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First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Depicts Veterans’ Lives to TV, Movie Industry Members

The stories of veterans are more complicated and inspiring than they are depicted on television and in movies, First Lady Michelle Obama said at a screenwriters event. Story

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work

CFC Contributions Show 'Spirit of Giving' from DoD CommunityThis story contains video.

The Defense Department’s involvement in the annual Combined Federal Campaign highlights the department’s spirit of giving, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Jan. 29. From stateside to overseas, DoD raised $18.8 million in CFC contributions this year. Video | Story | Speech | Photos

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama

Hagel 'Quintessentially American,' Obama Says During Tribute

The president hosted an armed forces farewell tribute to retiring Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.. Story | Photos | Special

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Photo: CNN INTERVIEW

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with Barbara Starr, CNN's Pentagon correspondent, during an interview at the Pentagon, Jan. 30, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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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. President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said 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.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.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. 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 fiscal year 2015 defense budget request works to square priorities with resources, Defense Department officials said while calling for a 1 percent pay raise for the military.

Features

Face of Defense

Army Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Vann Army NCO Vies for World's Best CrossFit Athlete

Army Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Vann is training for the upcoming 2015 CrossFit Games open competition. Story

In The Spotlight

Retired Sgt. Maj. of the Army Jack Tilley, left, and National Football League Hall of Fame defensive Athletes, Celebrities Thank Troops Before ‘Game of Honor’

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and National Football League alumni participated in a charity flag football game during Super Bowl week. Story

Military Health

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Alexander Ramirez Donors Make Armed Services Blood Program Possible

Without donors, there would be no Armed Services Blood Program, Navy Capt. Roland Fahie, the program’s director, said. Story

Warrior Care

NICoE Garners Kudos for Data Collection System

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence received special recognition from Government Computer News for successful innovation of the continuity management tool. Story | Special

Military Life

Redesigned Transition Program Gives 'Unique Set of Capabilities'

The redesigned Transition Assistance Program gives separating service members a “unique set of capabilities” as they enter the civilian workforce, Susan Kelly, defense transition to veterans program office director, told a House Veterans Affairs Committee panel. Story

Military Families

DoD Launches Child Care Website

As military families move frequently and face a host of concerns, finding child care can be one of the greatest challenges, Barbara Thompson, director of military community and policy’s office of family policy/children and youth/special needs, said. Story | Special

Science and Technology

Special Operations Develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit

Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit is cool. But it’s not real. The Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit is cool, too. But it is real and may soon be protecting America’s special operations forces going into harm’s way. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

RT @PacificCommand: "Malaysia is a significant regional and global partner for the US" @usembassykl @StateDept @H2OComms Read More: http://…
RT @PMBreedlove: Baltic Air Policing is as critical as ever. We welcome the many nations stepping forward to watch over our skies http://t.…
U.S. troopers load an M777 howitzer during a live-fire exercise @USArmy http://t.co/lJih58uDYa
.@PentagonPresSec re #China: What we seek w/ China is a constructive, productive defense relationship. That starts w/ trust and transparency
.@PentagonPresSec re #ISIL — What has to be done is to defeat the ideology and that’s not going to get done at the end of a barrel of a gun
.@PentagonPresSec re Afghan shooting: It happened at the Kabul airport. I don't know the specific circumstances or the motive.
.@PentagonPresSec Retaking the Mosul Dam — We’re not going to go any faster than our #Iraqi partners are ready to go.
.@PentagonPresSec re Mosul Dam: It’s premature and not helpful to try to guess when a campaign against Mosul will proceed.
.@PentagonPresSec says there are currently 10,600 U.S. forces in Afghanistan and approximately 7,859 non U.S. coalition forces.
.@PentagonPresSec Re Afghan shooting: It's our understanding the assailant was killed. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the victims families
.@PentagonPresSec will conduct a press briefing at 12:30 PM. Watch here: http://t.co/6bUi08vMZh
RT @DoDNews: U.S. and coalition military forces continue to attack #ISIL in Syria and Iraq. http://t.co/si9JOT2jOr
.@USArmy dragoon troopers team up with Dutch soldiers for Allied Spirit I. More photos here, http://t.co/xVftHYdhXI. http://t.co/ujgna6ptOR
An Airman prepares an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter for takeoff on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. http://t.co/NeKLA4GMCl
RT @DoDNews: Deputy #SecDef Bob Work says DoD’s CFC involvement shows ‘Spirit of Giving’ http://t.co/MkWNA4YUdp
RT @DoDNews: U.S. and Chinese defense officials will meet at the Pentagon Feb. 5 for the Defense Policy Coordination Talks http://t.co/OBRr…

Facebook Activity

U.S. soldiers move an M777 howitzer into firing position for a live-fire exercise at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Jan. 23, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach
Take a look at all the photos from this defense.gov photo essay here, http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/photoessayss.aspx?id=5917


A recovering airman practices drills at wheelchair basketball during the Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports and Reconditioning Camp on Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, Jan. 20, 2015. More than 80 recovering airmen from around the nation participated in the weeklong adaptive sports camp. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong


U.S. Army dragoon troopers assigned to the 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment team up with Dutch soldiers assigned to the 42nd Battle Group to take on the Joint Multinational Readiness Center's Opposing Force in a combined arms battle during Allied Spirit I on the Hohenfels Training Area in Germany. Check out this latest defense.gov photo essay here. 1.usa.gov/18CnjZn


In 2013, Master Sergeant Matthew Deller tried to start a fire in his home fireplace but a gas leak in the line created an explosion. He was severely burned and given an extremely low chance of survival. Donated blood and health care at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research saved his life. Army SGT P.J. Doran has the story.



