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Secretary Urges DoD Family to Celebrate Holidays Safely

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

Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby

Kirby: Hagel Remains Focused on Defense Mission

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is focused on the defense mission as the search for his successor begins, the Pentagon Press Secretary said. Story | Transcript

President Barack Obama

President Announces Hagel’s Resignation as Defense SecretaryThis story contains video.

Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s “class and integrity,” President Barack Obama announced that Hagel will leave his post. Video | Story | Message | Remarks

Hagel: ‘I Did Not Make This Decision Lightly’

Shortly after President Barack Obama announced that he had accepted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation, Hagel issued a statement to the men and women of the Defense Department. Story | Message | Remarks | Video

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Photo: THANKSGIVING BASKETS

Airmen, family and friends place donated food items in bags on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Nov. 25, 2014. Volunteers assembled about 200 Thanksgiving baskets and first sergeants delivered them to airmen in need of a helping hand. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tara Fadenrecht

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Features

Face of Defense

Ted Tenorio Military Vets Honor Native American Heritage

As a Native American warrior chant and rhythmic drumbeats echo throughout the campground, a Tigua tribe member and Vietnam veteran puts on the finishing touches of his Gourd Society regalia and greets his fellow veterans at the annual pow-wow. Story | Special

National Guard

New York Air National Guard member National Guard Continues Storm Relief Mission

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. Story | Photos

Military Families

Officials Highlight Health, Wellness Resources For Military Families

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. Story | Blog | Special

In The Spotlight

DARPA’s Synthetic Biology Work Targets Diseases, New Materials

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. Story | Special

Warrior Care

Wright Salutes Warriors’ ‘Courage and Resilience'

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. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

A Little Dirt Never Hurt — @USNavy #Seaman levels concrete at the U.S. Navy @seabeehistory http://t.co/kq7xHrKeAt
RT @jtfbravo: More than 45 service members from #JTFBravo, help build 10 homes during a @Habitat_org build in La Paz, #Honduras. http://t.c…
The @PentagonPresSec emphasizes that the #DoD continues "to be focused on non-lethal assistance in Ukraine." #pressbrief
Regarding the #Vietnam trip, @PentagonPresSec says the delay was schedule-based, adds #SecDef would like to get it back on the schedule.
Regarding the 1500 troops, the @PentagonPresSec says they have not arrived in #Iraq, adds "no formal training has begun yet." #pressbrief
"One of the things you get used to in the military is change," says @PentagonPresSec, adds there's "no frustration there." Re: #SecDef
"It's not that he didn't want to stay on the job," says @PentagonPresSec. #SecDef, #President decided now is the time for new leadership.
The @PentagonPresSec says the #SecDef has accomplished a lot, made a lot of progress for defense diplomacy. #pressbrief
The @PentagonPresSec says there were policy debates & discussions, these were not factors in #SecDef resignation. #pressbrief
"Now is the time for new leadership at the Pentagon," says @PentagonPresSec, says this decision was mutual between the #SecDef, #President
"There was an understanding between [the #SecDef, #President] that he accomplished a lot, doesn't mean there still isn't work to do."
Regarding the #SecDef resignation, @PentagonPresSec says the #SecDef thankful for leadership support, but for now it's "back to business".
Engineers from the @USArmy and the Armed Forces of #Liberia work together to build an #Ebola Treatment Unit http://t.co/pn1ajunCDl
RT @MoonCronkDOD: SecDef Chuck Hagel, l, greets New Zealand DefMin Gerry Brownlee at Pentagon, Nov. 24. Photo: AF MSgt. A. Cadiz. http://t.…

Facebook Activity

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dwight P. Church silently issues a hand signal to soldiers during Exercise Combined Resolve III in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 17, 2014. Church is assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion. 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

U.S. Army photo by Army Sgt. William A. Parsons

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Marine Lance Cpl. Corey W. Dahmen provides security during training for noncombatant evacuation operations on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014. Dahmen is a rifleman assigned to Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos

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A soldier provides security during an assault on a captured electrical facility as part of exercise Carolina Thunder 14 at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C., Nov. 15, 2014. The soldier is assigned to the South Carolina National Guard's 1st Battalion, 118th Combined Arms Battalion.

