Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked a senior noncommissioned officer for leading by example and defending Army values despite facing harassment after confronting service members behaving unethically online. Story
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work met at the Pentagon with Philip Dunne, minister for equipment, support and technology for the British Defense Ministry. Story | Release
Japan and Australia will be sharing maintenance and upgrade duties for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter based or operating in the Pacific region, the program executive officer for the aircraft announced. Story
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work greets Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces as he arrives at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., to discuss matters of mutual importance, Dec. 18, 2014. DoD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, conducts a press briefing on the mission and provided an update on operations to members of the media at the Pentagon, Dec. 18, 2014. DoD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
A U.S. Marine watches 81mm illumination mortar rounds fall during exercise Red Reef 15 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Dec 12, 2014. The Marine is assigned to Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman
Air National Guard Maj. Phillip Stein boards a F-16C Fighting Falcon before a training mission on Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J., Dec. 17, 2014. Stein, an F-16 pilot, is assigned to the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
Seventy years ago, beginning Dec. 16, 1944, the German army launched its last-ditch effort to thwart allied efforts in a conflict that would be dubbed the "Battle of the Bulge," and would be the Axis powers' final counteroffensive of World War II. The ensuing battle, fought over an 80-mile stretch, from Belgium to Luxembourg, would last close to 40 days and result in an Allied victory.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, second from left, meets with Philip Dunne, the British Defense Ministry’s minister for equipment, support and technology, second from right, to discuss matters of mutual importance at the Pentagon, Dec. 17, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher lights up its mast during night-delayed landing qualifications with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Dec 15, 2014.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez
Santa rides in a U.S. Army Humvee after dropping from an Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to deliver toys at Alzey drop zone, Germany, Dec. 15, 2014. The operation delivered toys donated by the Kaiserslautern military community to less fortunate children. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales
In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Department has made critical contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Chief among these are the deployment of up to 4,000 men and women in uniform to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Operation United Assistance.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronnie Smith grinds a weld in an arresting gear engine room aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf, Dec. 14, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.
Army 2nd Lt. Stephen Smallwood, left, receives his first salute as an officer from Army Master Sgt. Jeramie Woodall on Clemson University's Military Heritage Plaza in Clemson, S.C., Dec. 17, 2014. The service members served together as noncommissioned officers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar
Cpl. David Jorgenson as infantry Marines conduct a vertical assault into a simulated urban setting in Okinawa, Japan. The Marines and Sailors are assigned to Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. DoD screen shot
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 "Power of 1" campaign in observance of DoD Suicide Prevention Month, September 2014.
Food service specialist Army Spc. Benjamin Ross is dishing up good hot food and boosting morale for troops deployed to Liberia to help fight Ebola.
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The Office of Personnel Management explained its 2015 Washington metro area operating status dismissal and closure procedures and announced a leave and telework policy change.
A deadline extension means friends, families and mentors still have time to nominate children of military families for Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year awards program.
A new program provides an opportunity for qualified enlisted members to complete preparatory coursework for their medical school application while maintaining active-duty status.