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U.S., Allied Airstrikes Hit ISIL Targets in SyriaThis story contains video.

U.S. military forces and partner nations, including Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria overnight. Video

U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Dempsey Recaps NATO Meetings

Russia’s continuing aggression in Ukraine, vulnerabilities posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other threats were among the chief topics in meetings with NATO’s chiefs of defense in Lithuania, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Story | Special

Stratcom, DoD Sign Space Ops Agreement

Officials from the Defense Department, U.S. Strategic Command and three allied nations signed a memorandum of understanding on combined space operations to strengthen deterrence, enhance resilience and optimize resources. Story

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Hagel Discusses Helicopter Delivery With Egyptian Defense Minister

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Minister of Defense Colonel General Sedki Sobhy, confirming the U.S. intends to deliver 10 AH-64 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support their counterterrorism efforts, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story | Statement

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Photo: COMBAT SCAN

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tanner Elliot scans his sector using his rifle combat optic during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 9, 2014. Elliot is a rifleman assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.

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Features

Face of Defense

Navy ‘Shooters’ Launch Carrier Jets

Navy Lt. Kacee Jossis, a “shooter” aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington, verifies pre-flight checks and ensures everyone on the flight deck is in position for flight operations. Story

National Guard

DoD Supports Firefighting Efforts in California

Two Defense Department C-130 aircraft and a California Air National Guard unit will be assisting with wildfire suppression efforts in California. Story

Focus on the Forces

Southcom Hosts Regional Security Dialogue

U.S. Southern Command hosted defense and public security ministers from Colombia and Central America and defense leaders from Mexico for a discussion on regional security. Story

Suicide Prevention

Military Continues Battle Against Suicide

Every suicide in the force is tragic, a top National Guard leader said, and the number of these deaths needs to be reduced to zero. Story | Special

Military Health

Navy Surgeon General Discusses Signature Wounds of War

Of the signature wounds of the past 13 years of war, limb amputations affect service members most directly, while psychological health issues can have different challenges. Story

Science and Technology

Navy Joins Biofuel Effort

The Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture announced that three companies will commission biorefineries to produce biofuels for the military and the private sector. Story

Hispanic Heritage

Heritage Month Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Since 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office, America has observed National Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent. Story | Special

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#POTUS will deliver a statement on the #Syria airstrikes at 10:00 AM. Watch here: http://t.co/ZoC22HkOSa
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USS Philippine Sea launches Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to combat #ISIL in #Syria, http://t.co/bYUIjPqUjW.
USS Arleigh Burke launches Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to combat #ISIL in #Syria. http://t.co/FxLhTSCep7
More information on the U.S. military and partner nations airstrikes against #ISIL in Syria, http://t.co/QX8iISzBvA .
RT @CENTCOM: We will provide more details later as operationally appropriate.
RT @CENTCOM: Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time.
RT @CENTCOM: The decision to conduct these strikes was made earlier today by CENTCOM commander under authorization granted him by the presi…
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F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launch attacks on #ISIL targets from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, which is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
(U.S. Navy photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Burck/Released)

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USS Arleigh Burke launches Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to combat #ISIL in #Syria. http://bit.ly/1vbzjX6


USS Arleigh Burke launches Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to combat ISIL

RED SEA (Sept 23, 2014) The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) launches Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles (TLAM) against ISIL targets. Arleigh B...
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USS Philippine Sea launches Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to combat ISIL

ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 23, 2014) The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles (TLAM) against ISIL targets. Phili...
U.S. Military, Partner Nations Conduct Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces and partner nations, including the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria overnight, using a mix of fighter, bomber, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to conduct 14 strikes against ISIL targets.

The strikes destroyed or damaged multiple ISIL targets in the vicinity of Ar Raqqah, Dayr az Zawr, Al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal and included ISIL fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles.

To conduct these strikes, the United States employed 47 TLAMs launched from USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea operating from international waters in the Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf, as well as U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fighter, remotely piloted and bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also participated in or supported the airstrikes against ISIL targets. All aircraft safely exited the strike areas.

