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U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

Dempsey Discusses Military Action in the Ebola CrisisThis story contains video.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff explained the U.S. military mission in West Africa, and the precautions in place to ensure the safety of service members addressing the Ebola crisis in a video message. Video | Special

Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby

Airstrikes Help Ground Forces Take Fight to ISIL, Spokesman Says

Kurdish forces are in control of the majority of the Syrian city of Kobani despite efforts by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to take the town, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story | Transcript | Special

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Hagel, Chinese Leader Discuss Strengthening Cooperation

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the developing military-to-military relationship between the United States and China wth People's Republic of China State Councilor Yang Jiechi. Story | Photos | Statement

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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Aaron Jones, left, and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Raime Baker clear the shuttle from an EA-18G Growler on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to support Operation Inherent Resolve in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Oct. 19, 2014. Jones and Baker are aviation boatswain's mates. The operation includes strike operations in Iraq and Syria. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli

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Face of Defense

Guardsman Saves Roommate’s Life

A Texas Army National Guard soldier saved his roommate's life after the accidental discharge of a weapon. Story

In The Spotlight

Regulation Changes Affect PCS Moves, Travelers

Big changes are happening with the Joint Travel Regulations, and they could affect your next permanent-change-of-station move or how you are reimbursed for temporary duty. Story

DoD Recognizes Commitment to Prevent Assault

The Defense Department honored exceptional groups and individuals from each military component who contributed an innovative idea or approach to positively impact sexual assault prevention and response programs. Story

Focus on the Forces

Reassurance Key for U.S. Army in Europe

Continued exercises in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine has reassured America’s European allies, said the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe. Story

Pacific Pathways Increases Readiness

The “Pacific Pathways” concept is an innovative approach to increasing Army readiness through partnership, said Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the commander of U.S. Army Pacific. Story

Twitter Activity

RT @USNATO: Arabian Gulf -- Clearing the shuttle from EA-18G Growler on USS Carl Vinson to support Operation Inherent Resolve http://t.co/…
RT @Martin_Dempsey: The Joint Chiefs are committed to protecting our service members as we deploy them to West Africa: http://t.co/mR7UVvFV…
RT @MilitaryHealth: Families of Service members deploying to West Africa: Get our #Ebola fact sheet and Q&A's by visiting: http://t.co/megJ…
.@USArmy soldiers head to Latvia to instruct basic trainees on life-saving skills and the use of U.S. weaponry. http://t.co/kIifQNNTPp
RT @USNATO: Romania -- US paratroopers parachute into Romania for rapid deployment exercise: http://t.co/G6b7UtAX9Y http://t.co/c2Gvz9v0cS
The tactical endgame: "The overarching goal here is to degrade and destroy #ISIL's capabilities." Via @PentagonPresSec #pressbrief
"We're not going to return troops in a combat role inside #Iraq. The teams we have there are in a support role." Via @PentagonPresSec
"We do believe that #ISIL is in #Kobani in some strength, but we don't think they're making much progress." Via @PentagonPresSec #pressbrief
Q: Will the balance of power be shifted re: #ISIL? A: "I don't think there is a specific tipping point, but we do believe we will succeed."
Regarding whether #sequestration will/will not happen: "We have to be prepared for both eventualities." @PentagonPresSec #pressbrief
"We provided equipment to those forces defending #Kobani. The vast majority of that went into #Kurdish hands." Via @PentagonPresSec
The larger effort: "[#ISIL]'s ability to sustain themselves is limited. We're depleting their strength, but it's going to take a while."
Q: Is resistance against #ISL gaining momentum? A: "We've certainly slowed their momentum in #Kobani. War is a messy, fluid thing."
Via @PentagonPresSec "We have done #airdrops successfully before. It's a very safe, effective & efficient way to deliver supplies."
"There are going to be towns that fall & towns they recover. It's going to be a struggle & it's going to be messy." Via @PentagonPresSec
Via @PentagonPresSec "Are the Iraqi forces having success everyday? No, but I can't think of a war in history that had success every day."
Re: #ISAF leadership: "They're making the best decisions based on what they can do, & it changes everyday." @PentagonPresSec
Defense #ByTheNumbers: 1100 missiles to #Iraq to be delivered in Nov. The US has a "robust trade relationship w/Iraq" - via @PentagonPresSec
An international effort: "Several nations have agreed to resupply #Kurdish forces." - Via @PentagonPresSec #ISIL #pressbrief

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Ebola. It's on everyone’s mind, especially our military families. See how the DoD is committed to keeping our military and their families safe.

Ebola: Informed and Not Afraid | DoDLive
Ebola. It is on everyone’s mind, especially our military families. While the number of troops deploying to Africa may be relatively small, there is concern.
An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jet takes off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 15, 2014, during exercise Red Flag-Alaska 15-1.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft

Military training helps soldier save his roommate's life after the accidental discharge of a weapon.

Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Texas Guard Soldier Saves Roommate’s Life
Feeling "Blue?"

Check out the Air Force's new feature series that tells the lives of Airmen and issues facing today's Air Force.

BLUE Episode 1: More than a Game - YouTube

The road to recovery is never-ending. Faced with a new normal, wounded warriors find out what it takes to push beyond their limits. BLUE is a new feature ser...
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby to brief the press at 2:30 PM EDT.

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Soldiers head to Europe to teach Latvian basic trainees life-saving skills and the use of U.S. weaponry.

