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President Honors Two WWI Soldiers With Posthumous Medals of Honor

President Barack Obama honored two World War I soldiers – one African-American, one Jewish – with Medals of Honor, saying it was long overdue and the nation will work as long as it takes to make sure "all the heroes' stories are told." Story

Defense Secretary Ash Carter

U.S., Vietnam Committed to Defense Relationship, Carter Says

The U.S.-Vietnam defense relationship is on a continued positive trajectory, with defense leaders of both countries committed to deepening the partnership, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. Story | Special

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'New Horizons' Readies U.S. to Deploy, Conduct Joint Operations

About 100 Army, Air Force and Marine Corps engineering and medical personnel began exercise New Horizons in Honduras. Story

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President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor for Army Sgt. William Shemin to Ina Bass, left, and Elsie Shemin-Roth, who accepted the medal on behalf of their late father, at the White House, June 2, 2015. During the ceremony, Obama also awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army Pvt. Henry Johnson, saying it was "never to late to say thank you." Both soldiers were World War I veterans. U.S. Army photo by Lisa Ferdinando

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter is kicking off a national discussion on building 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. 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.Every year on the last Monday in May, the nation pauses to recognize the U.S. military's men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. In this special report, The U.S. military is providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to support the Nepalese government and armed forces, following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, April 25, 2015.The Defense Department announced the next unit rotation as the U.S. continues to demonstrate its commitment to reassuring NATO allies. 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.The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said 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 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.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.During May, the Defense Department pays tribute to the dedicated service and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, past and present, in defense of our nation.

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Face of Defense

Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar Jurilla and his wife, Cora. Airman, Wife Help People in Philippines

Each January for the past five years, Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar Jurilla of the California Air National Guard and his wife, Cora, have worked with volunteer doctors, nurses and nonmedical assistants to assist impoverished people in remote Philippine villages. Story

Focus on Asia-Pacific

POW/MIA Accounting Agency Leverages Diplomacy in Remains Recovery

The team at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ceaselessly works to find the remains of American prisoners of war and personnel still missing in action to bring answers to family and friends of their loved ones. Story | Blog | Special

USS Fort Worth USS Fort Worth Sailors Support Asia-Pacific RebalanceThis story contains video.

Sailors aboard the USS Fort Worth are working to ensure security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, where half the world’s population resides and half the global economy is generated. Video | Special

Medical Examiner Explains Identification Process

For the scientists and lab technicians who work to identify missing service members, “this is not just a job,” said Navy Capt. (Dr.) Edward Reedy, head of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. “This is literally their reason for working.” Story | Blog | Special

Nepal earthquake rubble Army Pacific Helps Nations Cope With Natural Disasters

A series of disaster management exercises and exchanges called Pacific Resilience is key to helping partner armies and various nations respond and rebound more independently after natural disasters. Story | Special

In The Spotlight

Defense Secretary Joins Facebook

Defense Secretary Ash Carter will be able to personally communicate with nearly three million service members and civilians on the social media platform, Pentagon officials said in a statement. Story | Page

Twitter Activity

MT @SpokespersonMoD Defence Minister @manoharparrikar greeting #SecDef Carter on arrival at MoD HQ in New Delhi. http://t.co/MQDbzLrZAn
RT @ArmedwScience: Today: #SecDef Ash Carter​'s India visit to highlight progress on defense relationship. http://t.co/xLotKXpuKq http://t.…
#SecDef Carter lay a wreath at India Gate, India's WWI memorial & tomb of the unknown soldier w/ @manoharparrikar http://t.co/Uwp6YmeobL
#SecDef Carter traveled to Visakhapatnam to visit the Eastern Naval Command & toured Indian Navy frigate INS Sahyadri http://t.co/hKDwqL9sFH
.@POTUS will award the #MOH posthumously to 2 #WWI Heroes at 11:15 a.m. EDT. Watch Live: http://t.co/tBvninuyYS http://t.co/a7O5fKCnNe
RT @DoDNews: #SecDef Carter meets with Vietnamese leaders, signs vision statement. http://t.co/H1orIlw5IQ #AsiaPacific #Rebalance http://t.…
.@POTUS declared June as #LGBTPrideMonth and #DoD celebrates #LGBT achievements and sacrifices http://t.co/EXTnWfRssE http://t.co/dVZ2aAmxJ0
Elsie Shemin-Roth will stand with @POTUS, tomorrow, and accept the #MOH on behalf of her father, Sgt. Shemin. #WWI http://t.co/PjrrCTD3f3
Tomorrow, @POTUS will award the #MOH to #WWI Soldier, then-Pvt. Johnson, of the Harlem Hellfighters http://t.co/8Hvsk59mSB
The USS George Washington patrols in support of security, stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. #Rebalance http://t.co/H6aBNOloJA
Further, faster with more: @USArmy Special forces appreciates @USMC MV-22 Osprey capabilities http://t.co/iXlCnv7PwD http://t.co/U77XB07SEa
#SecDef: Asia-Pacific will continue to ‘Rise’ with strong security architecture: http://t.co/q0oQBMsPnu #Rebalance http://t.co/6OPGxK9bdR
.@USMarineCorps maintain combat readiness during their seven-month deployment through the @PacficCommand. #Rebalance http://t.co/1eLEC7liQv
#SecDef: Working together allows us 2 reach a future where every1 continues 2 rise & win #Rebalance #SLD15 @IISS_org http://t.co/fZ7j6W9hPe
#SecDef calls 4 strengthened Asia-Pacific relations & enhanced regional security architecture @ #SLD15. Find out why: http://t.co/EbR9ExPEEW