Also, in Iraq yesterday, U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists, using attack aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. The airstrikes destroyed two ISIL Humvees, an ISIL armed vehicle and an ISIL fighting position southwest of Kirkuk. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely. To date, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 194 airstrikes across Iraq against ISIL.

The United States conducted these strikes as part of the President's comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL. Going forward, the U.S. military will continue to conduct targeted airstrikes against ISIL in Syria and Iraq as local forces go on the offensive against this terrorist group.

Separately, the United States has also taken action to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned al-Qa'ida veterans - sometimes referred to as the Khorasan Group - who have established a safe haven in Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test improvised explosive devices and recruit Westerners to conduct operations. These strikes were undertaken only by U.S. assets.

In total, U.S. Central Command conducted eight strikes against Khorasan Group targets west of Aleppo to include training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communication building and command and control facilities.
BREAKING: TAMPA, Fla. - The Department of Defense released the following statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby today:

"I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles."

"Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time. The decision to conduct theses strikes was made earlier today by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief. We will provide more details later as operationally appropriate."
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First Shipment of the Ramped Up U.S. Military Response to Ebola Arrives in Liberia
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A C-17 U.S. military aircraft arrived in Liberia Thursday with the first shipment of increased U.S. military equipment and personnel for the anti-Ebola fight, which was promised by President Barack Obama in a speech September 16 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sept. 22: U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 22, 2014 - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct four airstrikes today.

In total, the airstrikes destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL tank, and damaged an ISIL Humvee, all west-southwest of Kirkuk. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

The strikes were conducted as part of the President's comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.

U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 190 airstrikes across Iraq.
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A U.S. Navy corpsman with 1st ANGLICO receives a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for his life-saving actions in Afghanistan.

“It’s a fantastic award to receive, and I will wear it for the guys that we unfortunately lost that day. No Marine will ever let you down. It’s definitely a good brotherhood to be a part of.”



Navy corpsman receives valor award for actions in Helmand province
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Van Horn was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Sept. 17, during a small ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Van Horn is currently on his second deployment in,
The Department of Defense is supplying C-130 aircraft to help fight fires in California.


Defense.gov News Article: DoD Supports Firefighting Efforts in California
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Sept. 22, 2014 – Two Department of Defense C-130 aircraft equipped with U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems and under the command and control of U.S. Northern Command will be assisting with wildfire suppression efforts in California and the Nort…
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Marines Lance Cpl. Dominique Sparacino pauses while on patrol during Mountain Exercise 2014 on Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Sept. 8, 2014.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos


U.S. fighter aircraft have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq in recent days, U.S. Central Command officials reported today.

Two airstrikes conducted today destroyed an ISIL mortar position northeast of Sinjar and an ISIL semi-tractor trailer carrying munitions southwest of Sinjar, officials said.

In other airstrikes since Sept. 19, U.S. fighters destroyed an ISIL boat ferrying supplies across the Euphrates River and an ISIL fighting position southwest of Baghdad.

In addition, four airstrikes northwest of Haditha destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles, three ISIL checkpoints and two ISIL guard outposts.
All aircraft left the strike areas safely, officials said, adding that Centcom now has conducted a total of 186 airstrikes across Iraq.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123226
U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Lockett, right, stands next to a linguist and scans the area using his weapon's optic lens to monitor movement in Hakim Jan village, Afghanistan, Sept. 15, 2014. Lockett is a platoon leader assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. and Afghan troops patrolled to gather intelligence and assist with security in the area.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston


The rate of concussions in children has risen 60% in the past decade. Each year, more than 173,000 children and adolescents are treated in emergency rooms for concussions and other TBIs.

The Defense and Veteran Brain Information Center has information on properly treating and caring for your child following a concussion.


