United States Department of Defense United States Department of Defense

 

Top Stories More »

Liberian President Thanks Obama, Carter for Assistance in Fight Against Ebola

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke in separate meetings with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who thanked the U.S. government for helping fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Story | Photos | Video | Special

Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby

Kirby: Iraqi Leaders, Troops Will be Force Against ISIL

Any operation in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant must be led and manned by Iraqis, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters. Story | Transcript | Special

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James

In-Demand Air Force Experiences Strain, Service Leaders Tell Congress

The Air Force is requesting $10 billion above what sequestration-level funding provides in order to support its global responsibilities, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James told members of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee. Story | Special

Photo EssaysMore »

  • Photo Essay Thumbnail Image
  • Photo Essay Thumbnail Image
  • Photo Essay Thumbnail Image
  • Photo Essay Thumbnail Image
  • Photo Essay Thumbnail Image
  • Photo Essay Thumbnail Image
  • Photo Essay Thumbnail Image
  • Photo Essay Thumbnail Image
  • Photo Essay Thumbnail Image

Lead Photos

Photo: DoD Helps Fight Ebola in Liberia and West Africa

In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Department made critical contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Chief among these were the deployment of men and women in uniform to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Operation United Assistance.

scroll carousel upscroll carousel sown

Special ReportsMore »

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 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. The Defense Department named cyberspace a new domain of warfare in 2011. Today, U.S. Cyber Command, the services, and U.S. partners and allies are working together to make that inherently collaborative, adaptable environment a suitable place for military command and control.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.President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said Each year, the Defense Department marks National African American History
Month by honoring the contributions of African Americans who work to keep
the country safe. In proclaiming February as National African American
History Month, President Barack Obama noted: U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with U.S. and foreign leaders, as well as deployed U.S. service members, to learn more about the train, advise, and assist mission in Afghanistan during his first overseas trip as secretary.U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, travels to Texas, Kwajalein Atoll and Australia.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 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.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 The Defense Department is taking a stand against sexual assault in the military in an effort to maintain the well-being of U.S. service members and their families. Check out American Forces Press Services' special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime.

Features

Face of Defense

Airman Helps Veteran in Need

Air Force Master Sgt. Robert Chastain, assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and other volunteers stepped in to help Army veteran Alec Fonoti and his family when their house burned down. Story

Guard, Reserve News

Richard O. Wightman Jr. DoD Salutes Guard, Reserve Family Readiness Programs

Richard O. Wightman Jr., principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, presented awards to the top unit in each reserve component for outstanding programs that support unit missions and family readiness during a Pentagon ceremony. Story | Special

Military Families

Battaglia Emphasizes Financial Literacy

The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged service members and their families to make informed investment decisions to ensure financial readiness both during and after their service commitments. Story | Special

Military Health

Technician Creates New Eyes for Patients at Walter Reed Laboratory

Louis Gilbert creates handmade, lifelike prosthetic eyes in the dental laboratory at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Story

Focus on the Forces

Paratroopers Conduct Historic Alaska Jump

U.S. Army Alaska paratroopers conducted the largest U.S. airborne operation north of the Arctic Circle in more than a decade to hone their skills in Arctic airborne and mobility operations. Story

African American History Month

Walter Reed Committee Honors Contributions of African Americans With Celebration

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Multicultural Committee hosted a celebration featuring musical performances and poetry reading to honor the innumerable contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

