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Obama Tells Troops There is No Safe Haven for TerroristsThis story contains video.

President Barack Obama told service members at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., that the U.S. will not halt its pursuit of terrorists who threaten America. Video | Transcript

Medal of Honor Recipients Join Hall of Heroes

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel honored two “remarkable” Americans as he led the induction of two Medal of Honor recipients into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes. Story | Photos | Speech

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

Hagel, Dempsey Review ISIL Strategy With Senate CommitteeThis story contains video.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlined President Barack Obama's ISIL strategy to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Video | Special

Official: ISIL’s Foreign Fighters Pose Threat

Social media has given terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant the ability to recruit Americans and others like never before, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said. Story

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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 and the Levant. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center back, attended the event. U.S. Central Command photo

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Face of Defense

Brothers Reunite in Kuwait

Army Sgt. 1st Class Lowell Laudert and his brother, Army Spc. Cameron Laudert, are serving together in Kuwait. Story

Focus on the Forces

Multinational Exercise Begins in UkraineThis story contains video.

Troops from 15 nations launched the annual Rapid Trident field training exercise in Ukraine. Video

In The Spotlight

Kendall: Air Force is Backbone of Global Reach

The Air Force’s dominance in the skies, space and cyberspace is the backbone of the military's global reach, a senior Pentagon official said at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference. Story

Air Force Leader Discusses PromotionsThis story contains video.

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody discussed the service's new promotion system at the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference in Maryland. Video

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

Executive Discusses Hispanic Heritage Month

Education and the willingness to move are keys for anyone getting ahead in federal service, Rhonda Diaz, the deputy director of resources at U.S. Africa Command said in an interview. Story | Special

Military Families

Project Sanctuary Aids Military Families

A national nonprofit organization is assisting military families in making the transition from “battle-ready to family-ready.” Story | Special

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.@USMC #Marines mix cement for classroom foundation during humanitarian project in Philippines http://t.co/TQvNiwwlUm http://t.co/BUiGwEGi6l
DoD celebrates the pride & honor throughout the history of Hispanics' service in our military http://t.co/HqI1QTQC98 #HispanicHeritageMonth
RT @MacDill_AFB: Col. Tulley and Gen. Austin have a final salute to Air Force One before take off. http://t.co/GNHUC6W5fP
.@CENTCOM U.S. forces continue to attack ISIL using a mix of fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 7 airstrikes in Iraq
RT @usairforce: RT @CMSAF17: We're closing out #ASC14 with a Q&A with great #Airmen! Thanks to @AirForceAssoc for the opportunity. http://t…
Gen. Robin Rand, Commander, #AirForce Education and Training Command will speak at the #ASC14 at 1:10 PM EDT WATCH: http://t.co/PPMrba6rhP
RT @WhiteHouse: "We support you. We’re proud of you. We stand in awe of your skill and your service." —President Obama to our men and women…
RT @WHLive: "I am as confident as I have ever been that this century, like the last century, will be led by America." —President Obama
RT @WhiteHouse: "When the world is threatened, when the world needs help, it calls on America." —President Obama: http://t.co/b4tqL36eMn
RT @WhiteHouse: "I will not commit you, and the rest of our Armed Forces, to fighting another ground war in Iraq." —President Obama to our …
POTUS at .@MacDill_AFB to troops: Overall, 40 countries have offered assistance in the fight against #ISIL . http://t.co/oCzOg0sVMk
RT @WhiteHouse: "We mean what we say, our reach is long; if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven." —Obama #ISIL http://t.co/pC…
RT @WhiteHouse: "We’re going to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy." —Pre…
RT @WhiteHouse: "If left unchecked, they could pose a growing threat to the United States." —President Obama on the terrorist group ISIL
RT @WhiteHouse: "Today, we remember all who have given their lives in these wars, and we stand with their families." —President Obama
RT @WhiteHouse: "On behalf of the American people, I want to thank all of you for your service." —President Obama to troops at MacDill Air …
RT @WhiteHouse: At 11:50am ET, President Obama speaks to troops at MacDill Air Force Base on our strategy to degrade & destroy ISIL: http:/…
RT @DirectorDMA: Italian paratroopers rehearse for an air assault unloading from a @USArmy #BlackHawk helicopter during #NATO exercise http…

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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Taylor inspects a computer display of a brake line schematic drawing for an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 5, 2014. The Carl Vinson is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. Taylor is an aviation structural mechanic assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.

