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Defense Secretary Ash Carter

Carter Pays Tribute to Fallen, Families

While only the families of the fallen know what it’s like to lose a loved one, the nation is grateful for service members’ sacrifices, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at Arlington National Cemetery. Story | Special

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

Chairman: Warriors Who Made Ultimate Sacrafice Live in Nation’s Hearts

The families of the fallen are always in the hearts of the members of the U.S. armed forces, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery. Story | Special

President Barack Obama

Obama: Nation Owes Debt to Fallen Service Members for Keeping Nation Safe

President Barack Obama used the stories of three soldiers who died in Afghanistan to illustrate the values of the thousands of service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the nation’s wars. Story | Special

Honor Flights Allow Veterans to Visit MemorialsThis story contains video.

The Honor Flight Network brings veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at war memorials across the city. Video

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Photo: GRAVESITE VISIT

Brittany, left, and her son, Christian, 4, visit the grave of her husband and his father, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, on Memorial Day in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 25, 2015. Christian is wearing his father’s cover. U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue

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U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey is on a four-day trip to Brussels to meet with his NATO counterparts to discuss a range of issues confronting the alliance.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.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.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 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.

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Honoring the Fallen

Vietnam War Vets Seek Names of Fallen at Vietnam Veterans MemorialThis story contains video.

Veterans of the Vietnam War search for the names of their fallen comrades at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Video

Old Guard Old Guard Honors Veterans at Arlington National Cemetery

Soldiers placed miniature American flags at gravemarkers to honor the fallen during the "Flags In" ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Story

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Alvin Beethe Missing WWII Serviceman Accounted For, Will Receive Burial at Arlington

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that the remains of a missing World War II U.S. serviceman have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Story

Army Cpl. Richard L. Wing Missing Korean War Soldier Accounted For, Will Receive Arlington Burial

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that the remains of a U.S. soldier missing from the Korean War have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Story

Face of Defense

460th Space Communications Squadron safety ride Colorado Airmen Practice Motorcycle Safety

For many motorcyclists, the coming of summer means it’s time to enjoy the warmer weather on two wheels. Story

Focus on Asia-Pacific

Hawaii National Guard aircraft Hawaii National Guard Trains to Maintain ReadinessThis story contains video.

Hawaii National Guard members emphasize readiness and training for critical missions. Video | Special

Hawaii Air Guard Unit Serves State, Asia-Pacific

The Hawaii Air National Guard trains and executes operational, disaster response and humanitarian missions for the state and Pacific Air Forces under U.S. Pacific Command. Story | Special

Staff Sgt. Jeff Bermudez Soldiers Learn Survival Skills at Jungle Training Center in Hawaii

Rigorous, realistic, yet safety-focused training courses are open to both U.S. service members and Asia-Pacific partners to strengthen trust, increase cultural awareness and foster teamwork among different militaries. Story | Video | Special

Twitter Activity

.@POTUS Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to observe #MemorialDay at @ArlingtonNatl. #HonorThem http://t.co/fqKG4ucKLb
#HonorThem: More than 228,000 flags are placed at @ArlingtonNatl Cemetery in a tradition known as “Flags In.” https://t.co/dVlQ4QpK2F
#WWII survivors and other #Vets visit the nation’s capital to visit and reflect at their memorials #HonorThem https://t.co/p7vNnxSzs2
A group of #vets from Wisc. left a motorcycle at the Vietnam Wall. Share photos of your mementos. #HonorThem https://t.co/dtYqbNQCMY
RT @dulaney_l: .@DeptofDefense Denis Kisseloff 5/13/10 Matt Straughter 1/31/08 Brad Skelton 2/06/08 1138th #Sappers #HonorThem http://t.co/…
Who are you honoring this #MemorialDay? Share your photos, and tag them with #HonorThem. https://t.co/CtpVz6414G
Chief of Naval Ops Adm. Greenert with #WWII vet Con Crabb during the 66th annual #ArmedForcesDay parade #HonorThem http://t.co/qbhf2MLrJO
RT @WestPoint_USMA: 41 years ago, @Martin Dempsey graduated with #USMA1974. Today, he is #USMA2015’s commencement speaker. #USMAgrad http:…
RT @USNavy: #BREAKING: More information on #USNavy training jet running off runway at NAS North Island http://t.co/0gHXhUFBXF
.@BlueAngels perform a flyover during a graduation and commissioning ceremony for the @NavalAcademy Class of 2015. http://t.co/V5Mia8xTDl
Watch Live @ 10:00 a.m. EDT: The @NavalAcademy Class of 2015 graduates. @VP Biden delivers commencement address. http://t.co/ZoC22HCpJI
Share a photo of those that you are honoring this #MemorialDay weekend, using #HonorThem http://t.co/l0ktdVuvrU

