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Hagel Overseas Trip to Include NATO Summit

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will begin his 16th international trip Sept. 3, a six-day visit to three countries and participation at a NATO Summit in Wales. Story

Pentagon: Russia Intensifies Efforts in Ukraine

Russia continues to build up along its border with Ukraine and has moved sophisticated weapons systems into the country, the Pentagon press secretary said. Story

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Pentagon Prepares Options for President on ISIL

Military officials are working to present President Barack Obama with options to contain the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story | Special

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presided over the U.S. Special Operations Command change-of-command ceremony, as Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. Video | Photos

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Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III, incoming commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, salutes during the change-of-command ceremony in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp

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Soldiers Redeploy After South Korea Exercise

Soldiers from the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives Command conducted a change of mission and prepared for redeployment following their participation in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise held in South Korea. Story

In The Spotlight

Transcom: Know Your POV Shipping Entitlements

Many service members may not know of their entitlements when shipping personal vehicles as they move overseas or return stateside, according to U.S. Transportation Command officials. Story

Veterans' News

VA Website Tool Provides Education, Benefits Info

The Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out an improved version of the GI Bill Comparison Tool, which was first launched in February 2014. Story

Science and Technology

Officials Expand Space-tracking Website

The release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of an unknown origin will help owner-operators better protect their satellites from these objects and ultimately create less space debris, a senior officer with U.S. Strategic Command said. Story

National Guard

Guardsmen, Soldiers Relearn Total Force Policy

Solders and guardsmen are training on the Orchard Combat Training Center, Idaho, demonstrating their ability to conduct multicomponent training as part of the Army’s Total Force Policy. Story

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Watch now: Family hosts #MedalOfHonor press conference for Vietnam veteran http://t.co/DA6CshFY9Z
.@PentagonPresSec: Anybody who has any knowledge of the United States military knows that we are ready.
.@PentagonPresSec Re Syria: Whatever options we prepare will be reliant on the information we've gathered from on the ground.
.@PentagonPresSec Re Iraq: The situation on the ground continues to change and so do the .@CENTCOM plans.
.@PentagonPresSec: We continue to support our .@NATO partners and continue to urge #Russia to pull back its forces.
.@PentagonPresSec: #SecDef Hagel to travel to Rhode Island and speak @SENEDIA_ then to Wales to the @NATOSummit, Georgia and Turkey.
.@USArmy soldiers are picked up by a #BlackHawk helicopter from a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape exercise. http://t.co/YtIbWXqidA
RT @NATOWales: .@NATO draws its strength through unity: forces brought together + directed by #NATO’s integrated command structure http://t…
RT @CENTCOM: Strikes destroyed ISIL Humvee, tank, four armed vehicles, construction vehicle, damaged #ISIL checkpoint: http://t.co/uABUiqo6…
#SecDef Chuck Hagel welcomes Gen. Joseph Votel as @USSOCOM commander. http://t.co/KmJfXWzmMu Congratulations Sir! http://t.co/0oNbM36b7a
RT @PentagonPresSec: #Secdef will participate in NSC mtg today via teleconference, while in Tampa for SOCOM change of command.
Enroll Now: @NSA has an educational program designed to take #cybersecurity to the next level http://t.co/nbCa95FSyJ http://t.co/qOXKQ5grCi
RT @USNATO: Flying under #NATO authority, a US F-15C Eagle conducts flying operations & training with Bulgarian MiG-29 fighters. http://t.c…
A U.S. F-18 fighter jet refuels from a @usairforce KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over northern Iraq, Aug. 21, 2014. http://t.co/wUNZNYjrgM
RT @ArmyChaplains: The @WhiteHouse announced that 3 @USArmy Soldiers will receive the #MedalOfHonor for service in Vietnam & Civil War http…
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RT @usairforce: An #AirForce F-15C went down in Virginia at 9:05 a.m. EDT. The status of the pilot is unknown at this time. http://t.co/ma…

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#USArmy Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, are picked up by a Black Hawk helicopter after participating in a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape exercise at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA, Aug. 13, 2014. Photo by @[119105629988:274:United States Air Force] Staff Sgt. Corey Hook

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Yesterday at the NATO Special Operations Headquarters at SHAPE the change of command ceremony between the outgoing commander Vice Admiral Sean Pybus (USN) and the new commander Lieutenant General Brad Webb (USAF) took place. Read more to it on http://bit.ly/1zPGrJP For more pictures see http://smu.gs/1B0dGMR
Now enrolling: The @NSA has an educational program designed to take #cybersecurity to the next level, and you could be a part of it.


