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Carter Urges Peaceful Resolution to Territorial Disputes

The United States will continue to remain the principal security power in the Pacific region for decades to come, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Hawaii. Story | Special

Carter Welcomes New Pacom CommanderThis story contains video.

During a ceremony in Hawaii, Defense Secretary Ash Carter praised the outgoing commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, for his 43 years of service, and welcomed Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. as the new commander. Video | Speech | Special

Deputy Secretary, Tunisian Defense Minister Discuss Defense Partnership

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Tunisian Minister of Defense Farhat Horchani discussed the importance of the U.S.-Tunisian defense partnership, Tunisia’s security situation and counterterrorism assistance. Story | Statement

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter makes remarks during the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet change-of-command ceremonies in Honolulu, May 27, 2015. Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris, who previously commanded U.S. Pacific Fleet, assumed command from Navy Adm. Samuel Locklear III. The stop is Carter’s first in a 10-day trip to advance the next phase of the Asia-Pacific rebalance. DoD photo

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Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on a greater importance. The Department of Defense serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops – on and off the battlefield.Every year on the last Monday in May, the nation pauses to recognize the U.S. military's men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. In this special report, The U.S. military is providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to support the Nepalese government and armed forces, following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, April 25, 2015.The Defense Department announced the next unit rotation as the U.S. continues to demonstrate its commitment to reassuring NATO allies. The DoD Warrior Games 2015 will feature eight sporting events with approximately 200 athletes representing teams from the Army, Navy Marine Corps, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command. Adaptive sports and athletic reconditioning activities play a fundamental role in the recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of our service members. The events of the DoD Warrior Games 2015 embody the spirit of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and celebrate the triumphs, personal courage and inspirational attitude of our wounded, ill and injured service members.The nation's top defense leaders are urging Congress to move now to prevent major, across-the-board spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect Oct 1, 2015.The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said 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 Traumatic brain injury is one of the invisible wounds of war and one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. This Defense.gov special report highlights the Defense Department's efforts to care for wounded warriors suffering from this condition while promoting research to improve diagnosis and treatment.The Defense Department is taking a stand against sexual assault in the military in an effort to maintain the well-being of U.S. service members and their families. Check out Defense.gov’s special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime.


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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Gibson, an aviation boatswain's mate (handling) Sailors Conduct Night Operations

It’s sunset aboard the USS George Washington, and aviation boatswain's mates (handling) on the night shift are ready to start their day and work until the job is done. Story

Focus on Asia-Pacific

Training Key To Army Pacific’s Success

Natural disasters amplified by climate change, urbanization and the sheer vastness of the Asia-Pacific region are among many factors leaders there dub the area “the Ring of Fire.” Story | Special

Hawaii National Guard aircraft Hawaii National Guard Trains to Maintain ReadinessThis story contains video.

Hawaii National Guard members emphasize readiness and training for critical missions. Video | Special

Hawaii Air Guard Unit Serves State, Asia-Pacific

The Hawaii Air National Guard trains and executes operational, disaster response and humanitarian missions for the state and Pacific Air Forces under U.S. Pacific Command. Story | Special

Staff Sgt. Jeff Bermudez Soldiers Learn Survival Skills at Jungle Training Center in Hawaii

Rigorous, realistic, yet safety-focused training courses are open to both U.S. service members and Asia-Pacific partners to strengthen trust, increase cultural awareness and foster teamwork among different militaries. Story | Video | Special

Science and Technology

Robot Human-Robot Teams Compete in Defense Agency Challenge

High-tech robots will tackle a simulated disaster-response course at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotic Challenge held June 5-6 in Pomona, California. Story | Special

Military Families

Program Offers Museum Visits to Military Personnel, Family Members

Through Labor Day, service members and their families can visit more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa courtesy of the Blue Star Museums collaboration. Story | Special

Military Health

Department Seeks to Eliminate Stigma for Seeking Mental Health Care

The Defense Department wants service members to know there’s no stigma in seeking mental health care, a DoD Health Affairs official said. Story

