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Watch at 4:30 p.m. EDT: Pacom Commander Speaks at Military Child Education Event

Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, is scheduled to speak today at the Military Child Education Coalition's 2015 National Training Seminar. Check back at 4:30 p.m. EDT to watch a playback of his remarks and other coverage of the event. Story

Defense Secretary Ash Carter

Future Force Depends on Military Child Education, Secretary Says

Defense Secretary Ash Carter thanked military children for their sacrifices and championed a family-focused approach to educational pathways for them and their service member parents. Story | Speech | Special

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

High School Students Meet With Chairman, Mrs. Dempsey at Seminar

Five students had the chance to ask Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and his wife, Deanie, questions on a variety of topics during the Military Child Education Coalition 17th National Training Seminar. Story | Special

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Marines: F-35B Squadron Ready for Worldwide Deployment

The Marine Corps declared that a squadron of 10 F-35B Lightning II aircraft is ready for worldwide deployment. Story | Statement

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his wife, Stephanie, meet with military children at the Military Child Education Coalition's national training seminar in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2015. The Carters spoke with the children about the hardships of having parents in the military. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter seeks to strengthen and modernize alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century defense and sustaining U.S. global leadership.The Department of Defense has ordered a comprehensive review of DoD laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax.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.Defense Secretary Ash Carter travels to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan during a weeklong trip to discuss security concerns, including preventing terror attacks and the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is traveling, and made an unannounced trip to Baghdad and Kabul, Afghanistan where he met with leaders and service members to discuss progress in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.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 President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said 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 president, vice president, Defense Department and military leaders deliver messages of hope, encouragement and guidance to the class of 2015. Check out Defense.gov's Special Report: Commencements 2015 to read about their speeches, view photographs and watch videos from the ceremonies. During the month of June, the Defense Department joins the nation in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, or LGBT, Pride Month. During this time, the department recognizes lesbian, gay and bisexual service members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civilians for their dedicated service to both the DoD mission and to our nation.The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request of $534 billion protects America today, while positioning the U.S. military to face the threats of tomorrow. The budget funds ongoing strategic priorities including the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and sustaining a global approach to countering violent extremists.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.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.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.

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Face of Defense

Army 1st Lt. Laura Hinton CrossFit Coach Helps Soldiers Stay Fit

South Korea-deployed Army 1st Lt. Laura Hinton uses her expertise in CrossFit exercise to help soldiers stay fit. Story

Military Health

Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. U.S., Canadian Senior Doctors Discuss Merits of Medical Cooperation

During meetings with Canada’s surgeon general, Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said it is in the interests of both nations to continue to work together to improve the overall health and state-of-readiness of the respective forces. Story

DoD Awards Electronic Health Records Contract

In a culmination of a more than two-year effort, the Defense Department awarded Leidos, Inc. a $4.3 billion contract for health records modernization that will cover more than 9.5 million DoD beneficiaries and the care providers that support them. Story

Health Official Urges Beneficiaries to Disclose External Health Insurance

DoD health care beneficiaries who carry commercial health insurance should remember to provide policy information to TRICARE providers, a Defense Health Agency program analyst said. Story

In The Spotlight

Department Employees Receive Recruitment Program Award

Four DoD civilian employees received the Judith C. Gilliom Award in recognition of their contributions to their organizations at a DoD-hosted ceremony at the National Youth Transitions Center. Story

DoD Announces Recruiting, Retention Numbers

The active-duty Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force met or exceeded fiscal year-to-date 2015 accession goals through May 2015, Defense Department officials announced. Story | Statement

Military Families

Family Overcomes Deployment Challenges

Military families face the challenges of deployments and frequent moves and the impact they have on their children’s morale and education. One military family shares their story. Story | Special

Cyber Strategy

National Guard Works to Boost Cyber Capability

National Guardsmen are ramping up their role in the nation’s escalating cybersecurity fight, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said. Story | Video | Special

Twitter Activity

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We asked some military kids about what their lives are like as military dependents. #KidChat #KidsServeToo https://t.co/pZuzNwvPkW
With a wife and four daughters, @usairforce SMSgt. David Mason and his family know sacrifice. #KidsServeToo https://t.co/YVrE6ei370
RT @USMC: CONFIRMED: @GenDunford was confirmed as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff July 29, 2015. Ooh-rah, sir! http://t.co/…
#OTD in 1942, WAVES (Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service) was created. For more: http://t.co/hdnsI6rwVU http://t.co/jAFfaJvvQd
#DoD today awarded a $4.3 billion modernization contract for Electronic Health Records. http://t.co/xeNSPPcs7f http://t.co/CnI4LQaFVt
#SecDef: On #ISIL, we have the right strategy in place to achieve lasting defeat http://t.co/42OT8p8DOi
At #SASC Hearing, #SecDef says DoD is committed to confronting the region’s two principal security challenges: #Iran and #ISIL
.@USArmy Soldiers rappel from a 100-foot tower during a sapper leader course on Camp San Luis Obispo in California. http://t.co/EgnKMxTpdh
.@USMC Drill Instructors Prepare Enlistees for Boot Camp. For more photos visit: http://t.co/0fuVy3XBqZ http://t.co/0gHzz2N1uA
#KoreanWarArmistice honors veterans who fought to keep communism from spreading across Asia. http://t.co/QTs3Nd4wfV http://t.co/Q2aFz8vAyO

Blogs

Reservist on Cutting Edge of Science, Technology
A reservist with the Office of Naval Research received the Navy Reserve’s 2014 Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year award for contributions to groundbreaking technologies such as tactical cyber ranges and augmented-reality glasses.   More
Joint Staff Director Talks Character, Military Success
Joint Staff Director Talks Character, Military Success Air Force Lt. Gen. David L. Goldfein, nominated to be the next Air Force vice chief of staff, didn't hesitate when asked recently what made the biggest contribution to his success.   More
New Smartphone Device Will Test For TBIs on Battlefield
New Smartphone Device Will Test For TBIs on Battlefield Army researchers are working on a device expected to revolutionize how quickly a traumatic brain injury can be diagnosed.   More
‘The Forgotten War’ Explained On 62nd Armistice Day
‘The Forgotten War’ Explained On 62nd Armistice Day The Korean War, sandwiched between World War II and Vietnam, is often overlooked. How much do you know about the conflict?    More

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