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Dempsey Recaps NATO Meetings in Lithuania

Russia’s continuing aggression in Ukraine, vulnerabilities posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other threats were among the chief topics in meetings with NATO’s chiefs of defense in Lithuania, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Story

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Hagel Discusses Helicopter Delivery With Egyptian Defense Minister

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Minister of Defense Colonel General Sedki Sobhy, confirming the U.S. intends to deliver 10 AH-64 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support their counterterrorism efforts, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story | Statement

President Barack Obama

Obama, Hagel Welcome Congressional Vote on ISIL MissionThis story contains video.

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed their gratitude to Congress for its “swift action” in giving the Defense Department the authority to begin training and equipping the moderate Syrian opposition. Video

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gives former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a hug after introducing him as the guest speaker at the 2014 National POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept.19, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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Face of Defense

Soldier Translates During U.S.-Japan Exercise

Talented military linguist Army Spc. Joshua Williams helped bridge cultural gaps between U.S. and Japanese troops during Operation Rising Thunder 2014 at Yakima Training Center in the state of Washington. Story

Focus on the Forces

Southcom Hosts Regional Security Dialogue

U.S. Southern Command hosted defense and public security ministers from Colombia and Central America and defense leaders from Mexico for a discussion on regional security. Story

Suicide Prevention

Navy Petty Officer Braves Battle With Depression

A Navy petty officer, who was prevented from taking his own life thanks to the intervention of his leadership and the use of support networks, continues to brave his battle with alcoholism and depression. Story | Special

Military Health

Navy Surgeon General Discusses Signature Wounds of War

Of the signature wounds of the past 13 years of war, limb amputations affect service members most directly, while psychological health issues can have different challenges. Story

Health Official: Fit Force Key to National Security

A full 25 percent of applicants to the military are disqualified because they are overweight, and issues related to fitness are the No. 1 reason for early discharges for those on active duty, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said. Story

Science and Technology

Navy Joins Biofuel Effort

The Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture announced that three companies will commission biorefineries to produce biofuels for the military and the private sector. Story

Hispanic Heritage

Heritage Month Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Since 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office, America has observed National Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent. Story | Special

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RT @USMC: Peas in a Pod @PacificMarines disembark and prepare for a simulated raid http://t.co/JjGWPqyGrJ
.@USMC is creating a more lethal, responsive and well-rounded force with the Combatant Diver Course. http://t.co/aVJQxo3KEF #marines
On this day in 1989, @USArmy Gen. Colin Powell is unanimously confirmed as CJCS. @thejointstaff #history
Catch up on what happened across the #DoD with this week's Worth A Thousand Words #WATW http://t.co/HSqfMvEygn
#SecDef spoke w/ Egyptian MOD confirms U.S. intends to deliver 10 AH-64 Apache to support counterterrorism efforts, http://t.co/ymOl9ZFSb3.
.@roulododnews @DoDNews article on the continuous improvement central to Better Buying Power 3.0 http://t.co/j6USEVniF5 #Military #Defense
RT @PMBreedlove: Met w/NATO Chiefs of Defense today in Lithuania to discuss the way ahead as NATO adapts to EU's changed security env. http…
RT @NoradNorthcom: 40 AMCITS moved from Cabo to LAX early this AM. While we remain prepared to send more acft, incl C-17s, MX govt has it w…
RT @NoradNorthcom: At the request of Govt of Mexico and US Dept of State, Northcom dispatched a USAF C-130 to Cabo San Lucas to assist stra…
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U.S. fighter aircraft conducted more airstrikes against #ISIL targets in Iraq yesterday and today. http://t.co/NyPwvPAbJ6 @CENTCOM

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U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Lockett, right, stands next to a linguist and scans the area using his weapon's optic lens to monitor movement in Hakim Jan village, Afghanistan, Sept. 15, 2014. Lockett is a platoon leader assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. and Afghan troops patrolled to gather intelligence and assist with security in the area.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston


The rate of concussions in children has risen 60% in the past decade. Each year, more than 173,000 children and adolescents are treated in emergency rooms for concussions and other TBIs.

