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U.S. Support Added Speed, Scale to Contain Historic Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

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 reports a drop in confirmed cases. Story | Special

Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky

101st Airborne Departs Liberia, Marks End of Operation United Assistance

The 101st Airborne Division cased its colors during a ceremony at the Barclay Training Center in Liberia, marking the end of Operation United Assistance for the Joint Forces Command United Assistance. Story | Special

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Richard O. Wightman Jr.

DoD Salutes Guard, Reserve Family Readiness Programs

Today, the Defense Department, as it has done for the past 15 years, honored the top unit in each reserve component for their outstanding programs that support unit missions and family readiness. Story

Defense Secretary Ash Carter

Carter Meets With Senior Leaders From Djibouti at Pentagon

Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed regional security interests and bilateral issues with senior leaders from the African nation of Djibouti during a meeting at the Pentagon. Story | Statement

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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.

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President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said 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. 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.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: 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.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 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 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. 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.

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Face of Defense

Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard L. Johnson, his wife, Christa, and their daughter, Ayda. Air Force Staff Sergeant Beats Cancer

Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard L. Johnson enjoyed support from family and friends as he endured rigorous treatment and side effects, including hair loss and migraines, to beat cancer. Story

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

In The Spotlight

NBA Players Honor Fallen at Arlington Cemetery

Members of the Golden State Warriors NBA basketball team visited Arlington National Cemetery to show support for an Army widow and pay homage to thousands of military members buried throughout the hallowed grounds. 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

Science and Technology

Long-Range Research and Development Plan DoD Seeks Novel Ideas to Shape its Technological Future

The Defense Department is seeking ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public –- anyone, really –- to boost its ability against adversaries whose access to technology grows daily. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

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
"It's not our fight on the ground. It's their fight on the ground," says @PentagonPresSec. "We're here to help them. This is their fight."
The @PentagonPresSec emphasizes that, "Mosul, important though it may be, is not the end-all-be-all of operations in Iraq."
The @PentagonPresSec says training will start small; approx. 2-300 per class. Adds "the capacity of this program could grow over time."
"There is no pressure being applied to Iraqi leaders to make them go any faster than they are capable of going," says @PentagonPresSec
"There is no point in going faster than the Iraqis are ready to go," says @PentagonPresSec with respect to train, advise, assist mission.
"It's consistent through the chain of command that we're working w/[#Iraqis] to make sure they're ready on their timeline."@PentagonPresSec
"I don't think it's fair to say the military/the Pentagon has been pushing the Iraqis on any specific timeline," says @PentagonPresSec
The @PentagonPresSec says the #DoD is mindful of #ISIL's agility in social media. "Social media allows for agility." #pressbrief
Why can't US switch off #ISIL's social media? "We don't own social media. We participate in it like everyone else," says @PentagonPresSec
The Secretary of Defense "doesn't want to go any faster than the Iraqis are ready," says @PentagonPresSec Re: train, advise, assist mission.
"We know that they are feeling the pinch," says @PentagonPresSec, adds US has "made an impact" on #ISIL black market oil industry funding.
Regarding #ISIL funding, @PentagonPresSec says, "By and large this is a group that gets the largest source of revenue from stolen assets."
The @PentagonPresSec said approx.1180 DoD personnel in W. Africa will start to return in April, but US is "not leaving" the region.
The @PentagonPresSec said a recent meeting demonstrated the "unprecedented collaboration between the US & Liberia," re: combating #Ebola.

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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
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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


Dealing a lasting defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant will require “a combined diplomatic and military effort,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters yesterday at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.


Defense.gov News Article: Defeating ISIL Takes Diplomatic, Military Effort, Carter Says
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The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his Australian counterpart met today to examine security challenges and find ways to further strengthen ties as the U.S. military rebalances to the Pacific. For more on the Chairman's travels, visit his travel page via the link below. http://go.usa.gov/3cY33


Defense.gov News Article: Dempsey, Australian Defense Chief Discuss Security Issues
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SYDNEY, Feb. 23, 2015 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his Australian counterpart met here today to examine security challenges and find ways to further strengthen ties as the U.S. military rebalances to the Pacific.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter convenes the Regional Security Conference held at Camp Arifijan, Kuwait, Feb. 23, 2015. Carter met with senior officers in the region to assess the status of the effort to combat ISIL and other security matters in the region.

