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Operation Shower Champions Military Families

A nonprofit organization geared toward helping military families -- especially expectant mothers whose spouses are often away fulfilling their duties – got a boost from the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at a special event in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Story

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Obama Sends Pay Commission Recommendations to Congress

President Barack Obama has submitted the recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission to Congress. Story

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Photo: NEPAL ASSISTANCE

U.S. Marine V-22 Ospreys fly into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3, 2015. The Marines brought tools and equipment to respond to the Nepalese government's request for help after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, April 25. The Marines are assigned to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mandaline Hatch

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The president authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq. He also authorized a humanitarian effort to save thousands of Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar from the threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said 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.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’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.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 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.The Defense Department salutes our nation's heroes on National Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2015. Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States' highest military decoration.

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Face of Defense

Pfc. Chelsea Fudge Student Makes Time for Guard Service

Oregon Army National Guard Pfc. Chelsea Fudge is a busy young woman. The 19-year-old full-time student at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon, also works four part-time jobs. Story

Disaster Response

U.S. Military Role in Assistance to Nepal

U.S. military forces responded in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal and continue to develop plans to support the U.S. assistance efforts. Story

In The Spotlight

Gen. John Campbell Resolute Support Commander: Afghan Government ‘Moving Forward’This story contains video.

Army Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, describes the progress Afghan leaders and security forces are making there. Video

Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. Commander Receives Atlantic Council’s Leadership Accolade

Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove’s friend and fraternity brother, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented the award to Breedlove, who is now NATO's supreme commander in Europe. Story | Photos

Space Strategy

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James Air Force Secretary Highlights Three Focus Areas of Space EnterpriseThis story contains video.

Posturing for defense, assured access for space and space situational awareness are the three areas the Air Force plans to target, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said. Video | Special

Cyber Strategy

Guard to Align Cyber Capabilities to Federal Emergency Management Agency Districts

This summer the National Guard will stand up 11 new cyber teams, seven for the Army component and four for the Air Guard. Story | Special

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Over 11,000 Officers in the U.S. Military are Asian American and Pacific Islander. Learn More: http://t.co/KEX5gz1Vq7 http://t.co/s385RThgih
20 members of @PacificCommand​ Joint Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team depart for Nepal. http://t.co/ev1urs3quB http://t.co/P9KETJPyoX
Members of the Royal Moroccan Navy participate in Exercise Saharan Express 2015 http://t.co/WOTpDu02BM http://t.co/jOdXZSX13h
Coalition airstrike against an #ISIL controlled building near Al Asad, #Iraq, April 20, 2015. https://t.co/FYNARF7TDb
An aviator stands outside a CH-47F Chinook helicopter at Kahiltna Glacier base camp on Mount McKinley, Alaska, http://t.co/6bCNCHW4KL
.@usairforce pilot and co-pilot return to base after a live-fire mission to support Emerald Warrior on Hurlburt Field http://t.co/XFRyCpe2KC
A #BoyScout lifts body armor during a ship tour on the USS Wasp in New Orleans. #FleetWeek #ForceoftheFuture http://t.co/GrhYSjk5MC
.@StateDept U.S. Ambassador Bodde, welcomes a U.S. Disaster Assistance and Response Team to Nepal #NepalEarthquake http://t.co/H34dZrCTGu
.@usairforce transported members of @USAID and LA County search-and-rescue to Nepal, to help assist #NepalEarthquake http://t.co/vdpC69J6qq
#ISIL campaign from Col. Ryder of @CENTCOM - ISF holding key ground; more Iraqis being trained, Peshmerga forces holding parts of Kobani
.@CENTCOM Col. Ryder said campaign against #ISIL will take time but we are confident they will be defeated.
Reporters gather for a press briefing at the Pentagon with @CENTCOM spokesman Col Patrick Ryder. #MicCheck http://t.co/1yvM2NmZS9
.@USArmy paratrooper exits a U.S. Air National Guard aircraft, over Juliet Drop in Pordenone, Italy. http://t.co/8LkFcafWDl
RT @DoDNews: .@PMBreedlove, Commander of @US_EUCOM will brief the press at 2:45 p.m. EDT. Watch live: http://t.co/1NgNdEsvXU http://t.co/Rm…
RT @AmbassadorPower: Met w/#SecDef Carter today on DoD support for @UNPeacekeeping & blding strong commitments for POTUS summit this fall. …
Coalition airstrike against an #ISIL fighting position near Kobani, #Syria, April 20, 2015. https://t.co/lQrAyXW3i4

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Did you know that over 11,000 Officers in the U.S. Military are Asian American and Pacific Islander? Find out more by visiting our Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Web Special.


Special Report: Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month - May 2015
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"During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we honor the perseverance of those who courageously reached for their hopes and dreams in a new land, and we celebrate the important impact the AAPI community has made on our Nation's progress."
Members of a U.S. Pacific Command Joint Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team, load onto a U.S. Marine Corps C-130 on Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 29, 2015. The team deployed to Nepal to assist earthquake relief efforts. #NepalEarthquake For more photos visit: http://www.defense.gov/PhotoEssays/PhotoEssaySS.aspx?ID=6347

United States Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Erik Anthony


Coalition airstrike against an #ISIL controlled building near Al
Asad, Iraq, April 20, 2015.

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to #Iraq, #Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition
nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



An aviator stands outside a CH-47F Chinook helicopter at Kahiltna Glacier base camp on Mount McKinley, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The soldiers and Chinooks are assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment.

