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Hagel, Italian Defense Minister Discuss ISIL Operations

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti to discuss planned Italian contributions to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Story | Special

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The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff explained the U.S. military mission in West Africa, and the precautions in place to ensure the safety of service members addressing the Ebola crisis in a video message. Video | Special

Ebola Expeditionary Team Begins Training

A 30-member U.S. military team that could be called on to respond to Ebola cases in the United States has begun specialized training on Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Story

Hagel Meets With Israeli Defense Minister

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Israel's security during a meeting with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon at the Pentagon. Story | Statement

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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Fuzi boards the guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis from a rigid-hull inflatable boat while conducting a visit, board, search and seizure exercise in the Indian Ocean, Oct. 21, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins

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Face of Defense

Airmen Support Ebola Operations

As service members travel to Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, Ramstein Air Base continues to establish itself as a power projection platform for Europe and Africa. Story

In The Spotlight

Baseball Honors Veterans on World Series Stage

America’s game honored America’s best as Major League Baseball dedicated the first game of the Giants-Royals World Series to America’s veterans. Story

Regulation Changes Affect PCS Moves, Travelers

Big changes are happening with the Joint Travel Regulations, and they could affect your next permanent-change-of-station move or how you are reimbursed for temporary duty. Story

DoD Recognizes Commitment to Prevent Assault

The Defense Department honored exceptional groups and individuals from each military component who contributed an innovative idea or approach to positively impact sexual assault prevention and response programs. Story

Focus on the Forces

Reassurance Key for U.S. Army in Europe

Continued exercises in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine has reassured America’s European allies, said the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe. Story

Military Health

Early HPV Vaccination Protects Those at Risk

Immunization at a young age against the human papilloma virus can protect those who are typically infected in the United States –- military- or college-age young adults –- from cancer. Story | Video

Twitter Activity

#SecDef Hagel spoke via telephone with Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti today http://t.co/tWcWE8QgWr
U.S. forces continue to attack #ISIL terrorists in Syria yesterday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft http://t.co/jqxIxlOr9J
#SecDef Hagel reaffirmed the US commitment to the security of Israel during his meeting with Israeli MOD http://t.co/aWKBbEJZNp
RT @DoDNews: Kurdish forces are in control of the majority of the Syrian city of #Kobani despite efforts by #ISIL. http://t.co/XAP7S4x4iA
RT @USMC: Helicopter raid exercise gives #Marines chance to experience new perspectives on battlefield http://t.co/1nTnqc0chy http://t.co/q…
.@USNavy seaman directs a landing craft air cushion during an equipment onload for the USS Germantown http://t.co/sOUIlk769x
RT @USNATO: Arabian Gulf -- Clearing the shuttle from EA-18G Growler on USS Carl Vinson to support Operation Inherent Resolve http://t.co/…
RT @Martin_Dempsey: The Joint Chiefs are committed to protecting our service members as we deploy them to West Africa: http://t.co/mR7UVvFV…
RT @MilitaryHealth: Families of Service members deploying to West Africa: Get our #Ebola fact sheet and Q&A's by visiting: http://t.co/megJ…
.@USArmy soldiers head to Latvia to instruct basic trainees on life-saving skills and the use of U.S. weaponry. http://t.co/kIifQNNTPp
RT @USNATO: Romania -- US paratroopers parachute into Romania for rapid deployment exercise: http://t.co/G6b7UtAX9Y http://t.co/c2Gvz9v0cS
The tactical endgame: "The overarching goal here is to degrade and destroy #ISIL's capabilities." Via @PentagonPresSec #pressbrief
"We're not going to return troops in a combat role inside #Iraq. The teams we have there are in a support role." Via @PentagonPresSec
"We do believe that #ISIL is in #Kobani in some strength, but we don't think they're making much progress." Via @PentagonPresSec #pressbrief
Q: Will the balance of power be shifted re: #ISIL? A: "I don't think there is a specific tipping point, but we do believe we will succeed."
Regarding whether #sequestration will/will not happen: "We have to be prepared for both eventualities." @PentagonPresSec #pressbrief
"We provided equipment to those forces defending #Kobani. The vast majority of that went into #Kurdish hands." Via @PentagonPresSec

Facebook Activity

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHUCK HAGEL
OCTOBER 22, 2014

I join all the men and women of the U.S. Department of Defense in offering my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the soldiers killed in this week's appalling attacks on members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The United States strongly condemns today's shootings in Ottawa, as well as the hit-and-run attack in Quebec earlier this week. The United States has no closer friend and ally than Canada, and the United States military has no closer partner than the Canadian Armed Forces. The Department of Defense, including through the North American Aerospace Defense Command, will continue to monitor the situation closely and stands ready to assist our Canadian allies in the aftermath of these tragic events.
New change in travel regulations directs service members to use their Government Travel Cards to cover costs of PCS moves.

“We want to make sure that people still have it within their budget to continue to travel, but we've got to travel smarter, more efficiently and try to return money back to the Department of Defense.”


Defense.gov News Article: Travel Regulation Changes Affect PCS Moves, Travelers
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 Big changes are happening with the Joint Travel Regulations, and they could affect your next permanent-change-of-station move or how you are reimbursed for temporary duty assignments.
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in #Syria yesterday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials added, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted 12 airstrikes yesterday and today using fighter, bomber, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against #ISIL terrorists in #Iraq.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1wvcl



We are doing everything in our power to address and mitigate potential risks to our service members, civilian employees, our families and the host nation communities we live in to prevent the spread of #Ebola. Here's a message from EUCOM's Senior Enlisted Leader Chief Master Sgt. Craig A. Adams and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)'s USAID - US Agency for International Development Humanitarian Assistance Advisor, Ms. Micaela White. Find out more at www.health.mil/ebola.
The Joint Chiefs are committed to protecting our service members as we deploy them to West Africa.


