Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for government leaders to tackle the pressing national security issues of the day during a speech today at the State Department's Global Chiefs of Mission Conference. Story
U.S. and coalition military forces began operations to support Iraqi security forces in Tikrit after a request from the Iraqi government, Operation Inherent Resolve officials said. Story | Special
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked U.S. service members and veterans who served in Afghanistan for their efforts and sacrifices during his visit to the United States. The Defense Department captures his message in a video. Video
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff underscored the importance of the U.S.-Japanese alliance as he met with Japan's senior military and political leaders. Story | Photos | Special
Defense Secretary Ash Carter shows NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg the display honoring the NATO alliance during a tour of the Pentagon, March 26, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
U.S. Marines and veterans render honor to the American flag during the playing of the national anthem during the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima at the Reunion of Honor memorial in Iwo To, Japan, March 21, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sara A. Medina
World War II veterans visited Iwo Jima for the 70th anniversary of one most iconic battles of World War II, March 21, 2015. DoD screen shot
Seventy years after the Battle for Iwo Jima, the Defense Department remembers the courage and sacrifice of the service members who fought on the Pacific island, and those who gave their lives there.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter makes remarks at the State Department’s Global Chiefs of Mission Conference in Washington, D.C., March 26, 2015. Carter called for a “full-court press” within government to tackle the pressing national security issues of the day. DoD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talk during a bilateral meeting with their senior staffs in Tokyo, March 25, 2015. Dempsey visited Japan during a two-day trip to reinforce the U.S.-Japan alliance. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
Participants in a National Medal of Honor Day ceremony place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., March 25, 2015. Nearly 30 recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration, attended the event. U.S. Army photo by Stephen Smith
Soldiers conduct an after action review following a night live-fire exercise on Neibar drop zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 23, 2015. The soldiers are paratroopers assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Love
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, travels to California, Japan and South Korea.
A U.S. sailor waits to takeoff on an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter on the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard in the East China Sea, March 24, 2015. The sailor is a naval aircrewman assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin V. Cunningham
Marine Cpl David Elliot observes the beach during an amphibious beach exercise on Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, 2015. Elliot is assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler A. Andersen
U.S. sailors line up before raising the barricade during a flight deck drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf, March 21, 2015. The Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli
U.S. Marines assault a simulated objective during Exercise Eagle Resolve 2015 on Failaka Island, Kuwait, March 24, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Devin Nichols
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Timothy Cotterall goes through a decontamination procedure after attempting to identify multiple biological contaminants in a simulated lab during a Global Dragon training event in Perry, Ga., March 18, 2015. The training provides a refresher course for airmen, allowing them to identify live chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents and materials. Cotterall is assigned to the 137th Air Refueling Wing.
New York Air National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Reyes mans an engineering control station console in the central control station aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay, East China Sea, March 20, 2015.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Seth Utlser talks about what is takes to be an aerial sniper as he takes aim at targets from the sky. DoD screen shot
At an awards dinner, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff partnered with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore to salute the nation’s Medal of Honor recipients.
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Army Sgt. 1st Class Katie Kuiper suffered a head injury that proved to be challenging, but through the Army physical fitness and adaptive sports program, she's training for the Warrior Games.
Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Mary, joined with the USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore in honoring celebrity volunteers who have served America’s troops.
Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891, and served as a chaplain in the Army National Guard and as a volunteer chaplain in France during World War I.
Debra S. Wada, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, discussed the transition from growing up in Hawaii to working on Capitol Hill and now at the Pentagon, each experiences she said helped her understand and leverage diversity.
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A recent account of F-35 Lightning II aircraft program costs shows decreases, the Air Force’s F-35 program executive officer told reporters during a media roundtable.
Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen held a media roundtable recently to discuss progress on elements of his department’s transition to an information environment that’s faster, safer and less expensive.