The NSA’s School of Cyber
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The NSA is host to one of the world's most inclusive and formidable cybersecurity training programs in the world. Welcome to the College of Cyber. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/08/28/the-nsas-school-of-cyber/"><br/>Read More</a>
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United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

Gen. Joseph Votel assumed command of USSOCOM from Adm. William McRaven at a ceremony officiated by SECDEF Chuck Hagel in Tampa today. Votel is the 10th commander of USSOCOM.http://www.socom.mil/News/Pages/USSOCOMChangesCommand.aspx
U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, conduct retrograde operations aboard Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Afghanistan.


Marines Deconstruct Patrol Base Boldak

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, conduct retrograde operations aboard Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Afghanistan,...

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"General Campbell is taking up his post at an important time for Afghanistan and for our ISAF mission. The Afghan security forces are leading all security operations. By the end of this year they will have full security responsibility to protect the Afghan population." - NATO Secretary General @[6984867487:274:Anders Fogh Rasmussen]. Learn more: http://goo.gl/mHOacR
Soldiers hook a Howitzer artillery gun to a CH-47 Chinook during a sling-load training exercise on Fort Carson, Colo., Aug. 14, 2014. The artillery soldiers are with the 12th Field Artillery Regiment, and the helicopter is with 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault


An F-15C Eagle aircraft crashed near Deerfield, Virginia, at approximately 9:05 a.m. during a routine mission today.

“Information on this incident is developing rapidly and we are not going to speculate on what occurred or the status of the pilot.”

— Air Force Col. James Keefe, 104th Fighter Wing commander.



Defense.gov News Article: F-15C Eagle Jet Crashes in Virginia
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 – An F-15C Eagle aircraft crashed near Deerfield, Virginia, at approximately 9:05 a.m. today during a routine mission, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters.
Our service members make immeasurable contributions to our country. Their efforts to protect our communities require great sacrifice and resolve. This is one of the many reasons why the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has partnered with the Department of Defense to honor the "Military Youth of the Year."




Military Youth Exemplify Resilience in the Face of Adversity | DoDLive
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Barbara Thompson, Director, Office of Family Policy/Children & Youth/Special Needs, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford passes command of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces Afghansitan to U.S. Army Gen. John Campbell on Aug 27, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The ceremony was attended by senior Afghan, NATO and U.S. officials, including U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey; Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum Commanding General, Gen. Hans-Lothar Domröse; Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Phil Breedlove; Commander, U.S. Central Command Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Minister of National Defense of Afghanistan Gen. Besmillah Mohammadi and many others.

(ISAF photos by USAF Tech. Sgt. David Y. Zheng)


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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said seven nations have joined the United States and the Iraqi government with pledges to provide arms to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq where they are battling terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123016
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Isaac Gutierrez distributes intelligence reports to Afghan police at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Morghan Kechah village in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Aug. 18, 2014. Gutierrez, an assistance intelligence officer, is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)



First In, Last Out: A Corpsman’s Story
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Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Spaulding deployed to Afghanistan as the War on Terror kicked off in 2001. 13 years later, he's deployed there again to assist
Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Kurdish Resupply Effort:

"The United States appreciates the willingness of more and more of our allies and partners to support the Iraqi people in their fight against ISIL.

Two weeks ago, I commissioned a U.S.-led working group to accelerate resupply efforts to the embattled Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. In addition to support from the U.S., and the central government of Iraq in Baghdad, seven additional nations - Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom - have committed to helping provide Kurdish forces urgently needed arms and equipment. Operations have already begun and will accelerate in the coming days with more nations also expected to contribute. I'd like to thank each of these allies for working alongside the United States military.

This multinational effort, which is being coordinated with the Government of Iraq in Baghdad, will greatly assist Kurdish forces in repelling the brutal terrorist threat they face from ISIL.

The determination of the Iraqi people and the international community to counter the threat posed by ISIL is only growing, and the United States looks forward to working with our friends from around the world to assist this effort."

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Only two weeks until the NATO Wales Summit! Check out the Summit Guide for updated information about the key themes. Find it here: http://goo.gl/Reu5Vt
Today the Department of Defense celebrates the courage of canines and thanks them for serving beside our troops. #NationalDogDay

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena)


Secretary Hagel's statement on the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force change of command between General Joe Dunford and General John Campbell.

"Since his first assignment with the Marine Corps' "Thundering Third" Battalion 36 years ago, General Joe Dunford - a proud son of Boston - has served the United States and its Marine Corps with honor and distinction. As Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, President Obama and I have relied on Joe's extraordinary ability and judgment as America responsibly transitions out of our longest war. We will continue to count on Joe's distinguished leadership as he assumes his new role as 36th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. The American people are grateful to Joe and his wife Ellyn for their continued service to our country.