Gen. Dempsey Discusses Military Action in the Ebola Crisis

18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army General Martin E. Dempsey talks about the U.S. military mission in West Africa as well as precautions i...
Ebola. It's on everyone’s mind, especially our military families. See how the DoD is committed to keeping our military and their families safe.


Ebola: Informed and Not Afraid | DoDLive
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Ebola. It is on everyone’s mind, especially our military families. While the number of troops deploying to Africa may be relatively small, there is concern.
An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jet takes off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 15, 2014, during exercise Red Flag-Alaska 15-1.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft


Military training helps soldier save his roommate's life after the accidental discharge of a weapon.


Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Texas Guard Soldier Saves Roommate’s Life
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Feeling "Blue?"

Check out the Air Force's new feature series that tells the lives of Airmen and issues facing today's Air Force.


BLUE Episode 1: More than a Game - YouTube

The road to recovery is never-ending. Faced with a new normal, wounded warriors find out what it takes to push beyond their limits. BLUE is a new feature ser...
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby to brief the press at 2:30 PM EDT.

Watch live: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1wnvd
Soldiers head to Europe to teach Latvian basic trainees life-saving skills and the use of U.S. weaponry.


Soldiers Train with Latvian Basic Trainees - YouTube

Soldiers with the 177th Military Police Brigade train with Latvian basic trainees during a stay near Ogre, Latvia. The soldiers instructed the Latvian soldie...
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in #Syria yesterday and today, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials added, U.S. and partner-nation forces conducted three airstrikes using fighter and attack aircraft against #ISIL terrorists in #Iraq.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1wnai
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left center, greets Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon during an honor cordon at the Pentagon’s river entrance prior to a meeting to discuss mutual defense issues, Oct. 21.

DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.


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Here's some more great video footage from this weekend's Arctic Thunder Open House.
The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson sails next to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a replenishment at sea, Oct. 19, 2014. The ship and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 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.

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


A Marine embraces loved ones as he returns home to Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., Oct. 12, 2014, after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Marine is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The Marines from that unit aided the transition of security operations to Afghan forces.

U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. James Smith


Sea Knight at Sunrise

An HH-46E Sea Knight helicopter sits on the flightline as the sun rises on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 14, 2014.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Timothy T. Parish


After leaving El Salvador as a child, this U.S. Army captain chose service to give back to her new country.

“I wanted to serve the country that gave my family and me a better chance in life, and to give back to the military and at the same time continue to grow and benefit from the opportunities it offers.”


Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Captain Serves Nation Her Family Chose
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CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait, Oct. 20, 2014 A behavioral health officer serving here with 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, has given more than 10 years of service as an enlisted soldier and as an Army officer.
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in #Syria yesterday and today, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials added, U.S. military forces working in coordination with Iraqi ground forces conducted six airstrikes against #ISIL targets in #Iraq.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1wdaq
#SecDef Hagel approves 30-person expeditionary medical support team to be ready if #Ebola cases increase in the U.S.


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel Orders Expeditionary Ebola Support Team
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2014 In response to a request by the Department of Health and Human Services -- and as an added prudent measure to ensure the nation is ready to respond quickly, effectively, and safely in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States -- Secretary Hagel today ordere…
The United States conducted several airdrops near Kobani last night to resupply Kurdish forces defending the city against #ISIL.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1wbvi
Bunker Down

U.S. Marines observe the detonation of explosives from a safe distance on a demolitions range at Crow Valley, Philippines, during Amphibious Landing Exercise, PHIBLEX 15, Oct. 8, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo

For more from the training: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1wb9n


Space Man

Navy Capt. Barry Wilmore, left, and Cmdr. Reid Wiseman show "Fly Navy" signs aboard the International Space Station after a spacewalk, Oct. 15, 2014. Wilmore and Wiseman are Navy pilots. Wilmore is scheduled to assume command of the International Space Station in November.

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of NASA


Huey Raid

Marines cross a danger area during a raid exercise at K-9 village on Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., Oct. 1, 2014.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal

For more photos of the Huey raid: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1w6r5


As seen through a night-vision device, Air Force Airman 1st Class Colby Hillman carries Air Force Airman 1st Class Andrew Vitale to a simulated landing zone after their unit came under a simulated attack during a training exercise on Dover Air Force Base, Del., Oct. 10, 2014. Hillman and Vitale are explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron.

U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik

For more of the airmen in training: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1w625


Domestic violence can have devastating consequences. The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) works tirelessly to prevent and respond to violence and ensure the safety of military families.


Putting an End to Domestic Abuse | DoDLive
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Whether or not you’ve experienced domestic abuse personally, you probably know that it can have devastating consequences. Victims carry the emotional scars of abuse long after they’re out of harm’s way. And abusers, if not stopped, can escalate the violence until they and their victims lose everythi…
Brace Yourself

Sailors brace as an MH-60S Seahawk takes off from the flight deck of the USS Stethem, Oct. 16, 2014. The sailors are assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem.

U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Alonzo M. Archer


Blogs

DoD Provides Information on Ebola for Military Families
DoD Provides Information on Ebola for Military Families Rosemary Freitas Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, tells military families where they can go for information on DoD's support of the fight against Ebola.   More
Defense Department Aims to End Domestic Violence
Defense Department Aims to End Domestic Violence The DoD's Family Advocacy Program is working to prevent domestic abuse with programs to put a stop to it before it starts.    More

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