U.S. Army photo by John Pennell


An United States Air Force pilot and co-pilot return to base in an AC-130W Stinger II after a live-fire mission to support Emerald Warrior on Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 27, 2015. Emerald Warrior is the Defense Department's only irregular warfare exercise which allows joint and combined partners to train together and prepare for contingency operations. For more photos like this, visit: Defense.gov

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cory D. Payne


A Cub Scout lifts body armor during a ship tour on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in New Orleans, April 25, 2015. The Wasp is participating in #FleetWeek New Orleans 2015, a week-long collaboration with the community and ships representing the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, the British Navy and the Canadian navy. #ForceoftheFuture

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Wolpert


U.S. Ambassador Peter W. Bodde, center, welcomes a U.S. Disaster Assistance and Response Team to Nepal, April 28, 2015. #NepalEarthquake

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Members of USAID - US Agency for International Development and Los Angeles County search-and-rescue teams arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 28, 2015. The United States Air Force transported personnel, supplies and search-and-rescue dogs to help victims of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in the country. #NepalEarthquake

U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Taylor Queen


Today Secretary of Defense Ash Carter released the DoD's annual report on sexual assault in the military and announced directives to further strengthen the department's prevention and response program. For more details visit www.defense.gov


Defense.gov Special Coverage: Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention
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U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Special Troops Battalion exits a U.S. Air National Guard 133rd Air Wing MN ANG C-130 Hercules aircraft, April 13, 2015, over Juliet Drop in Pordenone, Italy.

U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Paolo Bovo


U.S. European Command (EUCOM) Commander General Phil Breedlove will provide testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee at 9:30 a.m. EDT on European Command Programs & Budget. Watch Live on http://www.defense.gov/live/


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Coalition airstrike against an #ISIL fighting position near Kobani,
Syria, April 20, 2015.

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to #Iraq, #Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition
nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



DoD is making an investment to ensure military children have access to #STEM education with the expansion of the The National Math and Science Initiative's College Readiness Program.

Find out just how many #milkids will benefit: http://go.usa.gov/3B8e7 Armed with Science


DoD Joins Forces to Invest in STEM Education
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"Women are contributing in unprecedented ways to the military's mission of defending our nation" -- United States Air Force Maj. Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost


Defense.gov News Article: Official Provides Update on Combat Jobs for Women
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#SecDef Ash Carter, left, hosts an enhanced honor cordon for Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani as he arrives at the Pentagon, April 28, 2015, to discuss matters of mutual importance. #DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz #Rebalance


American and Japanese national security leaders unveiled the new guidelines for U.S.-Japan defense cooperation yesterday, saying the new rules will promote peace and stability not only in the region, but worldwide. #Rebalance U.S. Department of State


News Article: Carter: U.S, Japan Defense Guidelines ‘Break New Ground’
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United States Air Force loads equipment and supplies for the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team onto a C-17 Globemaster III on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, April 26, 2015. The 69-member search and rescue team is deploying to Nepal to assist with rescue operations after the country was struck by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake. #NepalEarthquake


Coalition airstrike against an #ISIL mortar position near Kobani, Syria, April 19, 2015.

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to #Iraq, #Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition
nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



#SecDef Ash Carter lays a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial at ground zero in New York City #NeverForget #SurvivorTree


#SecDef Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry will host a joint press availability at 11:30 a.m. EDT at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani to discuss security and defense issues relevant to the U.S.-Japan alliance. Watch Live at http://www.defense.gov/live/

Follow the conversation @DeptofDefense, @JohnKerry, @StateDept, @StateDeptLive on Twitter. U.S. Department of State


Department of Defense Live Stream
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The United States Air Force has sent an aircraft to Nepal to deliver personnel and cargo in support of disaster-relief operations. Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck their country April 25. USAID - US Agency for International Development


AF Sends Aircraft to Support Disaster-Assistance Operations in Nepal
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Command Sergeant Major James Sims, U.S. Army Material Command, tries out a scenario in Virtual Battle Space using a set of 3D goggles during the 2015 Association of the U.S. Army Institute of Land Warfare symposium in Huntsville, Alabama. March 31, 2015. #Innovation


U.S. Central Command announces #ISIL targets damaged/destroyed by coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as of April 23, 2015.
Learn more by visiting: http://go.usa.gov/3ZHGY


The Department of Defense participated in National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, April 23, 2015. #MPOWR #TakeOurDaughtersAndSonsToWorkDay


U.S. Marine Corps with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion test out the PowerWalk, just one exhibit of energy saving gear at Camp Pendleton's ExFOB14. #Innovation



The Army’s Talon robot on display at the National Defense Industrial Association Exhibit. This is just one example of the innovative work that the Army is doing. #Innovation


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Sheryl Sandberg

Honored to welcome Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to Facebook to talk about how we can connect troops to one another -- and to their families. We also talked about the mission critical role women play in the military. I was moved by his determination to make the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) as diverse as the nation it serves.
The U.S. Navy successfully deployed a laser weapon system aboard the USS Ponce. #Innovation



Today marks the 100th-year anniversary, of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day -– also known as ANZAC Day -- when troops from both countries landed at Gallipoli in Turkey’s Dardanelles strait and met with fierce Ottoman Turkish defenders. #AnzacDay


Work Praises U.S., Australia, New Zealand Partnership
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