President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts during a White House ceremony. Story | Video | Special
Vice President Joe Biden paid special tribute to the 9/11 generation during his address to more than 12,000 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the organization’s convention in St. Louis. Story
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defense Minister Col. Gen. Sedki Sobhy to express his condolences over the recent loss of 22 Egyptian soldiers in an attack near the Libyan border. Story
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to offer his personal condolences for the Australians who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Story
President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts for his courageous actions while serving as a forward observer during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, on July 13, 2008. DoD screen shot
President Barack Obama and former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts enter the East Room of the White House for a Medal of Honor ceremony, July 21, 2014. He was selected for the honor for continuing to fight after sustaining life-threatening injuries during a fierce battle in Afghanistan July 13, 2008. Pitts served as a forward observer with Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C., July 21, 2014, to sign a condolence book in memory of the 192 Dutch citizens who were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
A wildfire, known as the Carlton Complex fire, burns out of control near Winthrop, Wash., July 18, 2014. Soldiers assigned to the 66th Theater Aviation Command, Washington Army National Guard, brought six helicopters to the area to assist firefighters on the ground. Washington Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Kriess
Soldiers bring their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter around to pick up more water to fight wildfires raging near Winthrop, Wash., July 18, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 66th Theater Aviation Command, Washington Army National Guard, which has six helicopters in the area to assist firefighters on the ground. Washington Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Kriess
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives opening remarks during the U.S. Army Reserve 2014 Commander's Conference in Alexandria, Va., July 21, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
A Marine sprints to his next position during a live-fire exercise at the Army National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., July 13, 2014. The Marine is assigned to Foxtrot Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. The Marines completed numerous live-fire exercises and tested the capabilities of companies within the battalion. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justis Beauregard
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, right, meets with Japanese Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae, center left, at the Pentagon, July 21, 2014. Both leaders discussed matters of mutual concern. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
An A-10 Thunderbolt II receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over eastern Afghanistan, July 10, 2014. The A-10 is assigned to the 303rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and the KC-135 is assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron on Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Its maneuverability at slow speeds and low altitude has made the Thunderbolt II an aircraft choice for close air support throughout Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch
An F/A-18E Super Hornet lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf, July 16, 2014. The carrier is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 31. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Margaret Keith
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Gregory welds metal pieces on Aviano Air Base, Italy, July 9, 2014. The fabrication flight is responsible for fashioning tools, aircraft components and other support systems tailored to the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Gregory is a 31st Maintenance Squadron metals technology journeyman. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman
Sailors and Coast Guardsmen hone search and rescue skills as part of the Rim of the Pacific Exercise taking place off the coast of Hawaii, July 21, 2014. DoD screen shot
Colli, a military working dog, maintains a bite after Marine Corps Cpl. Paul Kelley, a working dog handler, jumps into the pool during an aquatics aggression class at the training tank on Marine Crops Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 14, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Charles Santamaria
The crew aboard the M/V Cape Ray continues to neutralize materials from Syria's declared chemical stockpile using the installed Field Deployable Hydrolysis Systems, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said July 18, 2014. Kirby added that the crew has neutralized just over 15 percent of a Sarin precursor, an amount verified by the International Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
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.
The Wolf Pack airmen on Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, conduct realistic exercises to heighten mission readiness. DoD screen shot
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.
Air Force Senior Airman Devin Litton, an aircrew flight equipment journeyman, was taught to sew during military technical school, and he has spent hundreds of hours developing his stitching skills since he was introduced to the needle and thread.
Aircrews from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing, who fly C-130 Hercules aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System, are among the latest National Guard members to join in the response to wildfires in Oregon and Washington state.
Cancer, congenital disease, gunshot wounds and other trauma can transform faces into unrecognizable visages, and Army Lt. Col. Cynthia Aita-Holmes is part of a team that treats these challenging injuries.
Public and private partners recently tested operational and interagency coordination as well as tactical-level operations to protect, prevent, mitigate and recover from a domestic cyberspace incident.
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The Defense Department is providing more than $62 million in grants to schools in California and Virginia.