.@USNavy sailor signals as a fuel probe seats to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during a replenishment at sea. http://t.co/TiWvu4KnnJ
A @USMC #Marine checks for improvised explosive devices during a training exercise at Udairi Range, Kuwait. http://t.co/s5McQjeeiE
U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band interact with the crowd during the Fasching parade in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany. http://t.co/JNobvsEf5A
RT @USNATO: Find out more about Operation #AtlanticResolve and the US commitment to European security: http://t.co/I48mIioVQO http://t.co/S…
RT @US_TRANSCOM: Watch this awesome ground and aerial video of U.S Army soldiers and Air Force C-17 crew members participating in... http:/…
#Marines scans for threats from a UH-1Y Huey helicopter during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15 http://t.co/5BWuG0FwnW
An AV-8B Harrier prepares to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex. @USMC #Marines http://t.co/UriradOvqD
RT @USNATO: AV-8B Harrier prepares to land on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America http://t.co/j52cXIVNUH
#Sailor signals to an AH-64 Apache helicopter aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry @USNavy http://t.co/OQ7cb6Eqh8
#Soldier salutes his fellow soldiers while jumping from a C-130 Hercules aircraft in Germany @USArmy http://t.co/RfUBJ2g6yW
#Soldiers clear a building during a exercise with Polish land forces as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve http://t.co/y2hWYHBYB0
RT @ArmedwScience: To a @USArmyReserve #veteran, the first #Vulcan, and fantastic first officer, RIP Leonard Nimoy. You lived long...and yo…
Maj. Gen Volesky of @JFCUA & Sgt.Maj. Nowak of @101stAASLTDIV case their unit colors in Monrovia, Liberia http://t.co/yrIA7GaNfh
SecDef hosts an honor cordon for Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Pentagon http://t.co/dW7Hg1Vi3E http://t.co/MgsDWmgtY4
Troops coming back from W. Africa (the 101st) will have to go through the 21-day monitoring period, says @PentagonPresSec #Ebola
"Warfare is not a straight line." - @PentagonPresSec RADM John Kirby

Facebook Activity

Paratroopers assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division descend toward Holland Drop Zone against the backdrop of a crystal clear sky and last quarter moon during an airborne proficiency jump at Fort Bragg, N.C.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger


U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Timmothy Annoni signals as a fuel probe seats to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during a replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl in the Persian Gulf, Feb. 18, 2015. The carrier is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, conducting strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli


Members of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band interact with the crowd during the Fasching parade in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany. The band and about 1,400 other participants marched in the parade for more than two hours entertaining the crowd.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore


U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Ferris signals to an AH-64 Apache helicopter during deck landing qualifications aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 24, 2015. Ferris is a boatswain's mate.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Austin


U.S. soldiers clear a building during a combined situational exercise with Polish land forces as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve at the Drawsko Pomorskie training area in Poland, Feb. 25, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Pablo N. Piedra


An AV-8B Harrier prepares to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex during Marine integration training near San Diego, Feb. 24, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos


A U.S. soldier salutes his fellow soldiers while jumping from a C-130 Hercules aircraft over a drop zone in Germany, Feb. 24, 2015. The soldier is assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group. U.S. Army photo by Jason Johnston


U.S. Marines board MV-22 Ospreys before they take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 23, 2015.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ronald Gutridge


Lt. Greg Campbell, assigned to Detachment 2 of the Wildcards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, embraces his daughter for the first time during the unit's homecoming at Naval Air Station North Island. HSC-23 Det 2 operated with the USS Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group during a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th fleet areas of responsibility.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Harper


U.S. Marines Sgt. Travis Bell scans for threats from a UH-1Y Huey helicopter during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 18, 2015. Bell is a door gunner assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169.

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen



Timeline Photos
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was born in 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to Fort Ord, California, Fort Benning, Georgia, and spent much of his time at Ft. McPherson in Georgia. Leonard was discharged in 1955 as a technician 3rd grade, which was equivalent to the WWII-era rank of staff sergeant. During his Army career, Leonard worked with the Army’s Special Services branch, where he wrote, narrated and emceed shows. He also played a soldier in a film produced by the U.S. Navy on Combat Psychiatry during the Korean War. You can watch that video here: http://youtu.be/OPF-Tx1QmVY After leaving the Army, Leonard went on became a successful actor, best known for his role as Spock in Star Trek. Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. We honor his service. Live long and prosper.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hosts an honor cordon for Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Pentagon Feb. 27, 2015. DoD photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt


Since Sept. 2014, when U.S. Army Africa leadership arrived in Liberia to help contain the historic outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, the United States is transitioning its contributions to civilian and nongovernmental organizations there as the World Health Organization (WHO) reports a drop in confirmed cases.