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Today, #SecDef Carter laid a wreath at India Gate, India's WWI Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and was welcomed by Minster of Defense Manohar Parrikar with an honor cordon cc U.S. Embassy India


On his first tour to India as SecDef, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter traveled to Visakhapatnam to visit the Eastern Naval Command and tour a naval vessel. This is the first time that a Defense Secretary has visited this Command, which maintains Indian presence in the Straits of Malacca, one of the world's most important waterways.


Today, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor posthumously at a White House Ceremony for Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin's actions in World War I. The livestream of the ceremony will begin at 11:15 a.m. EDT on http://www.defense.gov/live/ #MOH


Video Live Stream - World War I Medal of Honor Ceremony
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President Obama declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, and the Defense Department is highlighting the importance of leadership as it celebrates the achievements and sacrifices of LGB service members and #LGBT civilians. #LGBTPrideMonth


Special Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month 2015
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Elsie Shemin-Roth will stand with President Barack Obama at the White House, tomorrow, and accept the nation's highest military award for valor on behalf of her father, Sgt. William Shemin. #MOH ##WWI


Daughter recalls fond memories, bravery of Medal of Honor nominee Shemin
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Elsie Shemin-Roth remembers her father, World War I veteran and Medal of Honor nominee Sgt. William Shemin, as a generous, brave and honorable man, who always gave more than what was asked of him.
Tomorrow, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to World War I Soldier, then-Pvt. William Henry Johnson, of the 369th Infantry Regiment (known as the Harlem Hellfighters). Learn more about Johnson by visiting the link below. #MOH #WWI


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Aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) patrols the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. #Rebalance U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alonzo M. Archer


To mark the 20th anniversary of normalized relations with Vietnam, #SecDef Carter and his counterpart today signed the joint vision statement to initiate the next phase of our growing bilateral defense relationship #USVietnamForward cc U.S. Embassy in Hanoi


Recently, a group of U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers partnered with U.S. Marine Corps aviators on Okinawa to conduct static line and military-freefall parachute operations from MV-22 Osprey military aircraft using the drop zone on Ie Shima island. #Rebalance


Further, faster with more: Special forces appreciates Osprey's capabilities
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The rigorous, realistic, yet safety-focused training courses in a jungle environment are open to both U.S. service members and Asia-Pacific partners, which cadre members said strengthens trust, increases cultural awareness and fosters teamwork among the different militaries. #Rebalance


Defense.gov News Article: Soldiers Learn Survival Skills at Jungle Training Center
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I awoke this morning in Singapore to the sad news that Beau Biden passed away. Stephanie and I have known the Bidens for years and our thoughts and prayers are with them now. Having served in Iraq, Beau was a champion of veterans and a model for hard work and dedication. Above all, he was a devoted son, loving husband, and wonderful father. He will be deeply missed.
U.S. Marine Corps with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, establishes security aboard Bellows Air Force Station, Hawaii, May 17, 2015. The Marines with the 15th MEU continue to maintain combat readiness during their seven-month deployment through the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Central Command areas. #Rebalance


USAID - US Agency for International Development says a broader collaboration continues with U.S. Pacific Command on regional priorities including disaster preparedness, nontraditional regional threats, such as resource insecurity; climate change, pandemic issues and environmental considerations. #Rebalance


Defense.gov News Article: USAID Widens Aperture for Economy, Diplomacy in Pacific
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On the second stop of his around the world trip, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited the Strait of Malacca. As the USS Fort Worth travels through the area, sailors onboard highlight how they support the Asian-Pacific Rebalance.


Fort Worth Rebalance

The Asia-Pacific region is vital to not only the American future, but the human future. The region is half of the population and economy of the planet. Ameri...
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a port visit before proceeding to its homeport at San Diego. Carl Vinson completed a nearly 10-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. Carl Vinson deployed to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operation supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman #Rebalance


Scientists working at the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency in Hawaii now have a state-of-the-art, centralized space to help them identify lost service members.


