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Secretary Meets with Saudi, Qatari Ministers at Pentagon

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed ongoing coalition efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant with Saudi Arabia's minister of the national guard and Qatar's minister of state. Story | Statement

U.S. Hosts Counter-ISIL Planning Conference

U.S. Central Command hosted a counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant operational planning conference featuring military planners from 33 nations. Story | Special

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Hagel Offers Condolences Following Romanian Helicopter Crash

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered his deepest condolences to the families of eight Romanian service members killed in a helicopter crash while en route to a joint exercise with U.S. forces. Story | Statement

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed a policy change in paycheck allotments to prevent unscrupulous lenders from taking advantage of troops and their families. Video | Release | Factsheet

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, escorts Qatar Minister of State for Defense Affairs Maj. Gen. Hamad bin Ali al-Atiyah through an honor cordon into the Pentagon, Nov. 21, 2014. The two defense leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett

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National Guard

National Guard Helps New York Dig Out

More than 500 New York National Guard soldiers and airmen are helping people dig out from a monster snowstorm that hit here and other areas of western New York state. Story

Face of Defense

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Yonko, 21st Operational Weather Squadron regional forecaster supervi U.S., Polish Weather Troops Partner Up

Members of the 21st Operational Weather Squadron, part of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, and two Polish armed forces members are learning and developing skills from each other to forecast accurate and timely weather intelligence. Story

Military Families

Officials Highlight Health, Wellness Resources For Military Families

As efforts continue to strengthen service members and their families, Pentagon officials held a Bloggers Roundtable to highlight the myriad resources available to tackle the unique military and transitional challenges those who serve may face. Story | Blog | Special

In The Spotlight

DARPA’s Synthetic Biology Work Targets Diseases, New Materials

Soldiers, military scientists and Defense Department civilians are on the ground in West Africa to help stop history’s largest Ebola outbreak, and now innovators at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are turning their job of changing what’s possible to the fight against infectious diseases. Story | Special

Warrior Care

Wright Salutes Warriors’ ‘Courage and Resilience'

Honoring wounded, ill and injured warriors with a month-long recognition is “hugely important,” Jessica L. Garfola Wright, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

Seaman signals an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the aft missile deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey http://t.co/G1FPv24KqK
#Marines and Brunei forces conduct military operations in urban terrain training in Camp Penanjong, Brunei. @USMC http://t.co/qRiKBo1jYj
RT @USArmy: #Cybersecurity: Geotagging, careless social networking could have you chatting with the enemy http://t.co/xrJBjV70U9 http://t.c…
RT @USNATO: Germany -- US, German soldiers in capabilities day at Exercise Combined Resolve III http://t.co/XCS3a45XNw
RT @DoDNews: Only in America:A child cannot choose their upbringing but they can choose to have a good attitude/strong work ethic. http://t…
RT @DirectorDMA: .@USNavy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships are underway in formation at the conclusion of #KeenSword15. http://t…
A .@USNavy #sailor reads the list of fallen military members at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. http://t.co/YdMp6rJuZ8
#Marines fire M240G medium machine guns during training in D'Arta Plage, Djibouti @USMC http://t.co/usvyXIphBk http://t.co/ULRCgb7IU6
RT @CENTCOM: Coalition Planning Conference in Support of Counter-ISIL Operations Concludes: http://t.co/1LtxZOVgWm
RT @USNATO: More great photos from Latvia -- Joint training at Ādaži Training Area in Operation Atlantic Resolve http://t.co/7KLlOXb1Ew
RT @USNATO: Italy -- U.S. paratroopers descend to Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Nov. 18, 2014. http://t.co/c2ltF85Esw
#USNAVY and #Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships transit in formation at the conclusion of exercise Keen Sword 15 http://t.co/HdQJ1iRoyt
Statement by #SecDef Chuck Hagel on Romanian Helicopter Crash http://t.co/ht8L9UGm8E
Counter-#ISIL coalition planning conference concludes. details: http://t.co/hEh2aYqpkF
RT @MoonCronkDOD: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets Qatar Minister of State for Defense Gen. Hamad al-Atiyah Nov. 21 at Pentagon. http:/…
#SecDef directs a policy change in new paycheck allotments to prevent lenders from taking advantage of troops http://t.co/QZgG7phPzr
RT @E_Lainez: SOCEUR to coach & mentor close to 600 #Ukraine troops on battlefield medical care: @US_EUCOM http://t.co/FE6IHtri1c http://t.…

Facebook Activity

U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships transit in formation during the conclusion of exercise Keen Sword 15 in the water south of Japan, Nov. 19, 2014.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee

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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer Usenick reads the list of fallen military members at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 7, 2014. The memorial marks the resting place of more than 1,000 sailors and Marines who were killed aboard the battleship USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amber L. Porter

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spends some quality time with airmen in Korea.