Soldiers Train with Latvian Basic Trainees - YouTube

Soldiers with the 177th Military Police Brigade train with Latvian basic trainees during a stay near Ogre, Latvia. The soldiers instructed the Latvian soldie...
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in #Syria yesterday and today, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials added, U.S. and partner-nation forces conducted three airstrikes using fighter and attack aircraft against #ISIL terrorists in #Iraq.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1wnai
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left center, greets Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon during an honor cordon at the Pentagon’s river entrance prior to a meeting to discuss mutual defense issues, Oct. 21.

DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Awesome video! Would you do this if you had the chance?

Here's some more great video footage from this weekend's Arctic Thunder Open House.
The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson sails next to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a replenishment at sea, Oct. 19, 2014. The ship and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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

A Marine embraces loved ones as he returns home to Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., Oct. 12, 2014, after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Marine is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The Marines from that unit aided the transition of security operations to Afghan forces.

U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. James Smith

Sea Knight at Sunrise

An HH-46E Sea Knight helicopter sits on the flightline as the sun rises on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 14, 2014.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Timothy T. Parish

After leaving El Salvador as a child, this U.S. Army captain chose service to give back to her new country.

“I wanted to serve the country that gave my family and me a better chance in life, and to give back to the military and at the same time continue to grow and benefit from the opportunities it offers.”

Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Captain Serves Nation Her Family Chose
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait, Oct. 20, 2014 A behavioral health officer serving here with 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, has given more than 10 years of service as an enlisted soldier and as an Army officer.
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in #Syria yesterday and today, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials added, U.S. military forces working in coordination with Iraqi ground forces conducted six airstrikes against #ISIL targets in #Iraq.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1wdaq
#SecDef Hagel approves 30-person expeditionary medical support team to be ready if #Ebola cases increase in the U.S.

Defense.gov News Article: Hagel Orders Expeditionary Ebola Support Team
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2014 In response to a request by the Department of Health and Human Services -- and as an added prudent measure to ensure the nation is ready to respond quickly, effectively, and safely in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States -- Secretary Hagel today ordere…
The United States conducted several airdrops near Kobani last night to resupply Kurdish forces defending the city against #ISIL.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1wbvi
Bunker Down

U.S. Marines observe the detonation of explosives from a safe distance on a demolitions range at Crow Valley, Philippines, during Amphibious Landing Exercise, PHIBLEX 15, Oct. 8, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo

For more from the training: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1wb9n

Space Man

Navy Capt. Barry Wilmore, left, and Cmdr. Reid Wiseman show "Fly Navy" signs aboard the International Space Station after a spacewalk, Oct. 15, 2014. Wilmore and Wiseman are Navy pilots. Wilmore is scheduled to assume command of the International Space Station in November.

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of NASA

Huey Raid

Marines cross a danger area during a raid exercise at K-9 village on Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., Oct. 1, 2014.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal

For more photos of the Huey raid: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1w6r5

As seen through a night-vision device, Air Force Airman 1st Class Colby Hillman carries Air Force Airman 1st Class Andrew Vitale to a simulated landing zone after their unit came under a simulated attack during a training exercise on Dover Air Force Base, Del., Oct. 10, 2014. Hillman and Vitale are explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron.

U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik

For more of the airmen in training: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1w625

Domestic violence can have devastating consequences. The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) works tirelessly to prevent and respond to violence and ensure the safety of military families.

Putting an End to Domestic Abuse | DoDLive
Whether or not you’ve experienced domestic abuse personally, you probably know that it can have devastating consequences. Victims carry the emotional scars of abuse long after they’re out of harm’s way. And abusers, if not stopped, can escalate the violence until they and their victims lose everythi…
Brace Yourself

Sailors brace as an MH-60S Seahawk takes off from the flight deck of the USS Stethem, Oct. 16, 2014. The sailors are assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem.

U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Alonzo M. Archer

U.S. and coalition partner airstrikes are having a decided effect on #ISIL, but the strategy is going to take time.

Defense.gov News Article: Anti-ISIL Strategy Working, Needs Patience, Austin Says
FORT MEADE, Md., Oct. 17, 2014 The strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is working, but degrading and destroying the terror group will require “strategic patience,” Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III said today.
#SecDef Chuck Hagel pins a medal on outgoing Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos during a change-of-command ceremony on Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2014. Amos transfered command to Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.

DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt

U.S. military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in #Syria Thursday and today using fighter aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes. Separately, partner nation military forces used fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes against ISIL in #Iraq.

Six airstrikes took place near Kobani where initial reports indicate they successfully struck three ISIL buildings, destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, suppressed three ISIL fighting positions and destroyed two ISIL vehicles. One airstrike near Shadadi successfully struck ISIL oil collection equipment consisting of several "POL tanks" (petroleum, oil and lubricants) and a pump station, which represents part of the terrorist group's oil producing, processing and transportation infrastructure. This strike was intended to destroy a portion of ISIL's ability to operate oil tanker trucks at oil collection points. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

In Iraq, partner nation aircraft conducted one airstrike west of Bayji where initial reports indicate they destroyed both an ISIL artillery piece and an ISIL ammunition storage area. Another partner nation airstrike northeast of Bayji struck a small ISIL unit and damaged an ISIL vehicle. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.

The U.S. strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community. 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.

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Gen. Joseph Dunford is now the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Follow the link to read his message for all Marines: http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/Portals/61/Docs/36CMC-Message.pdf — with David Nathanson and 2 others.
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.
Soldiers prepare to deploy to West Africa to provide transportation assistance in response to the #Ebola outbreak.

Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Soldiers to Support Operation United Assistance
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va., Oct. 17, 2014 Soldiers assigned to the 53rd Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) are preparing to deploy to West Africa in support of efforts to counter the Ebola outbreak.
#SecDef Chuck Hagel to speak at the Marine Commandant Change of Command.

Watch live at 10 AM EDT: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1vvn9


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