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Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, held a Pentagon press briefing to discuss NATO's challenges. Video

Obama Awards Medals of Honor to Vietnam Vets

Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat were awarded Medals of Honor for valor in Vietnam. Story | Transcript | Video | Special

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President to Announce Joint Force Command HQ in Liberia

U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command Headquarters in Liberia to support U.S. and international relief efforts to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Story

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offers remarks at a ceremony to induct retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Sept. 16, 2014. Presented Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Adkins and posthumously to Sloat the day before at the White House. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt

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USS Stethem Sailors Learn CPR

Medical personnel aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem conduct life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation training each week for the ship’s crew. 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

Executive Discusses Hispanic Heritage Month

Education and the willingness to move are keys for anyone getting ahead in federal service, Rhonda Diaz, the deputy director of resources at U.S. Africa Command said in an interview. Story | Special

Military Families

Project Sanctuary Aids Military Families

A national nonprofit organization is assisting military families in making the transition from “battle-ready to family-ready.” Story

Military Health

Official: Military Input Keeps Medical Care Top-Notch

The future of military medicine is evolving largely from the input of military families, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas J. Robb, director, Defense Health Agency, said at the annual Warrior-Family Symposium here. Story

Suicide Prevention

TAPS Provides Comfort to Suicide Survivors

When families of Defense Department service members lose their loved ones to suicide or other deaths, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors provides support. Story | Special

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Disasters don't wait until you're ready. Make sure you're prepared now #NationalPreparednessMonth http://t.co/GJxyRjc8Zj
U.S. Military conducts airstrikes against #ISIL southwest of Baghdad, #Iraq & northwest of Irbil http://t.co/MchM371fnN
POTUS re #Ebola outbreak: We're going to establish a military command center in Liberia to support civilians on the ground.
RT @WhiteHouse: Happening now: President Obama speaks at @CDCGov on our response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa → http://t.co/3wROB8c…
RT @WhiteHouse: At 4pm ET, President Obama speaks at @CDCGov on our response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa → http://t.co/3wROB8cJ7A
RT @CDCgov: WATCH: The President will speak @CDCgov at 4 PM EDT today on how the U.S. continues to combat the #Ebola outbreak. http://t.co/…
#SecDef Hagel to @USArmy MOH recipients: "We are very proud of you. This country is very proud of you."
Watch Pentagon Hall of Heroes induction for CSM (Ret) Adkins, SPC 4 Sloat Live at 2 PM EDT: http://t.co/7Cg3HyoyX8 http://t.co/LbnlqIs55I
RT @PentagonPresSec: #Secdef: ISIL a very clear threat to U.S. Because I believe that ... our strategy is right thing to do. But we can't f…
RT @PentagonPresSec: #SecDef: we want to see a free Syria where people have the opportunity to choose their own futures.
RT @PentagonPresSec: #Secdef: critically important to have Middle Eastern nations participate in this coalition. Not "West vs East."
Continue to watch live coverage of SecDef Hagel & @Martin_Dempsey at #SASC on Iraq, Syria & #ISIL http://t.co/vFL5Hsaqdk
RT @USNavy: From today's Navy Yard Remembrance ceremony. More info on how the NAVSEA family remembers - http://t.co/r2xVodsBjq http://t.co/…
.@PMBreedlove re @NATO summit: "I do not expect force structure to move back to Europe. But we should cease decrease in forces."
.@PMBreedlove re @NATO summit: In order for Europe to prosper, cooperation of Russia needed.
.@PMBreedlove to provide post- @NATO summit update to Pentagon at 11:45 EDT. Watch live: http://t.co/hh2crzVQfR
#SecDef Hagel re #ISIL: "Victory is when we complete the mission of degrading, destroying and defeating #ISIL."
#SecDef Hagel re #ISIL: Arab partners are critical to success in the Middle East #SASC
#SecDef Hagel re #ISIL: "This will not be an easy or brief effort. We are at war with #ISIL, as we are with al Qaeda." #SASC
#SecDef Hagel re #ISIL:"We are broadening our air campaign to conduct systematic airstrikes against #ISIL targets." #SASC

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Defense.gov Special Report: National Preparedness Month - 2014
Disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. National Preparedness Month, observed every September, serves as a reminder that everyone must take action to prepare for the types of emergencies that can affect each of us.
U.S. military forces continue to attack #ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Monday and Tuesday southwest of Baghdad and northwest of Irbil.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123182
The President will speak from CDC at 4 PM EDT today on how the U.S. continues to combat the #Ebola outbreak. Watch Live: http://go.usa.gov/pbBF.