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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 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


This morning, more than 200 injured veterans set off on the UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge, a five-day, 360-mile rehabilitative ride from Washington, D.C. to Virginia Beach. #SecDef Carter and Vice President Biden spoke to the riders and saw them off from the VP's residence #honorthem


The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery places more than 228,000 flags each #MemorialDay weekend in a tradition known as “Flags In.” #HonorThem


A Day for Flags In

The tradition of placing more than 228,000 flags at each headstone, and other interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Arlington National Cemetery.
The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit group that transports #WWII survivors and other #Vets who may be terminally ill to the nation’s capital to visit and reflect at their memorials. Hundreds of veterans have taken advantage of the opportunity to visit the national memorials at no cost.

They last donned their uniforms decades ago, but the veterans appeared as proud as if they were still wearing them as they set out for their visit to the nation’s capital to see the memorial in their honor. #HonorThem


Honor Flilghts

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Destiny Flynn visits the grave of her husband, U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, with their daughter, 1-year-old Leilani. Destiny opens up about her loss and the importance of celebrating her husband’s life this #MemorialDay. #HonorThem


#HonorThem: #HonorThem: Marine Widow Talks Fallen Hero’s Life, Legacy | DoDLive
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Today #SecDef Carter joined thousands of people from across the country who took part in the 28th annual #RollingThunder ride. The ride begins at the Pentagon parking lot and finishes downtown by the National Mall. #HonorThem


In 1987, two Vietnam War veterans met to discuss how they could bring awareness to prisoners of war (POW) and those missing in action (MIA) from the Vietnam War. Those veterans were named Artie Muller and Ray Manzo, and out of that meeting, Rolling Thunder was born. From that point on, veterans took to the cause, and every year on Memorial Day, they and thousands of others, ride into Washington D.C. in unison, flying the Stars and Stripes beside stark black POW/MIA flags.


8 Things You May Not Know About Rolling Thunder | DoDLive
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A group of veterans from Wisconsin left a motorcycle at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in honor of the 37 Vietnam War POW/MIAs from Wisconsin. What mementos have you left behind? Share your photos and stories. #HonorThem


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Thank you for sharing your photos with us! Who will you honor this Memorial Day? Post a photo to your timeline using the hashtag #HonorThem.


Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks with #WWII veteran Con Crabb during the 66th annual Chattanooga #ArmedForcesDay parade. #HonorThem


#SecDef Carter welcomed family members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to the #Pentagon today. The families were invited to participate in games and activities run by the military service branches. #TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes. #TAPSfam #FlagsIn #HonorThem


#SecDef Ash Carter visits #Section60 at Arlington National Cemetery prior to the 147th annual Memorial Day observance. U.S. service members who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried in that section. #HonorThem


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands in honor of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the #VietnamWar. Inscribed on the black granite walls are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing. #HonorThem


The Wall

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#MemorialDay, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Share a photo of those that you are honoring this Memorial Day weekend, using #HonorThem.


Starting this summer, the Defense Department will offer an additional counseling service to help military service members, transitioning troops and family members deal with a host of issues before they become crises.


New Peer-to-Peer Service Aims to Provide Counseling Support
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Peer-to-peer support, which will be available through Military OneSource, will offer assistance from counselors who have at least a master's degree in the social or psychology field as well as military experience to help with a host of issues.
Approximately 150 U.S. Marine Corps with Black Sea Rotational Force are partnering alongside their NATO Allies from #Romania and #Bulgaria for a two-week exercise hosted by the Romanians.