The Defense and Veteran Brain Information Center has information on properly treating and caring for your child following a concussion.


Parent’s Guide for Returning Your Child to School After Concussion | DoDLive
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The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) in Silver Spring, Md., has released a 26-page guide that offers practical advice to parents on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, information on treatment and recovery, and what a parent can do to support a child’s recovery a…
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey statement on NATO Military Commission Meeting and Election of New Chairman of the Military Commission:

"Chief among the topics with my NATO counterparts in Lithuania was the continuing aggression of Russian forces in Eastern Europe, the vulnerabilities to NATO's southern borders stemming from ISIL and other threats, and our continuing commitments in Afghanistan. Today's election announcement in Afghanistan puts us in a much better place than we were a week ago. Now we need a signed security agreement and a NATO SOFA, both of which should be accomplished fairly quickly. While in Vilnius, we also elected a new chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel, the chief of staff of the Czech Republic's armed forces. His appointment is significant because he will be the first Eastern European military leader to take the job. In July he'll replace Danish General Knud Bartels, who has been a trusted friend. Now on to visit our military partners in Croatia."
Double Time!

U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan Gallogla rushes under direct fire during Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 10, 2014. Gallogla is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company B, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The division is based in Alaska. The badge is awarded to Army personnel who hold infantry or special forces military occupational specialties and successfully pass the rigors of the course.
U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher


Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Call with Egyptian Minister of Defense Col. General Sedki Sobhy

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke this morning with Egyptian Minister of Defense Colonel General Sedki Sobhy to confirm that the U.S. plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support their counterterrorism efforts.

Secretary Hagel and General Sobhy also discussed regional security in the Middle East and North Africa and the U.S. led coalition to counter-ISIL.

Secretary Hagel thanked General Sobhy for Egypt's role in brokering a cease fire to end the Gaza crisis.

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a strong bilateral relationship and agreed to continue to engage regularly.

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Met with the NATO Chiefs of Defense today in Vilnius, Lithuania to discuss the way ahead as NATO adapts to Europe's changed security environment.
Incoming!

The USS Stethem launches a harpoon missile near Guam, Sept. 15, 2014, during a sinking exercise. The Stethem is on patrol with the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Alonzo M. Archer


Night training, Black Hawks and soldiers on the ground.

Check out what the Department of Defense is up to in this Military Quick Clip.


Military Quick Clip: Army Night Training | DoDLive
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U.S. Army soldiers from 12th Combat Aviation Brigade conduct night training with UH-60 Black Hawks and CH-47 Chinooks at Lielvarde Air Base in Latvia during NATO Exercise Steadfast Javelin II. The exercise took place across several European countries and focused on building the operational readiness…
U.S. Marines Corps Staff Sgt. John Suyat and Philippine volunteers mix cement for a classroom foundation during one of two humanitarian projects preceding Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 in Palawan, Philippines, Sept. 15, 2014. Suyat is assigned to Engineer Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 172.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Matthew Casbarro


Take a look at what was happening across the DoD this week through a collection of this week’s top photos.


Worth A Thousand Words in the DoD, Sept 19 | DoDLive
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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 17, 2104. Obama traveled to the base to speak with troops and meet with Centcom leaders to discuss the fight against the Islamic State in Syria a…
Fighter Jets Target ISIL Boat, Ground Unit

From a U.S. Central Command News Release
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 – U.S. fighter aircraft conducted more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Iraq yesterday and today, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

One airstrike southeast of Baghdad destroyed a boat on the Euphrates River conducting resupply of ISIL forces, and a second strike southwest of Baghdad struck a small ISIL ground unit. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely, officials said.

Centcom has conducted a total of 178 airstrikes across Iraq.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were on hand for POW/MIA ceremonies at the Pentagon. http://go.usa.gov/pGrw
DoD photos by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz and Glenn Fawcett
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Scuba Steve has nothing on these Recon Marines.