President Obama Speaks at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia
The #USArmy will induct Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret) Bennie Adkins and Spc. 4 Donald Sloat into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes at 2 p.m. The Pentagon ceremony will add Adkins' and Sloat's names to the distinguished roster in the Hall of Heroes, the Defense Department's permanent display of record for all recipients of the Medal of Honor. Watch the ceremony live at http://go.usa.gov/EZMA or http://go.usa.gov/EB8z

Specialist Four Don Sloat | Medal of Honor Nominee | The United States Army
Former #USArmy Spc. Four Don Sloat was nominated for the Medal of Honor for his heroic acts in Vietnam.
Today we remember the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Navy Yard shooting and the twelve people who lost their lives.

NAVSEA Family Remembers
By Vice Adm. William Hunter Hilarides Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command On Monday, September 16, 2013, our lives were forever altered when we lost twelve members of our Naval Sea Systems Command […]
SecDef Chuck Hagel and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey to speak about Iraq, Syria and #ISIL to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Watch live: http://www.defense.gov/live/

President Obama will announce the set up of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Joint Force Command Headquarters in Liberia to combat #Ebola outbreak.

“The Department of Defense is committed to supporting our interagency partners, specifically [the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID] and the Centers for Disease Control, as we collectively -- working together every day -- respond to the outbreak in West Africa."

Defense.gov News Article: Obama to Announce Africom Joint Force Command HQ in Liberia
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 – U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command Headquarters in Liberia to support U.S. military activities and help coordinate expanded U.S. and international relief efforts to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak, senior administration officials said on a call pr…
The #USTeam is coming home after a job well done at the #InvictusGames.

During the five-day competition #IAMUSA brought home a total of 93 Invictus Games medals which included; 28 gold, 35 silver and 30 bronze.

The 1st Annual Invictus Games Wraps Up | DoDLive
The 1st Annual Invictus Games wrapped up yesterday with a closing concert (Headlined by the Foo Fighters) at the South Lawn of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. More than 400 competitors from 13 nations took part in the 5 day competition. The games featured athletes competing in various Paralympic-style…
BREAKING: U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL near Sinjar and Southwest of Baghdad

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, employing attack and fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Sunday and Monday in support of Iraqi Security Forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad.

The airstrike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense, as outlined in the President's speech last Wednesday.

In total, the strikes destroyed six ISIL vehicles near Sinjar and an ISIL fighting position southwest of Baghdad that was firing on ISF personnel. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIL terrorists.

U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 162 airstrikes across Iraq.

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Staff Sgt. Michael Kacer shows his warrior spirit during the indoor rowing event at the #InvictusGames. #USTeam closed out the games with an impressive record. #IAMUSA won a total of 93 medals: 28 gold, 35 silver and 30 bronze. Give them a hero’s congratulation here and tell them job well done! (Photo courtesy the Fisher House Foundation Inc.)

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Today's Medal of Honor Ceremonies:Dr. Bill Sloat receives the #MedalOfHonor from President Barack Obama on behalf of his brother SP4 Don Sloat. He is credited with saving the lives of the men in front of and behind him during a patrol in Vietnam when he used his body shield his comrades from the blast of a grenade. #POTUS said that Sloat could have run or taken other actions, but instead gave his own life and saved the lives of his comrades. Read more about Sloat’s actions at http://go.usa.gov/EZMACSM Bennie Adkins listens as President Barack Obama tells Adkins’ story during his #MedalOfHonor ceremony. Adkins asked #POTUS before the ceremony if he could sign back up. Adkins braved days of intense combat in Vietnam, saved more than one American, killed more than 100 enemy soldiers and received more than 18 wounds during the fighting. Adkins says that he owes his life to the five men that died during the fight and the others that fought alongside him. Read more about Adkins’ actions at http://go.usa.gov/EB8z

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President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor today at 1:50 p.m. to Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret) Bennie G. Adkins and to Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat. Watch the ceremony live at http://go.usa.gov/EB8z or http://go.usa.gov/EZMA.
Troops from 15 nations kicked off the annual Rapid Trident field training exercise today in northwestern Ukraine.

Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, director of communication and engagement for U.S. European Command, emphasized in a statement that the exercise is annual, and that it was planned well before the current situation in Ukraine.

Defense.gov News Article: Troops From 15 Nations Begin Exercise in Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2014 – Troops from 15 nations kicked off the annual Rapid Trident field training exercise today in northwestern Ukraine.

"Our Marines and sailors, along with the Australian soldiers did everything together. I think that built lasting bonds between the United States Marine Corps and the Australian Army that will endure for many years."
Interested in the future of the United States Air Force?

Tune in today through Wednesday for live coverage of the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference 2014 #ASC14: http://www.defense.gov/live/

Shoulder Your Shell

Marines Lance Cpl. Michael Farris, an Artillery Cannoneer assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Alpha Battery, carries a round back to his gun to resupply before a fire mission aboard Pohakuloa Training Are, Hawaii, Sept. 5, 2014. Members of 1st Battalion, 12th Marines are enhancing their skills of direct fire support in support of operation Spartan Fury.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Victor A. Mancilla

Star Spangled Scuba

U.S. Navy Diver 1st Class Robert Johnson waves to kids while diving in the National Aquarium in Baltimore during the Baltimore Star Spangled Spectacular, which runs Sept. 10-16, 2014. The event celebrates the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore which provided the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's famous poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry," which later became America's national anthem. Along with more than 30 ships from the U.S. and foreign nations, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels aircraft will be on display and open to the public.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David P. Coleman

Who needs mutant powers?The F-35 Lightning II helmet gives pilots X-ray vision, just another feature of the world's most advanced fighter jet.Take an inside look at the F-35 at Lockheed Martin's Fighter Demonstration Center and learn more about the Corps' cutting-edge aviation technology.

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The final day of competition at the #InvictusGames is underway. On the schedule today is power lifting, swimming, and #USATeam will compete for gold in sitting volleyball!! #IAMUSA #IAM #WoundedWarriors (Snapseed image by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)
This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, written by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry in 1814.

"O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"

7 things you didn't know about the Star-Spangled Banner - O Say Can You See?
The Star-Spangled Banner is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States. Huge, vibrant, and rich in history, most Americans are familiar with the story of this particular flag: It's the one that flew over Fort McHenry the morning after the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812 and i…
Take a look at some of the best images from around the Department of Defense this week.

Week in Photos
Take a look at some of the best images from around the Department of Defense this week. http://www.defense.gov/WeekInPhotos/WeekInPhotosSlideShow.aspx?Date=09/07/2014
Hanging in There

U.S. Navy sailors rappel onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a helicopter rope exercise in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 9, 2014. The George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The sailors are assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee

Get the latest on the 400 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women participating in this year's Invictus Games in England. The Games use sports to inspire recovery, resilience and support for those who serve their country.

Defense.gov Special Report: Invictus Games 2014
More than 400 competitors from 13 nations will participate in the inaugural Invictus Games in London, an international sporting event for wounded warriors to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their countries.
Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a barbecue for the athletes representing the United States in the Invictus Games, an inspirational sporting event for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.

“You Are the Best of America”: Dr. Jill Biden on the U.S. Team Competing in the Invictus Games |...
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, using attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes yesterday and today in support of Iraqi Security Forces near the Mosul Dam and defending Irbil.

Read More: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123154
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby will conduct a briefing today at 1 p.m. EDT http://go.usa.gov/Vs49
U.S. Navy confirms crash of two F/A-18 Hornets into the Pacific. One pilot was rescued. The crash is currently under investigation.

DoD News Now: 0900 September 12, 2014

℠2014 - Two F/A-18 Hornets crash in the Pacific, TRANSCOM assembles a team to make sure your ride arrives on time and first responders make a tower climb to ...
September is Suicide Prevention Month. One United States Air Force veteran tells how she coped after her father committed suicide.

"I will never have that special relationship between a father and a daughter. And, it isn't because of a tragic automobile accident or a physical disease; it's because of suicide."

Life Without My Father: A Personal Account on Suidicide | DoDLive
September is Suicide Prevention Month, and as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said recently, “Suicide is a complex and devastating event that affects us all. The painful loss of life and its heartbreaking aftermath spread beyond the individual and immediate family, taking a toll on fellow service memb…

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