The annual Herndon Monument climb is a highlight of Commissioning Week at the United States Naval Academy. Nearly 1,000 plebes rushed the 21-foot-tall obelisk coated in lard and made a human pyramid to get to the top. How quickly did this year's plebes do it? - See more at:
http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2015/05/naval-academy-plebes-scale-herndon-monument/


An EA-18G Growler launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Celebus Sea, May 13, 2015. The Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 17, are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. #Rebalance
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr.


U.S. Army and Afghan soldiers participate in a combined arms live-fire training exercise in Laghman province, Afghanistan, May 13, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team. Train, Advise, Assist Command East conducted the exercise in two locations to demonstrate opportunities for the Afghan soldiers to plan, manage and conduct combined arms training on their ranges. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Charlie Emmons.

To see more of this photo essay go to: http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/PhotoEssaySS.aspx?ID=6423


Here are some of the best photos from the United States Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, The National Guard and U.S. Navy. Help select #DoD's cover photo for the week by liking, commenting on or sharing your favorite image.
The image with the most combined hits by the end of the day Friday, will be crowned as our photo of the week.


U.S. Navy Master Chief Nathan Miller says goodbye to his daughter as the ship USS George Washington (CVN 73), prepares to depart Fleet Activities, Yokosuka for its 2015 patrol. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. #Rebalance U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Riggs


U.S. Navy sailors conduct special patrol insertion-extraction technique training near Naval Station Rota, Spain, Spain, May 7, 2015. The training helps sailors prepare for contingencies in which U.S. special operations and expeditionary forces need to quickly extract from areas where helicopters cannot safely land.


U.S. and Nepalese Military provide medical aid to Nepal earthquake victims. #NepalEarthquake #westandwithnepal

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Honor the Fallen

Six U.S. Marines died when a UH-1Y Huey helicopter, with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, crashed eight miles north of Charikot, Nepal, the afternoon of May 12.

Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Nebraska.
Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, Kansas.
Sgt. Ward M. Johnson, IV, Florida.
Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, California.
Cpl. Sara A. Medina, Illinois.
Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug, Arizona.
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"Heartbroken with the loss of six Marines and two Nepal soldiers. They gave all trying to help those in need. Please pray for the families."
— Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
Semper Fidelis, Marines.

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Honor the FallenSix U.S. Marines died when a UH-1Y Huey helicopter, with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, crashed eight miles north of Charikot, Nepal, the afternoon of May 12.Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Nebraska. Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, Kansas. Sgt. Ward M. Johnson, IV, Florida.Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, California.Cpl. Sara A. Medina, Illinois. Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug, Arizona. — — —"Heartbroken with the loss of six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers. They gave all trying to help those in need. Please pray for the families."— Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.Semper Fidelis, Marines.
Check out a few of the science advancements from around the services at the first ever #DoDLabDay.


DoD Lab Day Spotlights Military Advancements
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First-ever DoD Lab Day highlights science and research efforts from around the services. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2015/05/15/dod-lab-day-spotlights-military-advancements/"><br/>Read More</a>
Since 1941, USO has been supporting America's troops around the world. Here is a video on a recent USO celebrity tour led by Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr.


2015 USO Spring Troop Visit - Vice Chairman Tour

Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led a celebrity USO tour March 2 through 9, 2015 to help boost morale of troops...

Blogs

8 Things You May Not Know About Rolling Thunder
8 Things You May Not Know About Rolling Thunder Learn more about Rolling Thunder, the annual Memorial Day event aimed at raising awareness for the needs of veterans.   More
#HonorThem: Marine Widow Talks Fallen Hero’s Life
Two months after burying her husband at Arlington National Cemetery, Destiny Flynn returns to help symbolize the importance of Memorial Day.   More
Naval Academy Plebes Scale Herndon Monument
Naval Academy Plebes Scale Herndon Monument It’s Commissioning Week at the U.S. Naval Academy and in an annual tradition, plebes climbed the Herndon Monument to symbolize the final hurdle of a grueling year for the freshman class.   More
Why We Do It: Vets Scaling Mount McKinley Get Personal
Four veterans pushing their endurance to the limit at North America’s tallest peak to bring awareness back to the true meaning of Memorial Day, share thoughts on the mission.   More

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