Defense Secretary Carter also presents a gift to Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah while meeting with senior officials in Kuwait.

DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett


"We will deliver lasting defeat of ISIL. No doubt. And when done, we will be in your debt." — Defense Secretary Ash Carter addressing troops at Camp Arifijan, Kuwait.


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is welcomed to Kuwait by Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah in Kuwait City, Kuwait Feb. 22, 2015. Carter, who is on his first international trip as Secretary of Defense, is visiting the region to meet with senior governmental officials and military leaders to assess operations in Afghanistan and the regional effort to contain and defeat ISIL.

DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter arrives in Kuwait City, Kuwait Feb. 22, 2015. Carter, who is on his first international trip as Secretary of Defense, is visiting the region to meet with senior governmental officials and military leaders to assess operations in Afghanistan and the regional effort to contain and defeat ISIL. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett


JUST IN: Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby

Readout of Secretary Carter's phone call with British Minister of Defense Michael Fallon

Secretary Carter spoke today via telephone with British Minister of Defense Michael Fallon. The Secretary placed the call from Kandahar, Afghanistan where he was visiting with U.S. troops and receiving briefings on the status of coalition efforts to train, advise and assist Afghan National Security Forces.

This was Secretary Carter's first conversation with a defense counterpart since assuming office, a reflection of the deep and abiding friendship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Secretary Carter thanked Minister Fallon for his leadership and for the UK's contributions to global security efforts, to include the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan to the ongoing campaign against ISIL.

The two leaders also discussed the security situation in Ukraine, NATO revitalization efforts and the importance of innovation in the process of developing modern military capabilities. With respect to the latter, Secretary Carter expressed a deep interest in learning more about the defense review currently underway in the British Ministry of Defense.

Secretary Carter noted that he looked forward to continuing these important discussions when Minister Fallon visits the United States in early March.
Defense Secretary Carter made a visit to Kandahar, Afhganistan today.

Secretary Carter spent time having lunch with troops and thanked them for their services. He told the troops that they were the heart of the effort there. Secretary Carter also told the troops that

President Ghani expressed his appreciation and the sacrifice they have made for his country.

Later, Secretary Carter held a troop talk where he answered questions and passed out coins.
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Defense Secretary Carter Visits Kandahar, Afhganistan
Defense Secretary Carter made a visit to Kandahar, Afhganistan today. Secretary Carter spent time having lunch with troops and thanked them for their services. He told the troops that they were the heart of the effort there. Secretary Carter also told the troops that President Ghani expressed his appreciation and the sacrifice they have made for his country. Later, Secretary Carter held a troop talk where he answered questions and passed out coins. cc: @[133592286657075:274:455th Air Expeditionary Wing - Bagram Airfield]
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jada Leahy performs surgery on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean, Feb. 16, 2015. The Bush is conducting training exercises in the Atlantic Ocean.

U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Ciarra C. Thibodeaux


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US Forces Afghanistan

Newly sworn in Secretary of Defense the Hon. Ashton Carter, traveled to #US4A Headquarters at Bagram Airfield Airfield, Afghanistan Feb. 21, 2015, to get an update from USFOR-A leaders and talk directly with troops currently conducting the #ResoluteSupport Mission."The reason for this destination, Afghanistan, in my very first week in office as the Secretary of Defense, is because this is still where we have 10,000 American troops. They come first in my mind, always." - Hon. Ashton Carter. For more pictures from the visit, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/129037738@N05/sets/72157650537444879/
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with troops at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Feb. 21, 2015. Carter is making his first trip to Afghanistan as Secretary of Defense. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett


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