"It's not simply that you've been the first enlisted combat veteran, and the first Vietnam veteran, to serve as secretary of defense, it's how your life experience -- being down in the muck, feeling the bullets fly overhead -- has allowed you to connect with our troops like no other secretary before." — President Barack Obama


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel 'Quintessentially American,' Obama Says at Farewell Tribute
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Sailors assigned to USS Constitution maintain watch as winter storm Juno arrives in the Boston area. Constitution is undergoing preparations to enter dry dock on March 20th for a three-year restoration period.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer Matthew R. Fairchild


U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, in an AAV-7 Amphibious Assault Vehicle dock aboard USS Rushmore (LSD 47) off the coast of San Diego Jan. 23, 2015.

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


Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Khiaro Promise assigned to the Underwater Construction Team One conducts a scuba dive during diver training aboard the USAV Matamoros on Naval Air Station Key West, Fla. Jan. 17, 2015.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler N. Thompson


President Barack Obama hosts the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at 1600 EST. Watch live: www.defense.gov/live - Follow the live tweets @DeptofDefense


Live Stream from DoD News Broadcasting
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"It's been the greatest privilege of my life ... to lead and, most important, ... to serve with the men and women of the Defense Department and support their families. I am immensely proud of what we've accomplished during this time." — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel


Defense.gov Special Report: Hagel Bids Farewell
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The Defense Department pays tribute to Chuck Hagel as the 24th secretary of defense in a special report that reviews his accomplishments in defense diplomacy and internal reforms. It also looks back at 288,333 miles of travel to visit troops and engage with defense leaders from 33 countries.


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel Led Change, Maintained Mission Focus
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel led the Defense Department through fundamental changes during his tenure of almost two years.
U.S. Navy Chief Edward Zapanta directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 24, 2015. The Stennis is training to prepare for future deployments. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher Frost


Skill, precision, cultural acuity, cutting-edge capability, flexibility, professionalism and teamwork still are the hallmarks of America’s special operations community, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel said here today. Read more here, http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128047.


Defense.gov News Article: Special Ops Commander Discusses Challenges, Priorities
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 – Skill, precision, cultural acuity, cutting-edge capability, flexibility, professionalism and teamwork still are the hallmarks of America’s special operations community, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel said here today.
Marine Corps Lance Cpls. Joshua T. Turello, left, and Robert J. Young wait their turn to fire down range during a course on Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 23, 2015. Turello and Young are motor transportation operators assigned to Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson


The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, the teams preparing to square off Feb. 1 in #SuperBowlXLIX, shared their appreciation for U.S. service members serving overseas during media availabilities here yesterday. Read more here, http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128043. See all the shout-outs by following @DoDNews on Twitter.


The New York National Guard had 394 soldiers on duty this morning as New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley entered the second day of a three-day weather event. Read more here, http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128046.


Airmen prepare for ramp operations and snow removal on the eve of a winter storm on Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., Jan. 26, 2015. New York National Guard photo by Michael OHalloran



Pacific partner engagements remain increasingly innovative, effective
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The Army has always had a footprint in the Pacific region. But in the past, training exercises with those nations were not linked together in a meaningful way that would reflect complex operational dynamics, said Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza.
Statement from U.S. Central Command on the Tactical Situation in Kobani, Syria:

U.S. Central Command confirms that anti-ISIL forces now control approximately 90 percent of the city of Kobani. U.S. Central Command congratulates these courageous fighters and thanks them for their efforts.

Anti-ISIL forces have fought aggressively with resilience and fortitude. While the fight against ISIL is far from over, ISIL's failure in Kobani has denied them one of their strategic objectives.
Sequestration is "absolutely crazy," will hurt national security and make it "impossible" for the United States to meet its global commitments, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey. Read more here, http://1.usa.gov/1yYeF1o.


Defense.gov News Article: Dempsey: Sequestration is 'Absolutely Crazy'
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 – Sequestration is "absolutely crazy," will hurt national security and make it "impossible" for the United States to meet its global commitments, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Marine Corps Sgt. Danielle V. Beck fires an M41A4 Saber missile launcher during a live-fire exercise on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2015. Beck is an anti-tank missileman assigned to Weapons Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders


Follow @DoDNews on Twitter to see what celebrities and @nfl players said about our service members at #ProBowl15.


As blizzard warnings were being issued for the Northeast this morning, the New York National Guard put 260 Soldiers and Airmen on duty to assist in New York’s response to the storm at the direction of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Read more here,http://bit.ly/1CYVK5t. #Blizzardof2015
(Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd)


A sailor aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Farragut stands watch as the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS McFaul, right, USS Laboon, left, and USS Winston S. Churchill conduct a simulated strait transit exercise. The Farragut is underway with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group in preparation for deployment. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jackie Hart


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement today applauding agreements on defense cooperation between the United States and India, announced by President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Read Hagel's full statement here: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128033



Timeline Photos
Luke's F-35s make their first flyover tonight during the National Anthem at the Pro Bowl! Stay tuned for more photos and video of this historic moment! (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

F-35 Flyover at the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl

F-35 aircraft from the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona do a flyover at the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl.

Blogs

The Next Step in the Cybersecurity Plan
The Next Step in the Cybersecurity Plan Speaking at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va., President Obama said since much of the nation’s critical infrastructure – financial systems, power grids, pipelines, health care systems – runs on networks connected to the Internet, cybersecurity is a matter of public safety and of public health.   More
Sensors Move Army Closer to Common Environment
Sensors Move Army Closer to Common Environment The Army envisions a future where sensors dynamically interact with each other while sharing information with soldiers.   More

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