Twitter Activity

ADM Locklear invokes @Letterman top 10 during speech: I'm thankful to be an American, 4 liberty, freedom & the beauty in this world #Mahalo
#SecDef at PACOM Change of Command: America's future rests with the Asia-Pacific http://t.co/EbR9ExPEEW #rebalance http://t.co/zpTM7Ad3Xv
#SecDef Carter @PacificCommand Change of Command: Today we celebrate the careers of some of @USNavy finest admirals http://t.co/PXnEJehTQs
RT @PacificCommand: "The @PacificCommand has been well lead, well trained and highly disciplined." -Adm. Harris http://t.co/nZFqXwb5ZN
Adm. Harris at @PacificCommand CoC: There's no shortage of challenges ahead of us. But this is what we live for. http://t.co/GgR4ilDwbD
RT @DoDNews: #SecDef speaks at @USPacificFleet and @PacificCommand Change of Command and PACOM/CC Retirement. Live 3:00 p.m. EDT: http://t.…
#SecDef Carter begins a 10 day trip to the Asia Pacific Region today. To learn more visit: http://t.co/JqxI36paR9 http://t.co/RXh1FtPFdU
#USSLassen conducts trilateral naval exercise with Turkish Navy & #RepublicofKorea Navy in Asia-Pacific. #Rebalance http://t.co/VIeGiYa6lm
.@POTUS Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to observe #MemorialDay at @ArlingtonNatl. #HonorThem http://t.co/fqKG4ucKLb
#HonorThem: More than 228,000 flags are placed at @ArlingtonNatl Cemetery in a tradition known as “Flags In.” https://t.co/dVlQ4QpK2F
#WWII survivors and other #Vets visit the nation’s capital to visit and reflect at their memorials #HonorThem https://t.co/p7vNnxSzs2
A group of #vets from Wisc. left a motorcycle at the Vietnam Wall. Share photos of your mementos. #HonorThem https://t.co/dtYqbNQCMY
RT @dulaney_l: .@DeptofDefense Denis Kisseloff 5/13/10 Matt Straughter 1/31/08 Brad Skelton 2/06/08 1138th #Sappers #HonorThem http://t.co/…

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#SecDef Carter presided over a ceremony this morning at Pearl Harbor to install Adm. Harry Harris as the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Command replacing Adm. Samuel J. Locklear

#SecDef Carter begins a 10 day trip to the Asia Pacific Region today, to further develop a strong regional security architecture in Southeast Asia that promotes transparency, builds trust, and helps address the challenges in the region. He will start by attending the Change of Command at U.S. Pacific Command #Rebalance To learn more visit: http://go.usa.gov/39Asw

Defense.gov Special Report: Carter Focuses on Asia-Pacific Rebalance
USS Lassen (DDG 82) , front, conducts a trilateral naval exercise with the Turkish navy frigate FTCD Gediz (F-495) and the #RepublicofKorea navy destroyers in support of theater security operations. Lassen is on routine patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region #Rebalance. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Kenny

The U.S. Pacific Command is responsible for overall stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. If you don’t know much about it, learn some cool facts here. #Rebalance

10 Fun Facts About U.S. Pacific Command | DoDLive
Thank you to the United States Air Force, U.S. Army , U.S. Coast Guard, The National Guard, and U.S. Navy for sharing their best photos with us. The Air Force photo won our contest with almost 5,000 likes and over 500 shares and will be our new cover photo. Keep an eye out for our next photo contest and be sure to vote for your favorite!

The US Postal Service honored 258 #MedalofHonor recipients who fought in the #VietnamWar by dedicating the Limited Edition Vietnam War Medal of Honor Prestige Folio Forever stamps on Memorial Day, May 25. More than six out of 10 award recipients made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives while performing the courageous acts for which they were later honored. There are now three similar, yet distinct, versions of the Medal of Honor, one for each military department -- U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and United States Air Force The Navy version is awarded to those serving in the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, and during times of war, to members of the U.S. Coast Guard

Army infantryman Eugene Erickson was in the thick of fighting the Korean War in 1951 when he disappeared. His family never saw him alive again. But after 64 years and a painstakingly long identification process, he was finally laid to rest this month in front of his remaining family, who never gave up on him. #MemorialDay #HonorThem

64 Years Later, Korean War Vet Finally Comes Home | DoDLive
Army infantryman Eugene Erickson was in the thick of fighting the Korean War in 1951 when he disappeared. His family never saw him alive again. But after 64 years and a painstakingly long identification process, he was finally laid to rest this month in front of his remaining family, who never gave…
Every year on the last Monday in May, the nation pauses to recognize the U.S. military's men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. In this special report, "#MemorialDay 2015," the Defense Department shows how it honors the fallen while thanking military families and veterans in observances around the world. #HonorThem