Parent’s Guide for Returning Your Child to School After Concussion | DoDLive
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The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) in Silver Spring, Md., has released a 26-page guide that offers practical advice to parents on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, information on treatment and recovery, and what a parent can do to support a child’s recovery a…
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey statement on NATO Military Commission Meeting and Election of New Chairman of the Military Commission:

"Chief among the topics with my NATO counterparts in Lithuania was the continuing aggression of Russian forces in Eastern Europe, the vulnerabilities to NATO's southern borders stemming from ISIL and other threats, and our continuing commitments in Afghanistan. Today's election announcement in Afghanistan puts us in a much better place than we were a week ago. Now we need a signed security agreement and a NATO SOFA, both of which should be accomplished fairly quickly. While in Vilnius, we also elected a new chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel, the chief of staff of the Czech Republic's armed forces. His appointment is significant because he will be the first Eastern European military leader to take the job. In July he'll replace Danish General Knud Bartels, who has been a trusted friend. Now on to visit our military partners in Croatia."
Double Time!

U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan Gallogla rushes under direct fire during Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 10, 2014. Gallogla is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company B, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The division is based in Alaska. The badge is awarded to Army personnel who hold infantry or special forces military occupational specialties and successfully pass the rigors of the course.
U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher


Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Call with Egyptian Minister of Defense Col. General Sedki Sobhy

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke this morning with Egyptian Minister of Defense Colonel General Sedki Sobhy to confirm that the U.S. plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support their counterterrorism efforts.

Secretary Hagel and General Sobhy also discussed regional security in the Middle East and North Africa and the U.S. led coalition to counter-ISIL.

Secretary Hagel thanked General Sobhy for Egypt's role in brokering a cease fire to end the Gaza crisis.

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a strong bilateral relationship and agreed to continue to engage regularly.

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Met with the NATO Chiefs of Defense today in Vilnius, Lithuania to discuss the way ahead as NATO adapts to Europe's changed security environment.
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The USS Stethem launches a harpoon missile near Guam, Sept. 15, 2014, during a sinking exercise. The Stethem is on patrol with the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Alonzo M. Archer


Night training, Black Hawks and soldiers on the ground.

Check out what the Department of Defense is up to in this Military Quick Clip.


Military Quick Clip: Army Night Training | DoDLive
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U.S. Army soldiers from 12th Combat Aviation Brigade conduct night training with UH-60 Black Hawks and CH-47 Chinooks at Lielvarde Air Base in Latvia during NATO Exercise Steadfast Javelin II. The exercise took place across several European countries and focused on building the operational readiness…
U.S. Marines Corps Staff Sgt. John Suyat and Philippine volunteers mix cement for a classroom foundation during one of two humanitarian projects preceding Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 in Palawan, Philippines, Sept. 15, 2014. Suyat is assigned to Engineer Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 172.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Matthew Casbarro


Take a look at what was happening across the DoD this week through a collection of this week’s top photos.


Worth A Thousand Words in the DoD, Sept 19 | DoDLive
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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 17, 2104. Obama traveled to the base to speak with troops and meet with Centcom leaders to discuss the fight against the Islamic State in Syria a…
Fighter Jets Target ISIL Boat, Ground Unit

From a U.S. Central Command News Release
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 – U.S. fighter aircraft conducted more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Iraq yesterday and today, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

One airstrike southeast of Baghdad destroyed a boat on the Euphrates River conducting resupply of ISIL forces, and a second strike southwest of Baghdad struck a small ISIL ground unit. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely, officials said.

Centcom has conducted a total of 178 airstrikes across Iraq.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were on hand for POW/MIA ceremonies at the Pentagon. http://go.usa.gov/pGrw
DoD photos by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz and Glenn Fawcett
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Scuba Steve has nothing on these Recon Marines.


Marine Divers Go Amphibious During Training | DoDLive
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Although the U.S. military has been fighting land wars for more than a decade, building up its amphibious capabilities remains a priority. The Marine Corps Combatant Diver Course is designed to create a more lethal, responsive and well-rounded force. The students, who are mainly reconnaissance Marin…
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby to brief the Pentagon Press Corps.

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