Defense Department leaders and their spouses have released a series of holiday videos to thank service members and their families for their sacrifices. Story | Messages
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the more than two million active and reserve members of the armed forces that he “couldn’t be prouder” of their service. Video
The Defense Department has announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members, with most service members receiving a one percent increase in basic pay. Story | Release
Now a 59-year tradition, the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., will follow Santa Claus’s Christmas Eve travels using radar, satellites, jet fighters and special cameras, Story
U.S. sailors man a hose during a general quarters drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf, Dec. 19, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex King
A U.S. soldier provides security as an Afghanistan child waves to International Security Assistance Force members as they pass by in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 20, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle
Marine Corps Cpl. Kuamutsua Xiong moves under the concealment of smoke during a combined arms exercise on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 17, 2014. Xiong is a radio operator assigned to Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with service members and their families while attending the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers football game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 21, 2014. The service members attended the game as part of the National Football League's Salute to Service initiative. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
Defense Department leaders and their spouses extend holiday wishes to U.S. troops and their families around the world.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jennifer James plays the flute during a performance on Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Dec. 17, 2014.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Fowler
A Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom helicopter flies overhead providing close air support during joint terminal attack controller proficiency training at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range, N.J., Dec. 18, 2014. The helicopter crew is assigned to Marine Helicopter Light Attack Squadron 773 Detachment Bravo. New Jersey National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
Army Staff Sgt. Robbie Petry places a rose at each of the four crypts at the Tomb of the Unknowns during his last walk ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 19, 2014. Petry is tomb sentinel assigned to the Army Honor Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cody W. Torkelson
U.S. Army Sgt. Stephanie Ziety refuels an incoming UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during Operation United Assistance in Tapita, Liberia, Dec. 19, 2014. Ziety is a crew chief assigned to the 1st Armor Division's Company B, 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rashene Mincy
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 "Power of 1" campaign in observance of DoD Suicide Prevention Month, September 2014.
The ballistic-missile submarine USS West Virginia returns after routine operations to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., Dec 18, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Rex Nelson
Air Force Maj. Blaine Jones gives a firsthand look inside Thunderbird 5's cockpit as he performs various maneuvers throughout the 2014 show season. Jones is the lead solo pilot for the Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration team. DoD screen shot
The fiscal year 2015 defense budget request works to square priorities with resources, Defense Department officials said while calling for a 1 percent pay raise for the military.
Operation Christmas Drop, which has come to be known as the longest humanitarian operation in U.S. history, continues this year in Micronesia.
Defense Department scientists are working around the world to improve disease diagnostics with many supporting the U.S. Ebola response in West Africa.
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The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is working to advance its biosurveillance capabilities with a goal of increasing global health security.
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A new program provides an opportunity for qualified enlisted members to complete preparatory coursework for their medical school application while maintaining active-duty status.
Three South Carolina Army National Guardsmen who deployed in support of Operation Just Cause a quarter-century ago marked the anniversary by reflecting on the mission in Panama and their roles in that operation.