President Barack Obama has signed the National Defense Authorization Act, saying in a written statement that it provides vital benefits for troops and critical contingency authorities to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Story
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act in a statement, but he called on Congress to work with the department on several fronts. Story
Up to 1,300 additional U.S. troops will begin to deploy to Iraq in late January as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Story | Special
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has informed the Defense Department that every indication is that Santa Claus will arrive on time this year to deliver presents, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story | Website
Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald, center, receive a brief on a simulator for firearms training during a tour of the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, Dec. 19, 2014. Adm. Winnefeld brought McDonald, center professionals and researchers together to discuss innovative ways to improve the lives of wounded warriors. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder
Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., left, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, congratulates Army Staff Sgt. Steve Tessitore after his Purple Heart ceremony at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Dec. 19, 2014. Tessitore, an Oregon National Guardsman, was shot in the neck while conducting a security patrol in Afghanistan, Nov. 14, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder
An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter practices maneuvers above Bryant Army Airfield on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 17, 2014. The service member and helicopter are assigned to the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th Rescue Squadron. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton
U.S. soldiers set up a landing beacon for U.S. paratroopers and Santa to see when they drop toys at Alzey drop zone, Germany, Dec. 15, 2014. The Kaiserslautern military community collected the toys to donate to children. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales
Recruits perform leg lifts during a circuit course on Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 11, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Walter D. Marino II
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.
Soldiers perform a change-of-command ceremony in a pool on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Dec. 18, 2014. Army Capt. Robert J. Meyer relinquished command to Capt. Troy F. Davidson during the event. The soldiers are assigned to the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade. U.S. Army photo
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, Dec. 16, 2014, as it supports Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chelsea Browning
U.S. service members sing during a holiday tree-lighting event on Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 18, 2014. The troops are assigned to the Joint Forces Command United Assistance.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rashene Mincy
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.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Cole fires its MK 45 5-inch lightweight gun during an exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, Dec. 12, 2014. The Cole is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Herman
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Toby Palmer and Lt. Ryan Larson discuss what they do as entomologists in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The sailors are assigned to Navy Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit 6. 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.
American Marines from Marine Corps Activity Guam delivered approximately 4,700 toys to the Salvation Army and Catholic Social Service.
A new program provides an opportunity for qualified enlisted members to complete preparatory coursework for their medical school application while maintaining active-duty status.
Three South Carolina Army National Guardsmen who deployed in support of Operation Just Cause a quarter-century ago marked the anniversary by reflecting on the mission in Panama and their roles in that operation.
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.