership comes at a defining moment, as Afghanistan undertakes a historic political transition, and the United States and our coalition partners transition from combat to training and support for Afghan
forces. President Obama and I have the highest confidence in John, and we look forward to working closely with him in the months ahead."

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Meet the Scientists: Dr. Jeff Long is using nanostructured materials to help power the military.

"We have broader goals in terms of redesigning the materials that go into power sources to make them last longer, deliver more power, and make them more rechargeable.”

— Dr. Jeff Long


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Meet the Scientists: Dr. Jeff Long is using nanostructured materials to help power the military. Good power comes in very, very small packages. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/08/25/meet-the-scientists-dr-jeff-long/"><br/>Read More</a>
U.S. Army Spc. Jon Sweatt provides security during evening hours in Morghan Kachah village in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Aug. 18, 2014. Sweatt, an infantryman, is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston


Despite Russian claims of de-escalating tensions with Ukraine, their actions, including movement of heavy equipment across the border continues to increase tension, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told Pentagon reporters today. Read more here, http://go.usa.gov/mUb9.


Defense.gov News Article: DoD: Russian Movements Further Increasing Tensions
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 – Despite Russian claims of de-escalating tensions with Ukraine, their actions, including movement of heavy equipment across the border continues to increase tension, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told Pentagon reporters today.
Military OneSource is a Department of Defense-funded one-stop-shop for comprehensive information on every aspect of military life for service members and their families. Check out all the services that are available to service members and their families.


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Last week I had the opportunity to tour one of the three Military OneSource call center sites. Hopefully you have heard of Military OneSource –a Department of Defense-funded one-stop-shop for comprehensive information on every aspect of military life for service members and their families. The no-co…
Curious as to what "Operation #AtlanticResolve" is? United States Army Europe - USAREUR's Commanding General LTG Donald M. Campbell Jr. talks about recent Army operations in support of our NATO allies.


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US Army Europe Commanding General, LTG Donald Campbell, describes how USAREUR was able to repond to the Baltic countries and Poland's request for support.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work completed his first official trip to Asia yesterday after spending his second day in Japan meeting with defense and military leaders in Tokyo, Yokosuka and Iwakuni. Read more about his visit here, http://go.usa.gov/mksF.
Travels with Work, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work: http://go.usa.gov/mkH3.
DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz


U.S. airmen load a mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicle into a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2014.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Brandon Lingle)


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Airmen, Soldiers Train Together
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U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL Near Irbil and Mosul Dam

TAMPA, Fla. -- U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using attack and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct two airstrikes in the vicinity of Irbil and Mosul Dam.

One strike destroyed an ISIL humvee near the Mosul Dam and the other strike destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle near Irbil. All aircraft exited the strike area safely.

These strikes were conducted under authority to support Iraqi security force and Kurdish defense force operations, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, U.S. personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.

Since Aug. 8, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 96 airstrikes across Iraq. Of those, 62 have been in support of Iraqi forces near the Mosul Dam.
It is such a terrible tragedy when a child faces the loss of a parent in the line of duty. More than 15,000 children have lost a parent to combat over the last 25 years. The goal of the Children of Fallen Patriots foundation is to reach each and every one of these children. In this Serving Smart blog, we take a look how the program works.


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Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. has been fighting an ongoing war in either Iraq or Afghanistan. We have a generation of children, some graduating from high school and starting college, who can’t remember our Nation not fighting a war. Then regrettably, so many times we hear of a service member killed in combat - Our fallen heroes.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, hosts an honor cordon for Greek Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos at the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt

Secretary of Defense Hagel expressed his gratitude for our strong military relationship with Greece and for the hospitality of the Greek people in hosting U.S. forces in Souda Bay, Crete. Secretary Hagel and Minister Avramopoulos spoke at length about their bilateral military-to-military cooperation as outlined in the U.S.-Greece Defense Cooperation Roadmap. The roadmap highlights joint training and exercises undertaken by the United States and Hellenic armed forces, and other security cooperation activities. Secretary Hagel also thanked Greece for its international contributions to the Balkans and the Middle East.

The two leaders agreed to keep in close contact, especially to work toward a successful NATO Summit in September.


U.S. airmen load mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles into a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2014. The airmen are assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron and 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Air mobility is a key part of Operation Enduring Freedom's ongoing retrograde of people and equipment throughout Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Brandon Lingle


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Work Visits Tokyo During Asia-Pacific Trip
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U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Near Mosul Dam

From a U.S. Central Command News Release

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued their support of Iraqi security force operations today, using fighter aircraft to conduct an airstrike against terrorists associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant who were in the vicinity of Mosul Dam.
The strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and all aircraft exited the strike area safely.

This strike was conducted under authority to support Iraqi security force and Kurdish defense force operations, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, U.S. personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.

Since Aug. 8, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 94 airstrikes across Iraq. Of those, 61 have been in support of Iraqi forces near the Mosul Dam.


You never think that leaving college will mean going to war these days, but a few decades ago that was a fate that thousands of American males faced.

Read more: http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2014/08/400-days/


U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bo Baker hands out candy to local children during a security patrol in Nad Ali district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2014. Baker is a rifleman assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr)


Shock waves from battlefield explosions are invisible threats for U.S. soldiers and their top-of-the-line combat helmets, but with new studies in synthetic human physiology, researchers are learning how to lessen blast wave effects on the brain.

Read more about these scientific advancement's in this Armed with Science blog.


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Watch the U.S. airstrike against an ISIL armored personnel carrier in support of Iraqi Security Force operations near Mosul Dam in Iraq.


18 Aug.: U.S. airstrike against ISIL armored personnel carrier

18 Aug.: U.S. airstrike against ISIL armored personnel carrier in support of Iraqi Security Force operations near Mosul dam.
U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi Security Force operations, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam.The strikes destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles and a machine gun emplacement that was firing on Iraqi forces. All aircraft exited the strike area safely.

These strikes were conducted under authority to support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense force operations, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, U.S. personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.

Since Aug. 8, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 93 airstrikes across Iraq. Of those 93 strikes, 60 have been in support of Iraqi forces near the Mosul Dam.


18 Aug.: U.S. airstrike of moving ISIL armed truck

18 Aug.: U.S. airstrike of moving ISIL armed truck, or "technical", in support of Iraqi Security Force operations near Mosul dam.
More than 20 members of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point's Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting unit practiced extinguishing simulated aircraft fires to prepare them for the conditions and stressors of real missions.

More: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122967


U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets Singaporean Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Ng Chee Meng in front of the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2014. The two defense leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton


U.S. airstrikes and military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have stalled the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist forces around Irbil, Iraq, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today. Read more from today's brief here, http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122985.



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On this day in 1968, Pfc. James Anderson, Jr., became the first African American Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Anderson was posthumously awarded for his heroic actions in Vietnam. Pfc. Anderson found himself bunched together with the other members of his platoon just 20 meters from the enemy. Suddenly, an enemy grenade landed in the midst of the platoon. Anderson grabbed the grenade, pulled it to his chest and curled around it as it went off. His body absorbed the major force of the explosion saving his comrades Semper Fidelis, Marine. — with Paul Witkowski and Joshua Graham.
Each week, we will feature an image from the Marine Corps, highlighting current events around the world. The image will be placed on our avatar to be seen by all of our fans. Click on the photos in our Photos of the week album for detailed information about the image. Semper Fidelis.

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