Each year the nation sets aside Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to recognize the heritage and cultural diversity that Hispanic Americans have contributed to our country.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrates Cultural Diversity | DoDLive
Since 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office, America has observed National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent.
U.S. military forces continue to attack #ISIL terrorists in Iraq using a mix of fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes Tuesday and Wednesday.
Saving someone's life may be easier than you think.

Suicide Prevention: Only One Knock Away

In an effort to mitigate the risk of suicide across all military branches military members must intervene to help their brothers and sisters in arms. It only...
LIVE NOW: President Obama addresses troops at MacDill Air Force Base on the U.S. strategy to degrade and destroy #ISIL.

"We support you. We’re proud of you. We stand in awe of your skill and your service... because of your service, America will be the strongest force for freedom the world has ever known." —President Obama to our men and women in uniform

Watch: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-delivers-remarks-macdill-air-force-base

Marines are sharpening their close quarters skills.

"The common trend with everything is marksmanship."

— Pedro Ruiz, Tactical Instructor

Marines Train in Close Quarter Combat

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, participate in the marksmanship phase of a close-quarters tactics course aboard Camp Pendleton...
Today is the last day to check out what's happening at the Air Force Association Air & Space Conference 2014. #ASC14

Watch live coverage all day: http://www.af.mil/live.aspx

U.S. soldiers show Ukrainian troops the proper procedures for clearing a room during Exercise #RapidTrident in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 16, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to U.S. Army Europe’s Company C, 173rd Airborne Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard

U.S. Navy sailors pull a combat rubber raiding craft carrying Marines into the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown during amphibious operations in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 11, 2014. The Germantown is part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting joint forces exercises in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray

Welcome home. Thank you for your service.

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Photo of the Day: Family and friends welcome home members of the @[256652635331:274:Delaware National Guard]'s 238th General Support Aviation Battalion. The 238th returns home from a ten-month deployment to Kuwait. — with Vitok Cosaco Infante and Wesley Opanga.
Disasters don't wait until you're ready.

Take the necessary steps to make sure you and your family are prepared for any emergency.


Defense.gov Special Report: National Preparedness Month - 2014
Disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. National Preparedness Month, observed every September, serves as a reminder that everyone must take action to prepare for the types of emergencies that can affect each of us.
U.S. military forces continue to attack #ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Monday and Tuesday southwest of Baghdad and northwest of Irbil.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123182
The President will speak from CDC at 4 PM EDT today on how the U.S. continues to combat the #Ebola outbreak. Watch Live: http://go.usa.gov/pbBF.

President Obama Speaks at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia
The #USArmy will induct Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret) Bennie Adkins and Spc. 4 Donald Sloat into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes at 2 p.m. The Pentagon ceremony will add Adkins' and Sloat's names to the distinguished roster in the Hall of Heroes, the Defense Department's permanent display of record for all recipients of the Medal of Honor. Watch the ceremony live at http://go.usa.gov/EZMA or http://go.usa.gov/EB8z

Specialist Four Don Sloat | Medal of Honor Nominee | The United States Army
Former #USArmy Spc. Four Don Sloat was nominated for the Medal of Honor for his heroic acts in Vietnam.
Today we remember the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Navy Yard shooting and the twelve people who lost their lives.