State-of-the-Art Lab To Help Identify Lost Service Members | DoDLive
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Did you know the Secretary of Defense has his own Facebook page? Follow Ash Carter to join the conversation!


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

Hi. I'm Ash, the 25th Secretary of Defense for the United States
Celebrate the achievement and abilities of wounded, ill and injured service members through athletic competition. Eight sporting events, 200+ athletes representing teams from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, United States Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command and British Armed Forces. Be a part of it June 19-28, 2015, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. #WarriorGames


Defense.gov Special Report: Department of Defense Warrior Games 2015
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The Defense Department is committed to enhancing stability in the Asia-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression, and, when necessary, fighting to win. This approach is based on partnership, presence, and military readiness. Check out this latest video to see why #SecDef Ash Carter refers to the Asia-Pacific as, "The defining region of our Nation's future." #Rebalance


Asia-Pacific Rebalance
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#SecDef Carter presided over a ceremony this morning at Pearl Harbor to install Adm. Harry Harris as the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Command replacing Adm. Samuel J. Locklear


#SecDef Carter begins a 10 day trip to the Asia Pacific Region today, to further develop a strong regional security architecture in Southeast Asia that promotes transparency, builds trust, and helps address the challenges in the region. He will start by attending the Change of Command at U.S. Pacific Command #Rebalance To learn more visit: http://go.usa.gov/39Asw


Defense.gov Special Report: Carter Focuses on Asia-Pacific Rebalance
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USS Lassen (DDG 82) , front, conducts a trilateral naval exercise with the Turkish navy frigate FTCD Gediz (F-495) and the #RepublicofKorea navy destroyers in support of theater security operations. Lassen is on routine patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region #Rebalance. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Kenny


The U.S. Pacific Command is responsible for overall stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. If you don’t know much about it, learn some cool facts here. #Rebalance


10 Fun Facts About U.S. Pacific Command | DoDLive
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Thank you to the United States Air Force, U.S. Army , U.S. Coast Guard, The National Guard, and U.S. Navy for sharing their best photos with us. The Air Force photo won our contest with almost 5,000 likes and over 500 shares and will be our new cover photo. Keep an eye out for our next photo contest and be sure to vote for your favorite!


The US Postal Service honored 258 #MedalofHonor recipients who fought in the #VietnamWar by dedicating the Limited Edition Vietnam War Medal of Honor Prestige Folio Forever stamps on Memorial Day, May 25. More than six out of 10 award recipients made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives while performing the courageous acts for which they were later honored. There are now three similar, yet distinct, versions of the Medal of Honor, one for each military department -- U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and United States Air Force The Navy version is awarded to those serving in the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, and during times of war, to members of the U.S. Coast Guard


Army infantryman Eugene Erickson was in the thick of fighting the Korean War in 1951 when he disappeared. His family never saw him alive again. But after 64 years and a painstakingly long identification process, he was finally laid to rest this month in front of his remaining family, who never gave up on him. #MemorialDay #HonorThem


64 Years Later, Korean War Vet Finally Comes Home | DoDLive
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Army infantryman Eugene Erickson was in the thick of fighting the Korean War in 1951 when he disappeared. His family never saw him alive again. But after 64 years and a painstakingly long identification process, he was finally laid to rest this month in front of his remaining family, who never gave…
Every year on the last Monday in May, the nation pauses to recognize the U.S. military's men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. In this special report, "#MemorialDay 2015," the Defense Department shows how it honors the fallen while thanking military families and veterans in observances around the world. #HonorThem


Defense.gov Special Report: Memorial Day - 2015
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"With heavy hearts and a sense of profound gratitude, we mourn these women and men -- parents, children, loved ones, comrades-in-arms, friends, and all those known and unknown -- who believed so deeply in what our country could be they were willing to give their lives to protect its promise."
#SecDef Ash Carter delivered remarks today during a #MemorialDay Ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater in Arlington, Va. #HonorThem


Blogs

Force of the Future: Harris Talks 'Rebalance'
Force of the Future: Harris Talks 'Rebalance' Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the new commander of U.S. Pacific Command, says Americans should care about the Asia-Pacific rebalance because of the wide range of opportunities in the region.   More
State-of-the-Art Lab to Help Identify Lost Service Members
Researchers and scientists at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency labs in Hawaii have a new building that will centralize their efforts to identify lost military members.   More
64 Years Later, Korean War Vet Finally Comes Home
An Army infantryman who went missing during the Korean War has been laid to rest in front of his remaining family, who never gave up on him.   More

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