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James

I had a great time today with the Wolf Pack at Kunsan Air Base, Korea! Their motto is to Defend the Base, Accept Follow-on Forces, and Take the Fight North! #wolfpack
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby reports that recent airstrikes against Khorasan group in Syria were a success.

“We used a B-1 bomber and dropped several precision-guided munitions on this facility, and we know that the facility was destroyed,” Kirby said.


Defense.gov News Article: Pentagon Spokesman Reports Success in Khorasan Airstrike
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 U.S. Central Command reported airstrikes Nov. 19 against Islamic state militant groups and the al-Qaida-affiliated Khorasan group in Syria, a move the Pentagon press secretary called a success here today.
U.S. Marines fire M240G medium machine guns during training in D'Arta Plage, Djibouti, Nov. 12, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman

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As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. paratroopers descend to Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Nov. 18, 2014.

U.S. Army photos by Paolo Bovo


U.S. Soldiers Conduct Airborne Ops
As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. paratrooper packs his chute after conducting a night airborne operation from a C-130 Hercules aircraft over Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Nov. 18, 2014.

U.S. Army photos by Paolo Bovo


U.S. Soldiers Conduct Airborne Ops
As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. paratrooper descends to Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Nov. 18, 2014.

U.S. Army photos by Paolo Bovo


U.S. Soldiers Conduct Airborne Ops
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directs new allotment policy to prevent service members from allotting pay to buy, lease or rent personal property.

The policy aims to protect service members and their families from lenders who wish to prey on service members.

Find out the details of the allotment changes and how this may affect you.


Defense.gov News Article: New Allotment Rule Protects Troops From Lending Scams
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a policy change in new paycheck allotments to prevent unscrupulous commercial lenders from taking advantage of troops and their families, Pentagon officials said today.

Timeline Photos
Job well done Kentucky @[92705257022:274:Air National Guard]! In 60 days, these Airmen opened an airfield and aerial port that processed more than 750 tons of relief supplies to support Ebola-response missions! http://1.usa.gov/1F3xp0l cc: @[62690599685:274:USAID - US Agency for International Development]
A soldier approaches the door during a training jump on Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 14, 2014. The battalion jumped out of two Air Force C-17s onto the Rapido Drop Zone. The soldiers are assigned to the Texas National Guard's 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment.

U.S. National Guard photo by Air Force Major Randy Stillinger

For more DoD imagery: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/22tqt


An F/A-18E Super Hornet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the waters of southern Japan, Nov. 19, 2014. The F/A-18E Super Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 195.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. and coalition forces are making progress in the fight against #ISIL as the world grows increasingly more dangerous.

“Overall, we are seeing good progress,” Hagel told Charlie Rose in a wide-ranging interview conducted at the Pentagon yesterday in describing the three months of airstrikes and Iraqi and Kurdish attacks against ISIL. “We’re not where we need to be yet, but this is a longer-term, difficult, challenging mission.”


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel Notes Progress Against ISIL as World Grows More Dangerous
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 The U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is showing good signs of progress, and the first of 1,500 additional U.S. troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Iraq should begin arriving there in the next few weeks, Defense Secretary Chuck Hage…
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Get a front-seat view of Tomahawk Missiles launching from the USS Philippine Sea.

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The guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (Cg 58) launches Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles. Philippine Sea is deployed as part of the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. Navy video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Abe McNatt.



Wounded warriors make gains from cutting-edge low-resistance training program.

“To get strong, you need to lift heavy weight, but warriors with severely damaged limbs often can’t do that. I wanted to find a solution that would prevent my patients from a frustrating recovery or even, in some cases, opting to amputate their leg due to a lack of strength gain over time.”


