Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered improvements in the Military Health System following a comprehensive review. Story | Special
Medical experts have found that the Military Health System provides quality health care but also made six recommendations for improvement. Story | Special
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the importance of developing the U.S.-China military-to-military relationship with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Pentagon. Story | Statement
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has authorized the deployment of 700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division headquarters element to Liberia to help with the Ebola epidemic there, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, right, discuss the Military Health System during a briefing for reporters at the Pentagon, Oct. 1, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
Michael Lumpkin, center, the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, Nancy A. Lindborg, the assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Dr. Thomas Kenyon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s director for Global Health, discuss their efforts to see the impact of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia during a briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 1, 2014. DoD photo
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jamie Sclater swims to gold in his division of the 50-meter breaststroke during the 2014 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 30, 2014. Sclater, a hospitalman, is competing on the Marine team. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, second from right, at the Pentagon, Oct. 1, 2014. The two leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. soldiers prepare to hook an M777A2 weapon system to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during slingload operations on Forward Operating Base Lightning in Afghanistan's Paktya province, Sept. 24, 2014. The mission is part of an ongoing retrograde on Forward Operating Base Lightning. The soldiers are assigned to Field Artillery Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Cope
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, welcomes Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the Pentagon, Oct. 1, 2014. The two leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Air Force sitting volleyball team player Christopher Aguilera, foreground, returns a serve from the Marine team during a match at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 29, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cuong Le
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the Defense Department to conduct a comprehensive review of the Military Health System focused on access to care. The review assessed the safety and quality of health care in military treatment facilities and the health care DOD purchases from civilian providers. The MHS provides health care for more than 9.6 million beneficiaries.
U.S. Navy Seaman Daniel Alt clears the launch path of an E-2C Hawkeye after attaching it to a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Atlantic Ocean, Sept. 26, 2014. Alt is an aviation boatswain's mate airman and the Hawkeye is assigned to Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Karl Anderson
As the Nov. 4 midterm election nears and Absentee Voting Week begins, the Defense Department is assisting service members, their families and overseas citizens via FVAP.gov.
A landing craft departs the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge in the Atlantic Ocean as sailors return to the ship's well deck, Sept. 19, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis DiPerna
A battlefield cross sits at the foot of flagpoles to honor three personnel who died in the line of duty during a memorial service at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan. Service members shared their thoughts on a Polish soldier, U.S. Navy Reservist and U.S. Defense Department civilian. DoD screen shot
The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2014 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
U.S. and Indian soldiers participated in an exercise to improve the ability to respond to a wide range of contingencies related to United Nations missions.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on new ways to protect information and systems that use the Internet.
The Defense Department’s military adaptive sports program changes the lives of wounded, ill and injured service members by aiding their recoveries, a Defense Department official said.
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Defense Health Agency senior leaders attended the opening ceremony of the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and discussed their organization’s overall mission.
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Two hundred wounded, ill or injured athletes are competing in the fifth annual Warrior Games in Colorado.
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DoD's military health system has always improved care through periods of war, said a senior official for health affairs.
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Service before self is an important aspect of Hispanic heritage that translates into military culture, a senior DoD official said.