South Carolina National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago

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Military veterans honor their Native American Heritage and service during a special community event.

“In Native American culture, if you’re a warrior, it’s the highest honor you can have. At the pow-wows, we accept all veterans, whether they are Native American or not, because we are all warriors."


Defense.gov News Article: Military Vets Honor Native American Heritage
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SOUTH GATE, Calif., Nov. 24, 2014 As a Native American warrior chant and rhythmic drumbeats echo throughout the campground, a Tigua tribe member and Vietnam veteran puts on the finishing touches of his Gourd Society regalia and greets his fellow veterans at the annual pow-wow.



Paratroopers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division return home from a deployment to Afghanistan, Nov. 24, at Fort Bragg, N.C.Welcome Home Devils! Thank you for your service!#devils #strike #news #follow #usarmy #army #thankyou #soldier #goodevening #american
Army engineers team up with Liberian engineers to build an Ebola Treatment Unit.

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Engineers from the U.S. Army and the Armed Forces of Liberia work together to build an Ebola Treatment Unit as part of Operation United Assistance. The engineers from both countries also spent time showing each other techniques to bring to their next building sites.

U.S. Army video by Sgt. David Greeson



Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reminds all service members, DoD civilians, contractors and their families to be safe this holiday season.

"Historically the department suffers an increased number of preventable off-duty fatalities between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, which are exceptionally heartbreaking during a season devoted to celebrating with friends and family. Before the holidays begin, please reinforce throughout your organizations and activities the importance of safety and the need for good judgment."

Read the full message.


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel: Celebrate Safely During the Holiday Season
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2014 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 issued yesterday to service members, DoD civilians, contractors, and their families.
Marines carry out a fire mission during an exercise on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014. The Marines are assigned to India Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The exercise trains different elements of the unit to work together to complete a wide variety of missions.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean R. Berry

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U.S. Army paratroopers and soldiers from Estonia, Czech Republic and Germany conduct an assault in an urban environment during training on the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Nov. 19, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach

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Statement from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey on the resignation of Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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General Martin E. Dempsey

The Joint Chiefs and I have been proud to serve under the leadership of Secretary Hagel. He led the military at a particularly difficult time in our history. He set us on course for many lasting reforms. He challenged us every day to adapt and innovate to changing times. Secretary Hagel brought a soldier's heart to work every day. He cared deeply for our young men and women in uniform, and they had no greater advocate. His insight into the nature of military service was both rare and welcome.I am better for having served with him and will miss his leadership.
Read Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's statement of resignation.

"I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that this morning, President Obama accepted my letter of resignation. I have agreed to continue to serve as Secretary of Defense until my successor is confirmed by the United States Senate."


Defense.gov News Release: Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
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I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that this morning, President Obama accepted my letter of resignation. I have agreed to continue to serve as Secretary of Defense until my successor is confirmed by the United States Senate. You should know I did not make this decision lightly. But af…
President Barack Obama to make a personnel announcement today at 11:10 AM ET.

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Marines perform preflight checks on a KC-130 Hercules aircraft on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Nov. 17, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves

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U.S. Marines and Brunei forces conduct military operations in urban terrain training during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Brunei 2014 on Camp Penanjong, Brunei, Nov. 13, 2014. The annual bilateral exercise includes the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations, including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cedric R. Haller II

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Chief of Cyber Command details massive cyber threats and steps the U.S. and its allies must take to combat them.

“There should be [no] doubt in anybody's mind that the cyber challenges we're talking about are not theoretical. This is something real that is impacting our nation and those of our allies and friends every day."