Defense.gov News Article: Training Triggers Strength Gains for Wounded Troops
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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Nov. 20, 2014 Wounded and injured service members are getting pumped up about a cutting-edge strength training program at Brooke Army Medical Center here.
A New York National Guardsman removes snow from the roof of the Eden Heights Assisted Living Facility in West Seneca, N.Y., Nov. 19, 2014. The airman is assigned to the 107th Airlift Wing based in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

U.S. National Guard photo by Maj. Mark Frank

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F-22 Raptors and F-35 Lightning II's fly in formation over Eglin Training Range, Fla., after completing an integration training mission, Nov. 5, 2014. The F-22s are assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. The F-35s are assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

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Navy Cmdr. Raymond Barnes holds his daughter during his squadron's homecoming on Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., Nov. 14, 2014. Barnes is the executive officer assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 87. Strike Fighter Squadron 87 returned home after a nine-month deployment on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alysia R. Hernandez

For more DoD imagery: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/22l5f


Warrior Care Month honors, celebrates, and connects wounded, ill, and injured Service members, military families, and caregivers to resources and programs available to support successful recovery and reintegration back into military service or civilian life.

How do you remain strong in the face of challenge? #WarriorCare #ShowofStrength


Defense.gov Special Report: Warrior Care Month - 2014
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During Warrior Care month, the Defense Department honors the courage of wounded, ill or injured service members, and highlights the programs that help them learn new life skills that enable them to return to duty or transition from the military.
The holidays are soon approaching and military families should start thinking about what to send their loved ones home in the U.S or overseas. The DoDLive blog has the go-to guide with all the regulations, deadlines and guidance to ensure your service member gets his or her package on time. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/22g0d
#SecDef Chuck Hagel calls Russia's actions in Ukraine "dangerous and irresponsible" during a visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

He added that the U.S. is working with NATO to shift the focus of its entire rotational rapid deployment in response.


Defense.gov News Article: Secretary Calls Russia’s Actions ‘Dangerous, Irresponsible’
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today called Russia’s actions in Ukraine “dangerous and irresponsible” and said the tensions provoked by Moscow have probably done more to unify NATO than anything else in years.
U.S. soldiers fire ceremonial rounds from M1A2 Abrams Tanks at the Adazi Training Area, Latvia, Nov. 6, 2014. The soldiers are helping to train the Latvian Land Forces as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The solders are assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy J. Fowler

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team takes off for its performance during an open house event on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Nov. 8, 2014.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

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Suit Up!

Army Staff Sgt. Paul Rodriguez, center, puts on his protective suit, assisted by other team members, during a drill at the Suffolk County Water Authority's New Highway Pump Station, N.Y., Oct. 27, 2014. Rodriguez is assigned to the New York Army National Guard's 24th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team.

National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy

For more photos of the guardsmen training: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/22bll


Paratroopers secure an airfield during a multinational training exercise.

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Paratroopers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division hone their skills in multinational training exercise Noble Ledger. The exercise serves as the certification for the NATO Response Force for 2015, a readiness force that the Alliance can deploy when and where it is needed.

DoD Video by Gail McCabe



DoD to host expo highlighting its support of wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers as part of Warrior Care Month.

Learn more about Warrior Care Month: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2274m


Defense.gov News Article: DoD to Highlight Warrior, Family Care at Rehabilitation Expo
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 The Defense Department will host a rehabilitation expo as part of Warrior Care Month as it continues its commitment to supporting wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers.
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Air Education and Training Command

F-35 and F-22 combine capabilities in operational integration training mission The U.S. Air Force deployed four F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, earlier this month for the unit's first operational integration training mission.Read full story: http://www.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123431709
U.S. sailors hold the phone and distance line on the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 7, 2014.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez

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U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct a machine gun range during sustainment training in D'Arta Plage, Djibouti, Nov. 12. The 11th MEU is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman


Join the DoD and Sesame Street in celebrating Military Family Month in November.

Don't miss out on the events happening around the world for our military families. #MyMilFam


Sesame Street and Military OneSource Celebrate Military Family Month - YouTube

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy) Rosemary Williams celebrates Military Family Month with her friends from Sesame ...

Blogs

Holiday Shipping Guide: The How to Guide
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Army to Test Out Robo-Insects During Exercise
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