NAVSEA Family Remembers
By Vice Adm. William Hunter Hilarides Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command On Monday, September 16, 2013, our lives were forever altered when we lost twelve members of our Naval Sea Systems Command […]
SecDef Chuck Hagel and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey to speak about Iraq, Syria and #ISIL to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Watch live: http://www.defense.gov/live/

President Obama will announce the set up of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Joint Force Command Headquarters in Liberia to combat #Ebola outbreak.

“The Department of Defense is committed to supporting our interagency partners, specifically [the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID] and the Centers for Disease Control, as we collectively -- working together every day -- respond to the outbreak in West Africa."

Defense.gov News Article: Obama to Announce Africom Joint Force Command HQ in Liberia
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 – U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command Headquarters in Liberia to support U.S. military activities and help coordinate expanded U.S. and international relief efforts to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak, senior administration officials said on a call pr…
The #USTeam is coming home after a job well done at the #InvictusGames.

During the five-day competition #IAMUSA brought home a total of 93 Invictus Games medals which included; 28 gold, 35 silver and 30 bronze.

The 1st Annual Invictus Games Wraps Up | DoDLive
The 1st Annual Invictus Games wrapped up yesterday with a closing concert (Headlined by the Foo Fighters) at the South Lawn of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. More than 400 competitors from 13 nations took part in the 5 day competition. The games featured athletes competing in various Paralympic-style…
BREAKING: U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL near Sinjar and Southwest of Baghdad

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, employing attack and fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Sunday and Monday in support of Iraqi Security Forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad.

The airstrike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense, as outlined in the President's speech last Wednesday.

In total, the strikes destroyed six ISIL vehicles near Sinjar and an ISIL fighting position southwest of Baghdad that was firing on ISF personnel. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIL terrorists.

U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 162 airstrikes across Iraq.

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Staff Sgt. Michael Kacer shows his warrior spirit during the indoor rowing event at the #InvictusGames. #USTeam closed out the games with an impressive record. #IAMUSA won a total of 93 medals: 28 gold, 35 silver and 30 bronze. Give them a hero’s congratulation here and tell them job well done! (Photo courtesy the Fisher House Foundation Inc.)

U.S. Army

Today's Medal of Honor Ceremonies:Dr. Bill Sloat receives the #MedalOfHonor from President Barack Obama on behalf of his brother SP4 Don Sloat. He is credited with saving the lives of the men in front of and behind him during a patrol in Vietnam when he used his body shield his comrades from the blast of a grenade. #POTUS said that Sloat could have run or taken other actions, but instead gave his own life and saved the lives of his comrades. Read more about Sloat’s actions at http://go.usa.gov/EZMACSM Bennie Adkins listens as President Barack Obama tells Adkins’ story during his #MedalOfHonor ceremony. Adkins asked #POTUS before the ceremony if he could sign back up. Adkins braved days of intense combat in Vietnam, saved more than one American, killed more than 100 enemy soldiers and received more than 18 wounds during the fighting. Adkins says that he owes his life to the five men that died during the fight and the others that fought alongside him. Read more about Adkins’ actions at http://go.usa.gov/EB8z

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President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor today at 1:50 p.m. to Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret) Bennie G. Adkins and to Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat. Watch the ceremony live at http://go.usa.gov/EB8z or http://go.usa.gov/EZMA.
Troops from 15 nations kicked off the annual Rapid Trident field training exercise today in northwestern Ukraine.

Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, director of communication and engagement for U.S. European Command, emphasized in a statement that the exercise is annual, and that it was planned well before the current situation in Ukraine.

Defense.gov News Article: Troops From 15 Nations Begin Exercise in Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2014 – Troops from 15 nations kicked off the annual Rapid Trident field training exercise today in northwestern Ukraine.

"Our Marines and sailors, along with the Australian soldiers did everything together. I think that built lasting bonds between the United States Marine Corps and the Australian Army that will endure for many years."
Interested in the future of the United States Air Force?

Tune in today through Wednesday for live coverage of the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference 2014 #ASC14: http://www.defense.gov/live/

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