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DoD Provides Statement on Rescue Operation

The United States attempted a rescue operation recently to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story | Statement

Hagel, Ukrainian Minister Discuss Russian Aid Convoy

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke via telephone with Ukrainian Minister of Defense Valeriy Heletey and discussed Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu’s recent remarks noting that the Russian aid convoy to Ukraine was not a military intervention, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. Story

U.S. Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq

U.S. aircraft continue their attacks on ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations. Story | Special

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Work Highlights Importance of U.S.-South Korean Alliance

On the first day of his first official visit to South Korea, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work discussed cooperation between the U.S., South Korea and Japan, a senior defense official said. Story | Special | Photos | Video

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

Dempsey to Preside at Team USA Basketball Ceremony

Thirty U.S. service members will present military “dog tags” to the Team USA basketball all-stars during their game with the Dominican Republic. Story

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Air Force Gen. Phillip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told a German newspaper that Russia's actions in Crimea and Ukraine represent a new kind of warfare. Video

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U.S. Marines discuss crowd control strategies with Chilean marines during Partnership of the Americas 2014 in Chile, Aug. 18, 2014. The exercise is designed to enhance interoperability, and increase the capability to execute amphibious operations, peace support operations and humanitarian disaster relief. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Paul Seeber

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Marines Hone Firefighting Skills

More than 20 members of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point's aircraft rescue and firefighting unit practiced extinguishing simulated aircraft fires to prepare for the conditions and stressors of real missions. Story

National Guard

Doctor Becomes Air Guard Brigadier General

Air Force Brig. Gen. David D. Hamlar Jr.'s most recent promotion ceremony held special significance for him and the Minnesota National Guard. Story | Video

Focus on the Forces

U.S. Soldiers Compete in Recon Challenge

The Estonian Defense League hosted the second annual Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge, which included competitors from the United States. Story

In The Spotlight

Symposium Examines Opportunities, Conduct

The U.S. Naval War College hosted its first ethics symposium of the 2014-15 academic year as part of convocation events at the college. Story

DoD Continues Aid to Combat Western Wildfires

Two C-130 aircraft under the command of U.S. Northern Command are assisting with wildfire suppression efforts. Story

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RT @NBA: Adam Silver and General @Martin_Dempsey discuss the global importance of the @FIBA World Cup: http://t.co/VREepE6bAl #spain2014
RT @thejointstaff: GEN Dempsey at @NBA presser: If we can bond together & commit to give back, I think we’ll be doing a lot of good. http:/…
U.S. attempted a rescue operation to free a number of American hostages held in #Syria by the ISIL. Read more, http://t.co/efsJilco5X
RT @CENTCOM: U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations: http://t.co/WzcGnANyZl
RT @usabasketball: . @nba Commissioner Adam Silver and General Martin Dempsey address the media prior to tonight's game. #USABMNT http://t.…
RT @DoDNews: Deputy #SecDef made first official visit to South Korea to discuss U.S. - South Korea bilateral relationship http://t.co/H8jri…
RT @NAVEUR_NAVAF: #USSVellaGulf concluded a port visit to Batumi, Georgia, w/a signaling exercise w/the Georgian CG http://t.co/CgVcvS7aII
#Marine Rotational Force-Darwin conduct a helicopter insert during Exercise Koolendong, August 2014. @DeptDefence http://t.co/4QQLiwdflD
RT @MarForEUR_AF: Platinum Lion 14-2 is a multilateral exercise that strengthens humanitarian response between @NATO allies & partners: htt…
RT @CENTCOM: Kirby: Mosul Dam Operation Not ‘Mission Creep’ http://t.co/Upr0I9qmri
.@USNavy seaman carries a fuel hose to refuel an AV-8B Harrier jet aboard the USS Makin Island, Aug. 16, 2014 http://t.co/6Juq3rTF99
.@101stAASLTDIV #Soldiers give a thumbs up before loading passengers and gear into a Chinook helicopter http://t.co/jOQDOG4Llt
.@DepSecDefWork says Guam is an important strategic hub for the U.S. Asia-Pacific rebalance. http://t.co/DBvzCoQdIm. http://t.co/boBeHqVJTj
Read #Secdef Chuck Hagel's statement on the passing of Senator Jim Jeffords http://t.co/V6M7B4gvUD
.@PentagonPresSec Re Iraq: Iraqi security forces are competent and capable. ISIL's morale is suffering — they're not invincible.
.@PentagonPresSec Re Iraq: As of now, there are no ongoing military operations in or around the #MosulDam.
.@PentagonPresSec Re Iraq: No reports of any U.S. plane being shot down in #Iraq.

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Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. Kirby provided the following statement:

The United States attempted a rescue operation recently to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL. Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location.

As we have said repeatedly, the United States government is committed to the safety and well-being of its citizens, particularly those suffering in captivity. In this case, we put the best of the United States military in harms' way to try and bring our citizens home.
The United States government uses the full breadth of our military, intelligence and diplomatic capabilities to bring people home whenever we can. The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will work tirelessly to secure the safety of our citizens and to hold their captors accountable.


During Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work’s first official visit to South Korea talks focused on the North Korean threat, the importance of cooperation between the U.S., South Korea and Japan, and key capabilities needed for the U.S.-South Korea bilateral relationship, a senior defense official said.



Defense.gov News Article: Work Highlights Importance of U.S.-South Korea Alliance
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SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 20, 2014 – On the first day of Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work’s first official visit here with military and political leaders, talks focused on the North Korean threat, the importance of cooperation between the U.S., South Korea and Japan, and key capabilities needed for…

Platinum Lion: Multilateral exercise strengthens humanitarian response, combat readiness
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Following 11 days of unabated multilateral training, military forces from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and the U.S. operated side-by-side during the final exercise of Platinum Lion 14-2 Aug. 11 at the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria.
A U.S. Navy seaman carries a fuel hose to refuel an AV-8B Harrier jet during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 16, 2014. The ship is deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing deterrence, humanitarian aid and disaster relief while supporting the Navy's maritime strategy. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl
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Guam, because of its military bases, Army anti-ballistic missile system and location 3,300 miles west of Hawaii is an increasingly important strategic hub for the U.S. Asia-Pacific rebalance, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said. Read more here, http://go.usa.gov/EMjj.


Defense.gov News Article: Work: Guam is Strategic Hub to Asia-Pacific Rebalance
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APRA HARBOR, Guam, Aug. 19, 2014 – Guam, because of its military bases, Army anti-ballistic missile system and location 3,300 miles west of Hawaii is an increasingly important strategic hub for the U.S. Asia-Pacific rebalance, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said today.
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Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Passing of Senator Jim Jeffords:

Jim Jeffords was one of the finest, most decent public servants I've ever known. It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with him in the Senate. Politics never has enough men and women of integrity like Jim Jeffords. He served our country honorably in many capacities, including his service in the U.S. Navy. He'll be missed by his many friends and admirers.

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Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses his recent visit to Vietnam. This is the first trip by a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Vietnam since 1971.


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Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses his visit to Vietnam, beginning Aug. 13, 2014. This is the first trip by a chai...
The Defense Department would like to take a moment to celebrate and honor World Humanitarian Day. Committed to making a difference throughout history, airmen, sailors, Marines, soldiers and Coast Guardsmen have demonstrated compassion whether in response to an earthquake in Haiti or a tsunami in Asia or the recent airlift operations to civilians who fled from ISIL in Iraq’s northern region. Here are a few photos that highlight the spirit that inspires humanitarianism around the world.

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The Defense Department would like to take a moment to celebrate and honor World Humanitarian Day. Committed to making a difference throughout history, airmen, sailors, Marines, soldiers and Coast Guardsmen have demonstrated compassion whether in response to an earthquake in Haiti or a tsunami in Asi…

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@[656795784366895:274:USS Vella Gulf - CG 72] arrived in Batumi, Georgia, today for a scheduled port visit: http://www.c6f.navy.mil/140818-348_Vella-Gulf-Arrives-in-Batumi-Georgia.html

NORAD exercise planned for Washington, D.C. > North American Aerospace Defense Command > Press...
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TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region, will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 14-11 Tuesday night into Wednesday morning between midnight and 2,
"You want to keep soldiers away from these hazards as much as you can. In cases where it’s cold or there’s snow, those vehicles have to actually be mobile over the snow otherwise the mission fails."

— Dr. James Lever


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Meet the Scientists: He's the Polar robot expert in charge of the snow-riding rovers aptly named SNOBOTS. Meet Dr. James Lever! <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/08/18/meet-the-scientists-dr-james-lever/"><br/>Read More</a>
Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby regarding U.S. strikes around Mosul Dam:

"Over the past 72 hours, at the request of the Iraqi government, the U.S. military used fighters, bombers, attack, and unmanned aircraft to conduct 35 strikes that eliminated ISIL positions in and around the Mosul Dam complex. In all, we destroyed over 90 targets including a range of vehicles, equipment, and fighting positions. Iraqi forces have cleared the dam and are working to further expand their area of control. Secretary Hagel remains extraordinarily proud of the men and women serving on land and sea who conducted these operations. He knows they stand ready to continue such missions as needed. Secretary Hagel also commends the way in which Iraqi forces worked together in this operation. It reflects the growing determination of Iraqis to fight back against ISIL."


Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, provided the following readout on Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel's, call to the MV Cape Ray:

This morning, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Navy Captain Rich Dromerhauser aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray to congratulate the ship's crew on finishing their unprecedented work of neutralizing, at sea, the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's declared stockpile. The secretary said that by ridding the world of these materials, they - as part of an ongoing international effort to eliminate the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal - have helped make an important and enduring contribution to global security.