Defense.gov Special Report: Memorial Day - 2015
"With heavy hearts and a sense of profound gratitude, we mourn these women and men -- parents, children, loved ones, comrades-in-arms, friends, and all those known and unknown -- who believed so deeply in what our country could be they were willing to give their lives to protect its promise."
#SecDef Ash Carter delivered remarks today during a #MemorialDay Ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater in Arlington, Va. #HonorThem

This morning, more than 200 injured veterans set off on the UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge, a five-day, 360-mile rehabilitative ride from Washington, D.C. to Virginia Beach. #SecDef Carter and Vice President Biden spoke to the riders and saw them off from the VP's residence #honorthem

The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery places more than 228,000 flags each #MemorialDay weekend in a tradition known as “Flags In.” #HonorThem

A Day for Flags In

The tradition of placing more than 228,000 flags at each headstone, and other interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Arlington National Cemetery.
The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit group that transports #WWII survivors and other #Vets who may be terminally ill to the nation’s capital to visit and reflect at their memorials. Hundreds of veterans have taken advantage of the opportunity to visit the national memorials at no cost.

They last donned their uniforms decades ago, but the veterans appeared as proud as if they were still wearing them as they set out for their visit to the nation’s capital to see the memorial in their honor. #HonorThem

Honor Flilghts

Destiny Flynn visits the grave of her husband, U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, with their daughter, 1-year-old Leilani. Destiny opens up about her loss and the importance of celebrating her husband’s life this #MemorialDay. #HonorThem

#HonorThem: #HonorThem: Marine Widow Talks Fallen Hero’s Life, Legacy | DoDLive
Today #SecDef Carter joined thousands of people from across the country who took part in the 28th annual #RollingThunder ride. The ride begins at the Pentagon parking lot and finishes downtown by the National Mall. #HonorThem

In 1987, two Vietnam War veterans met to discuss how they could bring awareness to prisoners of war (POW) and those missing in action (MIA) from the Vietnam War. Those veterans were named Artie Muller and Ray Manzo, and out of that meeting, Rolling Thunder was born. From that point on, veterans took to the cause, and every year on Memorial Day, they and thousands of others, ride into Washington D.C. in unison, flying the Stars and Stripes beside stark black POW/MIA flags.

8 Things You May Not Know About Rolling Thunder | DoDLive
A group of veterans from Wisconsin left a motorcycle at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in honor of the 37 Vietnam War POW/MIAs from Wisconsin. What mementos have you left behind? Share your photos and stories. #HonorThem

The Motorcycle
Thank you for sharing your photos with us! Who will you honor this Memorial Day? Post a photo to your timeline using the hashtag #HonorThem.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks with #WWII veteran Con Crabb during the 66th annual Chattanooga #ArmedForcesDay parade. #HonorThem

#SecDef Carter welcomed family members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to the #Pentagon today. The families were invited to participate in games and activities run by the military service branches. #TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes. #TAPSfam #FlagsIn #HonorThem

#SecDef Ash Carter visits #Section60 at Arlington National Cemetery prior to the 147th annual Memorial Day observance. U.S. service members who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried in that section. #HonorThem

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands in honor of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the #VietnamWar. Inscribed on the black granite walls are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing. #HonorThem

The Wall

#MemorialDay, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Share a photo of those that you are honoring this Memorial Day weekend, using #HonorThem.

Starting this summer, the Defense Department will offer an additional counseling service to help military service members, transitioning troops and family members deal with a host of issues before they become crises.

New Peer-to-Peer Service Aims to Provide Counseling Support
Peer-to-peer support, which will be available through Military OneSource, will offer assistance from counselors who have at least a master's degree in the social or psychology field as well as military experience to help with a host of issues.
Approximately 150 U.S. Marine Corps with Black Sea Rotational Force are partnering alongside their NATO Allies from #Romania and #Bulgaria for a two-week exercise hosted by the Romanians.

The annual Herndon Monument climb is a highlight of Commissioning Week at the United States Naval Academy. Nearly 1,000 plebes rushed the 21-foot-tall obelisk coated in lard and made a human pyramid to get to the top. How quickly did this year's plebes do it? - See more at:

An EA-18G Growler launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Celebus Sea, May 13, 2015. The Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 17, are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. #Rebalance
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr.

U.S. Army and Afghan soldiers participate in a combined arms live-fire training exercise in Laghman province, Afghanistan, May 13, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team. Train, Advise, Assist Command East conducted the exercise in two locations to demonstrate opportunities for the Afghan soldiers to plan, manage and conduct combined arms training on their ranges. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Charlie Emmons.

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Improving PTSD, TBI Care Through Crowdsourcing
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