Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called service members taking part in operations around the world to thank them for their service and sacrifice, and to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving, according to a DoD press release.
President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with deployed members of the U.S. armed forces to offer his profound gratitude for their service, according to a White House press release. Story
It’s important to think and act with safety in mind when celebrating the holidays with friends and family, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a message to service members, DoD civilians, contractors and their families. Story
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria using bomber and fighter aircraft, U.S. Central Command officials reported. Story | Special
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is focused on the defense mission as the search for his successor begins, the Pentagon Press Secretary said. Story | Transcript
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work engages with troops at the Train, Advise and Assist Command South headquarters on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2014. Work traveled to Afghanistan to personally thank deployed troops on Thanksgiving Day for their service and sacrifice this holiday season. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and his wife, Cassandra, right, join U.S. service members for Thanksgiving dinner on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2014. Work traveled to Afghanistan to personally thank deployed troops on Thanksgiving Day for their service and sacrifice this holiday season. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work serves sliced turkey to troops and staff waiting in line for Thanksgiving lunch on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2014. Work visited Afghanistan to thank service men and women for their service during the holidays. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
U.S. Marines and sailors prepare to load bags of concrete onto an MV-22B Osprey to help local and international health organizations build Ebola treatment units while supporting Operation United Assistance in Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 21, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis
U.S. Navy Seaman Auche Robertchalmers pulls the messenger line free of the span wire during a replenishment on the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole in the Mediterranean Sea, Nov. 23, 2014. The destroyer is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Herman
Army Rangers assault an enemy compound during Decisive Action Rotation 15-02 at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Nov. 15, 2014. The Rangers are assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. The rotations allow conventional forces to work with elite forces such as Ranger and Special Forces. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard W. Jones Jr.
CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 150 CFC national and international campaigns raising millions of dollars each year. Defense Department employees nationwide have the opportunity to give to the DoD campaign from Sept. 1, 2014 to Dec. 15, 2014. In his memo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his unwavering support for the campaign and strongly encouraged members of the workforce to participate in any way they can.
Marines provide security during interoperability training on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 15, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The training further integrated the Marines into the unit's Maritime Raid Force’s Security Element. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht
U.S. Marines retrieve their fins and weight belts from the bottom of a 13-foot pool during a diver course on Camp Schwab in Japan, Nov. 18, 2014. This training prepares Marines for the Marine Corps Combatant Diver Course. The Marines are assigned to the 3rd Marine Division's 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Devon Tindle
In proclaiming November as Military Family Month, President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said "we affirm our solemn vow to serve these families as well as they serve us."
Marines endure the Crucible, a 54-hour training exercise, on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. The exercise forces recruits to combine and employ everything they have learned during the previous three months. Recruits cannot become a U.S. Marine unless they complete the event. DoD screen shot
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.
As the smell of white sage wafted through the air, the spiritual adviser blessed the circle and the drummers took their place at the Native American Veterans Association’s annual heritage day pow-wow in South Gate, Calif.
The New York National Guard had 780 personnel on duty in western New York as part of Operation Lake Effect, the relief mission for areas blanketed last week by up to 7 feet of snow.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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