Defense.gov News Article: U.S. Added Speed, Scale to West Africa Ebola Fight
www.defense.gov
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby will conduct a press briefing today at 1:30 p.m. EST. Watch live: www.defense.gov/live - Follow the live tweets @DeptofDefense


Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at 1 p.m today.Take a look at DoD's contributions to Ebola response in Liberia and West Africa.

In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Department made critical contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Chief among these were the deployment of men and women in uniform to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Operation United Assistance.

For more information visit: http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2014/1014_ebola/


U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Williams signals to an AV-8B Harrier as it takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 23, 2015. The America is conducting maritime training off the coast of California.
U.S. Navy photo by Seaman John Kelvin Chavez


A U.S. Navy sailor directs a landing craft air cushion onto the beach during an offload from the amphibious transport dock ship USS SAN DIEGO (LPD 22) on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 23, 2015. The Marines are assigned to the Beach Master Unit 1, Naval Beach Group 1.

U.S. Marines photos by Gunnery Sgt. Rome M. Lazarus


Task Force Solid Soldiers serving with US Forces Afghanistan, took a moment to award "Combat Patches" to their Soldiers, Marines, NATO allied partners and their military working dogs deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Feb. 25, 2015.

(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class David Wheeler, USFOR-A Public Affairs)


U.S. Marines participate in a raid exercise at Udairi Range in Kuwait, Feb. 16, 2015. The Marines are assigned to India Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek


U.S. soldiers descend to Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Feb. 19, 2015, during airborne operations training. The paratroopers are assigned to the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, and are the Army’s Europe-based, contingency-response force.

#USArmy photo by Paolo Bovo


U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan and NBA team members David Lee, Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Feb. 25, 2015, as part of "Commitment to Service," the Defense Department's partnership with the NBA. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton


Secretary Carter met today with Djibouti Minister of Defense Hassan Darar Houffaneh, Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali Youssouf, and other senior Djiboutian officials at the Pentagon.

During the 30 minute meeting, the leaders discussed regional security interests and bilateral issues including: this week's inaugural Bi-National Forum, counterterrorism and maritime operations, support for Camp Lemonnier, and the initiation of a partnership between Djibouti and the Kentucky National Guard via the State Partnership Program.

Secretary Carter highlighted U.S. and Djiboutian shared commitment to fighting terrorism throughout the Horn of Africa that has made east Africa and America safer. He lauded Djibouti's decision to deploy additional forces to Somalia, emphasizing the importance of continued bilateral and regional cooperation in operations to defeat al-Shabaab.

DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter greets the Golden State Warriors NBA team in his office at the Pentagon Feb. 25, 2015.

(DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt/Released)


Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Medina assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Evaluation Unit 1 observes a sailor climbing a ladder during helicopter rope suspension training in San Diego, Feb. 17, 2015.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Gordon


An CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America in the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 23, 2015. The America is conducting maritime operations off the coast of California and the ship is optimized for Marine Corps aviation.

U.S. Navy photo by Airman John Kelvin Chavez


U.S. Army paratroopers jump out of a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft to conduct an airborne operation on Juliet drop zone in Pordenone, Italy, Feb. 19, 2015.

U.S. Army photo by Paolo Bovo


A Marine with India Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, directs Marines on a maneuver path during a vertical assault raid exercise at Udairi Range in Kuwait, Feb. 16, 2015. A contingent of MEU Marines is ashore in Kuwait as part of scheduled sustainment training.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek


An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Strike Fighter Squadron 22 launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Feb. 11, 2015.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli


Blogs

Armed with Science Honors Leonard Nimoy
The Defense Department's science and technology blog acknowledges the contributions of the late actor and veteran Leonard Nimoy.   More
A New Rucksack Designed Specifically for Paratroopers
A New Rucksack Designed Specifically for Paratroopers Soldiers complaining that the conventional rucksack was either too large or too small will now have the MOLLE 4000, a 4,000-cubic-inch rucksack designed specifically for paratroopers.   More

Additional Links

Stay Connected