Defense.gov News Article: Cybercom Chief Details U.S. Cyber Threats, Trends
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2014 Cyber threats are real, hurting the nation and its allies and partners, costing hundreds of billions, and potentially leading to a catastrophic failure if not addressed, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers told a House panel yesterday.
Electric cars may be coming your way in the military.

Los Angeles Air Force Base plans to replace its entire general-purpose fleet with plug-in electric vehicles.


The Air Force’s Plug-in Vehicle Fleet
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Flying high and going green? The Los Angeles Air Force Base replaces its entire general-purpose fleet with plug-in electric vehicles! <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/11/21/the-air-forces-plug-in-vehicle-fleet/"><br/>Read More</a>

MARSOC Marine Retires, Receives Bronze Star Medal

U.S. Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, speaks during his awards and retirement ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 21. Capt. Derek Herrera was paralyzed June 14, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Herrera was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat V for heroism for his actions in Helmand province, Afghanistan, and he was also medically retired from the Marine Corps after eight years of service. As part of his recovery, Capt. Herrera was able to walk again with the assistance of an exoskeleton. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Scott A. Achtemeier/Released)
U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships transit in formation during the conclusion of exercise Keen Sword 15 in the water south of Japan, Nov. 19, 2014.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee

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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer Usenick reads the list of fallen military members at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 7, 2014. The memorial marks the resting place of more than 1,000 sailors and Marines who were killed aboard the battleship USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amber L. Porter

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spends some quality time with airmen in Korea.

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James

I had a great time today with the Wolf Pack at Kunsan Air Base, Korea! Their motto is to Defend the Base, Accept Follow-on Forces, and Take the Fight North! #wolfpack
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby reports that recent airstrikes against Khorasan group in Syria were a success.

“We used a B-1 bomber and dropped several precision-guided munitions on this facility, and we know that the facility was destroyed,” Kirby said.


Defense.gov News Article: Pentagon Spokesman Reports Success in Khorasan Airstrike
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 U.S. Central Command reported airstrikes Nov. 19 against Islamic state militant groups and the al-Qaida-affiliated Khorasan group in Syria, a move the Pentagon press secretary called a success here today.
U.S. Marines fire M240G medium machine guns during training in D'Arta Plage, Djibouti, Nov. 12, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman

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As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. paratroopers descend to Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Nov. 18, 2014.

U.S. Army photos by Paolo Bovo


U.S. Soldiers Conduct Airborne Ops
As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. paratrooper packs his chute after conducting a night airborne operation from a C-130 Hercules aircraft over Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Nov. 18, 2014.

U.S. Army photos by Paolo Bovo


U.S. Soldiers Conduct Airborne Ops
As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. paratrooper descends to Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Nov. 18, 2014.

U.S. Army photos by Paolo Bovo


U.S. Soldiers Conduct Airborne Ops
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directs new allotment policy to prevent service members from allotting pay to buy, lease or rent personal property.

The policy aims to protect service members and their families from lenders who wish to prey on service members.

Find out the details of the allotment changes and how this may affect you.


Defense.gov News Article: New Allotment Rule Protects Troops From Lending Scams
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a policy change in new paycheck allotments to prevent unscrupulous commercial lenders from taking advantage of troops and their families, Pentagon officials said today.

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Job well done Kentucky @[92705257022:274:Air National Guard]! In 60 days, these Airmen opened an airfield and aerial port that processed more than 750 tons of relief supplies to support Ebola-response missions! http://1.usa.gov/1F3xp0l cc: @[62690599685:274:USAID - US Agency for International Development]
A soldier approaches the door during a training jump on Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 14, 2014. The battalion jumped out of two Air Force C-17s onto the Rapido Drop Zone. The soldiers are assigned to the Texas National Guard's 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment.

U.S. National Guard photo by Air Force Major Randy Stillinger

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the waters of southern Japan, Nov. 19, 2014. The F/A-18E Super Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 195.

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

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