Secretary Hagel expressed his gratitude for the crew's service, dedication, and expertise, noting that with the world watching, they performed flawlessly every step of the way - despite a very long deployment, and a complex operation that required careful coordination with our international partners. The secretary commended the crew for conducting every aspect of the mission in a highly professional manner, with strict adherence to safety and with no impact to the surrounding environment, and said that they should all be very proud of what they've accomplished to help reduce the threat posed by chemical weapons.

Today's milestone would not have been possible without the contributions of our many international partners, or the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, which provided the funding to carry out these operations. While the international community's work to completely eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program is not yet finished, the secretary believes this is a clear demonstration of what can be achieved when diplomacy is backed by a willingness to use military force.
The United States will remain vigilant in our efforts to deter future use of chemicals as weapons, and in ensuring that all questions about the extent of Assad's chemical weapons program are answered in full.

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Petrofsky uses a flashlight as he performs maintenance on the exhaust system of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2014. Vehicle maintainers are responsible for maintaining and repairing mission-essential vehicles. Petrofsky is a vehicle maintenance equipment mechanic assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)

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U.S. military forces conducted additional airstrikes in Iraq, using fighter and attack aircraft to attack ISIL terrorists near Mosul Dam Aug. 16. The strikes destroyed three ISIL armed vehicles, an ISIL vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft artillery gun, an ISIL checkpoint and an IED emplacement.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122944


Video from a U.S. military airstrike against ISIL Humvee near the Mosul Dam

TAMPA, Fla. — Video from a U.S. military airstrike against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Humvee near the Mosul Dam Aug. 16, 2014. U.S. Central ...
"We continue to urge Russia to make the responsible choice: to pull back its troops, stop using hybrid-warfare tactics, and engage with the international community and the Ukrainian government to find a political solution to the crisis. But meanwhile we must make the right choices for NATO: to ensure that the alliance remains ready, willing and able to defend our almost one billion citizens. That is our No. 1 job at the #WalesSummit, and we stand united in our resolve."
- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen & Gen. Phil Breedlove, commander, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe


Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Philip M. Breedlove: A NATO for a Dangerous World
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In The Wall Street Journal, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Philip M. Breedlove write that Russian aggression has made it clear: We need an alliance that is fitter, faster and more flexible.
A lot has been going on this week. Take an inside look at what the military and DoD have recently been up to through this week’s top photos.


Worth A Thousand Words in the DoD, Aug 16 | DoDLive
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A lot has been going on this week. Take an inside look at what the military and DoD have recently been up to through this week’s top photos.
Air Force Capt. Daniel Curtin, foreground, looks back at his team as Air Force Senior Airman Thomas Vamvakos provides security during Operation Northern Strike near Rogers City, Mich., Aug. 7, 2014. ration Northern Strike is a multinational combined arms training exercise. Curtin and Vamvakos are tactical air controllers assigned to the Illinois Air National Guard's 169th Air Support Operations Squadron.

(National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Thompson)

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MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters perform a vertical replenishment with the USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf. The George Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Stephens)

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"There are opportunities in this relationship for both of our nations and for both of our militaries. We owe it to those who came before us to seize them." ~ General Martin E. Dempsey


Vietnam visit

I have just returned from a trip to Vietnam--a new and potentially important partner in our strategy to rebalance to the Indo-Pacific region. While there, I couldn't help but recall my four years at West Point preparing to fight some of these men with whom I spent the last three days. A strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam will contribute to our common interests in the Indo-Pacific. We should develop a closer relationship. Steadily. As the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to visit Vietnam since the war, I know I am building on historical investments and on the incredible sacrifices made by those who served there. There are opportunities in this relationship for both of our nations and for both of our militaries. We owe it to those who came before us to seize them.http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122935
Do you know the Do's and Don'ts of voting? Make sure you get it right this voting season.


Do’s and Do Not’s of Voting Season | DoDLive
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By Matt Boehmer, Director, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness Federal Voting Assistance Program
May you rest in peace, sir. Thank you for your courage, sacrifice, and service. Salute.


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The funeral procession of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene processes through Arlington National Cemetery during a military funeral in his honor at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Memorial Chapel in Arlington, Va., Aug. 14, 2014. Greene is the highest-ranking service member killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. #USArmy photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller
Airman Austin Daniel flies with the Raiders Demonstration Team in his Yak-52 demonstration aircraft for the "Thunder Over the Boardwalk Air Show" over Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 13, 2014. Daniel is an F-16C Fighting Falcon crew chief assigned to New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing.

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)

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Transportation experts from U.S. Transportation Command and Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command formed a fusion team Aug. 4 to more quickly evaluate and address critical issues affecting the U.S. military's privately owned vehicle shipping program.


Defense.gov News Article: Fusion Team Addresses Personal Vehicle Shipping Issues
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SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., Aug. 14, 2014 – Transportation experts from U.S. Transportation Command and Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command formed a fusion team Aug. 4 to more quickly evaluate and address critical issues affecting the U.S. military's privately owned vehicle shipping…

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