As General John Campbell assumes command of ISAF - John's third tour of duty in Afghanistan - I want to thank him and his wife Anne for their service as well. John's leadership comes at a defining moment, as Afghanistan undertakes a historic political transition, and the United States and our coalition partners transition from combat to training and support for Afghan
forces. President Obama and I have the highest confidence in John, and we look forward to working closely with him in the months ahead."

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Meet the Scientists: Dr. Jeff Long is using nanostructured materials to help power the military.

"We have broader goals in terms of redesigning the materials that go into power sources to make them last longer, deliver more power, and make them more rechargeable.”

— Dr. Jeff Long


Meet the Scientists: Dr. Jeff Long
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Meet the Scientists: Dr. Jeff Long is using nanostructured materials to help power the military. Good power comes in very, very small packages. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/08/25/meet-the-scientists-dr-jeff-long/"><br/>Read More</a>
U.S. Army Spc. Jon Sweatt provides security during evening hours in Morghan Kachah village in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Aug. 18, 2014. Sweatt, an infantryman, is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
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Despite Russian claims of de-escalating tensions with Ukraine, their actions, including movement of heavy equipment across the border continues to increase tension, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told Pentagon reporters today. Read more here, http://go.usa.gov/mUb9.


Defense.gov News Article: DoD: Russian Movements Further Increasing Tensions
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 – Despite Russian claims of de-escalating tensions with Ukraine, their actions, including movement of heavy equipment across the border continues to increase tension, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told Pentagon reporters today.
Military OneSource is a Department of Defense-funded one-stop-shop for comprehensive information on every aspect of military life for service members and their families. Check out all the services that are available to service members and their families.


Military OneSource – More Than a Wounded Warrior and Caregiver Safety Net | DoDLive
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Last week I had the opportunity to tour one of the three Military OneSource call center sites. Hopefully you have heard of Military OneSource –a Department of Defense-funded one-stop-shop for comprehensive information on every aspect of military life for service members and their families. The no-co…
Curious as to what "Operation #AtlanticResolve" is? United States Army Europe - USAREUR's Commanding General LTG Donald M. Campbell Jr. talks about recent Army operations in support of our NATO allies.


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US Army Europe Commanding General, LTG Donald Campbell, describes how USAREUR was able to repond to the Baltic countries and Poland's request for support.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work completed his first official trip to Asia yesterday after spending his second day in Japan meeting with defense and military leaders in Tokyo, Yokosuka and Iwakuni. Read more about his visit here, http://go.usa.gov/mksF.
Travels with Work, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work: http://go.usa.gov/mkH3.
DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz


U.S. airmen load a mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicle into a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2014.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Brandon Lingle)


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Airmen, Soldiers Train Together
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U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL Near Irbil and Mosul Dam

TAMPA, Fla. -- U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using attack and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct two airstrikes in the vicinity of Irbil and Mosul Dam.

One strike destroyed an ISIL humvee near the Mosul Dam and the other strike destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle near Irbil. All aircraft exited the strike area safely.

These strikes were conducted under authority to support Iraqi security force and Kurdish defense force operations, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, U.S. personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.

Since Aug. 8, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 96 airstrikes across Iraq. Of those, 62 have been in support of Iraqi forces near the Mosul Dam.
It is such a terrible tragedy when a child faces the loss of a parent in the line of duty. More than 15,000 children have lost a parent to combat over the last 25 years. The goal of the Children of Fallen Patriots foundation is to reach each and every one of these children. In this Serving Smart blog, we take a look how the program works.


Serving Smart – Children of Fallen Patriots | DoDLive
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Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. has been fighting an ongoing war in either Iraq or Afghanistan. We have a generation of children, some graduating from high school and starting college, who can’t remember our Nation not fighting a war. Then regrettably, so many times we hear of a service member killed in combat - Our fallen heroes.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, hosts an honor cordon for Greek Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos at the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt

Secretary of Defense Hagel expressed his gratitude for our strong military relationship with Greece and for the hospitality of the Greek people in hosting U.S. forces in Souda Bay, Crete. Secretary Hagel and Minister Avramopoulos spoke at length about their bilateral military-to-military cooperation as outlined in the U.S.-Greece Defense Cooperation Roadmap. The roadmap highlights joint training and exercises undertaken by the United States and Hellenic armed forces, and other security cooperation activities. Secretary Hagel also thanked Greece for its international contributions to the Balkans and the Middle East.

The two leaders agreed to keep in close contact, especially to work toward a successful NATO Summit in September.


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