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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

Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

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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. Video | Speech

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics

Continuous Improvement Central to Better Buying Power 3.0

The undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics released a draft of the third iteration of the Pentagon’s Better Buying Power initiative, noting that it emphasizes innovation and technical excellence while remaining focused on continual improvement. Story

Odierno: 2016 Sequestration is ‘Breaking Point’

Should sequestration resume in fiscal year 2016 as current law requires, "it will be very difficult for us to lead around the world,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said. Story

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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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.@PentagonPresSec re #Ebola: We will stay committed to our mission and we will take good care of our troops supporting the Ebola operation.
.@PentagonPresSec re #Ebola: The mission right now is engineering, support and logistics.
.@PentagonPresSec Re: #Hurricane #Odile 41 U.S. citizens were evacuated from Mexico on C-130.
.@PentagonPresSec re #Ebola: "We're doing everything we can to ensure [servicemembers] are trained on how to keep themselves safe."
.@PentagonPresSec: The effort does not involve U.S. troops treating #Ebola patients. Troops will support healthcare workers on the ground.
.@PentagonPresSec: We anticipate that 2 C-17s will arrive this weekend in #Liberia in support of the #Ebola operation.
.@PentagonPresSec: DoD brings unique capabilities to the #Ebola operation.
.@PentagonPresSec will hold a press briefing at 12:30PM EDT. Watch here: http://t.co/G17uVFt9k8
#ItsOnUs to: Step up and say something. Not look the other way. Take the pledge to help stop sexual assault. http://t.co/BaFamuZAh8
RT @WhiteHouse: #ItsOnUs to realize we all have a role to play in stopping sexual assault. Take the pledge at http://t.co/7aGUmPQNTW http:/…
#SecDef: We appreciate the efforts of #Vietnam in identifying our missing service members.
#SecDef re #POWMIA Day: We do whatever it takes to recover every U.S. service member and identify the remains of America's missing.
#SecDef Chuck Hagel participates in #POWMIA Recognition ceremony at 10:00AM EDT Watch: http://t.co/G17uVFt9k8
RT @MaritimeTV: Stay tuned for footage from the Cape Ray Ceremony http://t.co/lzCHMAcIwJ
Today is National #POWMIA Recognition Day. "We will never give up our search for them..." http://t.co/twp1E1vxd3 http://t.co/MWcXuwgBWL
#Soldier assists Italian paratroopers before an air assault during #NATO exercise http://t.co/2Sdhatys5C http://t.co/4htglWFpYo
Read #SecDef Hagel's Congressional Passage of the Continuing Resolution http://t.co/ymnfvy4YYs

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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


Marines are sharpening their close quarters skills.

"The common trend with everything is marksmanship."

— Pedro Ruiz, Tactical Instructor


Marines Train in Close Quarter Combat

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, participate in the marksmanship phase of a close-quarters tactics course aboard Camp Pendleton...
Today is the last day to check out what's happening at the Air Force Association Air & Space Conference 2014. #ASC14

Watch live coverage all day: http://www.af.mil/live.aspx


U.S. soldiers show Ukrainian troops the proper procedures for clearing a room during Exercise #RapidTrident in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 16, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to U.S. Army Europe’s Company C, 173rd Airborne Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard


U.S. Navy sailors pull a combat rubber raiding craft carrying Marines into the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown during amphibious operations in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 11, 2014. The Germantown is part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting joint forces exercises in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray


Welcome home. Thank you for your service.


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Photo of the Day: Family and friends welcome home members of the @[256652635331:274:Delaware National Guard]'s 238th General Support Aviation Battalion. The 238th returns home from a ten-month deployment to Kuwait. — with Vitok Cosaco Infante and Wesley Opanga.
Disasters don't wait until you're ready.

Take the necessary steps to make sure you and your family are prepared for any emergency.

http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2014/0914_national-preparedness/


Defense.gov Special Report: National Preparedness Month - 2014
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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
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