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President Announces Hagel’s Resignation as Defense Secretary

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

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Secretary: ‘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

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Hagel, New Zealand Counterpart Discuss Counter-ISIL Coaltion

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed appreciation for New Zealand's support for the counter-ISIL coalition during a meeting with New Zealand's defense minister. Story | Statement | Photos

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work

Work Explains Strategy Behind Innovation Initiative

The Defense Innovation Initiative will help to develop leaders and identify new operational concepts Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said. Story | Special

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and New Zealand Defense Minister Gerry Brownlee pass through an honor cordon at the Pentagon, Nov. 24, 2014. The leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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Features

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

Face of Defense

Air Force Senior Airman Juan Antonio, left, and Air Force Airman 1st Class Antonio Antonio Brothers Bring Out Best in Each Other in Air Force

Juan Antonio and his brother, Antonio Antonio, have helped each other to achieve goals since they both joined the Air Force. Story

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

RT @Martin_Dempsey: The Joint Chiefs and I have been proud to serve under the leadership of Secretary Hagel. https://t.co/Y7aInYu4Tu
#SecDef: I will continue to support the men and women fighting for this country and their families.
#SecDef Hagel: Today I submitted my resignation as Secretary of Defense. It has been the biggest privilege of my life to lead & serve.
.@BarackObama: Secretary Hagel will stay on until a new #SecDef has been nominated.
.@BarackObama: Chuck Hagel has been an exemplary Defense Secretary.
RT @WhiteHouse: Watch President Obama make a personnel announcement at 11:10am ET → http://t.co/bUnsrV4OqA
RT @USNATO: In the Mediterranean -- Gunnery demonstration aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook. http://t.co/…
Aerial porters prepare humanitarian cargo for delivery into #Liberia, in support of #OperationInherentResolve http://t.co/qKFZd8BHzw
#Marines perform preflight checks on a KC-130 Hercules aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. @USMC http://t.co/Bg8XgI3SX3
RT @DirectorDMA: Poised and ready! A #marine combat engineer maneuvers through a close-quarters combat firing exercise. http://t.co/7GX7Djx…
A #sailor lays 1972 pennys on the gravesites of fallen #Soldiers at the Gettysburg Soldier's National Cemetery. http://t.co/j9Ulp9dzBd
RT @USMC: Remembering the life of #Marine responsible for Corps' iconic flag raising on Mt. Suribachi http://t.co/6bbr9j3ebd http://t.co/la…
RT @USNATO: Romania -- US Marines and Sailors with Romanian Land Forces during Exercise Platinum Lynx 15.3 in Focsani http://t.co/eXpgiKSNXX
U.S. and German #Soldiers conduct the qualification for the German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency http://t.co/TcXrQqRK6n
.@USNavy's first F-35C Lightning II squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours. details:http://t.co/APx8Y9RdRM http://t.co/lhrcER7aUh
Seaman signals an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the aft missile deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey http://t.co/G1FPv24KqK

Facebook Activity

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.

Watch LIVE: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2389a
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.

Timeline Photos
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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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. and coalition forces are making progress in the fight against #ISIL as the world grows increasingly more dangerous.

“Overall, we are seeing good progress,” Hagel told Charlie Rose in a wide-ranging interview conducted at the Pentagon yesterday in describing the three months of airstrikes and Iraqi and Kurdish attacks against ISIL. “We’re not where we need to be yet, but this is a longer-term, difficult, challenging mission.”


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel Notes Progress Against ISIL as World Grows More Dangerous
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 The U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is showing good signs of progress, and the first of 1,500 additional U.S. troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Iraq should begin arriving there in the next few weeks, Defense Secretary Chuck Hage…
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Get a front-seat view of Tomahawk Missiles launching from the USS Philippine Sea.

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The guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (Cg 58) launches Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles. Philippine Sea is deployed as part of the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. Navy video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Abe McNatt.



Wounded warriors make gains from cutting-edge low-resistance training program.

“To get strong, you need to lift heavy weight, but warriors with severely damaged limbs often can’t do that. I wanted to find a solution that would prevent my patients from a frustrating recovery or even, in some cases, opting to amputate their leg due to a lack of strength gain over time.”


Defense.gov News Article: Training Triggers Strength Gains for Wounded Troops
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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Nov. 20, 2014 Wounded and injured service members are getting pumped up about a cutting-edge strength training program at Brooke Army Medical Center here.
A New York National Guardsman removes snow from the roof of the Eden Heights Assisted Living Facility in West Seneca, N.Y., Nov. 19, 2014. The airman is assigned to the 107th Airlift Wing based in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

U.S. National Guard photo by Maj. Mark Frank

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F-22 Raptors and F-35 Lightning II's fly in formation over Eglin Training Range, Fla., after completing an integration training mission, Nov. 5, 2014. The F-22s are assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. The F-35s are assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

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Navy Cmdr. Raymond Barnes holds his daughter during his squadron's homecoming on Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., Nov. 14, 2014. Barnes is the executive officer assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 87. Strike Fighter Squadron 87 returned home after a nine-month deployment on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alysia R. Hernandez

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Warrior Care Month honors, celebrates, and connects wounded, ill, and injured Service members, military families, and caregivers to resources and programs available to support successful recovery and reintegration back into military service or civilian life.

How do you remain strong in the face of challenge? #WarriorCare #ShowofStrength


Defense.gov Special Report: Warrior Care Month - 2014
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During Warrior Care month, the Defense Department honors the courage of wounded, ill or injured service members, and highlights the programs that help them learn new life skills that enable them to return to duty or transition from the military.
The holidays are soon approaching and military families should start thinking about what to send their loved ones home in the U.S or overseas. The DoDLive blog has the go-to guide with all the regulations, deadlines and guidance to ensure your service member gets his or her package on time. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/22g0d
#SecDef Chuck Hagel calls Russia's actions in Ukraine "dangerous and irresponsible" during a visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

He added that the U.S. is working with NATO to shift the focus of its entire rotational rapid deployment in response.


Defense.gov News Article: Secretary Calls Russia’s Actions ‘Dangerous, Irresponsible’
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today called Russia’s actions in Ukraine “dangerous and irresponsible” and said the tensions provoked by Moscow have probably done more to unify NATO than anything else in years.
U.S. soldiers fire ceremonial rounds from M1A2 Abrams Tanks at the Adazi Training Area, Latvia, Nov. 6, 2014. The soldiers are helping to train the Latvian Land Forces as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The solders are assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy J. Fowler

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Blogs

Spotlight on Spouses During Military Family Month
The Defense Department invites you to honor the service and sacrifices made by military spouses living across the nation and overseas.    More
Ride 2 Recovery Launches Vettie Campaign
“Ride 2 Recovery”, an organization dedicated to getting wounded service members on bicycles, is launching a “vettie” campaign.    More
Holiday Shipping Guide: The How to Guide
The holidays are soon approaching. Learn how to ensure your service member gets their package in three simple rules.   More

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