Marine Divers Go Amphibious During Training | DoDLive
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Although the U.S. military has been fighting land wars for more than a decade, building up its amphibious capabilities remains a priority. The Marine Corps Combatant Diver Course is designed to create a more lethal, responsive and well-rounded force. The students, who are mainly reconnaissance Marin…
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby to brief the Pentagon Press Corps.

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#ItsOnUs to stop sexual assault. Take the pledge and be part of the solution at http://ItsOnUs.org/
#SecDef Chuck Hagel to participate in the 2014 National POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony.

Watch Live at 10:00 AM EDT: http://www.defense.gov/live/
Today is National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day.

"Americans who gave their last full measure of devotion deserve to be buried with honor and dignity, and those who are still unaccounted for must be returned to their families. We will never give up our search for them, and we will continue our work to secure the release of our citizens who are unjustly detained abroad." -- President Obama


A motorcycle accident left one Airman with a prosthetic leg, but couldn't keep him from doing what he loves -- serving in the United States Air Force.


Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Amputee Airman Returns to Duty
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MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., Sept. 18, 2014 – His sons say he has a robot leg. The doctors and nurses call it a prosthetic. But to Air Force Staff Sgt. Rey Edenfield, it's what has allowed him to overcome the odds and continue doing what he loves.
Army Spc. Ryan Montgomery competes during the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition on Camp Robinson, Ark., Sept. 16, 2014. Montgomery is assigned to the Arkansas Army National Guard. The annual competition determines the best of the 350,000 Guardsmen nationwide.
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Maj. Danette Rodesky-Flores


Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Congressional Passage of the Continuing Resolution:

I welcome and appreciate the swift action by Congress to provide the Defense Department with the authority to begin training and equipping the moderate Syrian opposition. This train and equip program is a key element of the president's comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). While it will take time to strengthen the moderate Syrian opposition forces, they and the Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish forces are central to confronting ISIL. The U.S. military will work closely with regional partners, including Saudi Arabia, to recruit and vet the opposition forces, and we will continue to build and sustain a broad coalition to implement our strategy.

More here: http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=16947
U.S. military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in
Iraq, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Wednesday and Thursday.
Social media is being used by #ISIL to recruit Americans to their cause.

“There is a capability to recruit people and inspire them by a terrorist organization without them ever having to go to a terrorist camp or to get an order directly from somebody in command in a terrorist organization right here at home." -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson


Defense.gov News Article: Homeland Security Secretary: ISIL’s Foreign Fighters Pose Threat
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 – Social media has given terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant the ability to recruit Americans and others like never before, and the threat of Americans and others returning to their home countries from Syria to carry out terrorist attacks has…
#SecDef Chuck Hagel to speak about U.S. policy toward #ISIL to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Watch Live at 11:15 AM EDT: http://www.defense.gov/live/
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Taylor inspects a computer display of a brake line schematic drawing for an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 5, 2014. The Carl Vinson is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. Taylor is an aviation structural mechanic assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.


Each year the nation sets aside Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to recognize the heritage and cultural diversity that Hispanic Americans have contributed to our country.


Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrates Cultural Diversity | DoDLive
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Since 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office, America has observed National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent.
U.S. military forces continue to attack #ISIL terrorists in Iraq using a mix of fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes Tuesday and Wednesday.
Saving someone's life may be easier than you think.


Suicide Prevention: Only One Knock Away

In an effort to mitigate the risk of suicide across all military branches military members must intervene to help their brothers and sisters in arms. It only...
LIVE NOW: President Obama addresses troops at MacDill Air Force Base on the U.S. strategy to degrade and destroy #ISIL.

"We support you. We’re proud of you. We stand in awe of your skill and your service... because of your service, America will be the strongest force for freedom the world has ever known." —President Obama to our men and women in uniform

Watch: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-delivers-remarks-macdill-air-force-base


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